London’s Best Secret Courtyard & Garden Dining Spots

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Even if it feels like November outside, while we have the longer nights, al fresco dining is something we always reach for when dining in the summer. Here we’ve rounded up the best London courtyards and gardens you can find hidden around the city, from iconic hotel favourites to new openings.

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Rosewood London

The concealed courtyard at Rosewood London has been transformed this summer to replicate a quintessential English garden. Think lavender plants, lush green vegetation and British brasserie style food to match. 

The courtyard adjoins Holborn Dining Room so you know you’re in for a treat. Menu highlights include crispy cod skin with nori salt and lemon aioli; octopus carpaccio with citrus dressing and coriander; Maubourguet duck breast with cherry puree, turnips and baby beetroot; and whole grilled courgette with a romesco sauce, basil and mint.

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252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN

London Stock

Hidden in a warren of fashionable former Wandsworth warehouses, London Stock is exactly what you’d hope for from a courtyard restaurant. Excellent food, a local restaurant (no need to head into town) and a sheltered courtyard discovery.

The British fine fining concept under head chef Sebastian Rast is simply sublime, from their regular-changing tasting menus to their staple Sunday lunches.

2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth, SW18 1UQ

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

For those partial to minimalist interiors, head to No 197 Chiswick Fire Station for interior inspo and delicious brunching options. Its muted white and wooden colour palette seeps into their walled garden, hidden at the back of the restaurant. In the summertime it becomes flooded with sunlight and provides the perfect backdrop to any brunch occasion.

197 – 199 Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR

St James’ Courtyard, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is folded around a central courtyard that’s as surprising as it is welcome. The quirky and colourful Victorian architecture wills you to stay, and the St. James’ Courtyard restaurant is the perfect excuse.

Outdoors, sip a glass of wine by the gurgling fountain or take in the ‘longest Shakespearean sylvan frieze in the world‘!


Corinthia London

Step into Corinthia London’s secluded courtyard and feel the heat of the Mediterranean in an instant. Sit among fragrant lemon trees and sip cool drinks as scents of lavender and jasmine drift through the space. 

And when you are ready to order, André Garrett’s menu of many Mediterranean classics will complete your culinary journey from the heart of London to the shores of Italy.

Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD

The American Bar, The Stafford London

The American Bar’s courtyard at The Stafford London is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. 

Hidden away in the heart of St James’s, the stunning entrance takes you through the former stables courtyard, boasting greenery and cobblestone. Expect to be feasting on American-inspired dishes, summer cocktail menus and even BBQ specials created by chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Jozef Rogulski. 

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16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s, SW1A 1NJ

Dalloway Terrace

Changing with the seasons, Dalloway Terrace’s summer makeover may just be our favourite yet. It’s filled with simple seasonal flowers, complete with rattan chairs, marble-top tables and a black and white striped roof for when the sun isn’t shining. 

Located at The Bloomsbury Hotel, the restaurant serves up seasonal British cuisine. Menu highlights include a roasted fillet of salmon served with pea puree and tomatoes; fresh crab linguine with chilli and lemon; as well as their weekend brunch buttermilk pancakes topped with crispy bacon, blueberries and maple syrup.

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16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN

St Martins Lane

Bursting with colour, St Martins Lane’s hidden courtyard-terrace is a delight. Designed as a relaxing hideaway for you to bask in London’s sunsets, this summer they have partnered with TRIP CBD to create a space that’s truly special. 

Enjoy refreshing cocktails specially made using TRIP’s flavours, feast on summer dishes and soak up the rest of the summer heat here.

45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX

Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill

Oysters are best enjoyed out-of-doors, and preferably, at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill. 

The restaurant has been serving up Champagne and oysters for over a century, and today, you’ll find them championing their heritage with a menu centred around British seafood. 

Their newly refreshed courtyard-terrace is ready and waiting, with a prime people-watching location. Heated and covered, it’s the perfect spot no matter what the British summer brings.

11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG

11 Cadogan Gardens

Unwind at 11 Cadogan Garden’s Chelsea hideaway, The Secret Garden, offering a serene oasis away from the hustle and bustle. This courtyard can be found serving up food and drink come rain and shine. Grab your girls, sip Champagne and make the most of the longer nights here.  

No reservations are necessary, everyone is welcome to experience this haven.

11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, SW3 2RJ

116 Pall Mall

From the front the imposing colonnades of 116 Pall Mall are as impressive as they are beautiful, but head through the Pall Mall behemoth and you’ll find a lush and green garden in the form of the Waterloo East Garden.

One of London’s smartest addresses, the unexpected terrace, accessed from the grandeur of the Carlton Room, is ideal for entertaining or just relaxing post-work with a glass of rosé.

 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, SW1Y 5ED

Los Mochis

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Marrying Tokyo and Tulum, Los Mochis boasts a small but cosy sun-drenched terrace at the front of its Notting Hill restaurant. 

Blending the two cultures, guests can look forward to a flavour-packed menu filled with the likes of guacamole packed with snow crab, lime, coriander cress and smoked paprika; seabass ceviche; carne asada tacos; and maki rolls. 

Those looking for a Happy Hour experience, book in for their frozen paloma hour, available Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm where you can enjoy two-for-one frozen palomas.

2-4 Farmer Street, Notting Hill, W8 7SN

Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay

Tucked away in Belgravia sits Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay, the Michelin-starred restaurant serving up modern French cuisine. 

Home to a glorious sun-kissed terrace, enjoy dishes such as native lobster with fresh almond, Charentais melon and verbena; Herdwick lamb with young peas, mint and Rove de Garrigues; and raspberry soufflé with white chocolate ice cream.

1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 8EA

The Lane

Overlooking the Covent Garden Piazza, The Garden at The Lane is the perfect summertime hideout. It’s the ideal spot for pre- and post-theatre drinks and dinner. Grab yourself a selection of their light bite menu, bottle of Champagne and you’ve got the perfect summer’s night ahead.


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Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF

Native at Brown’s

Another secret London restaurant is Native at Brown’s, the little sister restaurant from the team behind Native. The restaurant’s Courtyard is perfect for a summer soiree, boasting natural wines, signature cocktails and a small plates menu. This summer they have partnered with Sussex wine estate, Rathfinny, so expect plenty of sparkling wine options too.

Browns 39, Brook Street, W1K 4JE

The Royal Horseguards

Celebrate the great British summertime at The Royal Horseguards Hotel’s hidden terrace. A must-visit for those after an intimate spot filled with memory-making moments. 

This summer they have partnered with Lanson champagne so you can expect plenty of limited-edition champagne serves and cocktails, all paired alongside classic British dishes.

2 Whitehall Court, SW1A 2EJ

The Royal Exchange

For those in need of respite while in the heart of the City, The Royal Exchange offers a bustling sanctuary. Home to the Fortnum & Mason Terrace that’s just perfect for alfresco drinking and dining. 

Located in the courtyard of The Royal Exchange, it’s perfect for work-lunches or post-work catch ups with friends and family.

Bank, City, EC3V 3LR

Home House

You might not know this one if you don’t have a membership but if you can get a peak inside Home House’s courtyard garden, it’s well worth exploring for yourself. 

Complete with tent-style seating, greenery and an outdoor bar, we’d recommend grabbing a table early and lazing into the sunset under the twinkling lights. A British garden menu is available for when the hunger pangs strike, as well as gourmet barbecue options when the sun is shining. 

20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW

Great Northern Hotel

Luxury, grade II-listed Great Northern Hotel has launched London’s coolest new al fresco spot. A welcome escape from the bustle of the city, the spacious and buzzy GNH Bar & Terrace is complete with bright blooms, foliage and a menu of classic, signature and barrel-aged cocktails, as well as elevated small plates and light bites. 

Must-try serves include The Secret Garden, mixed with Hendricks Flora Adora Gin, elderflower liqueur and chamomile tea; and the Bananarama, a blend of Discard Banana Peel Rum with coconut milk and pineapple.

Great Northern Hotel

King’s Cross St pancras Station, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB

Pan Pacific London

Partnering with liqueur brand St-Germain, Pan Pacific London’s summer terrace comes complete with seafood delights and cocktails. 

Running until the end of September, expect delicious including the signature St-Germain Spritz, a mix of St-Germain, Prosecco, soda and lemon – simple, refreshing and screams summer.

80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AE

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

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It’s the ultimate courtyard, the neoclassical surroundings of Covent Garden are the nation’s most famous courtyard, etched into our collective psyche and without doubt best enjoyed from above at Sushi Samba Covent Garden.

The Nikkei cuisine specialists bring style, sophistication and a touch of class to the Inigo Jones-designed home of the Royal Opera House…

35 The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF

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