Proving there really is a listicle for everything, here’s a guide to where to find restaurants that have trees inside them.
From acorns grow mighty oaks, unless you had them shipped in ready-grown as part of a refurb. But nevertheless, there’s something undeniably magical about a living tree inside a restaurant, or in the case of many of these (I discovered during my research), so is a totally fake tree. Kind of Jack and the beanstakly, right? Whatever. Here you go…
One of our favourite restaurant bars in town has got to be one up the Heron Tower with the massive great tree in the middle of it. SUSHISAMBA’s iconic red and orange tree (nobody seems to know exactly what make of tree it actually is). The tree is out there, perpetually in autumn mode and never Christmas, on the 38th floor of this city tower. Obviously the views are incredible and far-reaching, but if you want a rum and coke served from the roots of one of the highest trees in the land, then SUSHISAMBA is your man.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
The Norman Foster designed ‘catwalk’ entrance may dominate the Insta feeds, but a close second come the trees dotted across the restaurant. Foliage covers much of the building, with ivy on the walls, and ceilings. Billing itself as ‘Unpretentious, effortless and elegant with a nod to retro chic’ (which, ironically, sounds just a tad pretentious if you ask me), but the nod to nature in the form of the fairy-lit trees will no doubt remain in the memory, though not as long as the award winning menu.
Where: 264 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 2AS
With half of the action at artisanal pizzeria Pi Pizza taking place in the conservatory to the rear, you’ll likely be sat under or close to the tree dominating the light-flooded room. Prettily lit, it’s evocative of a warm Italian evening as you tear into one of Pi’s pizzas specially made with flour imported from Italy.
Where: 4-6A Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE
Famously promoted as the most romantic restaurant in London, the ceiling has been weaved into an intricate floral web from a series of cherry blossom and if you’re lucky enough to be seated in the so-called ‘fairy room’ then you’ll enjoy the canopy above you and, in the summer months, the air too given the retractable roof.
Where: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD
An olive tree takes centre-stage at Bandol, on the Fulham Road, though I’m sure the chef (and hopefully the diners) would say otherwise. Nevertheless, the potted tree dominates the French restaurant that brings Nicoise and Provencale cooking to Chelsea.
Where: 6 Hollywood Road, Fulham, SW10 9HY
Clue’s in the name, right? Sky Garden occupies the top of the Walkie Talkie tower and brings with it dining options and one of the coolest party venues in the capital. And climbing up the back wall sits a sort of exotic railway cutting planted with exotic plants and trees and setting off the entire building off as a tropical paradise in the clouds. Also, as it’s free to visit, this makes Sky Garden the country’s highest park.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Covent Garden was long the home of all things floral, and so it’s only natural that Petersham Nurseries should branch out there with their Michelin star winning formula. The restaurant is strewn with plants and trees (coz nursery), making this an ideal woody place for a meal surrounded by greenery.
Where: Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, Covent Garden, WC2E 9FB
The location is A.O.K., the decor is A.O.K., the food is A.O.K. and the trees are flipping amazing. A.O.K. recently opened in Marylebone and they’re seriously rocking the trees inside look. With a focus on ‘delicious, nourishing food’ (presumably a given for any restaurant?), an impressive line up in the kitchen produce high quality Mediterranean cooking for the restaurant and the bakery downstairs.
Where: 52-55 Dorset Street, Marylebone, W7U 7NQ