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Best London restaurants and bars with heated outdoor terraces to enjoy this winter

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Looking to keep your social life going as the weather changes? Here’s a comprehensive list of London’s best restaurants and bars with heated outdoor spaces.

There’s nothing like outdoor dining in London.

Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine or a three-course meal with friends, there’s something about taking in the crisp city air while you socialise that is enjoyable no matter the weather – however, it can be a little bit harder during the winter months.

Outdoor dining doesn’t have to be just for the summer though – with the right atmosphere and assortment of outdoor heaters, you can still embrace the carefree vibes that comes with al fresco dining while keeping warm and cosy.

Luckily for Londoners, this city is known for its extensive selection of brilliant restaurants and bars which are often equipped with large outdoor terraces and heaters – and we’ve listed the best of the best for you to visit now.

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  • Campfire

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    Heated outdoor terraces: Campfire

    When you think of campfires, cosiness is what comes to mind – and Kings Cross venue is exactly that. Part community hub, part entertainment space, the bar features live fire-cooking and are centred around an open-fire pit where live-fire chefs serve up food to a backdrop for visiting DJs and musicians, making it a brewery taproom experience unlike any other.

  • La Goccia

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    Heated outdoor terraces: La Goccia

    If you love Italian food and small plates, La Goccia is for you – plus, you’ll be able to tuck into their mouthwateringly good dishes in their toasty outdoor seating area.

  • Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair

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    Outdoor heated terraces: Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair

    Venture over to swallow street and enjoy a sensational seafood menu and a few glasses of champagne at Bentley’s, which includes a completely heated and covered terrace to protect guests from the elements.

  • Turnips with Tomas Lidakevicius

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    Heated outdoor terraces: Turnips with Tomas Lidakevicius

    Set beneath the arches at London’s historic Borough Market, Turnips offers a truly unique and cosy al fresco dining experience. Dedicated to world-class produce and the belief that it can transform even the simplest dish, Turnips also provides guests with a gorgeous heated terrace to dine, drink and enjoy.

  • The Greenhouses at Chameleon

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    Heated outdoor terraces: The Greenhouses at Chameleon

    The Greenhouses are perfect for those seeking a more private space this winter. Each Greenhouse provides diners with the opportunity to experience intimate feasting in a heated, ‘outdoor’ space, decorated with captivating gold leaf floral decor and lit by twinkling candlelight.

    Book The Greenhouses at Chameleon

  • The Petersham in Covent Garden

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    Heated outdoor terraces: The Petersham in Covent Garden

    This hidden heated and covered courtyard will be the perfect spot for a warming winter aperitivo, wrapped in blankets provided by Petersham Nurseries and sat beneath the twinkling festoon lighting.

    Book The Petersham in Covent Garden

  • Barge East Winter Gardens

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    Heated outdoor terraces: Barge East Winter Gardens

    With heated winter cabins, toasty outdoor spaces, bottomless brunch, and plenty of faux fur and mini hot water bottles to keep guests warm, there is no better place to book for dinner and drinks in the capital this winter.

    Book Barge East Winter Gardens

  • The Engine Rooms

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    Heated outdoor terraces: The Engine Rooms Terrace

    Combining beautiful classic cars, a more than impressive modern art collection and an all-day dining restaurant, The Engine Rooms is a truly unique restaurant.

    The star draw at The Engine Rooms is an incredible heated courtyard terrace, nestled in the centre of the hubbub of activity. Heaters surround the space to keep things warm and cosy for all, while an electric canopy roof which can be quickly opened or closed at the touch of a button allows for outdoor dining whether the sun shines or not.

    In the kitchen, the restaurant team headed up by Head Chef James Harrison and Sous Chef Michelangelo Farina create a simple, seasonal menu focusing on using seasonal British ingredients. Desserts are expertly prepared by Head Pastry Chef Darren Cafferty and the menu is accompanied by a curated selection of wines

  • The Buxton

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    Heated outdoor terraces: The Buxton

    The Buxton is a boutique hotel with a ground floor bistro serving simple, seasonal dishes made with responsibly sourced produce. 

    While dining on the selection of seasonal dishes, guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace, which uses special heaters that are only activated as someone is sitting on them, making them the most environmentally friendly option for heated al-fresco dining.  

  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

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    Heated outdoor terraces: Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane

    Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane is bringing together the most magical drinking and dining experiences to Mayfair. 

    This picturesque wonderland, perfect for cosying up in on a crisp winter’s evening, comes complete with outdoor heated pergolas and luxurious blankets, so you can sit under the stars whilst indulging in seasonal delights of baked Vacherin Mont d’Or and French cassoulet, or ‘From the Grill’ favourites of waygu beef fillet, lobster and prawns

  • Jikoni

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    Heated outdoor terraces: Jikoni

    This Marylebone restaurant from chef and restaurateur Ravinder Bhogal will be an ideal location if you are planning to visit now that winter is rolling in. 

    Set across the sprawling pavements of Blandford Street, the heated and covered terrace is the perfect pitstop for those looking to indulge in a selection of globally inspired sharing plates, thanks to its tall heaters, organic wool blankets, and even hot water bottles that can be filled on request.

  • Mare Street Market

    Mare Street Market is located in the heart of east London and is the perfect cosy destination thanks to its fairy-lit terrace, heated lamps and hearty comfort food from burgers to brunch.

  • The German Gymnasium

    With a sophisticated first floor restaurant, two bars and an outdoor terrace in the heart of King’s Cross, the German Gymnasium is a great spot to sip, dine and relax in London.

  • The Union Bar Chiswick

    Whatever the weather, The Union Bar is great all year round. The Chiswick-based restaurant features an outdoor terrace and they bring out the heaters for when the weather takes a turn so guests can enjoy the stunning views and seasonal meals while keeping warm.

  • Nobu, Portman Square

    Nobu is a name that is synonymous with fine dining – and now there Portman Square branch is making waves thanks to its Roku Japanese Gin Garden. Here you can build your own cocktails while enjoying their amazing dishes and dining outside where their heating will leave you feeling all warm and toasty.

  • Stanley’s, Chelsea

    This upscale all-day restaurant is Chelsea’s best-kept secret and serves British cuisine in a stunning garden, complete with space heaters to keep you toasty.

  • Vinegar Yard

    Vinegar Yard has one of the largest winter terraces in London Bridge, complete with heaters and an overhead canopy making it the perfect spot for outdoor drinks.

  • Dalloway Terrace

    This Instagram-friendly restaurant is a botanical paradise, complete with a heated terrace to keep diners warm on chilly evenings. 

  • Dinings SW3

    Dinings SW3 has a beautiful hidden garden surrounded by luscious green plants. Guests can sample dishes from chef Masaki Sugisaki’s Izakaya menu and try bespoke cocktails all year round.

  • Paradise

    Soho’s fiery Sri-Lankan eatery has a 30-seater terrace where guests can dine alfresco. The terrace has its own street food-inspired short eats menu, as well as Sri Lankan style cocktails.

  • Nine Lives Alley

    Nine Lives Alley’s tropical vibes spill out on to the cobbles in a rare pocket of al fresco London in the shadow of The Shard. Under the heated terrace, guests can enjoy some killer cocktails and the legendary tacos of native Mexican chef El Tigre and his Tigre Taco truck.

  • Turnips

    Turnips is tucked away under Borough Market and is known for its small plates menu filled with fresh produce cooked by Tomas Lidakevicius. The restaurant is equipped with a number of outdoor heaters, allowing guests to dine late into the night in a perfectly toasty environment.

  • Arenella at The Chapel Bar

    Arenella is The Chapel Bar’s resident restaurant and comes with a covered and heated terrace to keep you warm whatever the weather. Enjoy the alfresco space along with their Italian-inspired bottomless lunch in the heart of Islington.

  • Paladar

    Venture to Elephant & Castle and dine alfresco at Paladar. The Latin American restaurant keeps visitors warm with infrared heaters and blankets while guests enjoy gluten-free meals and cocktails inspired by the flavours of Central and South America.

  • Aquavit

    Aquavit is the place to go for top-notch dining with a Nordic twist. Situated in St James’s Market, it’s a central meet-up spot for friends and has a selection of tables outside which is perfect for watching the world go by. 

  • HIDE

    HIDE in Mayfair may be a beautiful restaurant, but you can enjoy parts of its Michelin-starred menu while sitting on the terrace with a glorious view out of Green Park. 

    It is the creation of chef Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, so expect innovative dishes inspired by nature and using unusual produce. Plus, incredible cocktail and wine pairings which we would recommend indulging in. 

    From the terrace, you’re able to order the HIDE Ground menu which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a sizeable a la carte menu. 

  • Bingham Riverhouse

    If you’re keen to explore Richmond then there’s one place to put right at the top of your must-visit list: the Bingham Riverhouse. 

    This charming hotel and restaurant have one of the best views of the area, looking out to the steadily flowing river and the beautiful trees that frame it while serving up high-quality food and drinks (especially the cocktails!).

    The Riverhouse Garden Terrace is perfect and you can enjoy a heated space filled with twinkling lights and flickering candles, blankets and live DJ sets at the weekends.

  • Fallow

    Fallow has received a lot of buzz for its sustainability-focused concept and deliciously creative dishes.

    The menu, designed by head chefs Will Murray and Jack Croft focuses on ‘root to stem’ and ‘nose to tail’ dishes, with a spotlight on plant-based ingredients. 

    Thankfully, the restaurant’s terrace has heaters aplenty so you can still enjoy this new favourite’s delicacies with friends and family.

  • Homeslice

    Homeslice is the ultimate haven if you’re looking for tasty grub. Known for their super-sized portions, this chain of restaurants serve up whopping 20 inch pizzas whole or by the slice, which will keep you warm even on the coldest days.

    Luckily, though, Homeslice’s Shoreditch and Marylebone restaurants also feature heated terraces where you can snuggle up and stay toasty.

  • Double Standard at The Standard

    You might know The Standard hotel for its swish rooms but have you given its outdoor terrace a chance to impress you yet?

    The Rooftop at The Standard is popular for its atmospheric open-air setting, making it a firm favourite among Londoners.

    From Monday to Sunday you can enjoy hearty fare accompanied by draft beers and classic cocktails for lunch and casual drinking and dining throughout the evening. 

  • Koya

    Koya in the City has a large outdoor space with room enough for 50 guests in its covered and heated terrace, which is a snuggly place to sit come rain or shine. 

    What’s more, this Japanese udon noodle hotspot not only provides warming decor to keep you feeling toasty but delicious bowls of steaming noodle dishes, which are sure to help keep the cold at bay.

  • Pastaio

    Visit this mouth-watering pasta joint’s Westfield branch if you’re looking for a large, well-heated outdoor terrace to enjoy your freshly made carbonara.

  • Flat Iron Square

    Flat Iron Square is the place to be for a plethora of delicious food options in an easy-going space, with plenty of atmosphere.

    There’s a large selection of independent food vendors to choose from including succulent fried chicken from Mother Clucker, fresh, hand-rolled pasta from La Nonna and Mexican-style tacos from Breddos – and that’s just the start.

    You can book for up to six people in the outdoor seating area and keep cosy under the heaters while enjoying an eclectic vibe.

  • Barrafina

    Barrafina is a small chain of London-based modern tapas restaurants serving up a fantastic selection of fish and seafood from both Spanish and British waters.

    At the Dean Street site, you’ll find not only lip-smacking dishes like scorpion fish, deep water mussels and sea urchins, but a heated outdoor terrace, too.

  • Pergola Paddington

    The weather may be unpredictable, but there are still so many places to head to that don’t require you to hide your cool new outfits under huge coats.

    Pergola Paddington is heated and sits underneath a perspex roof. The eatery has a vibrant energy, an Instagrammable flower-covered terrace and tonnes of food and drinks options, making it a safe bet for a meet-up with friends.

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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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