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London's best riverside restaurants

Discover the best restaurants to eat near water, where the food is as good as the scenery

Whether it's London's best riverside pubs or a restaurant on the Thames, enjoy scenic surroundings when dining in the capital and discover the best places to eat near water. Below our critics have rounded up their favourite riverside restaurants in London that include venues for the best outdoor dining, as well as restaurants with a view.

London's best riverside restaurants

Blueprint Café

Perched above the Design Museum, you need tp book early to snag one of the tables by the (often open) windows, although every seat in the room enjoys a decent city skyline views.

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Tower Bridge

Crabtree

Lounge in the extensive beer garden overlooking the Thames, where many can be seen eating, drinking, and being merry.

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West London

Dock Kitchen

This restaurant, just off Ladbroke Grove, has a terrace next to the Grand Union Canal. Striking design from Tom Dixon provides the backdrop for innovative cooking.

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Outer London

Duke's Head

If you’re a fan of rowing (and rowers) make a dash for the Duke’s Head, where the lads and lasses of the nearby LRC (London Rowing Club) can often be found quenching their thirst. To watch them in action, simply tell the bartender you’re going outside, and they’ll give you your pint (Young’s, plus guest ales from the likes of Meantime and Dogfish), in a plastic cup, allowing you to lean against the railings and cheer on the crews. No training on? Pull up a pew in the dinky patio area, and drink in the views. Of the river, we mean.

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Putney

Gun

Venue says: Learn to fear the beach again at The Gun with a screening of 'Jaws' in our marquee on August 28 at 7pm. Tickets and popcorn are £14.

The devotedly lazy may baulk at the 10-15 minute walk to the Gun from the nearest tube or DLR station, but trust us – it’s well worth the pilgrimage. Once there, you’ll find few tourists (not something you can say of many riverside pubs – Mayflower, we’re looking at you) and plenty of outside space, all washed over by river breezes and the wafting smells of excellent food. You can order from the smart modern British restaurant menu, or keep it casual with seriously good bar bites (brawn croquettes; black pud scotch egg). Of the drinks, it’s the huge, globe-trotting wine list that gets the glory.

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Docklands

Marco Polo

The outdoor tables at this Italian restaurant are a brilliant vantage point from which to take in the Thames. There are few better places to enjoy a meal on sunny days.

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Wandsworth

Stein's

Stein's is a Bavarian beerhouse that doesn't rely solely on its excellent riverside location to draw in the punters. The German menu is a good foil for the free-flowing German beers.

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Richmond, Surrey

Skylon

Choose from the Modern European menu at either the brasserie or the more formal restaurant, and take in the sweeping views of the Thames.

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Southbank

Towpath

Just off the Kingsland Road, but right on the Regent’s Canal is the inauspicious setting for a café from food writer Lori De Mori and her team.

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Central London

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London's best riverside pubs and bars

If you're looking for inner-city supping with a countryside feel, sometimes London's best rooftop bars or best beer gardens simply won't cut it. Get yourself a spot by the river with our guide to London's finest riverside pubs. As well as the very best Thames-side drinking spots, we also guide you through some first rate canalside pubs and bars fit for any sunny day of drinking in the capital.

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By: Laura Richards

Comments

4 comments
Elsa D
Elsa D

SOURCE Battersea have just opened their terrace as well- www.sourcebattersea.com

Dazza V
Dazza V

I'd recommend the Counter Cafe, a cute brunchy/cafe in Hackney Wick... their patio out back opens onto the canal overlooking the Olympic stadium.. the eggs benny is delicious - sunny side and plentiful of hollandaise - and the coffee is super smooth.

Steve
Steve

Water House in Shoreditch on the Regent's Canal is also great - www.waterhouserestaurant.co.uk

Mark
Mark

Is Lower East still going? I walked past there about a year ago and it looked like it had shut down. Shame, it was a great restaurant.