Like a silky bottle of wine, one of the perfect accompaniments to a great meal in London is a great view. Since there isn’t a glut of skyscrapers in London and even fewer restaurants situated in them, getting a table in one of the better high-flying restaurants can be a tall order. Of all the coveted tables, these are the best restaurants in London with views.
Angler – Angler is one of the finest seafood restaurants in the capital, situated on the seventh floor of the South Place Hotel with excellent vistas out onto Tower 42 and The Heron Tower. Tony Fleming’s Michelin-starred cuisine is nothing short of excellent.
Aqua Hutong – Stave off hunger with smouldering northern Chinese cuisine at Hutong, perched on the 33rd level of The Shard. If the Red Lantern, a crisp soft-shell crab immersed in a basket of eye-poppingly cerise Sichuan chillies, doesn’t put fire in your belly, you may want to check your pulse.
Babylon at The Roof Gardens – The West comes up short when it comes to skyscrapers, but Babylon at The Roof Gardens, a High Street Kensington stalwart, has attracted attractive groups of diners and dancers for over a decade. Nestled one hundred feet up in a verdant urban oasis, it does its name justice.
City Social – For an eclectic grill menu a cut above the rest, head to Jason Atherton’s restaurant on the 24th floor of the NatWest Tower. The dining room has been given a classic art deco treatment that would instantly put Don Draper at ease. The food, which earned a Michelin star, has Atherton’s special brand of perfectionism written all over it.
Galvin at Windows – Galvin at Windows offers Michelin-starred French cuisine in its dining room high above Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park. It has been one of the most popular Mayfair dining destinations since it opened.
Searcys at The Gherkin – It’s hard to believe that the Gherkin was only completed a decade ago. The building was the harbinger on what was to come, with a thicket of viable high-rise options springing up around it. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the convex arc of glass at the 30 St Mary Axe’s peak, enjoying a flute of champagne and watching the world go by hundreds of feet below.
Sushisamba– Sushisamba has been known to throw one of the wildest rooftop parties in the capital, complete with samba dancers and drummers. Revellers can expect lashings of champagne and South American cocktails alongside their signature Peruvian/Brazilian/Japanese fusion cuisine.
Ting – The Hong Kong based Shangri-La Group scored an ace with its eponymous hotel, perched on the apex levels of The Shard. Diners will be treated to Modern British fare with Cantonese undertones and an overall experience that is deeply redolent of luxury.
If you’re looking to impress someone with views but don’t want to get saddled with a mediocre dinner, all of these restaurants will offer fine fare, if at a relatively steep price. You’ll need to book ahead to secure yourself a table, otherwise consider hiring a concierge service that can secure you late notice bookings with some of the best seats in the room.