11 restaurants with stunning London views

Step out on to the heated rooftop terrace for breathtaking views over St. Paul's Cathedral at Madison Restaurant. Credit: Madison Restaurant

Whether it’s the gleaming City skyscrapers, the higgledy-piggledy streets of Soho or the bright bends of the River Thames, London is a feast for the eyes. And there are several restaurants and bars across the city where you can take in these breathtaking views.

Go for a high-end Japanese meal in a glamorous setting; order a margarita flight with churros in Central London; or sample some biodynamic wines alongside crisp, blistered flatbreads in Marylebone. 

Read on for 11 London restaurants with stunning panoramas.

 

The best restaurants with a view in London – read on for a guide

 

For 360-degree views of London – visit Searcys Helix Restaurant at The Gherkin in Liverpool Street

360-degree city views at Helix at Searcys Gherkin restaurant, London

360-degree city views at Searcys Helix Restaurant Gherkin. Credit: Searcys

The Gherkin was one of the first London skyscrapers to have a top-floor restaurant, and it remains one of the few places with 360-degree views of the city today. The menu at Searcys Helix Restaurant spotlights seasonal British fare, with many of the ingredients sourced from Borough Market and Billingsgate. Expect dishes such as pheasant terrine with mushrooms, gnocchi with corn velouté, turkey ballotine with potato and turkey jus and a chai latte panna cotta with figs and maple syrup. For some inventive cocktails head on up to the Iris Bar, located right above the restaurant.

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For Mexican-style flatbreads and spicy margaritas – try Madera at Treehouse in Marylebone

Madera at Treehouse London

Expect Mexican fare paired with London’s best views at Madera at Treehouse London. Credit: Madera at Treehouse London

This foliage-filled restaurant sits at the top of Treehouse Hotel in Marylebone, offering extensive views across central London and beyond. Guest DJs play at night, and are joined by fire dancers and contortionists. Madera at Treehouse’s Mexican menu features flights of margaritas made with guava and passionfruit, and dishes such as pan planos, flatbreads topped with grilled mushrooms, manchego cheese and arugula.

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For French fare with a view – book at Le Pont de la Tour in Tower Bridge

Le Pont de la Tour restaurant in London

Expect French classics with stunning riverside views. Credit: Le Pont de la Tour

Tower Bridge is where the action is at when it comes to London’s legendary fireworks display, and there are few better vantage points than a dinner at Le Pont de la Tour. The restaurant, part of an elegant, restored 19th-century tea warehouse, has an extensive wine list with several champagnes and sparkling wines perfectly suited to a celebratory evening. Expect classic French fare such as roasted scallops with saffron and braised fennel and a coconut mouse.

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For spectacular Asian food platters – don’t miss GŎNG Bar Shangri-La The Shard in London Bridge

GŎNG, Shangri-La The Shard in London

Share Asian-inspired platters with stunning views over Tower Bridge on the rooftop of the Shangri-La hotel. Credit: GŎNG, Shangri-La The Shard

There are rooms with a view and then there’s the GŎNG Bar at the Shard. As the highest hotel bar in Europe, it offers 360-degree views of London. £125 guarantees a window seat where diners eat a sharing Asian food platter with a bottle of champagne on either end of the restaurant. A la carte menu features truffle salmon maki rolls, chicken karaage, and a chef’s choice of sashimi platter.

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For cosy winter igloos on a roof – try Mercer Roof Terrace in Bank

Winter igloos on the roof with a view on the Shard at Mercer Roof Terrace restaurant, London

Winter igloo with a view of the Shard at Mercer Roof Terrace. Credit: Mercer Roof Terrace

Views stretch from St Paul’s to the Shard at the Mercer Roof Terrace. Luxury is the name of the day at this rooftop restaurant and bar, which revolves around seasonal British produce and a charcoal oven. And if you’re worried about the cold – don’t be. Come winter, a transparent dome keeps the worst of the chill out, and the flicker of candlelight, twinkle of fairy lights and the faux fur blankets all add to an experience that looks cool, but feels warm and cosy. Enjoy the panoramic views with a butternut and truffle velouté and a seafood cocktail before moving on to a charcoal-grilled chicken served with mushrooms and your choice of sauce. The pudding menu features a must-try melting chocolate bomb with caramelized pecans.

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For a Japanese lounge on a rooftop – visit 8 at The Londoner in Soho

Lounge bar with views on the London Eye at 8 at the Londoner restaurant, London

The Izakaya lounge rooftop bar at 8 at the Londoner. Credit: 8 at the Londoner

For uninterrupted views of Westminster, head to 8 at the Londoner, a sleek Japanese lounge and garden, located on the eighth floor of the Londoner Hotel. Grab a seat at the minimalist terrace or the Shima Garden, a starlit oasis that changes to reflect based on the seasons in Japan. Order dishes such as the lobster tempura and edamame with  lemon butter and shichimi sea salt, and pair with cocktails like a jasmine and yuzu margarita. You won’t want to miss the views of the London Eye, the focal point of the city’s annuals fireworks display, from the restaurant. 

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For top-notch views of Big Ben and the London Eye – book at Gillrays Steakhouse in Waterloo

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Expect iconic Big Ben views at Gillray’s Steakhouse. Credit: Gillray’s Steakhouse

This British restaurant features glittering chandeliers, smooth wood panelling, top-notch views of the Thames, Big Ben and the London Eye, and top-quality beef. O’Shea’s, a local father-and-son butcher shop, provides the meat, and almost everything on the menu comes from within 150 miles of the restaurant. For a more old-school celebration, there’s few that match Gillrays Steakhouse.

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For a glamourous East London rooftop restaurant – don’t miss Allegra in Stratford

Allegra at The Stratford Hotel in London

Head to the seventh floor of The Stratford Hotel for cosy vibes and beautiful dishes. Credit: Allegra

For East London views, you can’t do much better than Allegra, a restaurant that is located on the seventh floor of The Stratford Hotel. Star chef Patrick Powell culinary prowess is on full display here as seen in dishes such as Waldorf tarts with pickled walnut and pistachio choux buns filled with chicken liver parfait and preserved clementine. Allegra was voted 53rd best restaurant in the UK at the 2022 National Restaurant Awards.

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For cocktails with views over St. Paul’s Cathedral – book at Madison Restaurant in St Paul’s

A cocktail with a stamp of St. Paul's Cathedral at Madison Restaurant in London

Sip on stunning cocktails with a view at Madison Restaurant. Credit: Madison Restaurant

At Madison Restaurant, come for the cocktails and stay for the views. Located across from St. Paul’s Cathedral, the restaurant serves up seasonal drinks such as cocktails with crème de cassis, champagne and candyfloss, and the sour cocktail with tequila, rhubarb liqueur, celery bitters and lemon. The menu features lobster tacos, teriyaki sea bass, rigatoni with plant-based meatball sauce, and a honeycomb cheesecake with salted caramel. Those looking to arrive post-dinner can expect champagne, canapés and entertainment late into the night.

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For a pub with West London views – book a table at The Broadcaster and Aerial Rooftop in Shepherd’s Bush

The first-floor dining room at the Broadcaster, London

The first-floor dining room at The Broadcaster and Aerial Rooftop. Credit: The Broadcaster and Aerial Rooftop

You don’t need to work at the BBC to enjoy The Broadcaster, a contemporary pub with excellent West London views. Get comfortable with a good pint or a glass of wine and order one of the dishes from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. Choose between blistered flatbreads topped with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella or glazed pork ribs, among other dishes.

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For an iconic night out with river views – try OXO Tower Restaurant in Waterloo

London views at OXO Tower Restaurant

Celebrate a special occasion at OXO Tower Restaurant. Credit: OXO Tower Restaurant

For 25 years, the iconic OXO Tower Restaurant has been welcoming Londoners and visitors alike for meals and celebrations. Suffice to say, they know how to throw a party. OXO is pulling out all the stops with musicians playing throughout the evening, a dance floor and a DJ until 2am. The river views here are spectacular, and the entertainment includes a three-course meal and plenty of cocktails.  

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