The best riverside venues in London

The best riverside venues in London

Posted on 07 June 2018 • Written By Tonje Odegard

The best riverside venues in London
Nothing beats a good river view. Here’s our list of the top seven spots by the water

Blueprint Cafe D and D London

Capacity 170
USP Retractable frontage for all-year use

The retractable floor-to-ceiling windows along its outside wall guarantee a good view of the river no matter what the weather. It also makes the space light and airy. The British-leaning menu matches the iconic London landmarks seen from the terrace (everything from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf). 

The Narrow

Capacity 200 
USP A huge variety of rooms 

All the private rooms in The Narrow offer river views, so it only comes down to how big your party is when it comes to choosing your space. Its conservatory benefits from floor-to-ceiling windows, while the semi-private Boat House offers similar views, seating guests beneath a longboat suspended from the eaves. 

IET London Savoy Place - johnson roof terrace

Capacity 300
USP The Johnson Roof Terrace (it’s made for summer parties)

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. View-specific, we’d go for the Riverside Room or the Maxwell Library, and of course, the outdoor roof terrace – vistas of the South Bank will make events even more memorable.

East Wintergarden - venue hire

Capacity 1,000
USP The arched glass atrium

The atrium is almost as beautiful to look at as the riverside itself, dramatically framing the Canary Wharf view. Ideal for dinner, the marble-floored space is also large enough to accommodate exhibitions, product launches and automotive showcases. 

5. Tower Bridge, SE1

Tower Bridge Guide

Capacity 120
USP …it’s Tower Bridge

The iconic venue offers river views directly on the river, and houses a surprising amount of event spaces. A refurb has added a glass floor to the high-level Walkways linking its towers, suspending you 42m above the water – a great spot for a private party.

6. Cutty Sark, SE10

Cutty Sark - weather deck reception

Capacity 450
USP It’s a Grade I-listed tea clipper ship

It’s hard to compete with Cutty Sark for a maritime theme and it’s the only surviving model of its type. The ship has been suspended so guests can dine and be entertained beneath her copper-clad hull. The mahogany-panelled Master’s Saloon is also great for VIP dinners.

7. Four Degree, SW8

Four Degree london restaurants lambeth venue hire events groups bar cocktails japanese food

Capacity 350
USP It’s heated river terrace

The Japanese/European inspired menu is a draw at this newly-opened venue on Vauxhall’s booming riverside. The terrace can also be enjoyed all year round as the outdoor heaters keep you warm and snug. Oh, and if you’re into that kind of thing, the chandeliers make for some serious Instagram material.  

Looking for a different view? Check out our full list of venues that give great vistas of the city