Dine out in the best-looking restaurants in London where the spectacular skyline aligns with delicious plates of food, curated wine lists and cool cocktails. Enjoy twinkling city lights on dark winter nights, sunset cocktails with friends in spring and romantic summer evenings with views stretching for miles. This is a special collection of top restaurants with a view in London to help you fall hopelessly in love with our amazing capital.
Forza Wine’s rooftop terrace bar and restaurant is atop a coworking complex in Peckham and is a hit with locals and critics alike. The seasonal small plates of pasta, chunky sourdough, meatballs and more are plenty to leave you satisfied. But the tiramisu and carafes of wine as much as the view elevate the experience. Just take it steady on the way back down.
On Level 36 of London’s Sky Garden inside the infamous Walkie Talkie building is Darwin Brasserie, in a dome glass conservatory with impressive all-weather views over the Thames. Come for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and choose from a selection of elegant European dishes with seasonal ingredients. The floor-to-ceiling windows open up show-stopping views, and you can take a post-meal constitutional around the Sky Garden after your rooftop dinner. London is so peaceful this high up!
Duck & Waffle
For a sunset dinner in the sky, London’s Duck & Waffle is a favourite. Upscale luxury awaits at this skyhigh restaurant at the end of a journey in a glass lift up Heron Tower. The dazzling views are always on show, with low lighting in the evening for the best sunset and night views. Perfect for a romantic meal, most of the window tables are for two and there is, of course, duck confit and waffle on the menu. There are plenty of small plate dishes to tempt you too, such as the twice baked cheddar souffle, and the weekend brunch menu has the classic English breakfast and plenty of tempting desserts. The dress-code is smart casual, and it’s worth dressing up for a special occasion meal.
If you want gorgeous surroundings closer to the ground, head to The Lighterman at Kings Cross’ canal side. Downstairs is the gastropub, but the best views are in the more formal dining space on the first floor, where floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound terrace frame stunning sunset views over the water. In summer, you can sit outside overlooking the Granary Square fountains. For small seasonal dishes think flatbreads or classic crispy fish and chips. There are roasts for Sunday lunch, too.
Dine with a view in London’s highest and coolest restaurants, then enjoy a luxury stay in The Clermont, Victoria or The Clermont Charing Cross for impressive views of Central London from your room or suite.