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London’s best bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces for drinking and dining

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Check out our pick of London’s best bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces for drinking and dining.

When summer hits, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than outside. Our only stipulation is that, ideally, we’d like to have a drink in hand and nibbles on demand while basking ourselves in the rare snatches of sunlight our British weather affords us. 

Of course, come night time you’ll find us heading out to one of London’s coolest rooftop bars to while the evening away. But if dining as well as drinking is on the cards, it’s a terrace that we’re after. We’ve searched high and low and spoken to those in the know, to find a delightful mix of terraces to eat and drink at in London, plucking suggestions from every corner of the city.

From canal side hang-outs in the East to a Fifties style Italian terrace in the West, we’ve put together a mix of our favourite haunts and brand-new openings so that there’s something for everyone. 

The Coral Garden

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When it comes to outdoor brunching, Bloomsbury is the place to be, thanks to The Bloomsbury Hotel’s plethora of gorgeous restaurants. The boutique establishment (that’s dripping in enough desirable Art Deco decor inspiration to have you creating a new Pinterest board on the spot) boasts not only the Dalloway Terrace, mentioned below, but The Coral Garden which is a perfect, casual setting for an alfresco coffee or lunch. 

Despite being literally moments from Tottenham Court road, this enclosed terrace feels calm and cosy situated on a quiet, typically London street. The menu, served by some of the finest waiting staff you’ll ever experience, features staple breakfast fare such as smoked salmon with Crème fraîche and bacon sandwiches, but done with a fanciful flair. 

And if a breeze has you hankering for a spot inside, take a trip to the terrace’s completely pink, The Coral Room. Living up to its name, this luxe bar and lounge boasts scallop-edged pastel sofas and majestic chandeliers, set against a background of rich, rose-coloured walls. From pre 10.30am Irish porridge to, tenderstem broccoli tossed with kale, cashew nuts and roasted squash for lunch, you really can’t go wrong.  

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Pastaio

Carb-lovers (so, all of us then): there’s a new spot in Soho that you need to try. Pastaio is a cool, down-to-earth Italian with a concept that revolves around fresh pasta. The decor is paired-back and the tables are for sharing, creating an atmosphere that feels fuss free and puts full focus on the food. The chefs say they only work with the best British produce to create a menu that’s got us salivating already. 

Not only are we keen to try the anti-pasti selection, which features treats such as watermelon, yellow tomato, feta, aleppo chilli and mint salad, but we’ve also got an eye on the prosecco slushy with strawberry and Cinzano vermouth, too.

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Dalloway Terrace

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There are so many reasons to be won over by Dalloway Terrace. Not only is the pastel floral backdrop the stuff of Instagram dreams but its position, tucked neatly off Bloomsbury square, is the old haunt of a feminist writer and literary favourite of ours, Virginia Woolf. What’s more, the terrace itself is named after her book, Mrs Dalloway, giving the venue a romantic, poetic feel from the moment you hear about it. 

And there’s no qualms of style over substance at this pretty-as-a-picture spot. The menu, cocktails and service are all something to write home about, too. With well done classics like fish and chips, sharing options like an impeccably tender rack of lamb and undeniable lobster and crayfish mac’n’cheese, there’s a delicious spectrum of food that hits the balance of moreish and luxe. 

The Dalloway Terrace is open all year round. See more information here

Les Nénettes

Looking for a little bit of oh la la in Clapton? This adorable, petit restaurant says it’s “full of Frenchness” and we know exactly what it means. The monochrome decor could only described as très chic and the menu boasts some of the most mouthwatering classics we can think of courtesy of our cousins on the other side of the channel. 

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Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers 

In-vogue restaurant Sea Containers’ waterside spot makes it an ideal place to spend a Saturday afternoon in the sun, preferably sipping champagne from the comforts of the Midsummer Terrace. This year’s terrace is special for a number of reasons: not only does it have a very aesthetically pleasing floral theme, but it also celebrates 50 years of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, an anniversary that has influenced the menu and blush-pink-decor. Expect fresh seafood dishes like the strawberry and champagne cured seabass and more bubbly than you can shake a flute at. 

Open until late September, see more information here

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Pomona’s

We’ll take any excuse to walk the colourful streets of Notting Hill, and this California-inspired restaurant is a pretty good one. Its airy design and healthy menu is supposed to reflect the habits of those that live in the sunshine state, and let us tell you, getting the tube West is a hell of a lot easier than a plane across the Atlantic. 

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The Churchill Bar and Terrace

If you enjoyed this year’s Darkest Hour, take a trip to the The Churchill Bar and Terrace in Marylebone, which is inspired by both the man himself and his wife Clementine. The venue prides itself on its large selection of spirits and homemade tonics, and sells its very own Sacred Churchill Craft Gin. 

Come summer, it’s even more worth a visit because of the lovely nautical themed terrace which is based on Churchill’s travels with the Admiralty yacht HMS Enchantress. The terrace features vintage finds from nautical compasses to anchors, boat oars and sea shells collected from the shores of Malta, Gibraltar and Capri.

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Harry’s Dolce Vita

This Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge gives authentic Mediterranean food a glamorous makeover thanks to its stylish Fifties theme. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by glinting gold features and dark polished wood, but stay outside and you can enjoy the sweetly striped terrace and the sun on your face. Harry’s Dolce Vita’s concept revolves around “good old fashioned fun” so it sounds like a great place to go with friends.

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Trishna 

Trishna is a Michelin Starred restaurant in the heart of Marylebone village that serves up a contemporary twist on Indian coastal cuisine, accompanied by an extensive wine list that focuses on emerging regions and fine wines from niche wineries. The simplistic but stylish interior design lends itself well to the folded open front of the restaurant, which allows diners to eat alfesco and enjoy the breeze from inside. 

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Feast Bar & Kitchen

This bar and restaurant in White City is designed to be the place to hang out come the warmer months, with a huge indoor to outdoor space that can seat 350 people. The vibe is relaxed with a ‘the more the merrier’ attitude, inviting groups of up to 199 to book party areas free of charge. Grilled sandwich specialists Morty & Bob’s will be the first pop-up to fulfill a six month installment there, and have created a mouthwatering menu which features lots of cheese exclusively for the venue. 

Open Monday to Friday. See more information here

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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