With such a spectacular skyline, it's a shame to eat out in London without some eye candy during the meal. The best restaurants with a view in London make delicious use of their location and to great effect. From the lights of London at night to relaxing views of the river, take your pick from the best restaurants with a view in London to suit your every mood.
Don't forget to check out our recommended list of bars with a view in London
More Restaurants With a View
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1256
aqua shard, located on level 31 of The Shard, serves innovative contemporary British cuisine and boasts breath-taking views from its main dining room and atrium bar.
Aviary is a luxurious rooftop restaurant and terrace bar located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel. Aviary offers a modern British menu and fantastic views of the City's skyline.
Montcalm Royal London House, 10th Floor, 22-25 Finsbury Square, City, London, EC2A 1DX
020 3873 4060
Banyan on the Thames is located within the luxurious Hotel Rafayel and offers both formal and casual dining with spectacular waterfront views. The wide ranging menu includes dishes with Mediterranean, Indian and oriental influences.
Hotel Rafayel, 34 Lombard Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RF
(020) 7801 3638
One New Change, St Paul's, London, EC4M 9AG
(020) 3005 8555
Barbecoa is brought to you by Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang and like its sister venue Barbecoa Piccadilly, the venue offers a variety of dishes that are based on fire-based cooking techniques, made using fresh and seasonal produce. Barbecoa make the most of their enviable location next to St Paul's Cathedral with outstanding views over the iconic London landmark.
The Blueprint Cafe is located above the Design Museum and enjoys superb views of the Thames and London's skyline. They offer a daily changing menu of Modern European cuisine and a variety of drinks including cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Design Museum, First Floor, 28 Shad Thames, Southwark, London, SE1 2YD
(020) 7378 7031
Butlers Wharf Chop House offers terrific views of the River Thames, the Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Head Chef Nicky Foley sources home grown produce to create a food menu of British meals.
The Butlers Wharf Building, 36e Shad Thames, South Bank, London, SE1 2YE
(020) 7403 3403
Ideally located, Byblos Harbour serves Lebanese cuisine within its comfortable and well-priced restaurant. Sit back and enjoy the tasty dishes and great selection of wines available.
The Waterfront, 41 Millharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NB
(020) 7538 4882
This scintillating Italian restaurant on Butlers Wharf offers views of the Thames.
The Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames, South Bank, London, SE1 2YE
(020) 7403 5403
This celebrated venue serving classic Chinese cuisine has splendid views of the River Thames. Ideal for a romantic evening.
No 1 The Boulevard, Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1DE
(020) 8874 9878
Dim T is a stunning, contemporary venue with glorious views of London and Tower Bridge.
2 More London Place, Tooley Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 2JP
(020) 7403 7000
Docklands Bar offers a brasserie style menu which includes traditional British and Modern European dishes using fresh locally sourced ingredients. A comprehensive wine and cocktail list is also available for you to choose from during your meal.
Crowne Plaza London Docklands, Royal Victoria Docks, Docklands, London, E16 1AL
(020) 7055 2119
Fenchurch Restaurant is a chic rooftop restaurant located within the Sky Garden, offering a varied selection of meals and drinks.
Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, The City, London, EC3M 8AF
0333 772 0020
Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar is a sophisticated steakhouse within The County Hall. Using English cattle, the restaurant offers nine cuts of steaks such as Porterhouse and T-Bones, and offers a signature dish: the 1000g Bull's Head steak.
London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, London, SE1 7PB
The Bar at Gillray's boasts a comprehensive selection of gin and cocktails that take their name from popular James Gillray sketches. Cocktails are ordered by historical era from the Georgian to the Edwardian, and with more 60 gins to choose from, there is something suit everyone.
(020) 7902 8000
10 Paternoster Square, City, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7618 9520
The Happenstance restaurant and bar offer a seasonal food menu made using locally sourced produce.
With unrivalled service and a beautiful alfresco terrace overlooking St Paul's Cathedral, The Happenstance is the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.
The Shard, 33rd Floor, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 3011 1257
Hutong Shard is situated on the 33rd level of London's tallest building, The Shard. Hutong offers a range of northern Chinese dishes served in stunning surroundings.
A small restaurant in the Park Plaza Hotel Westminster, Ichi offers views across Westminster Bridge.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7UT
(020) 7620 7373
Offering gorgeous views of St James's Park, Inn the Park specialises in simple British cuisine prepared thoughtfully.
St James's Park, St James's, London, SW1A 2BJ
(020) 7451 9999
This City restaurant and bar overlooks the bell tower of St Paul's Cathedral.
One New Change, 1 New Change, The City, London, EC4M 9AF
(020) 8305 3088
Across the river from the Tate Modern, the Northbank offers splendid views.
Millennium Bridge, One Paul's Walk, The City, London, EC4V 3QH
(020) 7329 9299
Featuring two restaurant areas, Oblix is inspired by the classic New York grill but also celebrates British and European influences and ingredients. The Shard's Oblix also features a sommelier station where guests can be more involved in selecting their wine.
The Shard, 32nd Floor, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9RY
(020) 7268 6700
The Oxo Tower Restaurant sees executive chef Jeremy Bloor create a variety of British meals using seasonal produce. Oxo Tower Restaurant has an impressive wine list of more than 800 wines from around the world.
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
(020) 7803 3888
Perkin Reveller is a modern restaurant that is inspired by Medieval London. The British menu makes good use of seasonal produce and they have a good selection of locally brewed beer and fine wines available.
The Wharf at The Tower of London, The City, London, EC3N 4AB
(020) 3166 6949
Plateau is a stunning and chic modern French venue which looks out across the staggering Docklands metropolis.
4th Floor Canada Place, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5ER
(020) 7715 7100
The Portrait Gallery's rooftop restaurant looks out over Trafalgar Square towards the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye. A fulfilling view during the summer. (Closed for refurbishment until 23rd February 2009.)
National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martins Place, London, WC2H 0HE
(020) 7312 2490
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough, London, SE1 1TL
(020) 3006 6111
Within a landmark London building, the culinary treat that is Roast awaits. Using the finest of the country's seasonal produce a restaurant has been created that is dedicated to the best of British cooking.
Situated in an idyllic location on the waterfront at the heart of London's Royal Docks, the So! Bar is only ten minutes from Canary Wharf and five minutes from London City Airport.
ID/1E Royal Victoria Place, Royal Victoria Docks, Canning Town, London, E16 IUG
(020) 7474 8999
Gaze down on the Gherkin and look out across The City as you tuck into delicious fusion food at the very slick Sushisamba.
38th-39th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
(020) 3640 7330
Stunning views across the glistening Thames to the splendour of Tower Bridge are reason enough to come to this fabulous venue on Bankside.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
(020) 7928 9444