Sky-high dining

Restaurants with a view to dine for

London skyline

After our exclusive Rewards event at The Shard last month, we take a look at some of the best UK restaurants for show-stopping cityscape views.


Oxo Tower Restaurant

Bar & Brasserie, South Bank

Enjoy spectacular views over the Thames from one of London’s most iconic buildings. With an enviable riverside location, a 250-foot outdoor terrace, two AA Rosettes and an acclaimed menu, the Oxo Tower Restaurant is hard to beat.

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Skylon at Royal Festival Hall

South Bank

Skylon offers a spectacular panorama of London's skyline, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Thames from the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall. Choose from the restaurant or the grill, or simply have a drink in the bar.

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Portrait Restaurant

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place

The newly refurbished rooftop restaurant boasts spectacular views over London, and is one of the capital's most sought-after dining spaces. The restaurant sits 92 feet above ground level, and visitors enjoy an unparalleled view of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

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The Fifth Floor Restaurant

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge

As well as floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace overlooking the Knightsbridge rooftops, Harvey Nichols offers several dining options. So whether you fancy a bite to eat, a cocktail, traditional afternoon tea, or a full a la carte meal, you’ll be catered for.

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Tate Modern Restaurant


The Tate Modern is housed in an iconic building – the former Bankside Power Station – with an enviable riverside location. Its 6th-floor restaurant affords wonderful views across the Thames as well as boasting a quality menu featuring seasonal produce. The London Evening Standard calls it “one of the best views in London”.

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Galvin at Windows


On the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, the Galvin brothers’ flagship restaurant is known for its peerless views over our capital city. Indeed, the Financial Times says: “Views that are staggering enough to impress any keen traveller or Londoner.” And the cuisine is so good that the establishment has three AA Rosettes.

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Rhodes Twenty Four

Tower 42, City of London

Located high above the city, on the 24th floor of what was previously the Natwest Tower, Gary Rhodes’ London restaurant boasts three Rosettes. Enjoy breathtaking views at any time, thanks to curved floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room.

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Paramount Restaurant

Centre Point

This 32nd-floor dining destination boasts truly awe-inspiring views of the capital’s skyline. The food is also a reason to visit, and Paul Knight’s modern European menu has earned an AA Rosette. A drink at the custom-made copper bar is recommended. Larger groups can reserve areas in the 360-degree 33rd-floor viewing gallery.

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Skylounge,  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London

Tower of London

The rooftop bar and roof garden of this cocktail lounge offers amazing views across the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard – day or night. As well as a fantastic drinks menu, the Skylounge offers bar snacks, sharing plates, and even a terrace barbecue at times.

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Edinburgh College

The top floor of the Club at Edinburgh College is home to a bright and modern restaurant and bar, open to the public as well as college staff and students. Dine here for gorgeous panoramic views of Arthur’s Seat and the Forth, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s even a rooftop terrace, just perfect in summer. Menus change regularly and rely on fresh, local produce

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The Tower

Museum of Scotland

James Thomson opened Scotland’s first rooftop restaurant in 1998, above the Museum of Scotland. The Tower combines breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle and the city skyline, with outstanding regional food. From Argyll oysters and Fife crab, to the signature Aberdeen Angus beef, The Tower has a great reputation for locally sourced dishes.

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Forth Floor at Harvey Nichols

St Andrew Square

Enjoy a menu that’s been awarded an AA Rosette, along with a spectacular view of the city on one side and the Firth of Forth on the other. There are three distinctly different open-plan dining areas – the restaurant, the bar and the brasserie – as well as alfresco dining in the summer.

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Heights Restaurant

Apex International Hotel, Grassmarket

The 5th-floor rooftop location boasts a view of Edinburgh Castle as well as a balcony overlooking Grassmarket. Great Scottish cuisine has earned Heights Restaurant two AA Rosettes, so expect a memorable dining experience.

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Vista Restaurant

The Atlantic Tower Hotel

The Vista Restaurant and Vu Bar both offer wonderful river views – the latter even has an outdoor terrace overlooking Pier Head and the landmark Liver Building.

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Second Floor at Harvey Nichols

New Cathedral Street

Head to Harvey Nichols for afternoon tea, cocktails, a light lunch or a delicious dinner – all served with a panoramic cityscape view. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the tasting gourmand menu, or sign up for one of the venue’s many special events.

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Aubaine Restaurant and Cafe

Selfridges, Exchange Square

Combine shoe-shopping and a bite to eat with a view of the city, at Aubaine. The restaurant evolved from a quest to discover perfect French bread in London, and the cuisine has a wonderful French feel.

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, City Centre

With an outdoor balcony terrace overlooking Leeds, this is the ideal place for a summer supper, or simply a cocktail or two.

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(24 October 2013)

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