The River Café

“Iconic, timeless Italian Thameside veteran.” - AA Inspector



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Since opening on the bank of the Thames in 1987 little seems to have changed, with the timeless appeal of the River Café cementing its pedigree as one of London’s most enduring and beloved veterans. The long, bustling, glass-sided room comes with an open kitchen and wood-fired oven dominating its light, retro-stylish space, while a trump-card terrace adds an enchanting Mediterranean vibe. Unfussy, authentic seasonal Italian cooking, hewn from impeccable ingredients in the simplicity, precision, flavour genre is the unmistakable style. Witness chargrilled wild sea bass fillet served with salsa verde and zucchini and Tuscan potato ‘al forno’, while to finish, perhaps their famous chocolate nemesis. Corking Italian wines and relaxed, friendly service likewise hit the spot.

The River Café
Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, LONDON, W6 9HA


  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 24 December to 1 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 230
  • Wines by the glass: 14
  • Cuisine style: Italian

About the area

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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