The Best Restaurants With A View
However good the food is, if you're staring at a wall of damp you're unlikely to be impressed. Similarly, if the food is bad then not even the most sumptuous of vistas will make it taste good. We've experienced both, but the places below are those restaurants that get both pretty much spot on, in our humble opinion.
Galvin at Windows
London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1BE
A seriously good restaurant that matches exquisite views with Michelin-starred food. Located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton, few places can match the views here, especially if you get the right table. In fact, you can even see into the back garden of Buckingham Palace if you ask nicely.
Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
10 reviews
Swan at the Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
If you can nab yourself one of the window seats at this impressive little eatery then you're in for a treat as there are some cracking views out across the Thames and up to Tower Bridge. And it's a really great spot for a romantic meal when darkness falls.
Our rating
****-
The Portrait Restaurant
National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martins Place, London, WC2H 0HE
The food at this gorgeous restaurant very nearly matches the exquisite views across the London skyline, which is no mean feat. Especially impressive at night, this is a great place to pop to if you want to appear all cultured and highbrow - it's above the National Portrait Gallery you see, hence the name.
Our rating
****-
User rating
***--
5 reviews
Roast
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough, London, SE1 1TL
This is included in the list primarily because of its brilliant people-watching potential. You might not be able to see the sumptuous sights of London but you can (metaphorically and literally) look down on hundreds of people making their way around the madness of Borough Market.
Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
13 reviews
Coq d'Argent
No 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ
The impressive terrace at this City favourite was once only open during the summer months but these days they put a few heaters outside and turn into somewhere that's surprisingly cosy. Sitting atop No 1 Poultry, you can gaze out across the capital as you tuck into Mickael Weiss's very fine fare.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
5 reviews
High Timber
8 High Timber, City of London, London, EC4V 3PA
A must for anyone into their wines, this excellent restaurant on the banks of the Thames comes from the guys behind the Jordan Wine Estate in South Africa, so expect a very impressive wine list. The food's good too, and you can enjoy both while casting your eye along the Thames, across to the Tate Modern and beyond.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
4 reviews
Duck and Waffle
40th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Right at the top of the Heron Tower, just up from Liverpool Street, Duck and Waffle has some very impressive views, especially when the sun drops and the city starts twinkling. The food is what has got everyone really talking though - and it's available 24-7.
Our rating
*****
User rating
***--
7 reviews
The National Dining Rooms
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
The food at this Peyton and Byrne restaurant is a pretty impressive showcase of all that's good about British dining, but the views are even better. If you're not satisfied with the gorgeous vista out onto Trafalgar Square then peruse the mural inside - complete with weird manchild: oddly compelling.
Our rating
****-
User rating
*****
5 reviews
Perkin Reveller
The Wharf at The Tower of London, The City, London, EC3N 4AB
Not many London restaurants can match this fine spot for views, seeing as it's right in the midst of the Tower of London. So not only will you be able to enjoy views of one of London's finest landmarks, you can also see lots of Tower Bridge too - which looks very cool at nighttime.
Our rating
*****
User rating
*****
2 reviews

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