Best places to dine al fresco in London this summer
One of the great pleasures of summer is dining al fresco, and now that summer is just around the corner and good weather is, hopefully, here to stay, you may be looking for some new places to try. Whether you are hoping for a leisurely lunch in the sunshine or a spot to enjoy balmy summer evenings, you can find a garden, terrace, or rooftop of an eatery that will suit your taste and budget.
Nine places to dine outdoors in London:
- Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia will make you feel like you are at the seaside instead of in the heart of London. Dine on British seafood under a striped awning while seated on driftwood chairs.
- Ham Yard in Soho provides a terrace that is perfect for enjoying a pre-show carafe of wine or sophisticated snack.
- The Rose, a Fulham gastropub, is proof that a great al fresco dining experience needn’t bankrupt you. Enjoy good-value food and drink by the fountain in the beer garden.
- Dine overlooking the Thames at Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow, a gastropub at East India Dock.Coq d’Argent in Moorgate has a stunning rooftop garden for enjoying their French cuisine.
- Enjoy dim sum and Chinese cuisine at Yauatcha City in Moorgate. The sophisticated interior leads onto a terrace that is made for sipping a cocktail on a warm summer evening.
- For a traditional pub atmosphere teamed with sophisticated food, try The Havelock Tavern in West Kensington. Long summer lunches are best enjoyed in the patio garden.
- The terrace at Northbank near St Paul's has stunning views over the river to Tate Modern. Enjoy British food, often with a West Country influence, such as Devon Red beef and Falmouth sea bream.
- For Indian cuisine, dine on the terrace at Cinnamon Kitchen in Moorgate. On particularly warm nights, you may choose to end your meal with one of their refreshing sorbets.