There's one thing that takes any old 'dinner out' to the next level – no, not incredible food (well, also that), but breathtaking views from sky-high settings. And there's no better place for a stunning cityscape view than London.
From a swanky Chinese overlooking beautiful gardens to a bottomless prosecco brunch with 360° skyline views, these are our favourite London restaurants with a view.
Not been up The Shard yet? A trip to this 31 floors high eatery is a brilliant excuse to be amazed by the panoramic views of the capital – and indulge in some modern British cuisine while you're at it. Brunch (featuring Lobster Benedict and baked eggs with crab soldiers) is served until 3.30pm – the perfect weekend treat.
Level 31, The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY,
Zoom up to level 36 of Sky Garden and you'll find this lively, best-of-British all-day brasserie.
Food is seasonal and packed with flavour (go for brunch and order the truffle mac & cheese), while the cocktails are not to be missed (we come back time and time again for the sweet yet bitter Rhubarb Negroni).
Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF,
Newly re-furbed and with a spanking new menu, the OXO tower restaurant's views of the Thames are most beautiful at dusk.
With the likes of warm Dorset crab, toasted brioche, honey and lemongrass sabayón, it's a pretty special experience.
8th floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH,
Amid the buzz of the city is the Heron Tower: a 230 metre high skyscraper encasing some London's most exciting restaurants. Our favourite? The super playful Duck & Waffle, headed up by chef Dan Doherty. Trust, us, they can even make a cheese cocktail taste good...
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY,
Twenty-four floors up in another City skyscraper, this up-in-the-clouds fine dining experience comes from the Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton. A dash of 1920s decadence and 360 degree views make this perfect special occasion fodder.
24th Floor, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ,
A very fancy Chinese, all the way up on the 10th floor of Kensington’s The Royal Garden Hotel. Sweeping views over the wonderfully pretty gardens below and exquisite platters of gently steamed dim sum make a lunch to remember.
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT,
Boasting a rooftop bar and industrial chic restaurant, Bokan offers 360° views over the London skyline away from the bustle of Canary Wharf below.
Plus, the food is next-level. The a la carte and tasting menus are impressive, but we come for the bottomless brunch. For £50, indulge in three mouth-watering courses and free-flowing prosecco. Boozy brunch breathtaking views? That's that special occasion sorted.