2021 is the year of al fresco dining and drinking in London.
After a long winter of lockdowns and restrictions, outdoor dining and drinking became somewhat of a lifeline for many restaurants and bars in London. What started as a temporary measure for many establishments is now a trend that’s here to stay, even post-lockdown. We’ve seen more al fresco spaces appear across town than ever before, with entire neighborhoods transformed into pedestrianised food hubs. From cosy heated gardens to vibrant street set-ups, we’ve rounded up 125 of the best terraces for outdoor dining and drinking in London this summer.
Update: The majority of restaurants has now reopened for indoor dining, though outdoor service is still available in most cases.
Summer Terraces in Central London
Mayfair and Belgravia set up more than 800 seats when outdoor dining returned in the spring. North Audley Street in Mayfair turned into an “outdoor dining room”, while 150 seats appeared on Motcomb Street in Belgravia, and a further 150 seats were laid out in Grosvenor Square for people to enjoy takeaways in the sun.
1. Pantechnicon, Belgravia
Pantechnicon have reopened their Roof Garden to guests on Motcomb Street, providing unprecedented views of the beautiful streets of Belgravia. Their menu is inspired by a taste of Nordic and Japanese cultures, and the Nordic garden on the terrace is a must-try. Joining the opening of the Roof Garden is a new outdoor street setting concept, the Sachi Terrace, serving a sushi and seafood menu. Last but not least, the brand new Pantechnicon Courtyard will be home to a food market with entertainment for children and adults alike. 19 Motcomb St, SW1X 8LB.
2. Jones Family Kitchen, Belgravia
Jones Family Kitchen, providing great outdoor seating in Eccleston Yards’ courtyard, are showcasing their celebratory British menu, steak specialities, and wide range of cocktails. The outdoor dining experience comes with outdoor heating, rain cover by awnings, and blankets. 7-8 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ.
3. Wild by Tart, Belgravia
Wild by Tart is once again offering diners courtyard seating in Eccleston Yards. The area is covered, providing a roof and insulation from our unpredictable British weather to ensure an enjoyable dining experience, rain or shine. 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ.
4. Morena, Belgravia
Morena now serves expertly roasted Columbian coffee as well as Latin American-inspired dishes and cocktails on an outdoor terrace with extended seating. 10-11 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ.
5. Chucs, Belgravia
Chucs Belgravia, a little taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of London, is now offering a fine dining experience on a wraparound terrace. With lots of light and healthy options available, guests can sip coffee al fresco or unwind over cocktails and cicchetti. 25 Eccleston St, SW1W 9NP.
6. La Poule Au Pot, Belgravia
La Poule Au Pot, a charming French restaurant on Ebury Street in Belgravia, has reopened its outdoor terrace to diners. Known as one of London’s most romantic dinner spots, couples can choose from a fine selection of wine to go with French classics such as escargot, coq au vin, and crème brûlée. 231 Ebury St, SW1W 8UT.
7. The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia
The Thomas Cubitt, a pub on Elizabeth Street, is once again serving hearty British roasts and drinks with heated and covered outdoor seating available. 44 Elizabeth St, SW1W 9PA.
8. Olivomare, Belgravia
Olivomare offers a seafood-only menu, serving everything from oysters and chargrilled fresh lobster to sea-urchin spaghetti and steamed whole fresh fish. Olivomare’s three Italian-style sister restaurants, Olivo, Oliveto, and Olivocarne, have all reopened for al fresco dining as well. 10 Lower Belgrave St, SW1W 0LJ.
9. The Fine Cheese Company, Belgravia
The Fine Cheese Company sells 110 artisan European cheeses, which is clearly reason enough to pay this spot a visit. However, you can also enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even coffee and cake, on their outdoor terrace and garden in Belgravia. 17 Motcomb St, SW1X 8LB.
10. Daylesford’s Farmshop and Café, Belgravia
Daylesford’s Farmshop and Café on Pimlico Road is open serving fresh, seasonal produce. Whether you’re looking for a local independent retailer to shop for the necessities, or just popping in for a hot drink or brunch, Daylesford’s is a great spot just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square. 44B Pimlico Rd, SW1W 8LP.
11. Rail House Café, Victoria
Rail House Café is a modern café and bar with international menus for everyday and weekend treats, now served on a spacious outdoor terrace. Enjoy a “burgerdict” for breakfast or sip on a cocktail alongside lunch and dinner. The restaurant’s sister establishment, Riding House Café Fitzrovia, has also opened a terrace for outdoor dining. Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ, and Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PQ.
12. Pizza Pilgrims, Victoria
Serving some seriously great Neapolitan pizza in central London, Pizza Pilgrims have reopened their Buckingham Palace Road venue with outdoor heating and rain cover benefits. 32-34 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0QP.
13. Claridge’s Bar Terrace, Mayfair
Claridge’s Bar Terrace on Brook Street have reopened serving classic Claridge’s cocktails such as The Flapper and Brook Street, as well as a new Mediterranean-inspired menu. In addition, the adjoining Davies and Brook terrace is now offering cocktails, hot dogs, burgers, and sharing platters. Claridge’s, Brook St, W1K 4HR.
14. Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair
The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, with views of the beautiful Mount Street, is back serving Jean-Georges favourites such as black truffle and fontina pizza, and crispy salmon sushi. The Connaught, Carlos Pl, W1K 2AL.
15. Scott’s, Mayfair
Scott’s offers sought-after terrace dining and cocktails, serving the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside a variety of meat and seasonal game favourites. 20 Mount St, W1K 2HE.
16. ROKA, Mayfair
17. NAC, Mayfair
NAC is a modern French bistro known for its totally Instagrammable brunch dishes, which can now be enjoyed on an equally fabulous terrace. 41 N Audley St, W1K 6ZP.
18. Comptoir Café & Wine, Mayfair
As the name suggests, Comptoir Café & Wine is a trendy café by day and cosy wine bar by night. Enjoy coffee and brunch at noon, or munch on a selection of classic French dishes while discovering over 500 different wines from their extensive wine list. 21-22 Weighhouse St, W1K 5LU.
19. Popina, Mayfair
Popina serves all-day lunch, as well as breakfast, pastries, and hot drinks until 3pm every day. Only a short walk from Oxford Street, it’s the perfect spot to relax in the busy West End. 83 Duke St, W1K 5PF.
20. Jamavar, Mayfair
21. Fallow, Mayfair
With a passion for creative cooking and sustainable thinking, this Mayfair restaurant is ready to welcome guests on their outdoor terrace for well-balanced dishes packed with flavour. Try one of Fallow‘s delicious cocktails with some appetisers, a juicy burger, or a dairy cow rib eye steak. 10 Heddon St, W1B 4BX.
22. Native at Browns, Mayfair
Hungry after a successful day of shopping in an actual store instead of on the internet? Native At Browns, the London boutique’s first in-store restaurant on Brook Street, offers a small number of canopied tables for guests to enjoy an “innovative, wild, and sustainable” lunch or dinner in their secret garden, The Courtyard. 39 Brook St, W1K 4JE.
23. Sake no Hana, St James’s
Japanese restaurant Sake no Hana is back with a brand new terrace and ready to serve a fine selection of charcoal grill, toban, and kamameshi dishes, as well as sushi and sashimi open-air. 23 St James’s St, SW1A 1HA.
24. Aquavit London, St James’s Market
Nordic-inspired restaurant Aquavit London is a must-visit. Their spacious terrace is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a cocktail or two as you indulge in Head Chef Jorjon Colazo’s Scandi menu. From langoustine bao buns to traditional Swedish meatballs, there’s something to suit every taste. 1 St James’s Market, Carlton St, SW1Y 4QQ.
25. Kitchen at Holmes, Marylebone
Located on Baker Street in the heart of Marylebone Village, this all-day restaurant and neighbourhood bar offers lunch, dinner, and snacks on their heated outdoor street terrace and Secret Roof Terrace every day. Enjoy a fusion of Modern European and Mediterranean-influenced dishes paired with creative cocktails under cosy lights. 108 Baker St, W1U 6LJ.
26. Nobu Hotel Portman Square, Marylebone
Nobu is known for its world-renowned signature dishes such as rock shrimp tempura, miso black cod, and yellowtail sashimi with thinly sliced jalapeño peppers, all of which you can enjoy on the Nobu Hotel Portman Square outdoor terrace this spring and summer. If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine with a nice sake or cocktail on the side, this wildly popular restaurant is the way to go! 22 Portman Square, W1H 7BG.
27. Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Quite easily one of London’s most Instagrammable restaurants, Bloomsbury’s Dalloway Terrace has made a welcome return with a fresh look and menu for the season. Sipping cocktails and treating ourselves to a fab afternoon tea here is just what we need after several long months of confinement. 16-22 Great Russell St, WC1B 3NN.
28. Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia
Circolo Popolare, another top contender on the list of London’s most Instagrammable restaurants, have reopened their 60-seater outdoor terrace for guests. But now that indoor dining is back, make sure to snap a picture of the restaurant’s marvelous booze wall lined with 20,000 bottles. 40-41 Rathbone Pl, W1T 1HX.
29. Yauatcha, Soho
Yauatcha Soho’s al fresco patio in London’s West End has welcomed back diners to the brand’s original location. The restaurant is known and loved for its selection of authentic Cantonese dim sum, appetisers, wok dishes, and more, and has also reopened its City location with heated terraces overlooking Broadgate Circle. 15-17 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL.
30. Poppie’s Fish and Chips, Soho
Indulge in comfort food and enjoy the retro vibes of Poppie’s Fish and Chips. Recognised as one of the best independent fish & chip shops in the UK, Poppie’s now spans three locations: Soho, Spitalfields, and Camden. Their Soho site has reopened with a large space for outdoor dining. 55-59 Old Compton St, W1D 6HW.
31. Ivy Soho Brasserie, Soho
The Ivy Soho Brasserie have reopened their outdoor terrace for all-day dining this summer. The restaurant serves an eclectic mix of modern, seasonal British comfort food and international dishes, from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, light snacks, sandwiches, afternoon tea, and weekend brunch. 26-28 Broadwick St, W1F 8JB.
32. Hoppers, Soho
Hoppers, a Sri Lankan London hot spot, have reopened their Soho, Marylebone, and King’s Cross locations for outdoor dining. Inspired by Sri Lanka’s village toddy shops, they serve hoppers, dosas, kothus, and roasts, complemented by colourful, tropical drinks. 49 Frith St, W1D 4SG.
33. Sussex Bar & Restaurant, Soho
From oysters to small plates and cocktails to wine, Sussex Bar & Restaurant serves fresh, high-end British cuisine, now available for outdoor dining at their Soho location. 63-64 Frith Street, W1D 3JW.
34. Bentley’s Oyster Bar, Soho
Bentley’s Oyster Bar serves fresh oysters, seafood, and steaks from across the British and Irish Isles, and has opened a lovely outdoor terrace to welcome diners back safely. 11-15 Swallow St, W1B 4DG.
35. Milroy’s of Soho, Soho
36. Chinatown London
Situated in the heart of the West End, Chinatown London’s vibrant outdoor dining has made a full return. With tables spilling out onto the street, diners can immerse themselves in the authentic East-Asian cuisine whilst enjoying the summer buzz al fresco. Chinatown, W1D 5PT.
37. Covent Garden
Covent Garden has added 800 covers to a new, giant outdoor dining area spanning seven surrounding streets. The new unified outdoor dining scheme includes 35 restaurants, and has set up extensive seating areas complete with parasols, heaters, lighting and wind blocking screens. Visitors are now able to stroll through Henrietta Street, Floral Street, Maiden Lane, and Southampton Street, in addition to the already pedestrianised Piazza, King Street, and James Street.
38. Mariage Frères, Covent Garden
Cocktails, champagne, and Covent Garden shopping — sounds divine after months of lockdown, right? Luxury French tea emporium Mariage Frères has opened its chic Tea Terrace for al fresco dining and drinking, serving refreshing iced teas, chilled champagne, and cocktails alongside picture perfect afternoon teas. 38 King St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JS.
39. Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels, Neal’s Yard
This gorgeous little wine bar is the perfect spot for any occasion. A sommelier will come and talk you through 400 different types of wine, and they’ll help you pick something based on your preferences. If you’re stopping for food, your choices are plentiful: there’s everything from cheese and charcuterie, to salads and spaghetti. 8-10 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP.
40. Homeslice, Neal’s Yard
The pizza staple Homeslice has reopened four of its restaurants, including the Neal’s Yard, Marylebone, City, and Shoreditch locations. They offer 20-inch pizzas, whole or by the slice, with delicious, innovative toppings like air-dried wagyu beef, truffle crème fraîche, cipollini onions, and salsa verde with garlic oil. 13 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP.
41. 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen, Covent Garden
Wine afficionados will be happy to hear that 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen have reopened both of their outdoor terraces in Covent Garden and Marylebone. Sporting an impressive wine list, the restaurant and wine bar is the perfect place for a catch-up with friends while sipping on a chilled glass of white in the sunshine. And if you fancy some food to go with your wine, 28°-50° offer a fine selection of French and European dishes. 10 Upper St Martin’s Ln, WC2H 9FB.
42. Paternoster Chop House, St Paul’s
43. The Happenstance, St Paul’s
The Happenstance have reopened their elegant terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Guests can enjoy al fresco drinks and a relaxed all-day dining experience, choosing from grill items, burgers, sandwiches, sides, sharing platters, and more. 10 Paternoster Sq., EC4M 7DX.
44. COYA Angel Court, Bank
COYA Angel Court have partnered with Veuve Clicquot to create a colourful, jungle-themed courtyard garden for the perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The green oasis offers all-day sharing menus, a full bar menu, and special Veuve Clicquot cocktails from Monday to Friday every week. 31-33 Throgmorton St, EC2N 2AT.
45. Koya City, Bank
The popular Japanese udon noodle spot Koya has reopened its City restaurant around the corner of Bank station for outdoor dining. Guests can slurp steaming udon in hot broth with a side of hot sake, while warming up under heaters on a 50-seat terrace on cool evenings. 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR.
46. Southbank Centre Food Market, South Bank
The South Bank is not only a beautiful place for a riverside stroll, it’s also home to some of London’s best outdoor dining spots. The Southbank Centre Food Market has returned on weekends, inviting guests to wander amongst the incredible food stalls and enjoy the views of the Thames with something tasty to nibble on. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX.
47. KERB x National Theatre, South Bank
Street food savants KERB are back with even more excellent grub this year, gracing us with a new market on the South Bank. KERB x National Theatre is open now and runs through the summer, bringing us a lineup of five food trucks, plus a bar. KERB x National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX.
48. Skylon, South Bank
Skylon have reopened their sunny riverside terrace bar on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre. Aside from stunning views, you can enjoy their modern European cuisine and extensive bar list featuring wine, beers, cocktails, and more. Belvedere Rd, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX.
49. Sea Containers, South Bank
Sea Containers have reopened their outdoor terrace, joining a row of riverside al fresco dining options in the area. In addition to an all-day seasonal menu, guests can treat themselves to a bottomless bloody mary or prosecco brunch on weekends. 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD.
50. Marsha, South Bank
Marsha, a new restaurant at Gabriel’s Wharf, offers plenty of outdoor space including a balcony and terrace next to the River Thames. The restaurant’s menu focuses on sustainability and ethically sourced ingredients. 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP.
51. Limin’ Beach Club, South Bank
While day trips to the beach are now allowed, you can get nearly the same experience smack in the middle of central London. Limin’ Beach Club on the South Bank brings a taste of Trinidad & Tobago to the UK, with palm trees, colourful beach decor, and authentic Caribbean food. Sip on a tropical cocktail while feeling the sand under your feet, just try not to hop in the Thames to cool off afterwards! Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP.
Summer Terraces in East London
52. Coppa Club, Tower Bridge
Coppa Club, along with their fabulous riverside igloos, have returned with a summer makeover. The private party pods and outdoor terrace are covered in blossoms and blooms, adding to the already scenic views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. Indulge in Coppa Club’s delightful new summer menu, which includes seared garlic king prawns, Devon crab linguine, sourdough pizzas, and more. 3 Three Quays Walk, EC3R 6AH.
53. Fish Market, Broadgate
Nestled beside Liverpool Street station, Fish Market celebrates the best of the British shores with the freshest seafood, and is open for terrace al fresco dining. 16 New St, EC2M 4TR.
54. Old Bengal Bar, Broadgate
Old Bengal Bar, a chic cocktail spot near Liverpool Street, is set in a historic 18th century warehouse and is welcoming guests back to their green outdoor terrace for drinks, light snacks, and bar dishes. 16a New St, EC2M 4TR.
55. Eataly, Broadgate
Broadgate recently welcomed Eataly‘s first UK opening, bringing a giant indoor and outdoor marketplace with Italian vendors and restaurants to London. 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD.
56. Baraka, Broadgate
Baraka is an Anatolian restaurant and bar with open flame Mangal cooking and recipes from across the Ottoman Empire. Their outside terrace is filled with olive trees and foliage from Turkey, giving diners a truly authentic experience. 1 Finsbury Avenue, Unit 4, EC2M2PF.
57. Grind, Broadgate
Grind offers all-day coffee, food, and cocktails with superb outdoor seating for those who want to take time to sit and relax after a shopping spree. Liverpool Street Grind, 38 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 1QS.
58. Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, Broadgate
This famed bar and restaurant is inspired by travels from India to London on a Victorian steamship. Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery features an extensive selection of beers, wines, punches, cocktails and more, as well as a delicious all-day food menu. 37 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS.
59. The Botanist, Broadgate
Serving bottomless brunches, dinners, and an expansive list of drinks, The Botanist promises to deliver the buzz and excitement we’re craving this spring! The restaurant is located at Broadgate Circle and fitted with outdoor seating and tables. 35 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS.
60. Yolk, Broadgate
61. Cinnamon Kitchen London City, Devonshire Square
Cinnamon Kitchen’s all-weather terrace in Devonshire Square is the perfect spot to escape the noise of the city and drink or dine on the colourful Indian-inspired decking. Sip on a spiced infusion like the Assam Manhattan or Coconut Kir cocktail, or go all out with an al fresco brunch this summer. In addition, the restaurant’s latest outpost in Battersea offers beautiful views of the Thames and socially distanced outdoor tables. Cinnamon Kitchen London City, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL, and Cinnamon Kitchen London Battersea, 4 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB.
62. Devonshire Terrace, Devonshire Square
Located moments from Liverpool Street Station, Devonshire Terrace is an ideal spot for quick catch-ups over freshly ground coffee or relaxing after-work cocktails, served on a year-round terrace with a beautiful glass-domed roof. Devonshire Terrace, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4WY.
63. BOXPARK, Shoreditch
The ever-popular BOXPARKs have reopened their doors post-lockdown, once again promising guests the best street food, drinks, and entertainment in Shoreditch, Croydon, and Wembley. 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY.
64. SMOKESTAK, Shoreditch
London barbecue specialist SMOKESTAK has prepared picnic benches and tables for up to 60 people to enjoy a finger lickin’ good BBQ lunch or dinner at their Shoreditch restaurant (though you should probably refrain from actually licking your fingers, because, well, COVID-19). 35 Sclater St, E1 6LB.
65. The Light Bar, Shoreditch
The Light Bar has reopened its doors in Shoreditch after nearly a decade of being closed, sporting three brand new floors plus a sun-flooded outdoor terrace. The bar and restaurant offers wine and beer on tap all day, an extensive cocktail list, and a sustainability-focused, seasonal menu. 233 Shoreditch High St, E1 6PJ.
66. Smoking Goat, Shoreditch
Smoking Goat, an authentic Thai restaurant and bar inspired by the culinary scene of Bangkok, has made room for 50 guests on their heated and covered outdoor terrace in Shoreditch. 64 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ.
67. Angelina, Hackney
Angelina merges the techniques and flavours of Italian and Japanese cuisines to create distinctive and crowd-pleasing omakase and kaiseki tasting menus. Their heated and covered outdoor terrace is open and perfect for a catch-up in the sun. 56 Dalston Ln, E8 3AH.
68. Nebula, Hackney
Home to craft pizza, curated cocktails, a tonne of beers, fresh spritzes, and negronis to die for, Nebula is once again welcoming guests to their garden courtyard oasis in Hackney. 455 Hackney Rd, E2 9DY.
69. The Lot at HWK, Hackney Wick
The Lot at HWK is ready for a season of al fresco sit-down parties, with a weekly programming of the best underground DJs scheduled to entertain diners and drinkers on their open-air terrace. The Lot’s outdoor kitchen and BBQ serves up delicious So Cal and Mexican-inspired street food. 29/31 White Post Lane, E9 5EN.
70. Blackhorse Beer Mile, Walthamstow
A new trail of breweries and taprooms has opened to form Walthamstow’s Blackhorse Beer Mile. With plenty of outdoor seating in the neighborhood, beer lovers can sip their way through Blackhorse Lane and get pints at Truman’s Social Club, The Brewer’s Bar, Exale Brewery & Taproom, and Wild Card Brewery. Blackhorse Lane, E17 6SH, UK.
71. Allegra, Stratford
Allegra have reopened their terraces for dining, drinking, and special guest chef events, offering a more casual menu with sharing dishes and small plates. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, E20 1FD.
72. The Sipping Room, Canary Wharf
The Sipping Room bar and restaurant is just steps away from West India Quay station and has opened a large al fresco terrace overlooking the docks. Boasting seasonal menus, tempting cocktails, and fine wines, this gorgeous spot is perfect for all occasions, from working lunches to romantic dinners, and after-work drinks. West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Rd, E14 4AX.
73. Plateau, Canary Wharf
Plateau sits atop Canada Place opposite One Canada Square tower and features two heated and covered outdoor terraces with grand city views of Canary Wharf. Try their seasonal cocktails and selection of contemporary French food. 4th Floor, Canada Square, E14 5ER.
74. The Parlour, Canary Wharf
Located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square, The Parlour is a gorgeous bar and restaurant, perfect for all-day drinking, dining, and unwinding. This stunning al fresco terrace, complete with its own bar overlooking Canada Square Park, is the ideal location to enjoy an afternoon with friends over good food, fine wine, and creative cocktails. The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW.
75. Trinity Riverside Bar, Trinity Buoy Wharf
Trinity Riverside Bar, a sizzling riverside hangout with stunning views across the Thames and the O2 Arena, has opened on Trinity Buoy Wharf. Guests can snag a waterside deckchair, order up a pint, and kick back for a lazy afternoon of sunny views and killer summer tunes. Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, E14 0JW.
Summer Terraces in West London
76. The Berkeley Beach Huts, Knightsbridge
The Berkeley Beach Huts are welcoming guests back for outdoor dining across The Berkeley’s terraces. Think irresistible seafood, seaside fare, and retro classics — lobster grilled whole, freshly-shucked oysters, five-star scampi, and octopus galore. The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, SW1X 7RL.
77. Duke of York Square, Chelsea
With a total of over 500 outdoor seats set up across the neighbourhood surrounding Duke of York Square, guests can enjoy al fresco meals from local restaurants including Vardo, Manicomio, Polpo, and more. The newly pedestrianised Pavilion Road has also extended its outdoor dining offering with restaurants including Hans’ Bar & Grill, Wulf & Lamb, and The Sea and Granger & Co. Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY.
78. Bluebird, Chelsea
Bluebird is a stylish all-day café and restaurant in the heart of Chelsea, serving up modern European cuisine and cocktails on a sun-flooded outdoor terrace. The restaurant’s sister café, Bluebird White City, is also open for outdoor dining. 350 King’s Rd, SW3 5UU.
79. The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
Escape the stress of everyday life and relax with a cool cocktail amongst an abundance of luscious greenery at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Try some light starters from their all-day menu, like the salt-crusted sourdough bread with buffalo mozzarella and salsa verde, or classic mains like the blackened cod fillet or the Keralan sweet potato curry. 195 -197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ.
80. Fenn, Fulham
The team behind Nest in Hackney has opened a new British cuisine restaurant in Fulham. Serving sustainably produced wines and seasonal cocktails alongside a menu of high-quality meat, fish, and vegetables, FENN is now welcoming guests on their heated outdoor terrace. 194 Wandsworth Bridge Rd, SW6 2UF.
81. Prairie Fire BBQ, Shepherd’s Bush
The whole outdoor dining concept practically began with grilling steaks in the garden, so we can expect to see lots of barbecuing around the city this summer. Prairie Fire at Wood Lane Arches are no exception, bringing an authentic Kansas City-style BBQ to Shepherd’s Bush. Enjoy a juicy brisket, applewood smoked pork or chicken along with some craft beer, wine, and spirits. Arches 88/89, Wood Lane Arches, Wood Ln, W12 7LH.
82. Beach Blanket Babylon, Notting Hill
Located in a prominent old Georgian Mansion in the heart of Notting Hill, Beach Blanket Babylon is an elaborate, rococo-inspired restaurant and bar which is open for drinks (try their renowned cocktails!), lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner on a pretty outdoor terrace. 45 Ledbury Rd, W11 2AA.
83. HAYA, Notting Hill
HAYA, the all-day Mediterranean diner serving Israeli-inspired dishes, has reopened for outdoor eating and drinking. In addition to lunch and dinner, they serve a weekend brunch with Tel Aviv-influenced mains such as pancakes, shakshuka and eggs, and sandwiches. 184A Kensington Park Rd, W11 2ES.
84. JOY at Portobello Dock, North Kensington
JOY, an outdoor restaurant and shop at Portobello Dock, serves hyper seasonal, simple, and delicious food made from fresh Kentish produce. Try their sliced, raw, hand-dived scallops, fresh burrata, wood-grilled Suffolk lamb, and spring-inspired side dishes. Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU.
85. Darcie & May Green, Paddington Central
These pop-art barges will really float your boat. Darcie Green is the perfect setting for al fresco dining, serving Aussie dishes. May Green, open all day, transforms into a buzzing bar with delicious and creative cocktails. The two boats share an open air deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal, making them the perfect outdoor hangout spots. Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS.
86. Smith’s Bar & Grill, Paddington Central
With a gorgeous year-round terrace, this classic British and European eatery blends cosmopolitan surroundings with hearty cuisine. Serving up trendy cocktails from dusk to dawn, Smith’s Bar & Grill is the ideal place for a much needed catch-up with friends on a terrace overlooking the beautiful canal. 25 Sheldon Square, W2 6EY.
87. The Union, Paddington Central
Set up right alongside the canal with parasols for rain and shine, The Union is an ideal spot, whatever the weather. The restaurant serves up a tapas menu and drinks from a fully-stocked bar, offered for on-site drinking and dining on the terrace. Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EZ.
88. The Prince Regent & The Grand Duchess, Paddington Central
London Shell Co, the company behind the floating fish restaurants The Prince Regent and The Grand Duchess in Paddington, has reopened both locations for on-deck dining. Dine on deck of the permanently docked Grand Duchess boat, or hop aboard The Prince Regent for a cruising lunch or dinner. The Prince Regent and The Grand Duchess, Sheldon Square, W2 6PY.
Summer Terraces in North London
89. Double Standard, King’s Cross
Double Standard, The Standard, London’s sun-soaked bar and terrace, is back serving hearty meals accompanied by beers, classic cocktails, and slushy Aperol spritzes for lunch and dinner. 10 Argyle Street, The Standard, WC1H 8EG.
90. German Gymnasium, King’s Cross
German Gymnasium have reopened their outdoor terrace for all-day dining with a Mittel-European-inspired menu and flair, including — you guessed it — some traditional German dishes like sausages and schnitzels. 1 King’s Blvd, N1C 4BU.
91. The Lighterman, King’s Cross
The Lighterman boasts three floors of outdoor terraces, including a wraparound terrace and a Canalside Bar & Terrace which overlooks an idyllic waterside panorama. Gather for casual drinks, small plates, or a relaxed Sunday roast beneath parasols and heaters. 3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH.
92. Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
Granary Square Brasserie in King’s Cross is celebrating the return of al fresco dining with a new themed “Jungle Paradise Terrace”. Aside from gorgeous views across Regent’s Canal and Granary Square’s floor-level fountains, guests can enjoy carnival-inspired live DJs and entertainment, as well as a limited-edition cocktail menu this summer. 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AB.
93. Drake & Morgan, King’s Cross
A few moments from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross boasts an extensive all-weather terrace alongside seasonal menus, tempting cocktails, and fine wines. The perfect pitstop after an afternoon of shopping at Coal Drops Yard, or to grab a bite while you wait for your train! 6 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG.
94. Arenella at The Chapel Bar, Islington
Arenella at The Chapel Bar specialises in simple Southern Italian cooking, and has opened a beautiful Terrace Room & Garden for weekday dinners and all-day bottomless lunches on weekends. 29 Penton St, The Angel, N1 9PX.
95. Radici, Islington
Radici, set just off Upper Street in Islington, serves Italian delicacies ranging from pizza and pasta to delicious small plates and family-style Sunday feasts. Diners can now enjoy al fresco meals and cocktails on Radici’s Mediterranean-style outdoor terrace. 30 Almeida St, N1 1AD.
96. Rudy’s Vegan Diner, Camden
Located in the famous Camden Stables Market, Rudy’s Vegan Diner has plenty of outdoor seating and delicious veganised versions of classic American junk food. Chow down on meat-free burgers, giant seitan hot dogs, or sandwiches stacked high with pastrami. Don’t skimp on dessert with melt-your-mind dairy-free freakshakes to bring all the vegans to the yard. 729-731, Camden Stables Market, NW1 8AH.
97. The Farrier, Camden Market
The Farrier is Camden Market’s newest addition and first proper pub, which is reason enough to pay it a visit. Epic Sunday roasts (bottomless gravy!), drinks galore, and a hidden courtyard with a firepit and outdoor covered seating await you, and inside you can marvel at a floor-to-ceiling wine wall. Camden Stables Market, 87/88 North Yard, NW1 8AH.
Summer Terraces in South London
98. Bermondsey Larder, Bermondsey
Bermondsey Larder is welcoming guests back on their brand new terrace, offering all-day dishes and lunch menus inspired by the land and sea, to resemble the experience of dining by a farm or coastline in London. Bermond Locke, 153-157 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 3LW.
99. Butler’s Wharf Pier, Shad Thames
All nestled right beside Tower Bridge on Butler’s Wharf Pier, you’ll find the British-inspired Butlers Wharf Chop House, the traditional Italian trattoria Cantina del Ponte, and the French-cuisine restraurant Le Pont de la Tour, among many other restaurants and bars with outdoor seating by the River Thames. Butler’s Wharf Pier, Shad Thames, SE1 2YE.
100. Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
London Bridge hotspot Vinegar Yard is packed with street food, art installations, and pop-up shops, and has made a grand return for the summer. 72-82 St Thomas St, SE1 3QX.
101. Bar Douro, London Bridge
Bar Douro brings a taste of Portugal to London, with local wines, traditional Portuguese food, and a small plate-focused menu served on their outdoor terrace near London Bridge. Enjoy their cervejarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto, or classics like salt cod hash and octopus with sweet potato. 35B, Arch, 85B Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0NQ.
102. The Refinery Bankside, London Bridge
Located on Southwark Street in the heart of London’s Bankside and just behind Tate Modern, The Refinery offers a stunning al fresco terrace where you can enjoy everything from an early morning coffee and breakfast through to dinner and late night cocktails. 110 Southwark St, SE1 0TF.
103. St Felix Place, Borough
London Bridge just got a shiny new outdoor eating and drinking space: St Felix Place in Borough is now serving scrumptious street food and pints on tap. This onsite brewery and taproom is an all-new project with weekly local DJ sets, curated performances, acoustic shows, book-swap indicatives, plus many other one-off publishing and live music events planned for the summer. 45 Southwark St, SE1 9HP.
104. Elliot’s, Borough Market
For those wanting to enjoy the evening sun after a stroll through Borough Market, Elliot’s restaurant, bar, and natural wine store have reopened their “Ell Fresco” outdoor terrace for dinners and Sunday afternoon meals. 12 Stoney St, SE1 9AD.
105. Where The Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Square
Housed inside the arches of the bustling street food market, Where The Pancakes Are offers a variety of sweet and savoury pancakes served with a selection of house juices, coffees, aperitifs, and craft ciders. You can enjoy a towering stack in their spacious outdoor seating area with views of The Shard. Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0NQ.
106. EDū, Flat Iron Square
Spanish food concept EDū brings the flavours of Spain to London in a contemporary and fresh approach. Situated across three outdoor locations, Flat Iron Square, Box Park Shoreditch, and the Spit & Sawdust pub, diners can expect an eclectic mix of world cuisine combined with traditional Spanish flavours. Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, SE1 1TD.
107. La Nonna, Flat Iron Square
Devour bowls of fresh pasta “Nonna style” as the team behind La Nonna brings authentic Italian recipes to Flat Iron Square’s outdoor dining space this summer. 64 Union St, SE1 1TD.
108. Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
The buzzing Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle is one of London’s largest outdoor spaces, and has officially reopened for a fun season of drinking, eating, and socialising. 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR.
109. Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle’s Elephant Park is seeing the return of its buzzing restaurant scene on Sayer Street, with Hej Coffee, Change Please, Tap In, Beza, Koi Ramen, Pot & Rice, Miko’s, Tasty Jerk, Bobo Social, and Sugo, all serving food and drinks for takeaway and al fresco dining. Sayer Street, SE17 1FH.
110. Mondo Brewing, Nine Elms
Mondo Brewing, the brewery and tap house boasting 15 taps of beer on the wall, is back in the game to serve you endless pints and outdoor seating every Thursday to Saturday. 86 Stewart’s Rd, SW8 4UG.
111. Fiume, Battersea Power Station
Fiume serves delicious Italian cuisine on an Amalfi Coast-inspired outdoor terrace. The cherry on top? Fiume’s terrace also boasts views of Battersea Power Station and the River Thames. Sopwith Way, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BN.
112. Tapas Brindisa, Battersea Power Station
Another riverside location with beautiful views is Tapas Brindisa. Serving the most delicious Spanish fare, this spot is great for sharing plates, enjoying a glass of vino, and people watching, plus it’s very dog-friendly. Unit 25, Circus Road West, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ.
113. Wright Brothers, Battersea Power Station
From the UK’s freshest oysters to the best fish dishes, seafood experts Wright Brothers offer all of the ocean’s delicacies on their riverside heated outdoor dining terrace. 26 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ.
114. Megan’s, Battersea Power Station
Continuing along the waterfront is Megan’s at the Power Station, an all-day Mediterranean restaurant with lovely views of the Thames from a beautiful outdoor terrace. Several other Megan’s locations across London are also open for outdoor dining. 27 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8NN.
115. Nº29 Power Station West, Battersea Power Station
Nº29 Power Station West boasts a large outdoor seating area which is divided into two; one section offering beautiful riverside views under a fairy light lit pergola, and the other on Arches Lane in a beautiful sunny spot. Settle in with al fresco cocktails, light bites, craft and draught beer, or breakfast, all-day brunch, and Sunday roasts on the weekend. 29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8NN.
116. Battersea Brewery, Battersea Power Station
Battersea Brewery is nestled under the railway arches and offers heated outdoor seating and an array of food and beers. 12 – 14 Arches Lane, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB.
117. Tonkotsu, Battersea Power Station
Also nestled under the railway arches with heated outdoor seating is Tonkotsu, a small Japanese eatery known for its warming ramen. Some of the restaurant’s other London locations, including those in Bankside, Ealing, Haggerston, Stratford, and Walthamstow, have also reopened for outdoor dining. 6 Arches Lane, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB.
118. Vagabond Urban Winery, Battersea Power Station
Looking onto the Power Station, Vagabond’s first urban winery is a great after-work spot or weekend perch. Their heated outdoor seating will keep people warm whilst they travel around the world with their wine by the glass collection. Unit 12, Circus Village West, Circus Road West, Phase 1, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ.
119. Black Sheep Coffee, Battersea Power Station
Whether you’re craving a morning latte or an espresso martini fix, Black Sheep Coffee has a limited amount of outdoor seating in a beautiful sunny spot with amazing views of the Power Station. Unit 20, Circus Road West, SW11 8EZ.
120. Birdies Crazy Golf, Battersea Power Station
Birdies Crazy Golf has a lovely outdoor area on Arches Lane and serves their famous cocktails to enjoy in the sun. 6 Arches Ln, SW11 8AB.
121. The Yard, Clapham
The Yard is a vibrant and electric bar which is home to a sun-trapped secret garden in the heart of Clapham. From stacked burgers to vegan house salads, paired with a selection of of wines, classic spirits, and locally sourced drafts, you’ll be sure to get the full beer garden experience here. 13-19 Old Town, SW4 0JT.
122. Venn Street, Clapham
The area surrounding Clapham Common is once again buzzing with Londoners drinking and eating their way through the streets. On the pedestrianised Venn Street, you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating provided by the Lebanese-Moroccan restaurant Argan, Berberè Pizzeria, the Spanish tapas bar Barsito, Honest Burgers, and Venn Street Records, who have also added a new garden space to their cocktail and live music venue. Venn St, SW4 0BD.
123. Brixton Village Market, Brixton
Amongst the restaurants which have returned for outdoor dining at Brixton Village are fan favourites like Franco Manca, Rudies, Sarap, Fish Wings & Tings, Honest Burger, Jalisco, Light of Africa, Baz & Fred, Kamone, and more. Unit 74, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8PS.
124. Mamma Dough, Brixton
Mamma Dough — the popular south London pizza chain — have reopened their terraces for all the hungry Londoners craving a slice (or ten) outside of a cardboard box in their tiny flats. Over at their Brixton, Honor Oak Park, Ladywell, and South Norwood locations, you’ll be granted the delight of ordering their heavenly sourdough pizzas to your terrace table once more! 354 Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8QH.
125. The Laundry, Brixton
The Laundry is an all-day bistro and wine shop in the heart of Brixton, serving everything from breakfast and brunch to hearty dishes and Sunday roasts on their fully covered and partially heated terrace. 374 Coldharbour Ln, SW9 8PL.