London is truly a cosmopolitan and diverse city, with cuisines from every corner of the world – so there's little wonder that everything is catered for in the capital, from street food stalls to Michelin-star dining. It's also inclusive, looking after vegan eaters, teetotallers and the strictest of dieters. Finally, there's no denying that London is a fashionable place to eat, shop, live and work, and is on top of every trend that comes its way, covering its bases with the latest and greatest pop-ups and dining experiences.
In this article, we're focusing on one of the most desirable and upscale areas of London, with restaurants near Park Plaza and Westminster Bridge. Read on to find out about our top picks for dining out in this cool niche of the city.
Park Plaza, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd
Sushi has been a firm favourite of Londoners for decades, and it's showing no signs of going anywhere. Made from super-fresh fish, much of it is really beneficial for your health – and, when chopsticks are added to the mix, it can be a fun experience for those who haven't tried it before. With a 4-star rating on Trip Advisor, ICHI is surprisingly affordable with a set menu option and is valued for both its food and quality of service. Guests cite fast and friendly service, a variety of options and views of Westminster.
ICHI itself cites its highly-skilled sushi chefs and fresh ingredients as being a winning combination and offers both Japanese and Western drinks to complement the experience.
Westminster Bridge Rd
Afternoon tea – also known as "old-fashioned tea", "family tea" and "high tea" – is something of an English institution, and nowhere does it better than London. With an array of delicate sandwiches and cakes, plus speciality teas, no two places offer the same experience, and it's often themed to play into popular culture.
Served in Gillray's bar, which has views of the Thames, London Eye and Parliament, The Library at County Hall promises a "dining legacy". It offers a traditional afternoon tea with a modern edge. Heading into a near-perfect 5 stars on Trip Advisor, attendees list its beautiful, Downton Abbey-esque setting and free-flowing bubbles as some of the best reasons to book, while The Library notes its finger sandwiches, scones and British sparkling wines.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd
Gillray's, the setting for The Library afternoon tea, is itself notable, particularly for mouth-watering steaks and its well-stocked bar, which boasts over 600 gins. Described as an "old-world hotel restaurant with classy crystal chandeliers", it's well worth the price tag – with clientele remarking its food is "the real deal" and "to die for". Close to the London Eye, it could be set to become just as iconic, and already describes itself as "the best steakhouse on London's Southbank". Of course, eating out isn't just about the food, and the atmosphere here certainly doesn't disappoint – the bar is situated in a real library, which is where it's afternoon tea got its name.
89 Westminster Bridge Rd
When looking for restaurants near Park Plaza and Westminster Bridge, you could do worse than this little Italian. Not only does Cotto concoct the most delectable pizzas and portions of pasta, but it's also got that cosy, dreamy ambience that brings friends together and makes dates feel that bit more relaxed. Nearly 500 Google reviews have brought it close to 5 stars, and many commenters note the authenticity of its food.
Cotto's menu is full of dishes done simply and effectively, without extravagance, but with maximum flavour and atmosphere – and the prices are nothing short of fantastic, with pizzas starting from just £10. There are plenty of options for the gluten-free crowd, too.
5) Ila Vegan & Veg
Unit.2B, 125-131 Westminster Bridge Rd
Ila Vegan & Veg is the perfect solution for vegans and vegetarians looking for a restaurant near Westminster Bridge that ticks the boxes but doesn't scrimp on choice or flavour. It's also got a flexible menu that jumps around different cuisines – Indian lentil curries, American-style pulled Jackfruit burgers and homely stews all feature. Popular in the Westminster area, one of the best things about the place is the option to have your food to take-away – so you can explore the city as you eat, instead of watching the world go by from the window.
Finding accommodation near Westminster
If you're planning on visiting the city for work or play, it pays to be prepared with accommodation. Here in Dolphin Square, Pimlico, we're neighboured by Westminster and have excellent transport links to the rest of the city. Our accommodation includes:
- Gym, pool and spa: For keeping up with your exercise and fitness regime, burning off some energy or taking a break from daily life.
- Tennis and squash courts – ideal for those staying in the city with friends and family.
- Communal gardens: The perfect setting for socialising or remote working, or just enjoying some outdoor space.
- Shopping arcade: Get a little retail therapy or stock up on essentials.
- Bar & Grill: If you still need options for somewhere to eat, our restaurant is literally on your doorstep.
- 24-hour security: Helps ensure your safety during your stay and also helps keep an eye on the building while you're away.
- Private parking: For those driving into London, secure, underground parking is available (extra cost).
Whatever the reason you're in London, knowing you're in safe hands at our accommodation here in Dolphin Square, Pimlico, can help take some of the stress out of your visit.
You're well-placed for transport links, green spaces and bars and restaurants galore, and thanks to our complex, will have plenty to do if you choose a quiet night in. Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about Dolphin Square, the Pimlico area, and how to book a viewing today!