When the summer weather falls from the sky in great, cold drops and al fresco dining is off the menu, that’s when we take to the clouds. Call them penthouse restaurants or rooftop restaurants or just restaurants with outstanding views, they offer great dining experiences that lift us up where we belong and put the world at our feet. And if the rain comes down, well, let it.
In London, we’re spoilt for choice. When we’re feeling glam we head to the Paramount at the top of Centre Point and if cocktail hour coincides with sunset, then we settle ourselves in the west-facing Paramount bar before dining. For Michelin star dining, Galvin at Windows is a favourite. With views over Buckingham Palace gardens, we’re more exalted than the Queen herself. Lofty Michelin star dining awaits on the other side of town too, at Rhodes 24, with a superb modern British menu and views of the Gherkin and far beyond.
Of course, when we fancy views of greenery, then both the Coq d’Argent in the City and Babylon at the Roof Gardens in Kensington fill the bill exactly.
Outside London, the rooftop Heights Restaurant in Edinburgh has views of the Castle that will pleat your kilt, while the top diner rated Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant in Edinburgh is a place to see and be seen. And if you’re in Paris, you could do far worse than book yourself into the 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It may not be top floor, but it’s certainly top drawer.