River Thames: London’s Top 10 Best Riverside Restaurants. Much is made of the capital's north-south divide. It's nonsense really; what divides us is also what unites us - the majestic River Thames. Yes, it also flows through Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire (among other counties) but everyone in London knows it's OUR river and we love it. Riverside bars, pubs and restaurants have always been popular drinking spots, especially in our annual fortnight of summer, so Fluid brings you ten of the best to rush to before the sun disappears behind a cloud again...
The Bingham Restaurant
Richmond & Kew / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
With perfect river views, The Bingham offers elegant fine dining and holds 3 AA Rosettes. There is a glamorous cocktail bar and al fresco dining on the heated balcony. The Bingham Restaurant and Bar in Richmond features plush and opulent design, and an exquisite menu of sumptuous dishes. You can eat outside despite the weather - the balcony is covered and heated. Enjoy croissants and a cappuccino listening to the birds as the sun rises or share a midnight moment with a loved one by the light of the moon.
Le Pont de la Tour Restaurant
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
London's Le Pont de la Tour restaurant is one of London's most illustrious restaurants. Beloved of celebrities, courting couples, London visitors and local residents alike, the riverside restaurant offers fabulous French food in an awe-inspiring setting by Tower Bridge. The classically elegant restaurant comes into its own at nightfall when the bridge is floodlit and the glittering cityscape beyond twinkles with life. The restaurant's Thameside terrace is one of its most enduring and alluring assets. In the summer, it boasts an open-air crustacean bar; while in the winter, it welcomes its Champagne bar for cocktails and winter warmers against the backdrop of Tower Bridge.
Westminster / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
City Cruises is the No.1 sightseeing tour on the Thames. Cruises depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round. Explore the sights of the River Thames from four piers - Westminster, London Eye, Tower Pier and Greenwich. The fleet of boats is designed to give you the best vantage point of river life. City Cruises also offers lunch and afternoon tea cruises, RiverLights/Sundowner evening cruises with bubbly, canapés and live music and the London Showboat dinner cruise with live entertainment. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views either from open air upper deck or comfortable saloon.
Skylon Restaurant & Bar
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Located within the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon offers a spectacular panorama of London's skyline with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. A destination restaurant and a relaxed, informal grill centre around a raised bar serving classic and contemporary cocktails.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
The sun-trap terrace is open just in time for the summer party season. Enjoy stunning riverside views of the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Shakespeare?s Globe and the majestic Shard. Tables for lunch and dinner are available on a first come, first serve basis or book the terrace exclusively for up to 40 seated / 50 standing or combine the terrace and bar for up to 100 guests. This desirable space is a hands-down winner for informal corporate events, birthday parties, wedding receptions and more. Choose from a selection of menus including burgers & salads, bowl food or canapes with Pimms, prosecco or buckets of craft beers.
London Bridge & Bermondsey / Restaurant / Cuisine: European
Blueprint is on the first floor of the Design Museum. A completely unique vantage point on the bank of the Thames. The cafe-restaurant sits looking up at Tower Bridge in Shad Thames with the glass front spanning both East and West providing you with an unmissable setting for brunch, coffee or whatever you like. The view is so interesting that it's almost worth ordering tap water and gazing out like a moron for an hour. Nevertheless, Blueprint is a name to store in your memory for whenever you might need a sweeping panorama of our beautiful city (did somebody say 'Wedding proposal hotspot'? You heard it here first).
The Perkin Reveller
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This venue, positioned on the wharf outside the Tower of London, offers elegance and contemporary style. It's the perfect venue to enjoy breakfast or dine al fresco on the terrace. The interior decoration is not to be underestimated and offers a beautiful retreat after a day of sunshine outside, maybe to sip a whimsical cocktail at the bar. A lot of the Perkin furniture is handcrafted using local artisans: the oak chairs, the outdoor cushions, the beer jugs, the tables. The food is an absolute British feast, recognised with a Rosetta Award for culinary excellence. All products are locally sourced and of the finest, freshest quality. A definite must during the warmer season.
OXO Tower Brasserie
South Bank & Bankside / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
The OXO Brasserie, with its state of the art open plan kitchen produces exciting dishes with intense flavours and global influences.The grey-blue contemporary tables in the airy dining space add to the impression of dining in the sky. Summertime al fresco dining is not to be missed, while live music from a fabulous line up of musicians adds a different dimension in the evening.
South Bank & Bankside / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel and the bounty of local fresh produce from the famed Borough Market, Sea Containers combines the best of England and America, creating a restaurant that is refined in its offering, yet youthful and casual in its experience. Seasonally contemplated, globally responsible, locally sourced and perfectly presented, Sea Containers' modern dining room is perfect for lunch by the river, sunset cocktails, or an enchanting dinner.
Canary Wharf / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
Boasting a superb riverside location, Gaucho restaurant in Canary Wharf offers amazing river views; with a continental feel provided by the large summer terrace. Buenos Aires has a reputation for shining hospitality and the welcoming staff at this glamorous location make it a prime choice during summer and spring. Traditional dishes are cooked in onion, chilli and peppers with tall glass servings of Latin American grappas and rum based cocktails to quench that summer thirst. The meat-hungry sect in the banking and finance sector will want to book at this excellent restaurant.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Tom's Kitchen Restaurant and Deli in St. Katharine Docks is the third such British brasserie from Tom Aikens in London. Set in Commodity Quay near the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the restaurant overlooks the luxury yachts in Central London's only marina. True to the Tom's Kitchen ethos, the restaurant uses the very best seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible, including dishes such as seven hour confit lamb, truffled macaroni cheese and haddock with sweet corn fritter, parsley and girolles. Adjacent to the main restaurant is Tom's Kitchen Deli, which offers an array of homemade seasonal sandwiches, soups, hotpots and salads perfect for guests on the go.
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