Restrictions have eased, the sun is shining and all that’s left to do is soak up it all at one of London’s finest alfresco dining spots.
To help you decide where to head first, we’ve handpicked our absolute favourite restaurants, bars and outdoor venues in the city, from Jurema at The Mandrake to Circolo Popolare.
Here are the best restaurants boasting glorious outdoor spaces in the city…
Still making its way to the top of our outdoor wish-list comes the tropical-themed outdoor terrace hidden at the top of The Mandrake.
You can forget your woes and the fact it’s likely to be pouring with rain when you walk into Jurema. It’s an urban oasis that instantly transports you out of the city and onto a luscious tropic island, with its wood panelling, cosy outdoor sofas and khaki coloured parasols. On the food front, Jurema is home to a South American inspired menu, ranging from prawn, cucumber and coconut aguachile ceviche to pasilla chile pork, corn and roast onion tacos.
While a holiday to an exotic island may be off the cards, Jurema at The Mandrake will sure transport you there mentally for an afternoon at least.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG
Alto by San Carlo looks like something picked out of a fairytale. The little haven on the rooftop of Selfridges will transport you to a traditional Italian trattoria.
Surrounded by lemon trees and rattan furniture, sit back and relax as you tuck into an authentic Italian spring feast. Expect delicious dishes including the finest fresh product, from creamy burrata filled salads to fresh lemon sole on a bed of butter and capers, grilled Mediterranean prawns tossed in lemon, herbs and olive oil to moreish black ravioli filled with mascarpone and crab, served with fresh clams and white wine. Yum.
The Rooftop, Selfridges, Oxford Street W1A 1AB
The Fitzrovia hotspot came onto the scene two years ago, bringing with it 20,000 bottles of spirits lining the walls and it soon became a favourite among influencers and Instagrammers alike. And now it might be our favourite spot to alfresco dine too! In true Big Mamma Group style, the terrace at Circolo Popolare reflects the restaurant’s interiors; bold, big and beautiful and you’ll find them serving up authentic Italian fare. As if you needed another reason to race to Circolo Popolare…
40-41 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1HX
Psst… We’ve found London’s hottest new rooftop bar that you’ll want to be seen at this summer.
Enter Sabine, an all new rooftop bar located in St Paul’s that’s serving up some of the best views over the cathedral. Here you’ll find two outside terraces, one with a retractable roof for all-weather dining and drinking. The interiors are just as breathtaking as the views, with hanging plants overhead.
On the menu, expect stunning cocktails that embrace the bar’s botanical theme, while the menu boasts delicious sharing plates to enjoy with friends.
7th Floor, Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, 10 Godliman Street, EC4V 5AJ
With interiors made for the Insta grid and food that looks like it’s been plucked straight from a cook book photoshoot, Jikoni does not disappoint on the style front. And neither does it on alfresco dining either.
The Marylebone restaurant is the brainchild of Ravinder Bhogal, and champions food that’s inspired by immigrant cuisine and vibrant flavours and cultures, from South Asia and the Far East, the Middle East, East Africa and Britain. The menu is fresh and flavourful, and perfect for sharing.
Hero dishes include the Jerusalam artichoke schnitzel, chanterelles, katsu and autumn truffle; Cornish ray wing, lime pickle beurre noisette, samphire tempura and nori; and The Estate Dairy Paneer Gnudi, kale, spinach and sorrel sag, with preserved lemons and pine nuts.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DH
COYA Mayfair is a little slice of Peruvian heaven. Hidden out back on its own private floor, COYA Members’ Club boasts its own Latin American inspired dining room and terrace.
Adorn with cosy corners, green foliage and mirrors, the terrace is a perfect place to escape the city’s rush with one of their famous Pisco Sour cocktails. We recommend tying their blueberry and lavender take on the classic.
If you fancy wining, dining and reclining on London’s best kept secret terrace, enquire about membership here.
118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Expect jaw-dropping panoramic views overlooking east London’s skyline as you wine and dine at trendy rooftop restaurant, Bōkan.
The rooftop itself is set high up on the 39th floor and is abrim with cushioned day beds and cosy corners, all set to their industrial style interiors inside. After you’ve dined in the restaurant two floors down, venture up and enjoy a cocktail or two overlooking the best of London.
Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, E14 9TP
If you’re after a posh Nando’s experience, head over to Casa Do Frango and their new alfresco dining terrace.
Casa Do Frango’s Shoreditch branch is bringing in the warmer weather with its outdoor dining area which launched last summer. Add a little spice to your day with their piri-piri brushed chicken and indulge in their sharing plates and sides. We’d recommend getting your hands on their African rice, a mix of crispy chicken skin, chorizo and plantain.
If you're after a posh Nando's experience, head over to Casa Do Frango and their new alfresco dining terrace.
Bringing the seaside to the city is The Berkeley, Knightsbridge’s finest hotel destination. They’ve transformed their outdoor dining destination, bringing with them five rainbow-hued huts inspired by Britain’s foodie seafronts.
Head here for sharing seafood platters and fresh oysters. They’ve even poshed up the fish and chip experience with their ‘fresh-off-the-boat’ lobster and fries – yum.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
Helping to bring a taste of the Riviera to London is Folie. Expect to be transported to Marseille and Portofino to St Tropez and Nice when you sit down alfresco style at this Soho joint.
Led by Executive Head Chef Christophe Marleix, previously The Dorchester and Annabel’s, the dining experience draws on flavours from the French and Italian coastline. The team works with small-scale UK farmers and small fish boats in Cornwall and Devon to deliver on the finest, fresh produce around. Their brunch is also well worth trying.
37 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9LB
New kid of the block, Treehouse London may just have swooped in for grabbing the spot for the best views in London. Hidden on the 16th floor of the hotel, book in for a night at The Nest, the rooftop bar with sweeping 360-degree views over the city.
It’s one of the cosiest spots, perfect for a date night or nightcap before you head back down to your room. The beautiful interiors make their way outside too, with the rooftop brimming with snug corners and tropical plants. Stay a while, order in a round of cocktails and munch through their terrace menu delights.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone W1B 2QS
Changing with the seasons, expect Dalloway Terrace’s floral installation to have been given a spring makeover.
The Instagrammable restaurant, has partnered with Master Florists McQueens and Belvedere Vodka this season, and will be inspired by the rolling hills of the British countryside, scattered with dried wheat, corn flowers, daisies and pampas grass.
Enjoy seasonal dishes, afternoon tea or go all out with cocktails with your pals.
16-22 GREAT RUSSELL STREET, BLOOMSBURY, WC1B 3NN
Chances are you’ve seen J Sheekey Atlantic Bar pop on your Insta grid thanks to its bright pink and turquoise exteriors tucked on St Martin’s Court, Covent Garden.
The Covent Garden gem is renowned for its glorious seafood, boasting delicious sharing platters of shellfish and oysters galore. J Sheekey Atlantic Bar’s outside space is the perfect spot to while away your afternoon as you delight in some of the best seasonal dishes on offer in Covent Garden.
J Sheekey will be re-opening later in the summer for both indoor and outdoor dining following a refurbishment.
33-35 St Martin’s Court, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AL
Set to the backdrop of Tracey Emin’s famous artwork “I want my time with you”, grab a seat in style and enjoy a glass of fizz or two at St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys.
Situated under the arches of the busy station, the Champagne bar is officially Europe’s longest and provides the perfect space to celebrate meeting friends and family for the first time in months with a glass of Champagne in tow. Why not book in for a Champagne tasting experience to really get the celebrations on the right path.
Catch up with loved ones over dinner at The Betterment restaurant and terrace.
Filled with cosy cushioned seating and greenery, you’ll find The Betterment serving up the best of British produce. Every dish has been crafted to use seasonal produce, with flavours inspired from all across the world.
44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HP
Bask under the British sunshine in style at the top of ME London Hotel on their rooftop bar. With panoramic views overlooking the Shard, London Eye and Big Ben, Radio Rooftop is the place to head for a real London alfresco experience.
Up here you’ll be able to pretend you’re on holiday thanks to the sunny rays (weather providing obviously…) and the Mediterranean-inspired menu. Think brunch favourites, moreish salads and the best Surf and Turf in the city.
336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Located just a short walk from Sloane Square, Hans’ Bar & Grill provides the perfect spot for wining and dining the day away.
Dine alfresco and enjoy their new menu filled with everything from Aged Beef Tatki to Pan Fried Hake. Should you get chilly, they’ve invested in heaters and blankets to keep you cosy on the cooler nights.
164 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW
The Michelin starred restaurant is the jewel of Moorgate’s South Place Hotel, thanks to the exquisite touch of Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes.
The menu celebrates the best of seafood through its tasting menus and a la carte specials. Right now, they’ll be running a reduced menu on their rooftop while they prepare to get up and running indoors from 17th May.
Michelin dining at its finest.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
The Garden at Corinthia London will be reopening this April, bringing with it a Mediterranean garden with lemon and olive trees, herbs and bougainvillea.
Expect scents of lavender and jasmine to be wafting throughout, while you tuck into dinner courtesy of Executive Chef André Garrett. The menu will be comprised of seafood dishes from the raw bar, salads, and gourmet pizzas baked to order in a wood-fired oven.
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill are also opening up alfresco style until 17th May. Head here for fine British fare.
Whitehall Place, Westminster SW1A 2BD
Venture out of central London and to the smart Ram Quarter restaurant, London Stock. Here you’ll find the ultimate courtyard dining experience featuring British produce and innovative cooking techniques.
Don’t miss out the chance to book in for one of their Sunday roasts either. Expect hearty dishes such as French onion soup, venison tartare, roast sirloin of beef, beef wellington and pan-fried gilt-head bream. Their signature sticky toffee pud is also a must order.
2 BUBBLING WELL SQUARE, RAM QUARTER, WANDSWORTH, SW18 1U
While we love alfresco dining in London, you can’t always count on the sunny rays and warm weather. Thankfully Shoryu has a solution for keeping you warm and it comes in the form of their comforting ramen bowls.
Head down to Shoryu Carnaby and enjoy alfresco dining under the sun (or stars, depending on your arrival time). Try one of their famed Shoryu Ganso Tonkotsu ramen, a rich 12-hour pork broth that’s topped with char siu bbq pork belly, nitamago burford brown egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, red ginger and nori seaweed.
G3-6 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PJ
Cakes & Bubbles Terrace
Get your sweet fix at Cakes & Bubbles terrace. They’ve partnered with famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot to provide a summer season of alfresco drinking and dining along Regent Street.
People watch the world go by as you sip on Champagne and tuck into sweet delights from award-winning pastry chef Albert Adria.
70 Regent Street, W1B 4DY
Cosy up this Spring at The Happenstance on Paternoster Square, the venue home to an all-weather terrace overlooking London’s most iconic landmark. You can rest assured knowing all is catered for here, with their bountiful selection of cocktails, sharing plates and fresh salads.
10 Paternoster Sqare, London EC4M 7DX
Boasting views over some of London’s most iconic buildings including the giant rotunda of St Paul’s Cathedral, Madison Restaurant should be on your go-to list immediately, if you haven’t already ticked it off.
It’s the ultimate spot for brunch and their new menu includes an indulgent dish of Bloody Mary-fried chicken waffles topped with a fried egg, sriracha and maple syrup. It doesn’t get better than that. Plus, there’s outdoor heating, perfect for those cooler days.
One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF www.madisonlondon.net
If you’re headed for seafood, it’s got to be Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. They’ve been serving up their legendary fish and chips for over 100 years, and have since become a little slice of heaven for fresh oysters, fish and steaks, all celebrating the British and Irish Isles. And anywhere that Michelin-star Chef Richard Corrigan is a part of, you know we’ll be racing down in a hot second.
11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4DG
Aqua Nueva has managed to marry traditional Spanish flavours in a fun, innovative way. The Argyll Street spot has always been a firm favourite of ours thanks to its trendy rooftop terrace that come nighttime becomes a haven for post-work drinks and romantic date nights.
In true Aqua style, the cocktails are faultless. For a summery tipple that’s a little different try their ‘sweet escape’, a mix of Pampero Blanco rum, Chambord, peach liquor, bergamot, passion fruit liqueur, vanilla and cranberry.
If you fancy something a little different, head to Aqua Kyoto for Japanese cuisine and sensational cocktails out on their terrace bar. You won’t regret it.
5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St) W1F 7EB,
Opening out onto Granary Square, the ground floor terrace is a perfect for a quick catch-up lunch, but the fun and games really come to play up on the Canalside Bar & Terrace.
Not everywhere comes equipped with alfresco terraces on all three floors of their restaurant, but then again, everywhere isn’t as great as The Lighterman in King’s Cross.
Opening out onto Granary Square, the ground floor terrace is a perfect for a quick catch-up lunch, but the fun and games really come to play up on the Canalside Bar & Terrace, home to idyllic waterside views and delicious cocktails just perfect for date night or catching up with friends.
3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH
Located in the heart of Shoreditch comes Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan. Specialising in seafood and Irish fare, tuck into a selection of the snacks and small plates, before diving into the charcoal grilled dishes.
Their weekend brunch is also well worth visiting for. Think Chilli Crab Muffins, Rock Oysters and Poached Smoked Haddock with leeks and hollandaise.
70-74 City Road, Old Street, EC1Y 2BJ
The Courtyard, set amongst Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences and St James’ Court, has been transformed into a luxurious dining area for guests to enjoy a drink or dinner while staying at the hotels. Gaze up towards the buildings and you might recognise a familiar face engraved in the walls as they begin to depict scenes from Shakespeare’s famous plays.
Seven Dials is one of the prettiest spots in London and our personal favourite for uncovering new independent brands and restaurants. It’s home to over 90 stores, plus a wealth of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs, many of which are offering alfresco dining right now too.
Head over to Seven Dials website to uncover the bountiful selection of restaurants, cafes and bars in the area, from Fafa’s to Flesh & Buns, Monmouth Kitchen to Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
Savage Garden is no stranger to a rooftop themed garden and this season sees the spot pair up with Lillet Spritz to bring us Londoners refreshing tipples and rooftop fun.
Set 12 storey above the city, Savage Garden boasts breathtaking views over London’s skyline making it the perfect spot to while away your winter afternoons.
7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Terra Terra is the neighbourhood Italian you need on your radar. This little South Hampstead restaurant is relatively new on the scene having been open less than a year, but they’ll sure wow you away with their culinary delights and alfresco dining terrace.
If you fancy dining alfresco with delicious Italian dishes, Terra Terra is the spot to head to this winter. Thankfully it’s weather proof too, so you won’t have to worry about getting rained on while you sip on cocktails and enjoy an authentic Italian feast.
Slurp your ramen in style at Mayfair’s Heddon Yokocho. The downtown retro-style ramen bar boasts an alfresco dining courtyard that’s located in the heart of the bustling Heddon Street.
While the weather in the UK is a little unpredictable, you can rest assured you’ll always be warm at Heddon Yokocho thanks to their warming ramen bowls. Try the Hakodate Shio, a salt and miso-based ramen or go vegan with the Vegan Napoli, a tomato-based ramen with grilled tomato and mushroom topped with basil and vegan cheese.
8 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BU
For a secret courtyard dining experience, 116 Pall Mall is opening the doors to it’s wonderful secluded garden and terrace for dining to the public for the first time!
Step into this tranquil terrace surrounded by lush greenery for a delicious alfresco lunch. You won’t find many gardens like this in the heart of London, located just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus and Regents Street. It’s a perfect stop off to take a shopping break or to uncover a hidden gem only a select few know about.
Right now, they are also offering a tempting happy hour offer too! Get 25% off all sparkling wine, Prosecco and Champagne 4-5pm every weekday – now that’s a bubbly offer we can’t resist.
116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, SW1Y 5ED
Close your eyes and you'll almost be able to imagine you're basking in the Bahamas.
While your holiday might be off the cards, get your beach fix courtesy of The Montague on the Gardens this summer thanks to their resident Beach Bar.
Expect all of your beach essentials to be on hand, including real sand, summer cocktails, BBQ food, palm trees and beach-hut style thatched roofs.
15 Montague Street, Holborn, WC1B 5BJ
Dine sky high at London’s favourite igloo restaurant, Aviary. The iconic rooftop bar and terrace will be reopening this April, returning with eight igloos available to book in for with your friends for a mega reunion.
Enjoy cocktails, fine fare and soaring views overlooking London’s iconic skyline.
Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Fiume, meaning ‘River’ in Italian, can be found at Battersea Power Station serving up some of the best modern Italian dishes and apéritifs.
Their outdoor space is a little slice of Italy, filled with lemon trees and cosy corners. Head here for a slice of tiramisu and a spot of people watching.
Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, SW8 5BN
Head to The Stafford to experience one of the longest surviving American bars in London. It’s here you’ll find a spacious outdoor courtyard where you can enjoy relaxed dining and cosy nights out with expertly crafted cocktails.
16-18, St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
Century Club decided to go bold last year, by relaunching their outdoor rooftop bar with double the space! And if you’ve ever spent the night out on the rooftop, you’ll know just how beautiful the view over the city is.
The new Roof Terrace can be found adjacent and slightly above their existing roof terrace, giving you the opportunity to look out over London’s iconic skyline while sipping on cocktails. The seating area has capacity for around 50-60 guests, which provides a safe and spacious way to catch up with friends this spring/summer.
On your next trip to Coal Drops Yard, take a seat at hicce and enjoy delicious modern dishes.
With a round of cocktails, order in a selection of small plates for the table to graze on while you catch up with friends and loved ones on their outdoor dining area. Hero dishes include King oyster, roscoff, black garlic, cavolo nero and orecheitte; pork cheeks, dashi broth, broccoli and smoked bean; and plaice, leek, chanterelles, chestnut and anchovies ravioli. Yum.
102 Stable Street,
Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4DQ
Home to a huge Thames-side terrace, The Sipping Room is the perfect spot for post-work friends, catch-ups and weekend brunching. Book in now and celebrate your reunion over cocktails, including the Good Night Out. It’s a refreshing mix of Tanqueray 10 gin, Crème de Mure, lemon, champagne and gold shimmer.
West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
Like your alfresco dining experience with a side of live music at weekends and pizzazz? Book into West London members’ space Kindred who have opened the doors to their on-site restaurant, The Cellar.
Headed by Romulo Silva, the menu celebrates London’s fusion of cuisines and uses seasonal to spotlight the finest ingredients in season. Expect Moule Mariniere moped up by doughy freshly baked bread, Spring Vegetables Salads with a dreamy and oozy Buratta, a Reuben Quesadilla boasting slow cooked beef brisket and the perfect blend of salt and sour with Pickles and Monterey Jack Cheese, and vegan friendly Spiced Cauliflower Bao Buns with sesame and chilli dressing for those wanting something more exciting than Tofu.
Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Riverside views don’t come any sweeter than this…
Tavolino Bar & Kitchen, the neighbourhood Italian that decided to open up shop in the heart of the pandemic, can be found slotted right on the riverside, overlooking the Thames, the City and Tower Bridge.
Boasting a hundred-seater outside terrace, it’s here you’ll find them serving up the freshest, handmade pasta, gnocchi and bread. They’ve also just launched a new Sicilian menu – think fried cacio cavallo cheese with honey and fennel and Sicilian red prawn bucatini with pistachio.
2 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE, SOUTHWARK, SE1 2DB
Aperol season is upon us and boy, does Bar 31 have an enticing offering for us…
Bar 31 have transformed their outside terrace into a sunny, Italian-inspired ‘Aperol Terrazza’. Running until September, guests will feel as though they are basking under the Italian sun right here in central London.
Expect iconic orange hues to fill the space, alongside a bespoke spritz menu crafted from Italian aperitifs and liqueurs including Aperol and Campari. Plus tempting cicchetti and pizette options to tuck into too.
31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Celebrating coal roasted rare breed meat and South Coast seafood, The Coal Shed is the perfect spot for a little alfresco lunch or to sample one of their legendary Sunday sharing roasts. Think 500g black Aberdeen Angus, 35 day dry-aged roast sirloin of beef with beef fat potatoes, cauli cheese, honey roast root veg, seasonal green, Yorkies and smoked gravy. Delicious.
One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 2SE
Another bar that’s filled with cosy corners, colourful textiles and foliage is the Garden Bar, hidden inside Mama Shelter London. Head down for date night or with your housemates and order in one of their delicious sharing cocktails. Our favourites include the When Ruby met Tommy, a mix of Ocho tequila, Campari, ruby grapefruit, agave and lime, and the Banana Brew; Briotette Creme de Banane, white port, ginger beer and lime, for something a little different.
437 Hackney Road, Shoreditch E2 8PP
Dine alfresco style at Belgravia institution, La Poule au Pot.
If your holiday to the South of France has been cancelled or you don’t fancy enduring the 14 day quarantine period on the other side, head to La Poule au Pot for an authentic slice of traditional French cuisine and atmosphere. Perfect for a romantic date night too.
Head to Megan’s, the riverside favourite at Battersea Power Station, for a brunch filled with vibrant Mediterranean flavours.
Famed for their brunch offerings, book in for the best shakshouka in the city or go simple with a classic eggs Benedict. It’s the perfect spot to reunite with loved ones over fine food, plus it’s one of the most dog friendly restaurants in the city, so bring your furry friends along too.
Battersea Power Station, 27 Circus West Village, Battersea, SW11 8NN
Expect summery delights when you dine in at Hammersmith hotspot Sam’s Riverside. From grilled native lobster to roast wild Dorset sea bass, Fosse meadows chicken to a delicious sirloin steak salad (perfect for those who want their steak fix without indulging in a too heavy meal), there’s something for everyone.
1 CRISP ROAD, HAMMERSMITH, W6 9DN
Venture out of the city and explore the rolling countryside in Surrey. It’s here you’ll find Great Fosters, the luxury four-star hotel from Alexander Hotels. Set surrounded by 50 acres of picturesque gardens and grounds immerse yourself and bask under the British sunshine and enjoy dishes from The Estate Grill, alfresco style.
Expect contemporary dining, using the finest fresh ingredients, with much of the produce used grown at the estate.