The Garden at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
The Berkeley hotel has a new addition: pop-up restaurant The Garden at The Berkeley. On a terrace at the side of the hotel, with views of neighbouring St Paul’s church, the space promises an intimate and informal Mediterranean atmosphere. Expect lots of garden lanterns, olive trees, cool beats and fresh summertime food. Dishes include T-bone steak with smoked shallot butter and chimichurri; grilled sardines with lemon and rock salt; and roast cauliflower with smoked almond purée. Though the charred octopus with lemon aioli has to be the menu highlight. This is an ideal place to sit back, relax and ease yourself into an evening out.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia
Big Mamma’s wonderfully OTT trattoria in Fitzrovia is taking bookings for the first time ever. The outdoor terrace is surrounded by a flourish of colourful plants and trees, overlooking Rathbone Square. All staff will be wearing face masks, hand washing every 20 minutes, and there will be temperature checks and regular disinfection of surfaces. Book now for ‘Le Gran Carbonara’ or the crowd-favourite mafaldine al tartufo truffle pasta.
40-41 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HX
Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries has reopened its central London spot. With plenty of outdoor and open-plan space, guests at Italian restaurant La Goccia can opt to dine indoors or al fresco in the secluded central courtyard. Surrounded by lemon trees and lit up in the evening by bulbs and candlelight, the garden will transport guests to an Italian courtyard where they can sip limoncello spritzes and Campari and sodas. Chairs and tables from the courtyard will spill out onto King Street, welcoming locals and visitors alike to stop and have a scoop of homemade sorbet, ice-cream or granita.
Floral Court, Covent Garden, WC2E 9FB
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
The Ivy Chelsea Garden has reopened with a newly refurbished summer garden. The restaurant has collaborated with leading garden designer Jo Thompson to create a beautiful floral installation in celebration of the reopening of the hospitality sector as a whole. As you’d expect, the restaurant is implementing the highest standards of health and safety, ensuring both guests and employees are dining and working in a safe environment: air filtration units have been fitted and dedicated members of staff have been appointed to ensure standards are maintained. Bookings are essential and can be made online.
197 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EQ
This summer, Tomos Parry is taking Brat outdoors to Climpson’s Arch, lighting the wood ovens to serve whole roasted turbot, spider crab and grilled breads in east London. Alongside Brat favourites, diners can expect new dishes such as grilled aged mutton chops with petit snap greens, smoked new-season garlic, homemade ricotta and unfiltered olive oil; and Basque fish soup with Cornish velvet crabs and a salad of slow-grilled pollock, laverbread and tomatoes. Alongside Brat’s wine selection, Climpson & Sons will be serving some of its new range of bottled and on-tap cocktails, including fermented bloody marys and pineapple tepaches. You will also be able to book a private dining space in the Climpson & Sons’ HQ across from the arch. Brat’s Redchurch Street restaurant will reopen later in the month.
Arch 374, Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB
Darby’s, Nine Elms
Robin and Sarah Gill have reopened their oyster bar, bakery and grill in Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms. Its 20-cover terrace has been extended and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, as well as lunch on Sunday. Head on over for dishes such as Cornish crab brioche roll with baby gem and roe mayo; and Lady Hamilton smoked cod, with vesuvio tomato, summer herbs and toasted bread. For anyone in need of breakfast, pastries and coffees, they’re available to takeaway through a hatch from 10am on Wednesdays to Sundays.
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7AY
Greek restaurant Opso has reopened with a new summer terrace. The dining space winds its way around the restaurant and features tables for two, four and six diners, seating a maximum of 40. The terrace aims to transport guests to the streets of Athens via a new summer menu and selection of Greek wines made for warmer weather. From the new menu, which focuses on modern Greek dishes, we like the sound of the raw bar, where you can sample sashimi with thyme and lemon bitters; and taramas – Opso’s take on the classic cod’s roe dish, served with squid ink oil. Close by, the bar team are on hand to serve up ice-cold glasses of Greek sparkling wines, rosé and a selection of signature cocktails.
10 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QL
Sabor Al Fresco, Soho
Nieves Barragan Mohacho and Jose Etura have just launched Sabor Al Fresco. An entirely outdoor dining experience reminiscent of Spanish market bars, the space opens up onto Heddon Street, with seating for up to 28. Guests order and collect from the outdoor bar and grill, with dishes also available to take away. Cocktails such as house sangria and fino negroni will be served alongside beer on tap, cava and Spanish wines. Sabor al Fresco will run for five weeks, at which point both the Counter at Sabor and the Asador will reopen with exciting menu changes and safety measures in place.
35-37 Heddon Street, Soho, W1B 4BR
Folie has returned with a new summer terrace. Founder Guillaume Depoix and exec chef Christophe Marleix have designed a special menu to celebrate the reopening, with dishes focusing on the Italian and French rivieras. Expect Mediterranean classics such as courgettes farçies, heirloom tomatoes with burrata, and aubergine parmigiana, as well as new dishes including a wagyu burger and a comte, chicken and basil croque monsieur. From 9am, Folie will serve fresh coffees, juices, croissants and pain au chocolat on the terrace. The bar also will be open for cocktails throughout the day. The team specialises in martinis, sazeracs and negronis, and there’s a menu of rare and unusual pastis and vermouths, together with fine armagnac and other digestifs.
37 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9LB
Dinings SW3, Chelsea
This popular mews restaurant fuses Japanese and European cuisines. Exec chef Masaki Sugisaki and his team have developed a style of sushi and sashimi that changes with the seasons, using the freshest seafood from Cornish day boats. They can also draw on a Josper oven to create a range of sumiyaki dishes. Alongside the main space there is a sushi counter, a kurabu (mezzanine area seating up to 24) and a beautiful secluded outdoor courtyard space, which has been set up for socially distanced dining.
Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, SW3 2JH
Casa Do Frango, Shoreditch
Algarvian restaurant Casa Do Frango focuses on wood-charcoal grilled piri piri frango chicken, accompanied by other Portuguese favourites, including charred cauliflower, grilled chorizo and excellent pastel de nata custard tarts, made at the on-site bakery. Launching this week, the 100-seater terrace at the group’s Casa Shoreditch will be laid out to accommodate al fresco drinking and dining. Ideal for anyone craving a summer holiday in the Algarve.
2 King John Court, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EZ
Allegra has reopened with a heated terrace for up to 40 guests, a snug outdoor bar area and a garden. To make the most of the summer months, head chef Patrick Powell and his team have created two menus to be enjoyed outdoors. Making full use of its custom-made woodburning grill, the terrace menu will focus on simple produce-driven fire cooking, while the new weekend brunch features elegant reinterpretations of modern classics. Expect to tuck into the likes of fried gnocchi cacio e pepe; oak-smoked trout with soft egg, shrimp butter and radish; smoked aubergine agnolotti with tomato and nasturtium; and roast chicken with aioli and caramelised lemon.
20 International Way, Stratford, E20 1FD
Lina In Piazza, King’s Cross
Lina Stores has opened an outdoor restaurant on Lewis Cubitt Square. The 85-cover terrace will be partially covered to protect from the elements and adhere to the latest social-distancing advice with one-way entry and exit. Diners can feast on new dishes of maltagliati verdi with spring mushroom ragu; and crab linguine with lemon, chilli and garlic; as well as Lina Stores favourites tagliolini with summer truffle and parmigiano; and veal ravioli with salsa verde. A vintage Italian gelato cart will be perched on the corner of the square from August, dishing up gelato and sorbetto in a cone or cup to enjoy on the terrace or on the go.
20-21 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4DR
Gunpowder, London Bridge
Gunpowder has reopened with an extended summer terrace overlooking Tower Bridge. Booking lines are now open for reservations for lunch and dinner, with a number of tables also available for walk-ins. Guests can expect to order the likes of Nagaland House crispy pork ribs topped with spicy tamarind sauce, Karawari soft-shell crab and organic baby tandoori chicken in butter masala sauce, alongside refreshing Bow Barracks gimlets and Pani Puri margaritas.
4 Duchess Walk, London Bridge, SE1 2SD
Tavolino, London Bridge
Tavolino is set to open for the first time on 31st July. The kitchen will be headed up by Louis Korovilas, godson of Giorgio Locatelli and formerly head chef of Bancone. On the south bank of the Thames, Tavolino will be split across two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows and comes with a 70-seater outdoor terrace with views of the City and Tower of London. Tavolino will serve simple dishes cooked with produce from across Italy and the UK. Guests can order the likes of Tuscan fennel salami, lardo and parmesan bombolini and zucchini fritti. Each morning, Louis and his team will make their own pasta from scratch for dishes including silk handkerchief pasta sheets with walnut butter and Burford Brown yolk; tagliatelle, spicy ’nduja and pork ragu; and tomato, basil and Barilotto cheese made with buffalo milk in Salerno.
2 More London Riverside, London Bridge, SE1 2DB
Parrillan, King’s Cross
Harts Group has reopened Parrillan, Barrafina, Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor at Coal Drops Yard. It’s Parrillan we’re especially interested in, as it comes with a large, partially covered terrace. The relaunch menu includes a selection of para picar – including pan con tomate, escalivada and anchovies de l’escala – and guests will be able to cook their own ingredients on the parrilla grills, including red prawns, Iberian pork and milk-fed lamb kidneys. There will also be new rice dishes to share, including arroz negro with squid ink, buttifarra and artichoke, and arroz caldoso with lobster, langoustines and soupy rice. Best of all, the drinks menu sees the return of the dedicated G&T list – ideal for a summer celebration.
Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4PW
Julie’s, Holland Park
A London favourite since 1969, neighbourhood restaurant Julie’s has reopened with revamped menus. Its elegant outdoor terrace provides the perfect spot for guests to socialise in the summer sun while enjoying new seasonal dishes developed by chef patron Shay Cooper. These include English burrata with salad of Isle of Wight tomatoes and purple basil; brill fillet with cucumber, dill and Morecambe Bay shrimps; and passionfruit syllabub with caramelised white chocolate ice-cream. The restaurant has also extended its opening hours to provide the local community with the type of establishment they are able to enjoy from morning to night, with a bar menu available all day, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
135 Portland Road, Notting Hill, W11 4LW
The Nest, Marylebone
The treehouse craze has come to the capital in the form of this recent hotel opening in Marylebone. All rooms are perched high in the city skyline and feature big bay windows that look out to some of London’s most iconic landmarks. The Nest is a spacious and open rooftop terrace, with uninterrupted skyline views and ample space, making it well suited to social-distancing measures. Now open to the public, it’s serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch for the first time. Dishes include wild mushroom frittata; waffles with berries and cream; and stone-baked flatbreads. When it comes to drinks, a range of cocktails – such as ‘Avocado Bellini’, ‘Whisky Colada’ and ‘Coconut Manhattan’ – are accompanied by alcoholic slushies and sharers.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QS