Wednesday 29 October 2003 12.16pm
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
...if you press it, they will come.