For a waterside dining experience straight out of ‘Downton Abbey’, head to this stately, country house-style hotel bordering the Richmond towpath. The spacious, gold-accented restaurant is lit by impressive chandeliers and has huge windows overlooking the river, while a decked patio brings you closer to the water’s edge in fine weather. The modern European menu is as highbrow as the surroundings; dishes such as halibut with jersey royals, confit fennel and fennel velouté are priced accordingly.
April 2019: We've given this list a bit of love and made sure it was up to scratch, just in time for this season's summer drinking and dining. Our pick of the lot? Brunch on Darcie & May Green's canal boat in Paddington, a British feast at long-time Bermondsey favourite Blueprint Café, and dinner on what must be London's largest riverside terrace at Coppa Club.
The waterways of London – be those mother Thames or the extensive canal network – provide some of the most scenic dining in the city, whether it’s a plush riverside restaurant or a more casual pit-stop you’re after. Cast your eyes south for a roundup of our favourite waterside restaurants in London (a few of which can also be found, inevitably, on our best outdoor dining and restaurants with a view lists).