The Southbank Centre’s premiere dining venue mixes stunning views across the river with future-kitsch design and sophisticated continental cooking. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX,
BLUEPRINT AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Overlooking the river near Tower Bridge – with binoculars provided to tables to cast a closer eye across the City skyline – the Design Museum’s restaurant offers a locally-sourced, seasonal menu.
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD, www.blueprintcafe.co.uk
SEARCY’S AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Another room with a view, looking out onto Nelson’s Column, Westminster and the London Eye, the NPG restaurant is a fine place for a smart lunch when escaping the noise of the West End. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE, www.searcys.co.uk