UPDATED JUNE 2016
Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely Sunday brunch in the sun or toasting a balmy summer evening with a glass of rosé, there’s nothing like nabbing an al fresco eating spot when the weather’s behaving in London. Here are the 13 best places to catch some rays.
Blixen’s leafy garden is the perfect spot for Sunday brunch, with extensive breakfast and brunch menus, offering everything from pancakes with blueberries to smoked trout, avocado and poached eggs on toast.
Head to the trendy set’s favourite al fresco hangout at the Boundary Hotel’s rooftop terrace. The terrace basks in the Shoreditch sun by day, but evening is when the rooftop really comes to life, with blankets, log burners and a twinkling of fairy lights above.
Check out Dalloway Terrace at the Bloomsbury – the indoor-outdoor terrace is ideal for catching some rays (and is equipped for rain), while the elegant, quintessentially English space is uber ‘gramable'.
Head to Bombay-inspired restaurant Dishoom, where you’ll find a part-indoor, part outdoor Indian style verandah – well, we are in Blighty after all.
Get your fill of some of London’s best steak at this newly opened suburban outdoor space. With a BBQ pit and comfy white sofas, pitch up with a glass of red on warm summer nights.
Looking for a healthy summer salad? Check out Grain Store’s superfood-induced menu and sun-baked terrace in the newly revamped King's Cross quarter.
The King’s Cross outpost of Granger & Co is the ideal spot for midday munching, with everything from healthy yet hearty bowls of grains and fresh pasta, to lighter ‘Pizzettas’ and raw tuna salads on the menu. Combine this with outdoor seating and out-of-this-world cocktails just made for summer drinking (hello, fresh lemon pisco) and you’re onto a winner.
Soho’s hippest hotel is offering a selection of delicious BBQ dishes, including grilled Scottish langoustines and roasted Suffolk chicken on its summery terrace, plus its very own old-school ice cream cart, filled with house-made frozen yoghurts and sorbets.
Perched 100 feet above Kensington High Street, this rooftop hangout has become a firm favourite with west London’s style set.
They don’t take bookings on this greenhouse-filled roof garden, so you’d best get there early in the day to nab yourself a seat. Once there you’ll find an array of fresh herbs and veg, used in the upscale pub food, and a woodfired grill for meatier offerings.
Chelsea’s swankiest new addition boasts an extensive garden, complete with terrace and orangery, where you can enjoy everything from afternoon tea to fresh seafood and cocktails.
Found inside Brixton’s Brockwell Park, The Lido Café has been voted one of TimeOut’s best London brunches. The poolside backdrop can’t be beaten for a stack of buttermilk pancakes or a rhubarb prosecco fizz.
Angler’s stunning and spacious terrace is strewn with lavender pots and sun umbrellas for a Mediterranean feel. Sit out and munch on a snack from the dedicated menu – think Cornish cod goujons and peppered calamari.