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Al Fresco Dining: London’s Best Restaurants with Gardens

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Looking for the best outdoor restaurants for London’s mini-heatwave this week? Read on for the capital’s loveliest eateries with gardens, from riverside retreats to beach-inspired huts.

Al Fresco Dining: Best Outdoor Restaurants in London

On The Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

On The Terrace Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has reopened its terrace, which offers a luxurious menu focused around seafood and champagne. Running in partnership with Dom Pérignon, the menu includes dishes like parched lobster, asparagus lemon risotto, lobster and wagyu burgers and fresh from the grill jumbo prawns. fourseasons.com

Solas at The Savoy

Solas outdoor dining at The Savoy pop up

The Savoy is the latest top London hotel to embrace al fresco, having launched a pop-up on its iconic entrance courtyard. Titled Solas – which translates as light, joy and comfort in Gaelic – the space features a raw seafood bar, plus a five-metre chandelier artwork, inspired by the 62 chandeliers that grace the hotel. thesavoylondon.com

Read our full review of Solas at The Savoy here

Ampeli Spritz Terrace

Ampeli spritz terrace

An Aegean feast awaits at Ampeli in Fitzrovia – and even better, now you can enjoy it overlooking well heeled diners tripping along Charlotte Street in the sultry afternoon sun, spritzer in hand. Ampeli’s new scattering of al fresco tables (which are equipped with overhead heaters for chillier evenings) is a perfect central London spot for a date night or picturesque post-pandemic catch up. Whipped feta, roasted red pepper dip and charred cauliflower with labneh and olive tapenade must not be missed from the menu by Head Chef Oren Goldfield, but make sure you leave room for light-as-air loukmadas dusted in sugar. Wash it all down with one of the new Metaxa cocktails – ours will be a Mountain Tea spritz with Mountain Tea syrup, prosecco and a dash of Aperol. ampeli.london

Nobu’s Roku Gin Terrace

Bringing back long, lazy al fresco lunches with not so much of a bang as a Roku-infused blast is Nobu’s new blossom-decked gin terrace. The only place to be seen sipping a Shun Negroni cocktail this summer, its Portman Square outpost has joined forces with Roku for a colourful outdoor makeover, complete with cosy, covered tables buzzing fashionable diners, and a soundtrack provided by the resident DJ. Head chef Go Namerikawa’s tasting menu is a culinary tour de force, think: lobster tacos, sashimi and black cod miso. But the vegetarian menu is also a pleasant surprise, blending Mediterranean dishes like ceviche with miso glazed aubergine, tempura broccoli and asparagus, and of course; vegetarian sushi rolled with avocado and wrapped in seaweed. Wash it all down with a Smokey Toki highball, laced with notes of tobacco, smoky ginger and bitter chocolate. Don’t get the bill until you’ve experienced a signature chocolate bento box – the only way to round off the evening in true Nobu style. noburestaurants.com

The Berkeley’s Beach Huts

The Berkeley Beach Huts

The Berkeley is bringing the seaside to London with its rainbow coloured beach huts, inspired by the seafronts of Whistable, Southwold and Padstow. Think seafood platters, a five-star twist on fish and chips and fun cocktails. Who needs holidays? the-berkeley.co.uk

The Pop-up Summer Terrace at The Churchill

The Montagu Summer Terrace

Enjoy seafood and chilled wines in a relaxed setting at The Pop-up Summer Terrace at The Churchill, found at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. Decked out with a nautical theme, the Marylebone terrace mimics the feel of a harbour-side restaurant with wooden decking, scrolls encased in glass bottles and blue and white crockery. In-keeping with the theme, the menu is mainly focused on fish dishes designed for sharing, such as Whitstable oysters, lobster and fries, Devon mussels and squid linguine. Pair with champagne or the signature ‘Churchill’s Tot’ whisky cocktail. opentable.co.uk

The Wigmore Summer Terrace & Garden

The Wigmore Courtyard Garden

The Langham has connected its courtyard garden with the terrace from The Wigmore to create an idyllic retreat in the middle of Regent Street. It’s set to be the perfect spot for leisurely lunches that merge into afternoon drinks, with a newly erected pergola adorned with climbing vines and fresh greenery, plus an outdoor bar area serving G&Ts and cold beers on tap. Should the weather take a turn for the worse, fear not: there are heat lamps and covered areas too. From here, enjoy some of The Wigmore’s classics including the much-loved masala spiced scotch egg, as well as some new dishes overseen by Michel Roux Jr. the-wigmore.co.uk

The Garden at The Corinthia

The Garden at Corinthia

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Reawaken memories of European holidays in the Corinthia’s secluded courtyard, a Mediterranean garden with lemon and olive trees. On the menu you’ll find a selection of small plates, sharing dishes, pizzettes and mains – think yellowtail tartare, lobster linguine, baked gnocchi and lamb cutlets with rosemary. Drinks-wise, rosé is the clear choice – particularly as The Corinthia’s selection is so good. Whispering Angel, Domaines Ott and Miraval all feature on the menu, alongside a range of seasonal cocktails. corinthia.com

Read our full review of The Garden at Corinthia London here

Coppa Club

Coppa Club

Whatever the season, us Londoners can’t seem to get enough of Coppa Club’s riverside igloos. They’re back with a new spring look – think woven wicker chairs, bamboo lanterns and linen throws beneath suspended botanicals. Fitting six people, the igloos offer an à la carte menu with a selection of seasonal European dishes: sharing platters of seared garlic king prawns, fresh pasta and sourdough pizzas all feature. coppaclub.co.uk

Sam’s Riverside

Sam's Riverside

Idyllic waterfront restaurant Sam’s Riverside – which launched just a few months before the pandemic hit – is back with a Roaring Twenties theme. Seafood takes centre stage: think Carlingford Lough and Morecambe Bay oysters, Sam’s famous seafood platter and whole native lobster, alongside glitzy Jazz Age-style décor. The perfect place to toast to a new era. samsriverside.co.uk

Bluebird Café, White City

Bluebird White City

White City’s gentrification was assured when Soho House opened the doors to its West London outpost in 2018 and the old BBC building was converted to designer flats. Then when Westfield added to its footprint with the opening of a whole new wing (including John Lewis), this little urban enclave of Shepherds Bush now had global appeal. And the restaurants followed, including Bluebird Café, little sister to its grand Chelsea outpost that has dominated the western end of King’s Road for nearly 25 years. An all-day dining buzzy brasserie with great lighting, cosy booths and a bar area is the perfect foil to the rather anodyne offerings in Westfield just across the road (it’s never that fun eating in a shopping mall). You can sweep in (with your bubble) for breakfast (served all day) – and feast on waffles, eggs Benedict or bacon and eggs; stay for elevenses with bloody Marys and cappuccinos and then crack on with lunch with upmarket brasserie-style fare: think burgers, crab linguine, grassfed sirloin, lambshank or chicken Milanese. If you want something lighter, the duck salad or tuna poke bowl are both winners. Children are more than welcomed with their own menu too. By Lucy Cleland, bluebirdcafe.co.uk

The Hari Garden Terrace

The Hari Garden Terrace

With built-in heaters and a retractable roof, The Hari’s Garden Terrace in Belgravia is the perfect outdoor restaurant year-round. The al fresco dining menu features everything from seafood pasta to burgers to salads, plus a selection of small plates for those who just fancy a bite – think grilled halloumi, steamed tiger prawns and baby chicken skewers. thehari.com

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

With its wicker chairs, black and white striped sofas and beautiful greenery, the courtyard of Chiltern Firehouse has long been the place to see and be seen in London. Head over for a boozy lunch as you soak up the ever-buzzy atmosphere. Nothing beats Chiltern’s fresh oysters paired with a few glasses of champagne. chilternfirehouse.com

Chicama

Chicama

The second restaurant from the Pachamama group, Chelsea’s Chicama is a charming seafood restaurant named after a coastal town in Peru – not the word chic, although that does describe it well. If you can pry yourself away from the pretty beach-inspired indoors, the outdoor terrace is an equally lovely dining spot for sunny days: a petite plant-filled space overflowing onto the pavement on a quiet section of the Kings Road. From here, tuck into a meat-free menu of vibrant seafood and vegetarian small plates alongside colourful cocktails. chicamalondon.com

Petersham Nurseries

Floral Court Petersham Nurseries

Nestled in between the foliage, plant pots and greenhouses is a restaurant at Petersham Nurseries, a dreamy spot even when the sun hasn’t got its hat on. Its second venue on Covent Garden’s Floral Street is also an idyllic lunch location, featuring a delicatessen, wine cellar and florist, as well as two restaurants. petershamnurseries.com

Angler, South Place Hotel

Angler Roof Terrace

Perched atop South Place Hotel, Angler’s 40-seat west-facing roof terrace boasts lovely views of the city. Chef Gary Foulkes heads up the Michelin-starred kitchen, which serves up a fish-focused menu of dishes like Cornish turbot with scallop stuffed courgette and Dorset crab with bouillabaisse sauce. anglerrestaurant.com

The River Café

The River Cafe

The ultimate outdoor restaurant in London for a long lunch with sublime Italian food and charming riverside surroundings. rivercafe.co.uk

Rail House Cafe

Rail House Cafe

While in the past Victoria hasn’t been much of a foodie destination, these days it’s brimming with great places to eat. This is mainly thanks to the new Nova development at Sir Simon Milton Square, a culinary hub with an array of outdoor restaurants and bars which flood onto the central promenade. One of these is Rail House Cafe, the younger sibling of Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe. With cosy cushions and a mix of small and large tables, their terrace is an ideal al fresco dining spot whether you’re after brunch, lunch or dinner; healthy or indulgent. railhouse.cafe

Sea Containers London

Sea Containers

Enjoy glorious views of the River Thames at this buzzy South Bank eatery, located on the bottom floor of the Sea Containers London (formerly Mondrian). Designed by maverick Tom Dixon, the restaurant exudes elegance, with nautical-inspired interiors drawing on the famous Sea Containers House: think copper-clad walls, leather chairs and bright yellow upholstery. This opens onto a brightly coloured terrace, running in partnership with Laurent Perrier. From here, guests can choose from an all-day menu of European dishes. seacontainerslondon.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden by Paul Winch Furness

Paul Winch Furness

It would be wrong not to include this ever-popular Chelsea haunt, one of the prettiest outdoor restaurants in town. Come rain or shine, few places beat The Ivy’s garden. theivychelseagarden.com

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