On warm summer evenings there’s nothing quite like eschewing the restaurant queues and opting for a homespun picnic instead. We've pinpointed the top al fresco dining spots in London, so throw down your rug, forget your to do list and enjoy the view...
Camley Street Natural Park, Kings Cross
Nestled among the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross is this delightful two-acre garden on the banks of Regent’s Canal, with a beautifully maintained woodland, meadow and pond.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Relax with a glass of homemade lemonade (or a mojito) from the new Botanical Bar at this Dalston gem, which also hosts regular collaborations with local chefs and local honey tasting.
The gardens of this well-kept south London secret spring into life come summer, with 19 acres of leafy plants and blooms, while the Art Deco building is a delight in itself.
Head to the remains of this medieval church (destroyed during The Blitz) to find one of London’s most secluded outdoor spaces. With wall shrubs and climbers aplenty, you’d never know you were slap bang in the heart of The City.
The Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead Heath
Hidden in Hampstead Heath, this little-known pergola boasts surrounding Italianate gardens with cool, shaded archways and pretty plants.
Expect stunning panoramic views over London from this hillside park in Camden, which includes the historic building Lauderdale House and its preened gardens.
Including rare trees and an ancient evergreen oak, nature lovers will love visiting Fulham Palace’s protected, landscaped gardens.
Get your culture and food kicks at the Geffrye Museum, located in luscious grounds in Hackney.
Home to a small herd of deer, Greenwich Park is a World Heritage site with a playground area for the kids, a large café and beautiful gardens, making it a great spot for family days out.
Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park
Escape the crowds and traffic of Richmond Park by heading to the secluded Isabella Plantation, an ornamental woodland garden of exotic plants, clearings, ponds and streams.
King Henry's Walk
Open to the public on weekends throughout the summer, these communal gardens are bursting with organic fruit and vegetables, plus abundant flower beds.
Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
The stunning Kyoto Garden is an oasis of tranquility within Holland Park. Well-maintained, with bubbling waterfalls and a pond (complete with koi carp); it’s a great spot to chill in the sunshine.
Modern Hall Park
Set up your feast in the peaceful parklands of Modern Hall Park, with its meadows, flowing river and stunning rose garden.
New Square, Lincoln's Inn
Find this picture-perfect spot right off the larger Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Open to the public, expect manicured gardens, fountains and sweet-smelling plants aplenty.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Designed by the Eden Project, this roof garden is a genuine oasis right in the heart of the Southbank. With spectacular views of the river, a wildflower meadow and allotments, this is the perfect place to soak up some rays.