Don’t let summer pass you by – get out there and enjoy it before it’s autumn again and we all have to shuffle back inside. If you’re bored of picnics and BBQs, leave the cooking to the experts and book a table at one of these top riverside restaurants. Where better to spend the last days of summer than on the banks of the River Thames?
From a nautical panorama of life on and around the Thames, to a delicious scene of Cambridge’s ancient skyline, we’ve rounded up some restaurants boasting some of the best river views.
Le Pont de la Tour is as traditional a restaurant as they come. Suede waist-coated waitresses, a menu dominated by French classics. That kind of thing. And yet, unless you spend a lot of time on the continent, it still feels like something quite new – not often do you find Mediterranean-esque al fresco white table-clothed luxury on the river in the UK. But here it is, and with the best views of Tower Bridge to boot.
‘House’ is not a word to be taken lightly here. At first glance, this is a Victorian residence with idyllic surrounds of the river Cam and Midsummer Common. On closer inspection, it’s an award-winning restaurant, where one of the UK’s most respected pot bashers Daniel Clifford is the chef-patron. In spite of all that, if you’re still just coming here for the river views over the Cam, get yourself up to the first floor lounge or terrace.Continue Reading
Despite the occasional rainy day, it’s really starting to feel like summer. Time to swap those cosy nights in for picnics in the park, cocktails by the river, and laid-back lunches in the sunshine. If you’re looking for somewhere new to dine this month, check out one of these London pop-ups where great food and good vibes are guaranteed.
Drink and dine in style this summer at Terrazza on the Thames – Bolla Wines pop-up riverside terrace at Columbia Restaurant in Docklands. It’s open daily from 4pm serving wine, Prosecco and Italian-inspired cocktails like ‘One Night in Venice’ – a refreshing mix of gin, Prosecco, lemon, mint and elderflower. If you get peckish, there are pizzette and antipasti, or you can take the RB4 river bus across to Canary Wharf and dine at Roka, Big Easy and Chai Ki.Continue Reading
From food market grazing to lunch by the river, here are ten foodie dates ideas to try this spring.
Sip cocktails on the roof – Make the most of the after-work sunshine with a drink on the roof at rooftop bars like Radio, Aqua Kyoto, Madison and Golden Bee. If you fancy more than just drinks, book a table at Boundary in Shoreditch and enjoy Mediterranean dishes under the grape vines and fairy lights.
Pick up a posh picnic and head to the park – What better way to spend a spring afternoon than stretched out on a rug, soaking up the sun? Pack your own picnic or stock up on gourmet goodies at Mount Street Deli, Melrose & Morgan, Brompton Food Market, or the deli at Holborn Dining Room. If you’re heading for Hampstead Heath, stop for a drink at The Bull & Last and then pick up a hamper to take away.
Eat your way along the Southbank – After a cruise down the Thames or a stroll in the sunshine, skip the chain restaurants and dine in style at Skylon or check out the new Southbank Centre food market. In May, head to Southbank for Streets of Spain – a four-day fiesta of Spanish food and fun.Continue Reading