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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

The Bingham

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.

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Richmond

Blueprint Café

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

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Bermondsey

Brady's

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.

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Wandsworth

Crabtree

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

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Fulham

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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Kensal Town

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: 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.

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Canary Wharf

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

Sea Containers at Mondrian London

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.

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South Bank

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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South Bank
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By: Laura Richards

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5 comments
Caroline M
Caroline M

you should have a filter for each area so it is easier for people to look at please. We would like near Southwark please

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.