Summer in the UK is a bigger tease than Mr Big. Is it coming, is it not? Do we even want it now? Of course we do. When the sun is out nothing is better than catching up with loved ones in beautiful surroundings with amazing food and drink. Luckily we’re not short of options. The River Thames offers some of London’s finest views and it’s no surprise that it’s the most sought after location for eateries and bars. We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite spots along the river to eat and drink; from classic English pubs to fine dining and everything in-between – all with a riverside view.

The Pepys

The Pepys

This bar and restaurant is effortlessly charming. It sits casually on the river and offers an amazing balcony where many come to relax and enjoy some downtime after work. The inside is super cosy and the food is a delightful fusion of traditional comforts like fish & chips, and new vogue entries like truffled mac & cheese.

Stew Lane, 48 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3PT

Sea Containers at Mondrian London

Sea Containers at Mondrian London

For some fine dining along the river we’re recommending Sea Containers. It’s inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel and the menu is a fusion of the best from American and British food culture. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served everyday as well as weekend Prosecco brunches. We’re on board.

20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD

The Grapes

The Grapes

The Grapes is as old as London itself. Well, almost. Its story dates back over 500 years and is one of London’s most intriguing pubs. Charles Dickens was a fan, and so is Ian McKellen (who is such a big fan that he’s actually the leaseholder). There is a heated terrace and we recommend arriving early to get a seat.

76 Narrow St, Poplar, London, E14 8BP

Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café

Check out the Blueprint Café – not only some amazing river views – but also some pretty decent deals. Try 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £25 everyday. You’ll be dining next to floor-to-ceiling windows with views from Canary Warf to the East through Tower Bridge and the city.

Butlers Wharf, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Founder’s Arms

Founder’s Arms

A little known fact; Madison’s is not the only place around town offering views of St Pauls. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe but with the same glorious views head to Founders Arms, which sits on the Southbank. Alongside the main and brunch menus they’re also well informed on the beverage front (especially gin).

52 Hopton Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9JH

The Ship

The Ship

Very aptly named, The Ship is docked proudly in the South West of London and has been entertaining and feeding people since 1786. It boasts award winning food and live music performances during the week; just check their What’s On guide to keep up-to-date with the happenings.

41 Jews Row,  Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB

Big Easy

Big Easy

For a taste of the deep south, head over to Big Easy which sits on board a humungous boat on Canary Wharf and offers incredible views like no other. This American inspired eatery has the best meat and seafood around which together with its easy-going atmosphere and great music, goes perfectly with the relaxed riverside views.

1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AR

Bingham 

Way over in the West we’re recommending the Bingham for a little fancy as a side to some spectacular river views. There’s a balcony terrace perfect for warm Summer nights and expect to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after an evening here. The menu changes regularly so you’ll be in for some unexpected treats depending on the seasonal ingredients on hand.

61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT

Written by Nikki

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