Bask in the sunshine at one of these fabulous outdoor restaurants, terraces and bars.
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.
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.
Enjoy the sunshine at Fenn, a seasonal British restaurant in the heart of Fulham.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Sabine Rooftop Bar
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
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.
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.
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
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 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 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
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.
The Tramshed Project, ShoreditchBased in east London, The Tramshed Project boasts one of Shoreditch’s largest outdoor dining areas and so it’s a perfect place to meet up with your gang alfresco.
The venue has created a new seasonal menu with a playful twist, serving up delights like butternut schnitzel with pumpkin miso pickled blueberries, as well as cocktail slushies all day, from Thursday to Sunday.
El Pirata, Mayfair
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
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 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
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 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
Looking for a stylish and fun outdoor spot to hang out with your pals? Look no further than 34 Palm.
The Laundry, Brixton
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 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.
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 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
The Oyster Shed, Bank
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