40/30 AT THE GHERKIN (MEMBERS ONLY), CITY
If you’re not a member, then make sure that you know someone who is, and get them to invite you as much as possible for lunch at this extravagantly windowed restaurant. It’s like eating on a rooftop, only far more refined. 25 St Mary Axe EC3A 8AA, ww.searcys.co.uk.
GALVIN AT WINDOWS, HYDE PARK
One of the best views in central London, and a Michelin star to boot.?Chris Galvin serves up accessible, sensitively sourced and prepared European food with plenty of panache. Equally this is a knock-out spot for romantic aperitivi. 22 Park Lane W1K 1BE, tel: 020 7208 4021.
BATTERY, WESTFERRY CIRCUS
You have to buzz your way into a gated complex to reach Battery, making it seem a bit high-security. But once you’re there, friendly staff, adventurous European food and simply divine Thames views await. 34 Westferry Circus E14 8RR, tel: 020 8305 3089.