Our choice of the most superb restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a meal and a drink while savoring London’s ever-changing skyline
99 Kensington High Street. wwwroofgardensvirgin.com
Sir Richard Branson’s Kensington restaurant offers stunning food and a most spectacular view from the restaurant’s lush roof garden seven storeys up. Here you’ll find four pink flamingoes called Ben, Bill, Pecks and Splosh, who watch over their guests and up the ante when it comes to atmosphere. Dine al fresco on fresh, seasonal food that’s as good as the scenery. This is the place to see and be seen, flamingoes notwithstanding!
Boundary Rooftop Bar
2-4 Boundary Street, Shorditch. www.theboundary.co.uk/rooftop
Designed by famous architect Sir Terence Conran, the ever-stylish Boundary Hotel boasts an equally on-trend Rooftop Bar offering great food, exotic cocktails and spectacular view of London and surrounds. Whether you’re visiting to see iconic design, or enjoy a meal or a drink with a view, you’re in for a treat.
Galvin at Windows Bar
22 Park Lane. www.galvinatwindowsbar.com
The must-visit location in Mayfair is Galvin at Windows, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. It offers unbeatable views of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park with the rest of London stretching outwards. Combined with haute cuisine and magnificent 1930s décor, the experience is unforgettable, the food quite superb.
Oblix at The Shard
32/F, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street.
Of course the views are breathtaking – the Shard is the tallest building in Europe, not just the tallest in London! The Oblix is a New York-style grillhouse owned by renowned foodies Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker, who won acclaim for their Japanese restaurants called Roka and Zuma. It’s difficult to tell what the highlight is here – the superb steaks, fabulous choice of wines, or the unmatched 360-degree panoramic views.
Centre Point Tower, Tottenham Court Road. www.paramount.uk.net
You’ll find this stunning modern eaterie on the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floors of the city’s iconic Centre Point Tower. It’s best visited at sunset to watch the city skyline as the sky changes color. But both day and night views are spectacular, as is the food, a mix of European flavors that is both sophisticated and unique. As the restaurant is open until 2am, you can spend the evening here. An unmatched experience awaits.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate. www.sushisamba.com/london
Before The Shard was erected, Heron Tower was London’s tallest building. And despite having competition, the restaurant, which is located on the 38th and 39th floors, still offers unsurpassed views. There are other restaurants here, too, but Sushisamba is the best of the best. Offering a combination of Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian fusion fare, the restaurant, whose New York branch is world-famous, offers a slice of the high life – literally, as well as an exotic taste sensation. The interior is striking, the music atmospheric, and the choice of venues, which includes two outdoor terraces, is quite sublime.