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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
The Petersham in Covent Garden
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.
The Engine Rooms
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.
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
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.
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
The German Gymnasium
The Union Bar Chiswick
Nobu, Portman Square
Nine Lives Alley
Arenella at The Chapel Bar
Double Standard at The Standard
Flat Iron Square
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