Take a bite out of London's restaurant scene and enjoy skyline vistas to boot by booking a table at one of these six spots where the food is as delicious as the views. From a glamorous Art Deco-style dining room to a buzzy 24-hour bistro, we've rounded up London's best restaurants that offer views of some of the city's most iconic landmarks.
This stylish spot at the top of the 'Walkie Talkie' building is a contemporary bistro that offers west-facing views of London. From the 37th floor you can see all manner of London landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, the river Thames, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. And you can soak up views of the Sky Garden just below. Expect topnotch seafood dishes and meat sourced from British farms. Pick an aperitif from the impressive cocktail menu to start things off properly.
How to get there: The nearest tube station to Fenchurch Restaurant is Monument.
Right in the heart of the city in the iconic skyscraper Tower 42, City Social serves modern British dishes alongside showstopping views, particularly of the neighboring Gherkin and Chesegrater buildings. The restaurant is one of many London spots owned by award-winning chef Jason Atherton and features glamorous Art Deco-style interiors. Menu highlights include Cornish sea bass, Lincolnshire rabbit with black garlic and Romney Marsh lamb with a bacon crust. Nab one of the booths by the window for the best views.
How to get there: City Social is half way between Liverpool Street station and Monument.
Duck & Waffle
Between Liverpool Street and the skyscraper affectionately known as the Gherkin, Duck & Waffle is a 24-hour sky-high dining spot that offers jaw-dropping views and mouthwatering food. Head up in the glass elevator to the 40th floor and take a seat in one of the leather banquettes or at a table by the floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows. Go on an empty stomach if you're looking to try the signature dish of waffles stacked with crispy duck leg confit served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
How to get there: The nearest tube station to Duck & Waffle is Liverpool Street.
Galvin at Windows
This Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th-floor of the Hilton Park Lane has been a sky-high stalwart of London's dining scene since opening in 2003. It sits opposite Hyde Park and the 360 degree views stretch from the skyscrapers in the City to Wembley Stadium in northwest London. The menu focuses on French haute cuisine so you can expect dishes like foie gras, tarte tatin and amazing cheese boards. The 2- and 3-course set menus offer excellent value for money.
How to get there: The nearest tube station to Galvin at Windows is Hyde Park Corner.
Ting at the Shard
Up on floor 35, Ting is the highest restaurant in the Shard, London's tallest building. As such, the views are stunning and encompass iconic landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. The dining room is decked out like a posh Chinese living room and the kitchen serves European dishes with an Asian twist such as suckling pig and hoisin sauce and black cod with miso. It's a popular spot for a Chinese-inspired afternoon tea that brings together dim sum, scones and pastries (served every day between 12 and 4pm).
How to get there: The nearest tube station to Ting is London Bridge.
Portrait Restaurant at The National Portrait Gallery
After a culture fix at the National Gallery, head three floors up to the restaurant to soak up the dramatic views from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Modern British dishes take center stage on the menu (roast quail, fillet of pork with black pudding) and the affordable pre-theater deal offers great value for money. It's open for dinner from Thursday to Saturday but you can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea every day.
How to get there: The nearest tube station to the Portrait Restaurant is Charing Cross.