Outdoor Oasis: The Best Al Fresco Dining In London Right Now

When the city experiences those rare moments of glorious weather, London’s outdoor restaurants come into their own, with picturesque riverside spots and captivating rooftops providing a summery haven of sun-drenched dining. The only catch is knowing where to find them.

Fear not, because we’ve created the ultimate al fresco guide for drinking cocktails, indulging in delicious food and soaking up that glorious vitamin D. From hidden courtyards to rooftop vistas, these are the best al fresco dining spots that London has to offer.

The Best Outdoor Restaurants In London

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Alto by San Carlo

Perched atop of one of the world’s most prestigious department stores, Alto by San Carlo is one of London’s most iconic alfresco dining spots. Escape the bustling streets below and discover an enchanting little Italy, high in the sky, with lush foliage and artfully presented dishes made to share. With a fully retractable roof, it’s a true gem when it comes to outdoor dining in London.

Where: 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Website: www.sancarlo.co.uk

seabird outdoor dining

Seabird

Venturing south of the river, Seabird is an enchanting rooftop haven with breathtaking views that stretch across the city. Prepare to be impressed by the extensive selection of oysters, boasting the title of London’s longest oyster list.

With captivating views in the open air, you’ll soon understand why it’s an alfresco dining destination worth seeking out.

Where: 14th Floor, South Bank, 40 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NY
Website: www.seabirdlondon.com

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Peggy Jean

With sensational food and river views, Peggy Jean is the al fresco spot that’s bound to float your boat. Nestled on the  picturesque Richmond riverside, the barge will take your al fresco experience to the next level with Australian-inspired dishes and expertly crafted cocktails.

Where: The Boat, Bridge Boat House, Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH
Website: www.daisygreenfood.com

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Union Social

Stratford hotel, The Gantry, has a stunning summer space, perfect for soaking up those rays. The all-day lounge, cocktail bar and relaxed chef’s counter offer up a tempting selection of food and drink to keep you going from early morning to late at night. Get some work done in the lounge, have lunch with colleagues, and sip on cocktails as the sun goes down.

On the menu are delicious breakfasts, tapas and sharing plates, as well as mouth-watering dinners, all made from locally-sourced and sustainable products.

Where: 40 Celebration Ave, East Village, London E20 1DB
Website: www.hilton.com

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Parrillan

Located in the heart of Coal Drops Yard, Parrillan is the stylish al fresco dining spot that’s oozing with Spanish charm and scenic views. Celebrating the rich flavours of Spain, indulge in grilled dishes prepared and served with a touch of flair as you bask in the chic surroundings – from Pimientos de Padrón and Ham Croquetas to Chicken Pintxo and a ‘Mariscada’ Seafood Selection, cooked on the parilla. This is al fresco dining done right.

Where: Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, London N1C 4AB
Website: www.parrillan.co.uk

Corinthia London

A little slice of the Mediterranean right in the heart of London, The Garden at Corinthia returns for another summer season.

Expect a high-end take on Mediterranean favourites prepared by Executive Chef André Garrett and elegant cocktails that reawaken past holiday memories, imagined by Bars Manager Alena Cagnato.

Expect a high-end take on Mediterranean favourites.

Where: Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
Website: www.corinthia.com

Dalloway Terrace

Sip, savour and buzz with excitement as Dalloway Terrace have announced their new partnership with Neal’s Yard Remedies and London Essence Co. for an afternoon tea and cocktail menu that celebrates biodiversity. Relax beneath the wildflower wall, inspired by the bee-friendly blooms and botanicals used in London Essence’s distilled botanicals and grown at Neal’s Yard Remedies’ eco-factory in Dorset.

Each carefully crafted dish and cocktail showcases pollinator-friendly and sustainably sourced ingredients, and every Afternoon Tea reservation contributes £1 to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, supporting the vital protection of the UK’s precious bumblebee population.

Where: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN
Website: www.dallowayterrace.com

The MAINE Mayfair

Looking for a sun-filled spot to while away an afternoon? Look to The MAINE Mayfair and their private al fresco space. 

Located in the original gardens of 20 Hanover Square, the 100-cover space is filled with wicker furniture and greenery, as well as plenty of cocktails and rosé to fuel you through the summer. The menu features raw bar items, charcuterie, small plates and wood-fired fish and meats, and also a delicious brunch menu perfect for lazy weekends.

Where: 6, Medici Courtyard, London W1S 1JY
Website: www.themainemayfair.com

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The Lane

Sat in the vibrant heart of the West End, The Terrace at Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the perfect spot for an al fresco experience in the heart of theatreland. With seasonal cocktails, wines and champagne on offer, the hidden gem is the ideal destination for a drink in the sun, post-Afternoon Tea in the Grand Saloon. Whether you’re looking for a pre-theatre drink or a leisurely afternoon escape, it’s ideal for soaking up that glorious summer sunshine.

Where: Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF
Website: www.thelane.co.uk

AllBright

AllBright, the global collective for ambitious women, has unveiled its Tulum-inspired transformation for summer at their Mayfair townhouse. The rooftop has turned into ‘Casa del Paraiso’, a residency by premium Tequila cocktail brand, Pimenta, with enchanting rattan lampshades, beach-style seating, and lush greenery.

The menu features their signature Spicy Margarita, The Eclipse, and Tommy’s Margarita, alongside small plates, including tacos, sea bream ceviche, and guacamole, bringing a taste of Tulum to the roof. Members can enjoy from 9 am till late, while non-members can pre-book their slice of paradise on Friday and Saturday nights.

Where: 24-26 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP
Website: www.allbrightcollective.com

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Looking for some tranquillity? Head to Hyde Park Garden at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park for an exclusive dining setting that offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Royal parkland. The menu, curated by the team from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, showcases the best of British botanicals and locally sourced produce.

Indulge in signature dishes like Gentleman’s Relish, Pea & Ham Hock Salad, and Native Lobster & Pickled Lemon, and wash it all down with English sparkling wines and expertly crafted cocktails inspired by Hyde Park. 

Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com

The Mandrake

Jurema Terrace, located on the first floor of The Mandrake, is the secret jungle garden you need to book. Surrounded by exotic hanging plants and a suspended garden of jasmine and passion flower, it’s the perfect botanical venue to enjoy alfresco dining and cocktails during summer.

Serving up ethnobotanical cocktails and South American-inspired dishes, it’s an open-air space like no other in London.

Where: 20-21 Newman St, London W1T 1PG
Website: www.themandrake.com

St Martins Lane London

A stylish and charming sun-trap to visit in the heart of Covent Garden, St Martins Lane London have officially launched their new summer space in partnership with TRIP, and it’s open throughout the whole of summer. Their talented mixologists have created a menu of tasty cocktails inspired by TRIP’s most popular drinks, including Peach & Ginger CBD and Elderflower & Mint CBD.

Meet with friends, sip on refreshing cocktails, and indulge in perfectly paired, fresh summer dishes.

Where: 45 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4HX
Website: www.book.ennismore.com

Studio Frantzen

Perched high above the bustling streets of Knightsbridge, Studio Frantzen is the stunning rooftop restaurant at the top of iconic Harrods. The stylish restaurant and bar offers both an indoor and al fresco experience, where guests can bask in panoramic views of the city skyline.

Harmoniously blending elegant Nordic flavours with Asian influences, the menu is a truly unique gastronomic experience – a feast for the senses. 

The stunning rooftop restaurant at the top of iconic Harrods.

Where: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge Fifth Floor, Harrods, London SW1X 7XL
Website: www.studiofrantzenlondon.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Despite its popularity, The Ivy Chelsea Garden manages to maintain an air of exclusivity thanks to its surrounding walls and climbing roses, ivy, and wisteria.  Sink into the comfy seating and sip on a refreshing glass of rosé while indulging in small plates of cheese and basil soufflé with pesto and toasted pine nuts, or a warm crispy duck salad. For the main event, there’s perfectly cooked steaks and classics like truffle chicken milanese and traditional fish and chips.

The area boasts a retractable roof for year-round al fresco enjoyment, but booking a table well in advance is a must, particularly during the warmer months.

Where: 195 197 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EQ
Website: www.ivycollection.com

Aqua Kyoto

High above the bustling streets below, Aqua Kyoto’s outdoor terrace is a hidden sanctuary, offering up panoramic views of Regent Street. This summer, it’s been transformed into a sunset oasis in partnership with Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Tuck into Sunshine Sushi, a pairing of succulent tuna, spicy tobiko, avocado and cucumber, and elevate your dining experience with a bottle or glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.

Where: 30 Argyll St W1F 7EB
Website: www.aquakyoto.co.uk

Isola by San Carlo 

Located in the buzzy St Christopher’s Place, Isola by San Carlo offers modern metropolitan dining, but with an island state of mind. Reminiscent of a grand Sicilian home, the alfresco space and façade is decked out with foliage and florals, offering the perfect Italian garden spot.

Sip on an Aperitivo, nibble on fresh plates of Figliata al Tartufo, Carpaccio di Spigola and the sharing Spaghetti Granseola, and watch the world go by along the charming cobbled streets.

Where: 3-8 Barrett St, London W1U 1AY
Website: www.sancarlo.co.uk

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The Mitre

The Whispering Angel Terrace makes its highly anticipated return to Hampton Court this summer. Set against the backdrop of the Thames, The Mitre’s al fresco dining area boasts stunning views, Parisian-style furniture, and a charming outdoor kitchen. And as the sun sets, the twinkling lights make for a magical atmosphere.

Whether you’re sipping on refreshing rosé wine or indulging in delicious bites, it’s the ultimate riverside destination for soaking up the sun.

Where: Hampton Ct Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN
Website: www.mitrehamptoncourt.com

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OXO 

With a 200ft long terrace, OXO is one of the few places in London with panoramic views across the city and the River Thames, and the talented team behind the bar have been mixing, shaking and pouring all sorts of wonderfully coloured concoctions getting ready for summertime.

Enjoy a tipple from the substantial cocktail list or a casual bite from the bar menu – just make sure to book ahead on busy days, especially weekends, as this is one sought-after al fresco spot.

Where: Barge House St, London SE1 9PH
Website: www.oxotowerrestaurant.com

London Shuffle Club

With outdoor space at a premium in Shoreditch, a table on the London Shuffle Club outdoor area is a hot ticket. The venue is best known for its supercharged game of shuffleboard but it makes way for the ideal spot for beers and cocktails in the sun too. 

The cocktail menu changes with the season, but you can always go classic with an Aperol Spritz or a refreshing Margarita to mentally transport you to holiday climes. With a fully retractable roof, the sun shines down on the space from dawn till dusk, making London Shuffle Club the perfect spot for a lunchtime pint, pizzas with friends, or post-work cocktails in the evening sun.

Where: 4 Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Website: www.londonshuffle.com

Wagtail

Since opening in spring 2022, Wagtail has swiftly earned its reputation as one of London’s most sought-after spots for al fresco dining.  Take in 360° panoramic views of  iconic landmarks like London Bridge, The Shard, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral and indulge in stunning dishes like grilled prawns with avocado, chilli and yuzu; roasted monkfish with celeriac, shimeji mushroom, and sake; and white crab linguine. Elevating  the experience even further are the innovative cocktails – think the Blush with mezcal, Cointreau, white port and grapefruit soda; or the Clover with green chartreuse, lemon, apple juice and peychaud bitter.

With impeccable service, party vibes, and an unbeatable location, Wagtail is the place to be this summer.

Where: 68 King William St, London EC4N 7HR
Website: www.wagtaillondon.com

Pantechnicon

Head to the top floor of Pantechnicon and you’ll find a tranquil escape from the bustling streets of London.

With a sunny outdoor situation, carefully created cocktails and picturesque views of Belgravia, it’s the place to take your dining experience to new heights.

A tranquil escape from the bustling streets of London.

Where: 19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB
Website: www.pantechnicon.com

 

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Stanley’s

Located just off the King’s Road, Stanley’s is inspired by the quintessential English country garden – the perfect outdoor space in Chelsea to eat, drink and relax.

The menu focuses on the finest seasonal produce, showcasing the best of British suppliers and ingredients. Think West Country Spring Lamb with Asparagus and Grape Must Sauce; South Coast Skate Wing and Chorizo Butter Sauce with Monk’s Beard; and for those with a sweet tooth, Poached Yorkshire Rhubarb with Whipped Custard and Meringue.

Inspired by the quintessential English country garden.

Where: 151 Sydney St, London SW3 5UE
Website: www.stanleyschelsea.co.uk

The Churchill Bar & Terrace

The expert bar team at The Churchill are taking guests to embark on a global adventure this summer with their new cocktail menu, UNITY. Try the Madame Pommery, a twist on the classic Royale infused with Fig Liqueur and Umeshu; or the zesty Clementine featuring Chateau La Gordonne, Elderflower liqueur, fresh oregano, and a touch of citrus.

It’s a little slice of Provence on Portman Square, with lush foliage, vibrant oranges and fragrant lavender, terracotta plant pots and hanging flower baskets from Amarante flowers, preserved to minimise daily floral waste and to transport you to sunny southern climes.

Where: 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH
Website: www.thechurchillbar.co.uk

Sloane Place

Get ready for summer al fresco as The Sloane’s Roof opens its doors to summer diners for al fresco dining and delicious drinks under the open sky.

This season, they’re hosting a series of exclusive pop-ups – the first with No. 3 Gin – a curated cocktail menu boasting the St James Spritz, the elegant Sloane 75, and the vibrant Chelsea Bloom. Bask in the sun, sip on a sensational gin cocktail, and soak up the atmosphere.

Where: 60 Lower Sloane St, London SW1W 8BP
Website: www.sloaneplace.com

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Where better than the Bentley’s Oyster Bar Swallow Street space to while away the afternoon? Getting away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street and Piccadilly, this is prime people watching real estate.

Whether it’s a cool, crisp glass of Champagne along with some Oysters, or one of their new summer special cocktails like the Sunflower Martini, you’ll be transported from central London to summer on the Italian Coast. 

Where: 11-15 Swallow St, London W1B 4DG
Website: www.bentleys.org

Harvey Nichols

London is blooming with enchanting spring installations, but the alice + olivia Secret Garden at Harvey Nichols Terrace has captured our hearts. For the entire month of May, the luxurious retailer has joined forces with fashion label alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet to create a floral oasis on its flagship Knightsbridge Fifth Floor Café and Terrace. Step into London’s most picturesque Secret Garden, immerse yourself in the beauty of spring and find inspiration amidst the blossoms.

Sip on Grey Goose Essences’ flower-infused cocktails and mocktails, like the refreshing Essences Blush with Grey Goose White Peach & Rosemary Vodka, Fever Tree soda water, and fresh orange juice; and delight your taste buds with pressed flower treats inspired by the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet collection – almost too pretty to eat.

Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
Website: www.harveynichols.com

Great Fosters

Fancy an escape from the hustle and bustle? The Terrace at Great Fosters is the place to be this summer. Their extensive spaces overlooking an ancient Saxon moat complete with wisteria draped Japanese bridge and the view is unparalleled – with pretty as a picture cocktails to match.

Plus, if you time your visit just right, the wisteria will be in magnificent bloom and you’ll be there to catch that perfect #wisteriahysteria shot.

Where: Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR
Website: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Eataly

Aperol lovers, look to Terrazza Eataly to get your spritz fix this summer. The ground floor area, located out the front of the building, is complete with orange trees, neon signs, orange accents and of course, the best orange drink around for sipping in the sun.

Tuck into antipasti bites, pasta and pizza and enjoy an aperitivo Italian-style at Liverpool Street’s very own tribute to sunny Italy.

Where: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
Website: www.eataly.co.uk

The Sipping Room

This gorgeous al fresco dining area will have you dreaming of the coast. In collaboration with premium tequila brand, Casamigos, the waterside Sipping Room in Canary Wharf has been decked out with lush underwater foliage and bright corals in ocean hues, where you can enjoy cocktails like a Spiced Pineapple Margarita and Tequila Spritz.

Overlooking the water and with two decorative beach huts to snap seaside pics, settle in for an afternoon under-the-sea with dishes including cockle popcorn, shore-side sharing boards plus grilled salmon with seaweed mash.

Where: West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AX
Website: www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Bread Street Kitchen on the River

Experience the ultimate al fresco dining at Bread Street Kitchen On The River, where panoramic river views await on their outdoor area.

Tuck into delicious dishes and indulging in an all-new cocktail menu from Malfy Gin and Fever-Tree – the perfect blend of stunning vistas and fabulous flavours.

Where: 44 Narrow St, London E14 8DJ
Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Great Northern Hotel

Luxury, grade II listed Great Northern Hotel has teamed up with The Botanist Gin to launch King’s Cross’s hottest new alfresco spot. A welcome escape from the bustle of the city, the spacious and buzzy GNH Bar & Terrace is complete with bright blooms, foliage and limited-edition cocktails created with The Botanist Gin.

Must try serves include the Raspberry Beret, mixed with The Botanist Gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, raspberry and Champagne, and Release the Brakes – a punchy blend of The Botanist Gin, vermouth, Aperol and lime.

Where: Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB
Website: www.marriott.com

Home House

London’s most iconic private members’ club has reopened The Garden for both lunch and dinner with a new Spring Menu. A quiet oasis in the heart of Marylebone, it’s the ideal location to revel in the British summer sunshine. Whether it’s a leisurely business breakfast, an afternoon rendezvous or a long awaited dinner with friends, the stunning surroundings of The Garden are guaranteed to impress.

Both members and hotel guests can enjoy dishes from a quintessentially British garden menu, like the ‘Chef’s Catch of the Day’ and ‘Special Cut of the Day’, or savour a gourmet barbecue cooked on an open grill on the weekends.

Where: 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW
Website: www.homehouse.co.uk

Pan Pacific London

An al fresco oasis on Devonshire Square, Pan Pacific London has a brand new outdoor space in partnership with St Germain with a seafood-focused menu of fresh oysters, seafood platters, ceviche, mussels, poke bowls and vegan laksa, alongside salads, small plates, and gelato.

Sip on a selection of St Germain cocktails, including the St-Germain Hugo with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Prosecco, White grape and Apricot Soda, and mint; and the St-Germain Rosé Spritz, made with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Sparkling Rosé, Peach & Jasmine Soda, and mint.

Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
Website: www.panpacific.com

The Stafford

One of London’s best kept secrets, The American Bar’s courtyard at The Stafford London is hidden away in the heart of St. James’s, where you can enjoy signature cocktails or feast on American-inspired dishes in the London sunshine.

This summer, they’re firing up their Kamado Joe grills in the courtyard with delicious BBQ dishes created by chefs Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Jozef Rogulski.

One of London's best kept secrets.

Where: 16-18 St James’s Pl, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NJ
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com

Located right on Cabot Square in Canary Wharf, La Terrazza has opened again for the summer season, bringing a taste of Madrid with it.

Tuck into their selection of barbequed grilled meats, fish and vegetables, and toast to London summertime with and amazing cocktails and sangrías.

Where: 12 Cabot Square, E14 4QQ London
Website: www.ibericarestaurants.com


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