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44 outdoor restaurants, rooftop bars and terraces to book in London this summer

As the temperatures continue to climb, bask in the sunshine at one of these 44 fabulous outdoor restaurants, terraces and bars.

It’s official — this summer is hot. With temperatures climbing over 35 degrees, it’s hard to think about doing anything other than sitting in the sun (or the shade) and soaking up some vitamin D. And there’s no better place to set up camp than in one of London’s stunning restaurant terraces.

There’s something about alfresco dining that just epitomes summer — and with the Jubilee weekend almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to set up camp outside and enjoy eating and drinking in the sunshine.

From basking in the sun and catching up with friends to sipping on a delectable cocktail while reading our favourite books, outdoor dining is equally perfect for socialising and spending some time alone – and we here at the Stylist HQ love a good outdoor restaurant, terrace and rooftop bar. 

If you’ve been looking forward to booking yourself a dinner date or afternoon drinks in the sun with your best friends you are in luck, as we’ve created a nifty guide to the best alfresco restaurants and rooftop bars in London for outdoor dining.

We’ve been careful to include a mix of locations across London, from a hip bistro in Brixton to a secret garden in Chelsea; these venues are not only stylish with great menus but will allow you to dine out safely.

  • The Jurema Terrace at The Mandrake

    The Jurema Terrace at The Mandrake
    Outdoor restaurants: The Jurema Terrace at The Mandrake

    The Jurema Terrace is a global award-winning, exceptional terrace enveloped by a suspended garden of jasmine and passionflower, overlooking the courtyard with its soaring Tasmanian Ferns.

    Ethnobotanical cocktails and South American-inspired dishes, bring our terrace guests together amongst our naturally sustained flora.

  • Oyster Shed

    Oyster Shed
    Outdoor restaurants: Oyster Shed

    Located on the banks of the River Thames, The Oyster Shed is a bar and restaurant that boasts exquisite seafood and an array of spaces and panoramic views. The menu has been created by Masterchef winner and head chef Natalie Coleman who leans on a combination of traditional home cooking influences with her love of the sea.

  • Fatto Pizza and Bar

    Fatto Pizza and Bar
    Outdoor restaurants: Fatto Pizza and Bar

    Fatto Pizza & Beer has opened in Kings Cross, serving up Neapolitan pizzas alongside craft beers from some of the best independent breweries in the UK and Italy. 

    The restaurant is split into two levels, with the pizza oven on the ground floor and a stunning 30-cover terrace right alongside Pancras Square. 

  • Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel

    Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel
    Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel

    We love Somerset House, but if you venture to its riverside entrance, you’ll find a terrace bar in partnership with San Miguel ready that will make you love it even more. Try out special beers and their deceptively delicious beer-infused San Miguel spritz, while sitting back and taking in the riverside views.

  • Lalaland

    At Lalaland Shoreditch, you’ll find a huge outdoor space filled with food stalls, drinks and cool activities. This brand new little London oasis aims to bring some LA vibes to the UK capital, and so far, it seems to be succeeding.

    For the seasoned foodie, this funky spot has dozens of exciting cuisines to try, including Bao buns, pizza, burgers, Indian-style street food and much, much more.

  • Beach Blanket Babylon

    This chic restaurant in Notting Hill is set in the cellar of an old Georgian townhouse. Known for its elegant Rococo design, this spot is perfect for an elegant, sophisticated meal out. 

    Plus, in the summer, it’s gorgeous sun-dappled terrace is the perfect spot to kick back for a few hours and soak up some sun.

  • Market Halls Victoria

    Located right next to Victoria Station, Market Halls is a large, chic food court with plenty of cuisines on offer. During the summer, the roof terrace is the perfect place to enjoy some food and relax in the sun. 

    From the terrace, you’ll get to enjoy views of central London along with a bit of peace from the bustle below. 

  • God's Garden at Chameleon

    God's Garden at Chameleon
    Outdoor restaurants: God's Garden at Chameleon

    God’s Garden, the restaurant’s outdoor dining space, splits al fresco Tel-Avivian dishes between two covered canopies. Executive Chef Elior Balbul has curated an a la carte menu for God’s Garden featuring the freshest, seasonal middle eastern and Mediterranean ingredients that will take the taste buds to celestial plains. 

    New dishes include Tuna sashimi, avocado, crème fraiche, fermented chilli, passion fruit reduction & Josper poussin, leek, saffron butternut squash cream, cashew gazpacho.

  • Coya City x Sana Jardin Courtyard

    Coya City x Sana Jardin Courtyard
    Outdoor restaurants: Coya City x Sana Jardin Courtyard

    Coya City’s renowned outdoor courtyard terrace has now reopened, just in time for summer. 

    Discover their alluring garden in the heart of the city, perfect for those breaks away from the office and for relaxing with friends and loved ones. 

    This year the hidden oasis will transform into a ‘scent-sual’ paradise, thanks to its fragrant partnership with luxury conscious perfume house, Sana Jardin. A careful curation of limited-edition Coya cocktails will be available throughout the summer to tantalise the taste buds – each concoction has been created to complement the notes within Sana Jardin’s exhilarating scents.

  • Riding House Bloomsbury

    Russell Square is one of the areas in London that I like the most.

     Whether you want to take a gander throughout the park or wander aimlessly through the British Museum, there is actually a lot to do – and dining at Riding House Cafe is one of them.

    The Bloomsbury branch of the popular restaurant opened in May and is providing guests with a contemporary and international menu, including breakfast and all-day dining.

    Guests can sit in the outdoor dining area and enjoy some people watching while dining on a variety of small and large plates.

    Indulge in the spicy salt cod fritters with citrus mayo and delicious soul-fried chicken wings and Bajan pepper sauce as a starter, before moving onto the range of bowls and skewers on offer, which is great for both veggies and meat-eaters. 

    And to top it all off, the cocktails are definitely worth trying while enjoying your alfresco day out.

  • Louie London

    More than just a restaurant, Louie London is a real experience combining the soul of New Orleans, the sophistication of Paris and the sass of NYC all in the heart of London.

    Guests can enjoy a jazz brunch downstairs while making their way up through the many beautifully designed floors to the roof terrace for rosé and bar snacks. 

    From the great vibes to good food, Louie is an absolute haven in the heart of the city. 

  • Fiume

    Fiume
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Fiueme

    Fiume, a riverside terrace in Battersea, has been transformed into a southern Italian oasis this summer in partnership with Ortigia Sicilia and Malfy Gin. 

    The menu has been inspired by Ortigia’s classic scents of bergamot, orange blossom, lime and fig, and guests will be offered a taste of the Amalfi coast in London with recipes that pay homage to the coastal cuisine of southern Italy.

    Enjoy light sharing dishes featuring octopus, calamari, red prawns and stuffed courgette flowers along with the bespoke cocktails from drinks masters Malfy Gin.  

  • Fenn

    Fenn
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Fenn

    Enjoy the sunshine at Fenn, a seasonal British restaurant in the heart of Fulham.

    The restaurant has just launched a terrace meu, making it the perfect pitstop for Londoners to enjoy a light lunch or an early evening appetiser during the summer months.

  • Nathalie

    Relax in the sunshine at Nathalie, a beautiful deli located in Mayfair.

    Whether it is breakfast, brunch or lunch, Nathalie has an array of refreshing drinks, healthy and delicious hot and cold meals, as well as sweet treats that bring the best balance, making it the perfect spot to kickstart your summer.

  • The Great Northern Hotel

    The Great Northern Hotel
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: The Great Northern Hotel

    The Great Northern Hotel is located in the heart of Kings Cross and features outside seating which is perfect for people-watching, catching up with friends and enjoying all the glorious dishes and delectable cocktails they have to offer.

    To mark the summer season, the hotel has also teamed up with The Botanist Gin to launch a new alfresco sipping spot, which is filled with luscious foliage, plant-filled terrariums, blooms and limited-edition cocktails created with The Botanist Gin.

    If you’re looking for a tropical-inspired beverage to suit the warmer weather, go for the delicious Message In The Bottle (rum, pineapple shrub, plum cordial, cherry liqueur, creole bitters, pink grapefruit). If you’re into something lighter, Lady Violet (champagne, Russian standard vodka fused with elderflower, layered over champagne and Chambord) would be our top choice.

    Alongside the limited-edition cocktails, guests can enjoy a variety of small and large plates, from pecorino cheese and leek croquettes and buttermilk fried chicken bites to the club sandwich and tasty beetroot & chickpea burger.

  • Common Ground

    Common Ground
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Common Ground

    Take a trip down to Finsbury Park and enter dine in a Common Ground, a cafe and eatery on Stroud Green Road that boasts a beautiful outdoor terrace and garden brunch spot perfect for alfresco dining.

    The restaurant serves vegan and vegetarian seasonal, sustainable food and drinks in a vibrant unique space, combining the Mediterranean, Asian and French cuisines and providing bold flavours to create harmonious flavour profiles.

  • Los Mochis

    Los Mochis
    Best alfresco restaurants in London:

    Located in the heart of Notting Hill, Los Mochis is renowned for pioneering a new culinary category, Baja-Nihon cuisine.

    The 28-person cover terrace at Los Mochis is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill. Nestled along a quiet side street, their vibrant outdoor terrace is all you need to transport you afar. Settle under the sun and re-hydrate with their extensive and enviable cocktail list, alongside their ever-evolving food menu that includes sharing dishes of trailer park chicken taco, guacamole social shrimp and fresh sashimi. 

  • LPM Restaurant & Bar

    LPM Restaurant & Bar
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: LPM Restaurant & Bar

    Where laid-back dining meets classic Mediterranean glamour, LPM Restaurant & Bar is the alfresco spot this summer, transporting guests straight to the French Riviera.

    As London’s best-kept secret hidden on a Mayfair mews, LPM Restaurant & Bar’s menu is indulgent without being too rich as it lends itself to leisurely lunches on a balmy London evening with a signature Tomatini in hand.

    Feast on fresh tuna tartare and oscietra caviar, tiger prawns marinated in green chilli and coriander or opt for their famous pan-fried sole with mustard grain. 

    For those looking to escape London’s crowds for a quick drink, sip on a Jean Cocteau cocktail featuring Hommage and Linden Alley from their bespoke experimental menu.

  • Chase x Willows rooftop garden

    Chase x Willows rooftop garden
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Chase x Willows rooftop garden

    Enjoy a slice of the countryside this summer atop of John Lewis’ lush walled garden. Hidden away on their rooftop, sits a slice of tranquillity in the heart of London, with unparalleled views and Chase gin cocktails inspired by nature and great flavour combinations.

  • Stripes Amalfi Terrace

    Stripes Amalfi Terrace
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Stripes Amalfi Terrace

    Experience an Italian summer with the help of Stripes Amalfi Terrace.

    Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens has welcomed the expansive alfresco drinking and dining destination in the heart of London, which draws inspiration from Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

    Adorned with lemon trees, lush Mediterranean foliage, striped sun loungers and beach umbrellas, guests can sip on spritzes and immerse themselves in the magic of an Italian summer

  • Madison Rooftop Bar & Terrace, One New Change

    Madison Rooftop Bar & Terrace, One New Change
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Madison Rooftop Bar & Terrace, One New Change

    Six floors above the bustling street and eye-to-eye with St Paul’s Cathedral you’ll find Madison Rooftop Bar & Terrace.

    If you’re looking for slick city vibes but a relaxing atmosphere, Madison is the place to be afternoon, early evening and night. Kick back and relax to the sounds of its in-house DJs and a peerless panoramic of the capital.

    For foodies, their NYC-inspired brunch is an absolute must-try. Dine with two courses for £35 and three courses for £40 with a glass of champagne on delicious starters including hoisin duck bon bons and yellowfin tuna and octopus ceviche tostadas, followed by mouth-watering mains, including maple brioche french toast and fried chicken and waffles.

    For those looking for a purely liquid lunch, don’t miss their exclusive ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto and Madison summer cocktail terrace. Take in the view with delectable ITALICUS cocktails and delicious tapas and mezze boards that transport you to the heady glamour of warm Mediterranean climes. 

  • The Magazine at the Serpentine

    The Magazine at the Serpentine
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: The Magazine at the Serpentine

    Set in the acclaimed Zaha Hadid designed extension to the Serpentine’s North gallery, The Magazine boasts a contemporary menu, created by Chef Tomas Kolkus that puts sustainability and seasonality at the heart of the kitchen.

    Indulge in maximum taste and minimum waste at this sustainability-focused space, that will see you enjoy several dishes while enjoying the sites.

  • Wagtail

    Wagtail is London’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant, which boasts an extraordinary 360-degree view of London and promises to deliver an extraordinary new dining and drinking experience.     

    Guests can indulge in Wagtail’s breathtaking views from the bar at Wagtail, a rooftop terrace, which delivers stunning 360-degree views of the city, where delectable small plates will be served. 

    Downstairs will host the restaurant and terrace at Wagtail; a sophisticated dining experience featuring the works of Michelin-trained, Phil Kearsey and award-winning bar manager, Angelos Bafas in tandem.

     Lastly is the secluded Wagtail private dining room, an intimate room set in the grand and majestic cupola, providing a standout birds-eye view of the River Thames and bespoke feasting menus for multiple occasions.

  • Chez Antoinette

    Tucked away behind Victoria Street and only minutes away from St James’s Park and Victoria station, Chez Antoinette Victoria offers the closest thing to being in France without leaving the country.

    Guests can enjoy classic dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients with a modern sensibility while dining in the summer terrace, which is the perfect petit-déjeuner spot for lunch and dinner.

  • Sabine Rooftop Bar

    Sabine Rooftop Bar
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Sabine Rooftop Bar

    Take in the stunning views of the city at Sabine Rooftop Bar – a secret garden, serving spectacular views and even better cocktails

    Guests can enjoy beautiful views of St Paul’s, with a heated outside terrace and a glass-domed roof, providing the perfect space for a secret escape and offers something for everyone no matter the weather.

    And when it comes to food, Sabine knows how to put on a spread with its wide selection of scrumptious small plates, including Yakatori mushroom skewers with picked radish and miso to the delicious butternut and sage arancini with spiced pumpkin puree. 

    The restaurant has also just launched its spring/summer menu, which is loaded with charming and showstopping cocktails including the theatrical smoky desire cocktail to fresh and fruity additions including the barrel-aged margarita.

    Alongside your light bites are a wide variety of carefully curated cocktails including the light and effervescent Violet Dream, which combines botanist gin with egg white, violet liquor and lavender bitters for a delicate taste to the equally tasty Farmer’s Legacy which combines Cazcabel Blanco Tequila with peach liquor, egg white, lime juice, agave syrup and orange bitters.

  • Mariage Frères’ Tea Terrace

    Mariage Frères’ Tea Terrace`
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Mariage Frères’ Tea Terrace

    Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, Mariage Frères’ Tea Terrace in front of its flagship tea emporium is the ideal spot for alfresco drinking and dining.

    Guests can watch the world go by as they sip on refreshing iced teas or tea-infused cocktails, such as a Blue Gin Tonic or Frosted Tokyo Mojito from an extensive selection. 

    For those looking to dine, there is a wide choice of dishes, from light salads and bao burgers, to exquisite patisseries and even a full afternoon tea spread with delicate tea-infused sweet treats and Petits Gâteaux.

  • Sumi

    Spending a day in Notting Hill always sounds like a good idea – and you can enjoy a little alfresco dining at Sumi, a sensational sushi restaurant which includes a stunning terrace.

  • The Albion

    The Albion
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: The Albion

    Take a trip over to Islington and visit The Albion this summer. A  favourite among locals, the over 450 square meters of wisteria-filled English country garden is the perfect spot to soak in the sun this spring while enjoying a fabulous all-day menu, which includes roast cauliflower steak, beer-battered haddock and Dorset sea bream fillet.

  • Eataly, Liverpool Street

    Eataly Shoreditch outdoor terrace
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Eataly

     With six restaurants, a huge winery and an array of fresh food counters offering the very best in Italian produce, including everything from pizza and pasta to gelato – Eataly is a truly spectacular foodie destination.

    La Terrazza di Eataly is the outdoor terrace, giving Londoners the chance to experience the best of the Italian Summer without setting foot on an aeroplane.

    Serving up an enticing selection of piccolo piatti (small dishes), as well as Eataly’s famed pizza al padellino, the focus is on sharing dishes made with quality ingredients, served ‘a la tavola’ in classic Italian style. 

    La Terrazza di Eataly will also be host to the Aperol Spritzeria bar, which will of course serve Italy’s number one cocktail – the Aperol Spritz. 

  • The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino

    The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino

    Rosé season is officially here and you can kick start summer at The Rooftop, an alfresco hotspot perched five stories above the iconic Hippodrome Casino.

    The Rooftop will be hosting a summer wine terrace pop-up in collaboration with leading organic Argentinian winemakers, Bodega Argento, which will allow guests to escape the concrete jungle and hustle and bustle of the streets while sitting back with a chilled glass of rosé in hand and enjoying stunning views across London.`

  • Crazy Pizza, Marylebone and Knightsbridge

    Crazy Pizza in London
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Crazy Pizza

    Crazy Pizza is a lively Italian restaurant which includes pizza spinning and DJs as part of its appeal. This summer you can enjoy the spirit and delicious food from the alfresco terrace which has been decorated with bright flowers and has great views.

    As well as tucking enthusiastically into a pizza, we recommend trying the tiramisu and, of course, a negroni!

    Crazy Pizza has restaurants in Marylebone and Knightsbridge, both with outdoor terraces available to book now. 

  • Granary Square Brasserie, Kings Cross

    Granary Square Brasserie Kings Cross outdoor terrace
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Granary Square Brasserie

    From the owners of The Ivy Restaurants, The Granary Square Brasserie, with its impressive views of Regents Canal and the Granary Square fountains has long been an in-demand Kings Cross hotspot for alfresco drinking and dining.

  • El Pirata, Mayfair

    Spanish restaurant in London
    Best alfresco dining and outdoor terraces in London

     Tucked away in one of the area’s quieter streets, El Pirata offers a neighbourhood feed just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly and Hyde Park.

    Expect tasty plates of croquetas de jamón Ibérico, gambas al pil-pil, jamón Ibérico, chorizo al vino and a great drinks selection, too.

  • LPM Restaurant, Mayfair

    LPM restaurant terrace Mayfair
    Best al fresco restaurants in London: LPM

    When you step inside LPM on Mayfair’s Brook’s Mews, you find yourself immediately transported to the Côte d’Azur, thanks to the classic, pared back decor of white china and linens, offset by bold and provocative artwork created by 20th Century French artists.

    We might not be able to sit inside our favourite restaurants at the moment, but we absolutely can sit outside on LPM’s terrace and while away a sunny afternoon, while enjoying delights from the dreamy Riviera-inspired menu, washed down by a glass of their famous French wine.

    The outdoor restaurant can only seat up to 30 people so make sure you book a table, sharpish. 

  • Ombra, Hackney

    Outdoors restaurant at night
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Ombra restaurant

    Ombra is a canalside restaurant in Hackney that continues to bring the essence of the word to life with delicious plates of fresh pasta, cured meats, homemade focaccia and a lively group of east London fans.

  • The Mitre Hampton Court

    Outdoor terrace in London
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: The Mitre Hampton Court

    The Mitre is a historic hotel with a beautiful spot right on the River Thames, looking out over the water. The outdoor seating area has a Parisian feel and there are plenty of twinkly lights to ensure a romantic atmosphere after dusk.

  • Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

    Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Petersham Nurseries

    Petersham Nurseries’ Covent Garden branch, known as the vibrant Italian restaurant La Goccia, invites guests to dine inside or out in the secluded courtyard hidden between King and Floral Street. Here, you can sit in the middle of one of London’s busiest areas surrounded by lemon trees and fairy lights in a tranquil haven.

    The restaurant has always been inspired by Italy’s al resco dining scene, inviting guests to enjoy a scoop of homemade sorbet, ice cream or a glass of granita in the sunshine. Come evening, you could sip on limoncello spritz and campari soda and pick some small plates for the table, such as anchovies with garlic, chilli and parsley and fried zucchini flowers.

  • 34 Palm at 34 Mayfair

    34 Palm Mayfair Pink Cocktail Menu
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: 34 Palm

    Looking for a stylish and fun outdoor spot to hang out with your pals? Look no further than 34 Palm.

    Inspired by the hedonistic spirit of jet-set travel, you can dine and drink against the backdrop of exotic foliage and art deco interiors, for serious sunny Palm Springs holiday vibes.

    Booking recommended. 

  • The Laundry, Brixton

    The Laundry restaurant terrace in Brixton
    Best alfresco terraces in London: The Laundry

    The Laundry is Brixton’s ultra cool neighbourhood bistro, coffee and wine place, which has a terrace so diners can eat outside.

    It’s a south-facing sun trap, with Parisian-style rattan chairs and chic marble tables, perfect for taking shots of the grazing and sharing dishes.

    There’s also a great wine list which has been carefully curated to include refreshing rose and white wines for the warmer months. 

  • Vinegar Yard, London Bridge

    Vinegar Yard outdoor dining terrace in London
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Vinegar Yard

    Vinegar Yard is an open-air street food hub located just by London Bridge, tucked away from the usual hustle and bustle.

    A great place for grabbing a casual bite to eat, the space is populated by six street food vendors serving up a mix of Indian inspired burgers and nachos, authentic Italian street food, hand-pressed burgers and croquettes and much more.

  • Stanley's, Chelsea

    Stanleys restaurant in London
    Best alfresco terraces in London: Stanleys

    This secret garden sits in the middle of Chelsea and is inspired by the character and charm of historic English country houses. Like a breath of fresh air, it’s hidden from the busyness of King’s Road and the shopping district, as a relaxed, comfortable place to share some food and drinks. 

  • Luca, Farringdon

    Luca restaurant in Farringdon
    Best alfresco restaurants in London: Luca

    Luca is widely thought to be one of London’s best Italian eateries. Located just five minutes from Farringdon Station, this gorgeous restaurant is super convenient for Londoners and visitors alike.

    While the interior of the restaurant is cosy and quaint, the sublime patio in the back is a surprise Mediterranean oasis that is sure to take your breath away. With a mosaic cobblestone floor, ivy-covered garden walls and even an outdoor fireplace, stepping into this secluded patio, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a private Sicilian garden. 

  • Richard the 1st, Greenwich

    This weekend, Richard the 1st in Greenwich is celebrating the Jubilee in style. This laid back pub with its stunning beer garden is the perfect place to enjoy a long lunch in the sun. Plus, the pub is also hosting a Jubilee jazz orchestra on Friday at 2pm in their garden.

  • The Oyster Shed, Bank

    Head to this stunning pub right near Monument and Bank station to enjoy the riverside patio all weekend long. 

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