London is absolutely full of fantastic restaurants serving up tasty grub from all the corners of the world. It has a legendary culinary scene, but if you really want to impress whoever you’re bringing to London, you want to find a restaurant that boasts an awesome view as well as a great menu.
In case you’re wondering, all of these are easily accessible from hotels near Hyde Park – only a short Tube ride or a bus trip away in most cases.
Serpentine Bar and Kitchen
Its rustic country feel has attracted citygoers seeking an escape from London’s skyscrapers for years. Particularly popular in the spring and the summer thanks to its attractive garden setting and gorgeous views across the Serpentine are a testimony that London can be green as well as grey.
Feng Shang Princess
A one-of-a-kind restaurant situated in Regents Park, this glorious floating venue – beautifully painted scarlet and gold – is surrounded by emerald tree canopies and makes for a great place to have a meal. Dishes are, as you would expect, fantastically presented and follow a Chinese theme, something that the entire boat adheres to.
Babylon Roof Gardens
A seventh-floor rooftop garden in Kensington offering panoramic views across London’s oh-so-spectacular skyline? Yes please, we hear you cry. Head to the Babylon Roof Gardens for this awesome scene. Again, it does better in the summer when you can go out onto the rooftop for some alfresco dining, but there’s still a pretty extraordinary view from inside.
The Grand Union Canal makes for stellar surroundings and this gorgeous restaurant’s classic bistro menu complements the location perfectly. Expect painted wooden panelling and sunflowers in watering cans for that retro riverboat feel. We fancy a Pimms already.
Le Café Anglais
Another Bistro offering, this time in Bayswater. It’s buzzy, lively and nestled atop Whitley’s shopping centre, allowing for escapism from the army of shoppers below. Its art deco inspired interior includes a huge open kitchen, along with floor to ceiling windows that allow you to make the most of the view. Which is, by the way, sensational. Deux cafes, s’il vous plait.