5 restaurants with a great view

1) Skylon

The Skylon was a temporary space-age structure built for the Festival of Britain that symbolised post-war optimism. It stood next to the Royal Festival Hall, where this restaurant, which serves modern European cuisine in a smart setting, is now situated on an upper floor overlooking the river Thames. In addition to the concerts and cultural events that take place here, it is another good reason to visit.

Skylon restaurant with a view

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Southbank

+44 (0)20 7654 7800

http://www.skylonrestaurant.co.uk

2) Level 6 Restaurant

After spending a few hours taking in the art collections, special exhibitions and buildings at Tate Modern you’ll very likely need a sit down, and probably some food as well. This restaurant is located on an upper floor of the original power station building, has full length windows and enjoys wonderful, ever-changing views across the river towards St Paul’s cathedral and the city beyond. It’s not especially cheap, but the revenues support the work of the gallery.

Level 6 Restaurant

3) Hutong

Occupying the 33rd floor of the enormous yet somehow elegant Shard building, this upmarket restaurant serves Sichuan and North Chinese cuisine. The panoramic views here are really special indeed, even from the toilets that are precipitously positioned right up against the glass. The food is high quality and authentic.

Chinese lamps at Hutong

At: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Southbank

+44 (0)20 3011 1257

http://www.hutong.co.uk

5) London Shell Co.

This dining boat trip offers a unique London experience: enjoy a superb five course seasonal British seafood set menu whilst serenely enjoying rarely glimpsed views of the city. The intimate environs of the Prince Regent canal boat are charmingly appointed, with galley kitchen and friendly service. Starting and finishing in Little Venice the three hour trip along the Union Canal takes in Regents Park, London Zoo, Primrose Hill and Camden.

boat restaurant London Shell Co on a river

The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, West

+44 (0)781 866 6005

http://www.londonshellco.com

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