Eating out is not just about the food, is it? It’s about so much more, the service, the decor, the atmosphere and, for me, the view.
I love dining overlooking my favourite city in the world, London. And for me this is one of the best things about eating out, that it gives you the chance to sit and look out over a view you would otherwise never be able to enjoy. The perfect steak or a tasty lobster is always made better by a view of an iconic building such as St Paul’s Cathedral or Tower Bridge I find and there are restaurants around the city that offer diners just that.
Whenever I’m celebrating a special occasion I head to one of the city’s rooftops. I’ve toasted my wedding anniversary with a view over the Square Mile and celebrated my birthday in a Kensington rooftop garden. My husband even proposed on a rooftop – though where exactly remains a secret!
I love London’s rooftop restaurants and I’ve written a guide to my favourite London restaurants with a view for the fabulous Pearlshare app. For a taste of this guide check out my top three below – special occasion excuse optional!
Duck and Waffle:
This upscale City of London restaurant never closes – so if you fancy sushi at 3am this is the spot! The menu features the eponymous dish, a sweet and sour creation that I highly recommend, as well as numerous small plates focused on fresh seafood and high quality sushi. Come with a group and sit at one of the round tables in the dining room’s centre or visit a deux and ask for one of the small corner tables for views in two directions.
Oxo Tower Restaurant:
Everybody knows this building on the River Thames, and at its top is a brasserie, cocktail bar and formal restaurant. The restaurant is worth splashing out on, though be sure to ask for a table in the row next to the windows for the best view north over the city. The all day dining menu includes dishes such as seared scallops and Welsh lamb rump and there are great steaks too.
Ok, so it’s not at the top of Europe’s tallest building (you’ll have to pay for View from the Shard for that view) but you’re still on the 39th floor here and the views back over London are epic. Watch the latest City of London skyscrapers taking shape and wonder at the majesty of St Paul’s Cathedral as you dine on high quality mains such as roasted monkfish with Morecambe Bay shrimps and slow-cooked Blythburgh pork belly.
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