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
Elegant simplicity is the hallmark of this Georgian house hotel bordering the Richmond towpath. The dining area occupies two spacious, well-lit rooms; french windows overlook the river; bright chandeliers and large mirrors enhance the gold tones and woodwork. Food, notably high tea, is also served in the grey- and silver-hued bar area and on the decked patio when weather permits.Read more
Venue says: Fresh from Cornwall this week, skate wings and beautiful stripy mackerel. Sparklingly fresh! Twinkle twinkle!
Situated by the waterfront just south of Wandsworth Bridge, Brady’s is a bright, airy, maritime-themed space both indoors and out. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out over patio decking, and it just needs a wheeling seagull or two to transport diners to the seaside. The bar provides drinks for the restaurant but also has table seating (no reservations) and serves shellfish raw, cured, and cooked.Read more
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.Read more
Venue says: Book your table for weekday lunch in the dining room for two or more people and we'll organise a free taxi ride for you! Book 020 7515 5222.
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.Read more
Watch the riverside joggers and strollers pass by in this Tom Dixon-designed restaurant that nods to London’s docklands. The shipping theme is carried through the whole place, with the illusion of a vast copper hull along one wall and a model yellow submarine suspended over the restaurant’s bar.Read more
Find 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.Read more