River Cafe, HammersmithBest for: seasonal Italian menus with river views‘Who needs a restaurant? Well, cities do,’ says Ruthie Rogers, founder of legendary Thameside restaurant the River Cafe. With its manicured gardens, blue chairs at linen-covered tables and some of London’s best pasta dishes, the restaurant never fails to deliver its guarantee of comfort in its most elevated form. EATThroughout its 34-year history, the River Cafe has been home to some of Britain’s top chefs. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ben O'Donoghue, Theo Randall, April Bloomfield and Jamie Oliver have all concocted Italian-inspired dishes in the River Cafe’s kitchens.