Restaurants in London are reaching for the skies, dazzling from atop newly erected skyscrapers and mile high beauties. Sky-high dining is a recent phenomenon and the sense of occasion while presiding over one of the most iconic skylines in the world is incomparable. Here are our favourite sky high dining spots this summer - the best London restaurants with a view.
Rain Becker's presidential dining room presides over the Thames like a culinary captain. Floor-to-ceiling windows give way to 360-degree views up high on the 32nd floor of The Shard. There's an open kitchen, sense of occasion and definitive New York feel to this floor-spanning eatery.
Oblix is the power broker's favourite, they come here to chew the fat and choicest cuts from the spit roast, charcoal grill and wood fired oven against the sweep of London's waterway. www.oblixrestaurant.com
Fenchurch Street Seafood Bar and Grill
Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
The newest of the burgeoning collection of skyscrapers erupting over the London skyline boasts unparalleled wow factor for its jaw-dropping views. Set at the peak of the dizzying heights of the contentious ‘Walkie Talkie,’ this place gets it right on every level: staff – including a vintage Champagne sommelier – who could write the textbook on service, sensational seafood, outrageous oysters and magnificent meats in this chicly formal fine dining room where each course seems to better the last. skygarden.london
Set up high on the 24th floor of the dizzying, dazzling Tower 42, Jason Atherton's city slicker is a grown-up dining option with Gherkin spanning views that garnered a Michelin star just a few months after opening last year.
The cuisine is no less impressive than the powerhouse views and powerbroking- perfect Art Deco interiors – showcasing the best of British seasonal fare and show-stopping Prohibition-era cocktails at this multi-award winning fine dining restaurant. citysociallondon.com
Inspired by the Imperial palace cuisine of Peking, Hutong transports one of the world's leading Chinese restaurants to one of the globe's most famous – not to mention vertiginous – buildings. It's not just the panoramic views and culinary flair that impress: faithful touches such as a wall of tiled tea bricks and hand carved, wood-panelled moon gates combining the sultry style of the East with the spirit of the night provide the backdrop to sensational service, amazing views and an intelligent menu faithful to its North China origins. hutong.co.uk
London in the Sky
London in the Sky
Food tastes pretty exciting at a table suspended 30 metres high. Ascending after starters alongside 21 fellow diners for a vertiginous al fresco feast from London's most exciting chefs is an exciting prospect in every way.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with an awning to shield from the rain – and running for just ten days, last year it showcased an all-Michelin-starred cast of visiting chefs from Atul Kochhar to Alyn Williams – who demonstrate their verve from the intimate open kitchen up high in the sky. www.eventsinthesky.co.uk
Summoning the flair of South America with the slickness of Japan, the 270-degree glass windows appear to jut into the sky, hang in the starry night and over the twinkling lights of the City and beyond, situated on the penultimate storey of the Heron Tower.
The food at Sushisamba is no less impressive than the vista: sensational sushis combine with sweet South American accents and riotous cocktails meaning it really is possible to have it all: scintillating views, a glamorous clientele and mouthwatering cuisine. sushisamba.com