Alfresco London: The Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in London

When the sun is shining and the weather is heating up, there are few better places to be than London. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London.

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.

Chiltern Firehouse

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.

The courtyard at Chiltern Firehouse

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.

River Cafe in Hammersmith

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 Ivy Chelsea Garden

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.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

Floral Court, in the central courtyard between both restaurants offers alfresco dining from La Goccia and The Petersham.

Cecconi’s, Mayfair

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.

Brunch at Cecconi's in Mayfair

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.

The Modern Pantry 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.

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

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.

Antidote Wine Bar & Restaurant

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.

J Sheekey's Terrace

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.

The Coach, Clerkenwell

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.

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

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.

Courtyard Terrace at the Holborn Dining Room

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.

Boulestin, St James's

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.

The terrace at The Ledbury, Notting Hill

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, Mayfair

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.

Scott's restaurant in Mayfair

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.

Keep reading for more suggestions of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London…

Hush

Hush, located on a quiet courtyard in Mayfair, has launched its ‘London in Blossom’ terrace in collaboration with London Gin No.1.

Hush Mayfair

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 Serpentine

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.

Chucs Serpentine

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.

The terrace at Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

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.

45 Jermyn St

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.

The Ritz Restaurant Terrace

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 Albion, Islington

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 Garden Lounge at The Corinthia

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.

Le Pont de La Tour, Tower Bridge

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.

Angler Restaurant

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.

Angler Restaurant

There is a retractable roof and some heaters for the colder summer evenings.

Meraki

Meraki is a new contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia from the Waney family who were also beyond London favourites Roka and Zuma.

Meraki Restaurant London

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).

Fiume 

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.

Fiume restaurant London

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.

Bluebird Café White City

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.

Sargeant’s Mess

Mark Sargeant’s latest venture, Sargeant’s Mess, has opened in the Tower of London.

Sargeant's Mess

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.

Ivy Soho Brasserie

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.

Campari Terrace at Bar Termini Centrale

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.

Harry's Dolce Vita terrace

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.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian

Visit the separate Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar before enjoying the restaurant’s food with views of the Thames and St Pauls.

German Gymnasium

This summer guests at Grade II listed restaurant, German Gymnasium, will offer dishes and a terrace transformed by flowers.

German Gymnasium

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

Inn The Park, St James's

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

If you liked this guide to the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London, why not read our guide to the best brunch in London, the best cocktail bars in London or the rooftop bars in London?

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