Six Superb Outdoor Dining Spots in London
London’s dining scene is buzzing once more: the perfect excuse to head outdoors for some al fresco food. If weather forecasters are to be believed, an Indian summer might be on its way; but, if not, there’s still time to enjoy the last few weeks of lighter nights and milder weather. To help you make the most of it, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite outdoor dining spots.
Please note: all information contained in this blog is correct at the time of writing. However, venues may update their procedures in line with evolving government guidance, so please do check before visiting to avoid disappointment.
The Botanist, Broadgate Circle. Photo Credit: Ewan Munro/Flickr
If you’re looking for a buzzy vibe in the heart of the City, head over to The Botanist. A favourite with city workers during the evenings, the terrace is open throughout the year – allowing you to catch the rays during warmer weather or snuggle up to the provided heaters during autumn. Either way, you’ll be able to choose a delicious drink to match the ambience: The Botanist’s cocktails are top-notch.
The Botanist, 35 Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS
Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill
Fans of famous chef Richard Corrigan breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that his popular Mayfair eatery, Bentley’s, would be re-opening from October 1st. Choose from a table in the cosy yet chic restaurant or a seat outside in their heated, covered terrace (which is open all year round). Typically, diners outside choose from a reduced menu: all the greatest hits from Bentley’s main offering, including seafood platters and fish pie.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, 11-15 Swallow St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DG
Coppa Club at night. Photo Credit: Raphael Chekroun/Flickr
Coppa Club Tower Bridge
One thing is certain: for spectacular surroundings, you’d be hard pressed to beat Coppa Club, with its views of Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and The Shard. It’s also a prime spot for outdoor dining, with an extended roof terrace and private igloo ‘pods’, complete with speakers and sliding doors (which can be hired for a small fee per person), as well as an all-day dining menu.
Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
For a hint of nature in an urban setting, pick a pew at Dalloway Terrace and marvel at the beauty of this whimsical garden (which is conveniently located a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road). Think terracotta pots, overgrown roses, and bags of English charm (courtesy of McQueens Flowers). The retractable roof makes this the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal, whatever the weather: dining is available all day, and afternoon tea is served between 3 pm and 5 pm.
Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
The Darcie & May Green Barges
Test your sea legs with a visit to Darcie & May Green. These exquisite floating restaurant and bar barges (which are situated just outside Paddington Station), were specially designed by pioneer of the British pop art scene, Sir Peter Blake. Bob gently on the water and enjoy relaxed Aussie-style brunches, lunches, and dinners with lovely views of the Grand Union Canal. Ahoy!
Darcie & May Green Barges, Sheldon Square, W2 6DS
The Mandrake Cabanas
Al fresco just got fancy in Fitzrovia, thanks to the creation of the Mandrake Cabanas, which are new to the Mandrake Hotel in 2020. Tucked away inside the hotel’s hidden terrace, there are 10 luxurious cabanas that can be reserved for private use. Relax in comfort with a group of family and friends, and indulge in at-seat service, a delicious South American-inspired menu, delightful cocktails, and your choice of visual or audio material (each cabana has its own TV screen and speakers).
The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG