Romantic London Restaurants With A View
London is a busy and bustling city, and sometimes all we crave is a little oasis away from the buzz. Somewhere we can enjoy a drink, some unforgettable food, and take in the views of the city. Fortunately, London has some hidden gems that provide just that. From skyscrapers to rooftop bars with panorama views, read on for our list of our selection of romantic London restaurants with a view…
Our first restaurant with a view is situated in no other than London’s tallest skyscraper. Aqua Shard, on Level 31 of the iconic building, is a highly sophisticated modern outfit that offers patrons 360 degree views of the city as they dine. And of course, the menu here lives up to the high standards set by the view.
Sample starters like the Red Prawns Carpaccio with Lemon oil, chilli and celery cress, or the Beef Tartare with blue radish, egg emulsion and toasted sourdough bread. The mains being served are quite the event, such as Venison Saddle with Confit chard, salt baked beetroot and pickled blackberry sauce.
TheFork Rating: 8.6 Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 12PM–12AM
This majestic restaurant with amazing views over London’s Hyde Park is the perfect gift idea for an unforgettable, romantic experience. Galvin at Windows lets you take in panoramic views from the 28th floor, while you dine in style on their expertly curated menu.
Head Chef Marc Hardiman puts his passion and knowledge into every morsel, through expert craftsmanship of fresh, rare and regional ingredients. Try starters like the Portland Crab with Hazelnut, Crab Apple and Dill, or the Limousine Veal Sweetbread “Satay”. Enjoy pairings of special ingredients, such as the Dover Sole with Fowey Mussels, Veronique and Aged Baeri Caviar.
TheFork Rating: 8.9 Opening Hours: Monday - Tuesday Closed, Wednesday - Saturday 12–2:15 PM, 6–9:30 PM Sunday 12–2:45PM
The site of Shakespeare’s Globe has drawn patrons from London and around the country for centuries, and it remains there to this day. The perfect experience for history buffs and lovers of the plays of William Shakespeare, restaurant Swan also boasts beautiful views over The Thames.
The surroundings are historic, but the menu here is refreshingly contemporary. Modern dishes will delight, such as Scottish Game and Pistachio Terrine with Red onion chutney and toasted sourdough, or the Soft Polenta and Roasted Butternut Squash with Roasted pine nuts, curly kale and parsley pesto.
TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30AM–1AM, Sunday 10:30AM–11PM
At modern restaurant Bokan 37, Head Chef Robert Manea serves inventive dishes to lucky diners who enjoy stunning views from this high-rise dining space. Expect luxurious ingredients to complement these high-end surroundings.
Begin your meal with starters like the Foie gras with Williams pear and blinis, or the Organic lamb cutlets with potato terrine, heritage carrots and sage. Move onto marvellous main dishes like the Josper stone bass with ceps mushrooms and dashi broth, or the Grilled rib eye, shallot tart, parsley puree. Finish on a decadent dessert like the Fallen peach, with verbena & chocolate crumble.
TheFork Rating: 9.1 Opening Hours: Monday - Tuesday Closed, Wednesday - Friday 6PM–11PM, Saturday - Sunday 12:30–3:30PM, 6–11PM
This modern French restaurant in London’s Canary Wharf, Plateau, is aptly named for its position above the city. Featuring an aesthetic space-age interior with Saarinen tables laden with flowers, and dining terraces overlooking Canada Square - this is the spot to feel like the future is yours.
The dishes here are equally as romantic and are likely to be loved by you and your date for the night. Seaweed cured Scottish salmon, pickled vegetables, crème fraiche and dill showcase rich ingredients, as does the Ham hock presse with medjool date puree and sourdough. Vegetarians will love the Miso-glazed aubergine with shitake mushroom, black quinoa and pomegranate main.
TheFork Rating: 9.0 Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 1PM–10PM, Sunday Closed
The only way to up the ante on roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day date night is a romantic restaurant with a view. Fortunately, you can find a fine example of this at Laurel’s On The Roof in East London’s Shoreditch - inspired by the Hollywood high life and movie romance of 1970s L.A.
In keeping with the theme, dishes here, by Chef Andy Hyote, bring a distinctly West Coast vibe. From the Tuna Tostada with Soy sauce, citrus, red chilli and chipotle mayo, to the Malibu Shrimp Cocktail and the California Lobster Roll with lemon mayonnaise and fries, expect to be transported with every bite. Book now on TheFork and feel like a star on your next date night.
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 7AM–12AM, Sunday 7AM–11PM
This ultra-cool Japanese restaurant concept and izakaya lounge reimagines the traditional Japanese way of eating. 8 at The Londoner serves contemporary fare in a beautifully laden room with views over London and Leicester Square - the perfect central spot for date night romance.
Not your average chocolate and flowers affair, the menu here will lead you on a journey through Japanese fine-dining, with a menu full of truly discerning dishes. There are special, seasonal menus throughout the year, such as the Valentine’s Day menu that features Lobster gyoza tacos with chili and cilantro, and a selection of the freshest, rarest sashimi moriawase.
TheFork Rating: 8.9 Opening Hours: Sunday - Monday Closed, Tuesday - Saturday 5PM–1AM
Housed in London’s artfully designed Treehouse Hotel near Fitzrovia, the Madera Treehouse is truly an oasis away from the urban bustle on London’s streets. Offering a perch to rest at with a vista of amazing views over the city, a date-night reservation can be booked now on TheFork.
As you take a seat among the plants, vines and flowers that give the Treehouse Hotel its jungle feel, peruse a menu that combines classic high-end hotel fare with modern, latin-infused dishes. From brunch dishes like the chicken Taquitos al Gusto with jalapeno cabbage, to mains like the Tequila King Prawns pesto-marinated heirloom tomatoes, melted mozzarella, piquillo peppers and topped with crispy shallots. Book your table now for a special date-night adventure!
TheFork Rating: 8.9 Opening Hours: Monday 7AM–11PM, Saturday - Sunday 8AM–11PM
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