In the world’s most cosmopolitan city, your expectations of world-class dining vistas are
justified. There are hundreds of restaurants in London with excellent views; however, those London
restaurants with the best views are coveted. So let’s have a look at some of these famed locales, and
perhaps you will be enticed to pay the premium often required to enjoy the scene.
National Portrait Gallery Restaurant
There’s little in this world that is as refreshing as art and food. The National Portrait Gallery is
one of those London landmarks that merits more time than you’d planned on giving. Once you’ve had
your fill of art, so to speak, you can get your other fill on the rooftop restaurant. The location has no
rival. You’ll look out over Trafalgar Squares with a view reaching the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
The British fare is to be expected of a restaurant that makes its home atop a national gallery, and it’s
Galvin at Windows
Located in Mayfair just beside Hyde Park, this high-class French restaurant is consistently named
one of the best in the city. You’re going to have to put aside a significant amount of pennies if you
haven’t the budget for such a place, but its view over the park and onward to Buckingham Palace is well
worth the weight. It’s the perfect absurdity, combining a view of classis British London with French foie
gras in the American Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
Duck and Waffle
If a London restaurant with the absolutely best view is your primary concern, then look no
further than Duck and Waffle. Actually, from Duck and Waffle you can look a lot further, as it’s located
on the fortieth floor of Heron Tower. There is no doubt that Duck and Waffle is the best place for eggs
benedict, and at any hour of the day.
Oblix at the Shard
If you don’t know what the Shard is, then you haven’t been to London yet. It’s a pyramidal glass
tower that dominates the London Bridge skyline, and outstrips all other buildings for height. On the 32rd
floor you’ll find a restaurant that foodies of London and the world have gotten electric about. The Oblix
is an American-style grill that combines pizza and wine with traditional rotisserie fare. Fabulous food
with fabulous views—what else is there?
In Bankside, you’ll find a restaurant that draws in its loyal clientele simply by offering unrivaled
views over the Thames. On the roof is a large terrace where patrons partake in cocktails before finding a
place in the brasserie or restaurant below. The river lights up when the sun sinks away, and the colors
are wonderful. Oxo Tower is particularly popular in the warm months when open-air seating is offered.
Paramount at Centre Point
If you’ve been to London before, then you probably cock your head at the thought of spending
on a view at Tottenham Court Road in Centre Point. The truth is that it’s not the most eye-catching part
of the city. However, when you sit to dine in the Paramount, a restaurant of unobtrusive design, you will
be drawn in by the sweeping vista out over the rest of the city. The food is European, and delicious.
There are other restaurants to lend to a seeking eye, but these should keep you and your wallet
busy for now.