Hi can anyone help, I am bring my husband to London in December as a surprise for his 30th birthday, I am looking for a really nice resturant to take him to, I have tried to book the oxo tower but it is already booked. Would prefer somewhere with a nice view as well if poss, and it would be on a sunday eve if this makes any difference.
The Peoples Palace (inside the Royal Festival Hall) has great views from window tables (and seeing as one whole side is glass, it has pretty good views from all the tables really). Food is decent, although not mindblowing, and prices are at (what are to me) celebratory meal levels without being stratospheric, if I remember correctly.
For a really very very very fine meal (not in SE1, but only in Wandsworth so a short journey from the centre) in a small restaurant with no real view go to Chez Bruce. I can't claim to be a regular visitor to gourmet restaurants, but I had pretty much the finest meal in many years there (and, if you can get a booking, it's good value)
For classic views (and the views are the thing rather than the food - in fact, maybe the best idea is to go just for drinks at the bar), then Windows on the World at the top of the Hyde Park/Park Lane Hilton (I think it's the hilton)
And for style above substance (but nice views) then there's the Conran collection of places at Tower Bridge (Pont de la Tour, etc)
What a lucky huzza you've got. Hope you find somewhere fantastic
Why not have a look in www.toptable.co.uk - you can even have a virtual look around each restaurant as well as seeing what's on the menu! We use it all the time and they show you where they've got special offers on eg 50% off!!!!
Pont delatour is allegedly overpriced and the view is at ground level. my favourite for views and good food ant decent prices is the blue print cafe above the design museum, it is a conran restruant, food on a par with the oxo if not better, cheaper than the oxo and the staff are far less pretensious. views are also good!