London’s Best Alfresco Restaurants
From street-side terraces to river views and gorgeous gardens, read our guide to our favourite outdoor restaurants in London.
The courtyard at Chiltern Firehouse is the perfect spot for your glass of rose on a summer evening or for a lingering brunch on a weekend.
Sit back on one of the comfy sofas or black and white wicker chairs and order oysters from the terrace’s dedicated Oyster Cart before settling in for the full menu.
River Café, Hammersmith
Widely regarded as London’s best Italian restaurant with great pedigree in the kitchen that has produced many successful alumni and imitations.
The River Café, with its minimalist, sleek design and light colour scheme that blend effortlessly with the riverside setting, creates an unforgettable dining experience.
The large outdoor terrace makes the River Cafe an excellent alfresco dining option in West London.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is an all-day British brasserie serving dishes inspired by The Ivy restaurant in Covent Garden.
While the restaurant interior oozes glamour, the exterior is equally pretty.
The beautiful, large garden at the back for alfresco dining complete with a terrace and orangery is a perfect setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Chelsea.
Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries opened on Floral street in Covent Garden in the spring of 2018 with two restaurants.
La Goccia is a more casual Italian restaurant with open kitchen and wood fire oven, while The Petersham is a more elegant, refined Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal ingredients.
Floral Court, in the central courtyard between both restaurants offers alfresco dining from La Goccia and The Petersham.
Serving fine Italian food from the morning until the early hours, Cecconi’s is a perfect spot for all day dining in the sun, with a few sought after tables lining the street on the corner of Saville Row and Burlington Gardens.
Cecconi’s is great for outdoor dining in London where you can watch the world pass you by.
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Anna Hansen’s Clerkenwell restaurant The Modern Pantry has a large outdoor dining area on a beautiful square in Clerkenwell.
Tables are available on a first come, first served basis, but it’s worth the wait. The terrace at The Modern Pantry serves one of our favourite weekend brunches.
Dean Street Townhouse, Soho
Dean Street Townhouse serves classic British cuisine from first thing in the morning until the early hours.
Whilst the interiors are dark, cosy and seductive, the small but perfectly formed terrace is a delight in the warm weather, with the added benefit of being one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London right in the heart of Soho.
Antidote Wine Bar & Restaurant
If you’re looking for alfresco dining where you can book, try Antidote’s pavement dining option near Carnaby Street.
With an extensive list of organic and biodynamic wines, the restaurant offers small plates and a selection of cheese and charcuterie where the menu has been consulted on by Mikael Jonsson from Michelin-starred Hedone.
J Sheekey’s Terrace
One of our favourite Covent Garden restaurants, J Sheekey’s, has launched a terrace which runs along the outside of both the restaurant and the newly relaunched J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, serving 50 covers.
Open from midday onwards every day, the menu features a large shellfish platter and a range of seasonal fish, shellfish, meat and vegetarian dishes.
The Coach, Clerkenwell
The Coach has recently been restored by chef-restaurateur and former Racine chef, Henry Harris, who mixes French and British flavours and techniques.
Drinkable ales and draught lagers from craft breweries are available at the bar as well as a list of wines from familiar Old World names and some new and interesting producers.
The Coach gets the balance of proper pub and great food just right, and this can be enjoyed from the large terrace at the back of the pub.
Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch
Boundary’s Provençal-style rooftop serves a light and fresh all-day menu, alongside a carefully curated coastal wine list and range of specialist gin and tonic cups.
The Rooftop at The Boundary also features in our guide to the best rooftop bars in London.
Courtyard Terrace at the Holborn Dining Room
The Courtyard Terrace at the Rosewood London offers an oasis of calm and serenity.
Set in the courtyard of the Edwardian Grade II-listed building, the easygoing terrace of Holborn Dining Room can be enjoyed all year round.
Ideal for a cocktail or two during the warmer months or for a charcuterie board with a glass of wine and a blanket during the winter months.
Boulestin, St James’s
The Georgian courtyard at Boulestin is surrounded by 17th century buildings where you can enjoy light summery dishes in a peaceful, traffic-free area.
The Ledbury, Notting Hill
The Ledbury, with its Notting Hill location and neighbourhood restaurant feel, had been quietly making its mark on London’s dining scene until its second Michelin star catapulted it into the mainstream.
As expected, Brett Graham’s cooking is now in huge demand, but as the terrace does not accept reservations, it’s a great way to skip the long wait list and try one of London’s best restaurants whilst enjoying the sun.
The terrace makes The Ledbury one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London.
Scott’s is glamorous, exciting and makes a great night out, specialising in seafood and shellfish.
Scott’s is located on Mount Street, one of the most beautiful streets in London, and with a small selection of tables lining the street outside, it is easy to see why Scott’s is one of London’s most popular restaurants.
If you can’t get a table on the terrace or inside in the main restaurant, you may be lucky to get a seat at the oyster bar.
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Hush, located on a quiet courtyard in Mayfair, has launched its ‘London in Blossom’ terrace in collaboration with London Gin No.1.
A floral arch and a canopy of hanging flowers gives a distinct Spring-like vibe where you can enjoy new London Gin No.1 cocktails alongside Hush’s new summer menu.
Chucs opened its 4th site inside The Magazine, Zaha Hadid’s extension to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Chucs Serpentine offers a menu of Italian classics from breakfast and brunch through to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
There is a large terrace at the front and back of the restaurant offering ample alfresco dining options, and its location in Hyde Park is just idyllic.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Bentley’s terrace holds up to 24 people, surrounded by glass panels to allow views up and down Swallow Street.
Famous for its oysters, the terrace at Bentley’s is the ideal spot to enjoy seafood and shellfish in central London.
45 Jermyn St
45 Jermyn St is ideal if you’re looking for that buzz, grandeur and glamour that only St James’s or Mayfair can provide. The bar, in particular, is a great spot for a Martini.
Now you can enjoy dishes such as beef wellington and their famous dessert floats from the terrace on Jermyn Street.
The Ritz Restaurant Terrace, St James’s
The Ritz Restaurant is widely thought of as one of the most grand dining rooms in the world, but you may not know that the restaurant also has a secluded terrace with views on to Green Park.
Guests can combine the grandeur of The Ritz with a beautiful outdoor dining option in central London.
The Albion, Islington
The Albion is a traditional English country pub in Islington, with the main attraction being its garden.
The French windows in the restaurant area open onto a terrace of over 450 sq metres, which can seat over 120 people for dining and drinking surrounded by herb beds, fruit trees and an original Georgian walled garden.
The Garden Lounge at The Corinthia
The Corinthia Hotel has a central courtyard where guests can enjoy a light all day menu, afternoon tea or evening drinks.
The Courtyard has under floor heating and two fireplaces on either side, in case the weather turns a little chilly, as well as a bespoke humidor and terrarium style bar.
The Engineer, Primrose Hill
A Primrose Hill institution, The Engineer has a gorgeous terrace at the back of the restaurant.
Despite the ample dining space, the bar area is on the small side, but there is respite in the form of a back garden, which is an ideal spot for long summer lunches at one of the Best Alfresco Restaurants in London.
Le Pont de La Tour, Tower Bridge
Le Pont de la Tour has a beautiful riverside setting from which to enjoy its modern French menu, with a focus on seafood, and vast wine list.
The outside terrace is very popular in the summer as it has a superb view of Tower Bridge.
Bleeding Heart, Clerkenwell
With a rustic look to match its location and history, the Bleeding Heart offers traditional French fare in a welcoming and intimate setting, but the real attraction in the summer is the large terrace, which brings a bit of Paris to the streets of Farringdon.
At the top of South Place Hotel in Moorgate, Angler offers a seasonally changing menu from Executive Chef Gary Foulkes, with dishes including Cornish mackerel tartare, oyster cream, apple, shiso.
There is a retractable roof and some heaters for the colder summer evenings.
Meraki is a new contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia from the Waney family who were also beyond London favourites Roka and Zuma.
The restaurant has a ground level restaurant and bar, counter-dining and two terraces.
Try the fantastic Santorini cherry tomato salad with capers and goats’ cheese and the Pastitsio (oxtail ragu, paccheri pasta, graviera cheese & truffle).
Located in the Battersea power station redevelopment Fiume has views over the Thames from the large terrace where guests can enjoy chef Francesco Mazzei’s Italian cooking.
The food focuses on the Mezzogiorno region of southern Italy.
Bluebird Café White City
The Chelsea stalwart has opened a sibling in the new White City development overlooking Television Centre.
The terrace is a great spot for evening drinks or to try dishes from the modern European menu. Bluebird Café White City has also launched a new brunch menu for the summer.
Mark Sargeant’s latest venture, Sargeant’s Mess, has opened in the Tower of London.
As well as a full restaurant menu and separate cafe where you can grab a quick bite, the terrace will offer beer slushies and frozen cocktails with an unbeatable view of the Tower of London and the Thames.
Ivy Soho Brasserie
Occupying a central Soho spot on Broadwick Street, the Ivy Soho Brasserie offers the Ivy group’s classic British menu from breakfast until the early hours every day.
The large terrace is always buzzing with crowds enjoying being alfresco in a prime Soho location.
Campari Terrace at Bar Termini Centrale
Bar Termini Centrale has launched a Campari Terrace in time for the summer.
The menu features a Campari-based cocktail list including Campari Old Fashioned and Sbagliato, as well as a new £4 aperitif menu of shorter drinks, which is available daily 5pm – 7pm.
Guests can also enjoy fresh pasta from Fat Tony’s, the pasta pop up that has become a permanent fixture at Bar Termini Centrale.
Harry’s Dolce Vita
Harry’s Dolce Vita, a throwback to 1950s and 60s Italy, located next to Harrods in Knightsbridge offers a classy casual-ity often difficult to achieve.
Now you can enjoy dishes such as fried zucchini flowers, Harry’s Tagliolini – gratinated tagliolini pasta, served at the table from its own copper saucepan – and veal Milanese from the beautiful terrace.
Sea Containers at the Mondrian
The Sea Containers restaurant at the Mondrian London hotel has opened its Midsummer Terrace, in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier.
Visit the separate Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar before enjoying the restaurant’s food with views of the Thames and St Pauls.
This summer guests at Grade II listed restaurant, German Gymnasium, will offer dishes and a terrace transformed by flowers.
Featuring edible blooms throughout, the specially-designed menu offers fresh and floral dishes and a range of cocktails comprising edible flowers, fresh fruits and floral infusions.
Inn The Park, St James’s
Inn The Park is celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014, marking the occasion with a fresh new look and menu. With a stunning location in the middle of St James’s park, this might be the ultimate alfresco setting in London
The restaurant can seat 120 people, there is a self service option to take away to sit in the park or there’s a terrace that can accommodate 120 for private parties.
Alfresco Restaurants in London
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