The River Café hardly needs an introduction. Serving unmatched Italian since 1987, it is a landmark among restaurants everywhere. They’ve always been known for their simple, seasonal fare, and the location right along the Thames makes it the perfect spot on a sunny day for Sunday lunch or a special dinner. There’s also a private room just off the main dining room that seats up to 18 (fitted out with the Café’s signature hot pink rug, and minimal tabletop), which makes an ideal venue for an occasion. You’ll definitely want to try something that’s been cooked to perfection in their pink wood-fired oven, which has been the central focal point of the restaurant since its renovation, undertaken under the watchful eye of architect (chef Ruth Rogers’ husband) Lord Richard Rogers.

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