Take in London's best views as you eat

These really are the best backdrops to any meal.

If the exquisite view of your partner's eyes is just too intoxicating (we should write Hallmark cards, we really should) then can we recommend some splendid sights across our fair capital by way of respite?

Very well...
We can highly recommend views of the glorious river on which the London is built... or perhaps across rooftops to take in some of the capital's most remarkable landmarks... or maybe even an arresting vista across the entire city, taking in the entire metropolis in a single view?

Well, they're all pretty darned good and they're all listed in our Best London Restaurants with Views rundown. These really are the best backdrops to any meal.

31 St Thomas Street SE1 2TH
Region: Southwark
Nearest Station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: It’s on the 33rd storey of London’s tallest building, what more could you ask of a view? The Shard’s Hutong offers food from all over China with an emphasis on the north, so expect some fiery dishes. At lunchtime there’s a dim sum menu with indulgent options like baked Wagyu beef puffs.

  • 30/100
OXO Tower Brasserie
Barge House Street SE1 9PH
Region: South Bank
Nearest Station: Waterloo East (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The 8th floor of the Oxo Tower is home to two eateries: the casual brasserie, with St. Paul’s in the background, and the more formal restaurant overlooking the South Bank. In the summer months the alfresco terrace is in high demand.

Coq d'Argent
1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Bank

AIL Says: There’s a classic French menu at this D&D-owned restaurant, which also boasts a heated terrace and roof garden, from where you can spy on the hurried population of the Square Mile.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 7/10
Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
Region: City
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Stunning views over London from the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, round-the-clock opening hours and a smart take on comfort food made this one of the most talked about eateries of 2012.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 10/10
Le Pont De La Tour
36D Shad Thames SE1 2YE
Region: Bermondsey
Nearest Station: Tower Gateway (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Tower Bridge appears to be just a stone’s throw away from this sleek riverside restaurant, owned by the D&D group.If it’s warm enough grab a seat on the terrace. The menu sticks to Gallic classics like Chateaubriand, sole mousseline and crêpe suzettes.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Madison Restaurant
New Change EC4M 9AD
Region: The City
Nearest Station: St. Paul's

AIL Says: Madison’s dining room faces St. Paul’s, giving punters a dramatic skyline to focus on. There is a tapas menu as well as crowd-pleasing steaks, fish and chips, and roasts.

The Boundary Project
2-4 Boundary Street E2 7DD
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

AIL Says: From the same team as Lutyens and Albion, one of the biggest draws of the Boundary is the rooftop, open in spring and summer and decked out with olive trees. That’s not to say theshabby chic restaurant isn’tworth a visit at other times of the year.

Butlers Wharf Chop House
36E Shad Thames SE1 2YE
Region: Bermondsey
Nearest Station: Tower Gateway (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Eat right by the Thames and Tower Bridge at this restaurant. Specialties are shellfish, steaks and hearty fare like steak and kidney pud and roast pheasant.

Min Jiang
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This Chinese restaurant occupies the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. Large windows offer panoramic views of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and the red and white theme is both elegant and striking.

Galvin At Windows
22 Park Lane W1K 1BE
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This restaurant from the Galvin group is located on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane. Exquisite French cuisine and having Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace in full view while you eat add romance to the experience.

  • 40/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10

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