London’s Best Restaurants For Al Fresco Dining |

London’s Best Restaurants For Al Fresco Dining

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Whether you’re enjoying a weekend 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’s our pick of the best outdoor eating spaces…


Bringing a touch of Californian chic to the heart of Notting Hill is Pomona’s bright and poppy food spot. Inside is as kitsch and ‘70s as they come, but if you want a spot in sun, head to the outdoor terrace to sip on cocktails and sample their healthy, hearty offerings.

47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill W2 5AH



Petersham Nurseries

Although not technically outside, Petersham Nurseries’ stunning greenhouse setting has a chic alfresco vibe, with fresh foliage and rustic floral arrangements, transporting the senses to a magical outdoor space. The perfect lunch spot, tuck into mouth-watering Italian cuisine made using fresh, seasonal produce.

Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB



The Secret Garden at Gordon Ramsay’s London House

The ultimate in rustic, secret hideaways, hole up in Gordon Ramsay’s quaint garden space amidst the green foliage with a summer cocktail in hand.

9 Battersea Square, Battersea Village SW11 3RA




With glorious views stretching right across the city, Aviary’s swanky Shoreditch roof terrace is a must for dining with a side of sun.

Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, The City EC2A 1DX


Selfridges Roof Deck

Soak up some essential summer rays at Selfridges’ newly opened Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar, where you’ll be surrounded by tropical plants and served delicious plates of Californian-inspired fare – think healthy salads, grains, fresh fish and seafood with a Latin flair – and fresh summery cocktails.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB, open until August 2017, Saturday 11am – 11pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm



Coq D'Argent

Nestled in the heart of the city, Coq d’Argent’s stunning rooftop garden serves an all-day French menu and to-do-for evening cocktails.

No.1 Poultry, Bank EC2R 8EJ



Galvin La Chapelle

Enjoy delectable Michelin-starred fare in the peaceful setting of Galvin La Chapelle’s hidden garden space. A slightly more relaxed affair than the restaurant, and glorious when the sun is shining.

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields E1 6DY



Blixen, Spitalfields

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.



Boundary, Shoreditch

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.

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Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

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'.



Dishoom, Shoreditch

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.



Gaucho, Hampstead

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.



Grain Store, King's Cross

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.



Granger & Co., King's Cross

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.



Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

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.



The Roof Gardens, Kensington

Perched 100 feet above Kensington High Street, this rooftop hangout has become a firm favourite with west London’s style set.



The Culpeper, Whitechapel

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.



The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

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.



The Lido Café, Herne Hill

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, Moorgate

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.



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