Best Riverside Dining in London

By Reshma Dewda on Aug 01, 2016
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There’s no better way to spend a summer evening in London than along the feisty Thames. And lucky for you, some of London’s top notch restaurants are located along the banks of the river. The culinary heaven that the city is, you will find everything from steaks to Mediterranean delicacies at these swish eateries that are easily some of the favorite spots for Londoners to hang out.

These are some of the best riverside restaurants in London:

1. Le Pont de la Tour

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The restaurant evokes subtle grandeur and Parisian charm the minute you step foot in it. The dreamy Tower Bridge views make for great accompaniment with the delicious fare. Simple food is married well with fine techniques and flavors that tease your appetite. Le Pont de la Tour lives up to its expectations and delivers great value for money.
Address: 36D Shad Thames London SE1 2YE 
Tel: +44(0)207403 8403
Tube: Tower Hill tube or Tower Gateway DLR or London Bridge tube/rail
Price per person: Appx.25-40 GBP
Reservation recommended.

2. The Narrow

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You can’t go wrong with The Narrow. Gordon Ramsay’s food genius is reflected in the delightful modern European delicacies and the wine list is carefully selected to suit the dishes and please the most snobbish connoisseurs. A handful of alfresco tables offer sharing platters, delectable pies and sandwiches. If you’re visiting on weekends, you’ll get to sample their juicy, flavorsome barbecue specialties too.
Address: 44 Narrow Street London E14 8DP
Tel: +44 20 7592 7950
Tube: Limehouse DLR
Price per person: Appx.18-25 GBP
Reservation recommended

3. Tom’s Kitchen

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Tom Aikens’ newest offering, Tom’s Kitchen is set by the Commodity Quay, Central London’s marina. As you gawk at the luxury yachts moored by your side, you can nibble on some fresh, seasonal produce that is prepared with much love and care. Expect brilliance in simplicity and subtlety.
Address: Commodity Quay, St. Katharine Docks, City of London, London, E1W 1AZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 3011 5433
Tube: Tower Hill
Price per person: Appx.12-18 GBP
Reservation recommended

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4. The River Café

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Hugging the beautiful Thames’ path, this restaurant is a great idea especially on a summer day. Their homegrown veggies and rustic menu is a true joy to indulge in, especially their sunny desserts like the lemon tart. The River café is all set to please with its hearty cuisine and lovely décor.
Address: Thames Wharf, Rainville road, London W69HA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7386 4200
Tube: Hammersmith
Price per person: Appx.20-30 GBP
Reservation recommended: Online booking upto 4 people.

5. Skylon


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Situated on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon could well be the sole reason you visit this event venue. Dishing up modern British cuisine with clever panache, this restaurant takes its job to please your taste buds very seriously. The contemporary cuisine coupled with gorgeous river views make for a perfect setting for a romantic meal.
Address: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7654 7800
Tube: Waterloo, Embankment
Price per person: Appx.25-35 GBP
Reservation Recommended : Online booking available

6. Butler’s Wharf Chop House

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Celebrating all things British, this restaurant is aptly named the ‘Chop House’. Meat makes a predominant feature on their menu and they do a mighty good job at it. Even if you’re not a meat lover, rush here to witness the most gorgeous views of the Tower Bridge that stands almost at a stone’s throw away.  A real treat for any steak fan, this restaurant will not disappoint even the most voracious meat lover.
Address: 36e Shad Thames London SE1 2YE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7403 3403
Tube: London Bridge/ Tower Hill
Price per person: Appx.30-40 GBP
Reservation recommended.

7. The Depot

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Dating back to 1984, this brasserie has stuck around because of its reasonable but flavorsome food. On warmer days, you will find tables laid outside the restaurant. The food here is exquisite yet full of heart and the service definitely is the cherry on the pie.
Address: 125 Mortlake High Street SW14 8SN
Tel: +44 20 8878 9462
Tube: Barnes Bridge
Price per person: Appx.18- 25 GBP
Reservation Recommended. : Online booking available

8. RS Hispaniola

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You are bound to fall in love with the easy, nautical charm of this permanently moored ship that serves up delicious food without any superficial pretense. Offering mesmerizing views of the London Eye, this culinary voyage promises to be a memorable one for sure. Stars of the menu are aubergine moussaka and the home cured salmon.
Address: Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 3011
Tube: Embankment
Price per person: Appx 25- 35 GBP
Reservation recommended: Online booking available

9. Sea Containers

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From South American to Middle Eastern, the menu of Sea Containers doesn’t fail to deliver. The entire hotel, including the restaurant has a nautical theme that blends in well with modern design elements. The views of St.Paul’s Cathedral are of course, to die for. If you can manage to secure a reservation here while you’re in London, don’t miss this one.
Address: 20 Upper Ground London, SE1 9PD
Tel: +44 (0)20 3747 1063
Tube: Blackfriars
Price per person: Appx.25- 35 GBP
Reservation recommended: Online booking available

10. The Bingham

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This hotel and in turn the restaurant has the most enviable riverside views in Richmond. If the immaculate English garden doesn’t steal your heart, the alfresco dining definitely will. Simple flavors that are derived with clever imagination, this restaurant’s menu features clever combinations of ingredients. A sure winner, we say!
Address: 61-63 Petersham Road, London TW106UT
Tel: +44 20 8940 0902
Tube: Richmond is at the end of the District Line on the Underground or board a South West Train from Waterloo via Clapham junction
Price per person: Appx 25 to 40 GBP.
Reservation Recommended

11. The Oyster Shed

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A predominantly seafood menu (obvious by its name) and sweeping floor to ceiling vistas of Thames, the Oyster Shed is true blue British and mighty proud at it.  Try the classic fish n chips or go for a more sophisticated Lancashire hot pot, you are sure to like it all. A fine restaurant masquerading as a pub, expect a laidback vibe and delicious grub.
Address: Angel Lane London EC4R 3AB
Tel: +44( 0)20 7256 3240
Tube: London Bridge/ Tower of London
Price per person:Appx 20-35 GBP
Reservation Recommended: Online Booking available
Not Open on Weekends.

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12. The Perkin Reveller

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The first thing you will notice here besides the great views is that this place is full of character. Whether you indulge in bar snacks or go for something heartier like crab, the ‘Perkin Reveller’ in you will not be disappointed. Try their refreshing gin cocktails for a happy high.
Address: The Wharf at The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 3166 6949Tube:
Price per person: Appx.20-30 GBP
Reservation Recommended: Online booking available

London’s culinary scene is ever evolving. There’s so much variety for your taste buds that you don’t have to repeat a meal in weeks. Its riverside restaurants are an embodiment of its understated beauty and diverse palate. Plan a trip to London with our smart trip maker.

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