London Restaurants with a View

London has a stunning skyline so why not enjoy dining in a London restaurant with a view of the best of the city?

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1.  Sky Garden Restaurants

On the top of one of The City of London’s skyscrapers there is a public garden and three dining options. The Sky Garden is on levels 35-37 of the Walkie Talkie and has a cafe/cocktail bar, a brasserie and an exclusive oyster bar. More »

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2.  Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens

Babylon serves contemporary British cuisine at a rooftop setting overlooking The Kensington Roof Gardens. Kensington Roof Gardens is London’s equivalent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. In the unlikely location 100ft above street level, on top of a department store building in the busy Kensington shopping area, you’ll find a tranquil garden planted in the 1930s. It includes a Spanish garden, a Tudor garden, an English woodland garden and resident flamingos! More »

3.  Galvin at Windows

Galvins at Windows is on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. It has a glamorous 1930’s interior and serves modern French cuisine. It offers some stunning views of London including the gardens of Buckingham Palace. More »

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4.  Rhodes 24

Rhodes 24 is the Gary Rhodes restaurant on the 24th floor of Tower 42, the tallest building in the City of London (the financial district). Floor to ceiling windows give stunning views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, and more. Gary Rhodes’ Michelin-starred restaurant offers traditional British cuisine. Great for business lunches and romantic evenings. Book at least two weeks in advance. The restaurant also operates Vertigo 24, the Champagne bar at the top of Tower 42.More »

5.  Roof Garden at Trafalgar Square Hilton

The Roof Garden at Rockwell at the Trafalgar Square Hilton Hotel overlooks Trafalgar Square in London. It offers magnificent views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster, the London Eye, and beyond. More »

6.  Inn the Park

Inn The Park is next to the lake in St. James’s Park, just a few minutes from Trafalgar Square. Inn the Park has contemporary British cuisine in an al fresco setting. The terrace bar is a popular option. More »

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7.  Tate Modern 7th Floor

There are 3 places to eat at Tate Modern but the best views are from the 7th floor restaurant and bar. The restaurant gets most popular in the evenings so do book in advance and let them know if you want a window table to see across to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The menu is a la carte and the waiting staff are very helpful.

If you just want a drink (and to see the view!), there’s a bar for alcohol and soft drinks, plus they also serve tea and coffee. (Note there is also an open air terrace on the 4th floor which is a great spot for taking photos of St. Paul’s Cathedral.) More »

Oxo Tower South Bank London - © Laura Porter
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8.  Oxo Tower Dining

The Oxo Tower on the South Bank has two main dining options. The Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar and Brasserie is situated on the eighth floor and has some amazing views from up there. Lower down on the first floor, Tamesa

9.  40|30 at 30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe is better known as The Gherkin, one of London’s most talked about landmarks. The 40|30 restaurant provides an iconic entertaining experience with a 360 degree panorama from 180 meters above London. 40|30 has a minimalist interior due its glass-walled location. 40|30 dining is managed by Searcy1847.

Royal Festival Hall - © Laura Porter
© Laura Porter

10.  Skylon

Located within the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon offers a spectacular panorama of London’s skyline with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. A destination restaurant and a relaxed, informal grill center around a raised bar serving classic and contemporary cocktails, perfect for day and night. More »

11.  Coq D’Argent

Coq D’Argent is on the roof of No.1 Poultry, with views over the famous Square Mile (City of London) by the Bank of England. This elegant eatery offers fine French cuisine in lavish surroundings, with one of the most remarkable roof gardens in London. More »

Reproduced with kind permission from Rachel Erdos’ blog on About London: