The Dove is steeped in history. Since it first opened in the 17th century, this Hammersmith watering hole has garnered quite the name for its great atmosphere, cask ales, crowd-pleasing grub and cosy decor, as well as its riverside beer garden.
Riverside Restaurants In London
The weather is glorious and you want to make the most of it - and why shouldn't you? Sunny days are few and far between and the thought of wasting them in stuffy eateries is a crying shame. But, thanks to the city's many waterways and ever-growing dining scene, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to riverside restaurants in London. Whether you're after a low-key bite to eat by a quiet canal, a classy sunset dinner near the Thames or something a little different, you'll find 'em all here.
This gem is ideal for those looking for a delicious and relaxing meal within Central London. Situated in the hub of King's Cross, Rotunda boasts an award-winning wine list, a mouthwatering menu using sustainable produce and a surprisingly large canalside terrace hidden out back.
Gaze at The O2 whilst sipping your pint at this Docklands pub. Housed within a Grade II listed building, The Gun has been beautifully redecorated whilst still holding on to its original features, making it a charming riverside restaurant in London.
Taking waterside dining to the next level, Darcie & May Green is bringing you delicious dishes onboard a stunning barge boat. Head over to the Paddington Basin haunt for a host of Australian-inspired bites (you must try their award-winning banana bread sandwiches) and summery cocktails.
Nestled along the Southbank, Sea Containers is one hell of a swanky restaurant, featuring a suntrap of a terrace, gawp-worthy views and a bunch of menus to choose from, including bottomless brunch and pre-theatre options.
When it comes to places to eat by the river, The Ship is up there with the very best. Set with the Thames as its backdrop, the Wandsworth boozer comes up trumps for its ambience, location and eats, along with its weekly live music sessions and quizzes.
Located at the entrance to Coal Drops Yard, The Lighterman is a hella sleek canalside restaurant and bar at King's Cross. Take your pick between various indoor and outdoor tables before enjoying the scenery as the kitchen rustles up a tasty spread of seasonal dishes.
One of the coolest restaurants by the river in London, CRATE Bar & Pizzeria is the perfect place for an easy-going afternoon of craft brews and tasty chews. Grab yourself a pint from their own collection before heading out back and sinking your teeth into speciality stone-baked slices.
A Gordon Ramsay restaurant, The Narrow is sure to leave you with a smile on your face. Pinch yourself a table by the window, or even a bench outside if the weather's good, and take in Thames-side vistas whilst tucking into British classics.
Arepa & Co is bringing the taste of Venezuela to London. Popular for its unique weekend brunch, the kitchen dishes up a selection of arepas (a flat cornbread), rice bowls and cachapas (pancakes made with corn flour) for hungry diners during the week.
Fresh Cornish-inspired nosh and sumptuous NYC-style cocktails come together at this Central London beauty, making for some seriously stylish riverside dining. If that wasn't enough, Northbank Restaurant has also got a terrace to make the most of those sights over Southbank and Millennium Bridge.
We cannot get enough of East London's Barge House. The restaurant by Regent's Canal is only metres away from the water, with retractable glass doors allowing for eating outside during the summer months. As for food? You've probably seen their signature brunch, breakfast in bread, all over Instagram, but their seasonal menus are also worthy of a shout out.
Something of an iconic riverside restaurant in London, Swan At Shakespeare's Globe is nestled in the hub of Bankside. Knocking up delicious British fare with produce from local markets, the building also wins in terms of looks, with scenes of St Paul's Cathedral looming at you.