Al Fresco dining is becoming more and more popular as the days grow longer and the weather becomes warmer. Here, we’ve compiled a list of London’s top outdoor dining venues.
The igloos at Coppa Club have rapidly made it to the top of London’s most photographed locations. Renowned for its riverbank location and sweeping views of London, the amazing views of Tower Bridge and the Shard from this terrace are what really make it worth mentioning.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden can simply be described as a leafy fantasy. The outside is exquisitely decorated with spectacular displays of the season’s plants and flowers. The level of detail is incredible, making it a frequent feature on Instagram while the extensive menu offers sophisticated comfort cuisine for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, supper, and a weekend brunch every day.
A London outdoor bar overlooking Piccadilly and the magnificent Royal Green Park on each side, The Ritz Garden provides a cosy, magical sanctuary where you can enjoy delicious cocktails in Mayfair when it’s sunny. Another option is a classic afternoon tea, which has a lovely array of sandwiches, warm scones, and seasonal pastries.
Aqua Kyoto is the ideal destination to impress and unwind, with a prime location just off Regent Street and a magnificent covered rooftop terrace. It’s one of London’s most intriguing spots, serving incredibly delicious original Japanese cuisine together with expertly prepared drinks. There are menus for every mealtime, including selections for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
This restaurant is the one for you if you’re looking for delicious Italian cuisine in a gorgeous setting. Your entire experience will make you feel as though you’re dining at a seaside restaurant in Sicily. It’s a must-visit spot in the city with its bottle-lined walls and lively ambiance.
Featuring a unique fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian food, music, and design, the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower are home to the incredibly popular sushisamba restaurant which has a stunning east terrace for alfresco eating, and a unique outdoor bar on the west terrace. The area has indoor-outdoor features, most notably the structural orange tree against a backdrop of the city skyline.
Every location of this chic Iran-via-India café guarantees a good time, and the Shoreditch location is no exception. Breakfast on the verandah is casual any day of the week and includes Bacon Naans, fresh fruit, and eggs prepared in a variety of ways. Try their chocolate dessert, tandoori meals, and masala prawn. Their tasty, slow-cooked lamb raan goes wonderfully with big slices of bread. Dishoom is a terrific spot to get Indian food with a modern touch that expertly combines anticipated and unusual flavours.
For outdoor brunch and afternoon drinks, head to Granger & Co’s hidden terrace and special fresh and inventive take on Australian cuisine. A number of “Chelsea exclusives” are also included, including a delectable dairy-free chocolate pot with a fresh turmeric crumb and a crab and kohlrabi salad with tarragon and lemon zest. While in Chelsea, you must stop at Granger & Co. for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
One of the first seafood restaurants in London, Bentley’s Oyster Bar has been a Piccadilly landmark for more than a century, selling champagne and oysters. Since serving their renowned fish and chips, they have evolved into a tiny slice of heaven for delightful fresh oysters, fish, and steaks honouring the British and Irish Isles. This is the ideal way to add a little more specialness to your night out in the West End.
Nearby on St. John Street is Luca, a restaurant that prides itself on serving “British seasonal food through an Italian perspective.” Dine al fresco on the beautiful private terrace in the shade of olive trees and jasmine. It’s the ideal location for every event, whether lunch is enjoyed in the sun or dinner is warmed by an open fire.