The best al fresco terraces opening across London this April
In a few weeks’ time, Londoners will finally be let loose on their favourite bars and restaurants to enjoy a safe al fresco drink or meal with up to five of their friends. Though you may be tentative to make any plans for outdoor dining given the changeable nature of the British weather, we can assure you there are many places in the capital that are worth braving the rain for come 12th of April. Check out our list of top terraces below – and remember, these tables are booking up fast, so be sure to reserve a seat for your nearest and dearest. The best thing about this selection? You can check back for further updates.
Allegra in East Village
Located just seven minutes (via train) from King’s Cross and with views of London’s skylines, Allegra’s 50-seat rooftop terrace is one of the Capital’s hidden gems. On Wednesday 14th April the team behind Allegra at Manhattan Loft Gardens will launch Happy Burger at Allegra. The four-week pop-up will offer a concise and playful menu prepared by Chef Patrick Powell. Throughout the month, Happy Burger at Allegra will welcome a series of chefs from London restaurants including Perilla, Mangal 2, Anglo Thai and soon to be launched Planque in Haggerston. Book a table here.
Alto by San Carlo at Selfridges London in Marylebone
Popular alfresco dining spot, Alto by San Carlo, is set to welcome back diners when Selfridges London reopens. The idyllic outdoor setting has an open top roof and sides so customers can dine under the sun or stars, come rain or shine. In the event of rain, the restaurant will be covered by the roof, but the sides will remain open. The terrace and bar will also be open with comfortable lounge seating providing the perfect spot to soak up some rays whilst enjoying a cocktail. Book a table here.
American Bar at The Stafford in St James’s
If you’re looking for a touch of sophisticated luxury with your first al fresco drink of 2021, look no further than the American Bar at The Stafford. Their beautiful, cobbled terrace is Mayfair’s hidden gem – the ideal venue for catching up with friends and family in the spring sunshine. Executive Chef Josef Rogulski is the man behind the menu, blending hotel favourites with more exotic flavours and techniques from across the globe. The drinks are always a knockout, whether it’s a classic cocktail or a bottle of something great, chosen by Master Sommelier Gino Nardella. Book online here.
Arros QD in Fitzrovia
The new terrace outside Arros WD, tucked away behind Oxford Street, is ready to open on 12th April. With tables for couples, tables for six and their signature sharing paellas, this is the place to be. From the three-Michelin starred chef Quique Dacosta, Arros specialises in Valencian paella cooked over wood fire – the authentic way. Try these sizzling pans of rice, served with classic alioli and then topped with seafood, seasonal veg, rabbit and chicken, all conjuring up the feel of a night in the Med. Book online here.
Bala Baya in Southwark
On April 12th, Bala Baya, the acclaimed Southwark restaurant inspired by the sites and sounds of Tel Aviv, will re-open it’s sun blushed terrace and mezzanine. To celebrate, Bala Baya’s colourful terrace will see a festival inspired transformation. Eran’s Israeli-inspired menus offer a hands-on, hands-in approach to family-style dining that focuses on the enjoyment of fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients. Book a table here.
BAO in Borough and Soho
Inspired by the late night grill bars of Asia and located at the edge of Borough Market, BAO Borough will open its doors on 12th April with outdoor sheltered seating available for diners. With a focus on grill items, diners can take their pick from Chilli Chicken Wings with Aged White Soy, Mapo Aubergine or the Classic Bao. BAO Soho will also be opening its doors, serving guests a selection of Baos and small eats. Tables and chairs will scatter the streets of Soho, and guests can take a sip on BOA classic cocktails including Strawberry Negroni, Bao-Hi or an old fashioned. Book a table here.
Bar Douro in London Bridge
A little slice of Portugal in London, Bar Douro London Bridge’s restaurant and wine bar will open on 13th April, complete with both an extended outdoor terrace and authentic Portuguese sharing plates. Bar Douro’s rustic terrace spilling out into Flat Iron Square is a great spot to enjoy a Churchill’s White Port and Tonic alongside a superb array of classic Portuguese plates, whilst relaxing in the sun. Book online here.
Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill
One of west London’s most iconic restaurants has unveiled plans for its al fresco offering. This stunning Georgian mansion in the heart of Notting Hill will offer not one but two outside areas – a delightful 20-cover rear garden and a terrace immediately in front of the building that has been extended to accommodate up to 50 guests. Here guests can feast on an array of dishes created by Beach Blanket Babylon Head Chef Jan Pace. Perfect for a bountiful brunch, leisurely lunch, decadent dinner or anything in-between, these deceptively simple but masterfully created brasserie favourites include the likes of Aromatic Crispy Duck Salad with Chilli and Ginger and Linguine Chilli with Aglio Olio. Book online here.
Bermondsey Larder in Bermondsey
Robin and Sarah Gill’s modern neighbourhood restaurant Bermondsey Larder will be reopening on 14th April with a new al-fresco dining spot. The terrace will allow groups of up to six to enjoy Gill’s much-lauded menu, highlights of which include Farmer Tom Jones’s Lamb with Jerusalem Artichoke, Pulled Aubergine and Mushroom Flatbreads and a gorgeous split mackerel and sea salad dish which is perfect for sharing with friends. Book online here.
Bisushima in Charing Cross
For only the best Japanese food and delicious paired drinks, look no further than the newly launching Bisushima terrace, located on the roof top of the Page 8 Hotel in Covent Garden. With panoramic views across Trafalgar Square, it’s the idea spot for watching the world go by. The luxurious new roof terrace is covered and heated and decked out with the comfiest of outdoor furniture, what more could you want? Book online here.
Brat at Climpson’s Arch in Hackney
Michelin-starred Brat restaurant will reopen its popular dining terrace at Climpson’s Arch in East London. The daily menu will continue to showcase native seasonal produce sourced from some of the best producers in the UK such as Dan Cox’s Crocadon Farm in Cornwall and Calixta Killander’s Flourish Farm in Cambridge. Along with Brat favourites, diners can expect new dishes of Roasted Game Rice, Fried Pork Chops with Anchovy and Hay Butter and Tomatoes with Aged Mutton and Grilled Cep Mushrooms. Book a table here.
Cafe Murano in Bermondsey
The Bermondsey branch of Angela Harnett’s Italian venture Cafe Murano will be opening its terrace on 12th April. The renowned chef will be serving up her signature fresh, seasonal dishes they way they should be enjoyed: al fresco. Offering up authentic flavours with a neighbourhood feel, it’s likely to be the closest to the Mediterranean you will get this spring. Book a table here.
Coppa Club in Tower Bridge and Sonning
Coppa Club’s signature igloos at Tower Bridge and Sonning are reopening on 12th April. Their igloos and terrace will undergo a seasonal transformation reflecting the country in bloom, perfect for those looking to welcome the arrival of the spring equinox. Coppa igloos offer a moment of escapism and intimacy, seating six guests in comfort against beautiful backdrops of the Thames at Tower Bridge, Sonning riverside, Brighton Square in the Lanes and Cobham village. Book a table here.
Crazy Pizza in Knightsbridge
This spring sees the long-awaited opening of Crazy Pizza’s Knightsbridge location along with a beautiful outdoor terrace just in time for the longer spring and summer nights. For those looking for the perfect al fresco spot to soak up the sun, Crazy Pizza Knightsbridge is the perfect place, located on the idyllic Hans Crescent within the newly refurbished Knightsbridge Estate and just a stones throw away from Luxury Emporium Harrods. From April 12th, the restaurant’s year-round heated terrace will open to customers, followed by the official restaurant opening on 17th May. The stunning outside terrace will seat 24 guests and provide front-row seats to the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge Estate. Book a table here.
Coya Angel Court in the City
As the weather gets warmer, in the City, Coya Angel Court’s Peruvian-inspired terrace is the ideal place to dine outside post lockdown. The tucked-away space will be open from 12th April for guests to use as a city escape. Every Monday to Friday the outdoor bar will be open to enjoy food from both the lunch and dinner menu as well as sipping on one of Coya’s famous pisco sours. Book a table here.
Darby’s in Nine Elms
Robin and Sarah Gill’s restaurant in Embassy Gardens features a central oyster bar topped with green marble where guests can sip on an ice-cold Guinness paired with the finest Dooncastle oysters alongside native seafood, mussels and pickles from their bar menu. The circa-20 cover terrace has been extended and is on a first-come basis. Book a table here.
Dinings SW3 in Chelsea
Masaki Sugisaki’s West London Japanese restaurant will be welcoming diners to its idyllic, 20-cover terrace from mid-April. Located a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square and open daily from 12.30pm to 5.30pm, the full Dinings SW3 menu – dishes which bring together traditional Japanese techniques with European culinary influences – will be available. This includes Masaki’s celebrated sushi and sashimi creations alongside Dinings SW3 favourites such as the seabass carpaccio, sumi-yaki fruits de mer (from the charcoal grill) and Cornish lobster sliders. Book a table here.
Dishoom in Carnaby and Shoreditch
Fans of Indian food rejoice, for the Verandah at Dishoom Shoreditch will be open from 12th April for bountiful breakfasts, lazy lunches and lavish evening dinners. The Verandah will be open daily from 8am-11pm Monday to Friday and 9am-11pm Saturday and Sunday, inviting guests to enjoy a selection of dishes from the restaurant’s iconic menu, inspired by Bombay street food. The good news isn’t just reserved for North Londoners: the Dishoom Carnaby terrace on Kingly Street will also open daily from 12th April from 12pm-11pm Monday to Sunday. Both restaurants are welcoming walk-ins for outdoor tables. Alternatively, book an indoor table from 17th May here.
Fallow in Mayfair
The sustainability-focused restaurant concept on 10 Heddon Street, Fallow, opened weeks before the UK’s first lockdown, and has gone from strength to strength since, receiving critical acclaim as well a Bib Gourmand from Michelin. The menu, designed by Head Chefs Will Murray and Jack Croft, focuses on “root to stem” and “nose to tail” dishes, with roughly half of each menu being plant-based. Murray and Croft, formerly of two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston, share a passion for pared back, creative cooking with a particular emphasis on championing ingredients usually discarded by restaurants including chicken scratchings, veal tail and cod’s head. Book a table here.
Fenn in Fulham
On 13th April, Luke Wasserman, Toby Neill and Johnnie Crowe, the team behind popular Hackney restaurant Nest, will open Fenn, a new seasonal British restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham. Inspired by Fulham’s proximity to the Thames, Fenn takes its name from the old English word for “low-lying wetland”, symbolising the restaurant’s commitment to serving locally sourced, British seasonal dishes. Fenn’s terrace will open on 13th April with the inside restaurant following on 18th May. Book a table here.
Folie in Soho
From Tuesday 13th April, Folie, the opulent restaurant and bar on Golden Square, where Soho meets Mayfair, will reopen its doors. Celebrating the dining and drinking culture of the Riviera, Folie is excited to return re-energised with a new larger terrace – perfect for al fresco dining, from laid back lunches to intimate dinners, in the heart of central London. Founder Guillaume Depoix and Executive Chef Christophe Marleix have designed a spring menu to celebrate the reopening, including seasonal dishes focusing on the Italian and French Riviera. Book a table here.
Galvin Bistrot and Bar in Spitalfields Market
The recently opened French bistrot and bar located just next door to Galvin La Chapelle spills out onto the corner of Spitalfields Market, featuring classic bistrot dishes such as steak tartare and confit of duck. New dishes of Cod and Lobster Brandade, Pavé of Cod with Leeks and Mussels in a Mouclade Sauce (a cream based lightly curried sauce) and Slow-Cooked Beer-Braised Pork Cheeks with a Black Pudding Parmentier also feature on the menu. Book a table here.
Granary Square Brasserie in Kings Cross
Granary Square Brasserie is set to re-open it’s terrace on Monday 12th April with a showstopping install. With both impressive views across Regent’s Canal and Granary Square’s floor-level fountains, the terrace will provide a chic haven to retreat to this spring and summer season. To celebrate the re-opening, the brasserie is launching an array of merriments, including a beautiful, themed terrace, a series of showstopping, carnival-inspired live DJs and entertainment, and a limited-edition cocktail menu for guests to enjoy as the days get longer and lighter. Book a table here.
Gunpowder in Tower Bridge
Indian restaurant Gunpowder has opened the terrace at their restaurant on Duchess Walk, which overlooks Tower Bridge. Featuring a series of individual dining pods, the terrace can accommodate groups of up to six to dine on Gunpowder classics including their Mustard Malai Broccoli, Chaat and Norfolk Potatoes and the (famous) Gunpowder Lamb Chops. Their drinks list features a series of Indian -slanted cocktails and London’s largest Portuguese wine list. Books a table here.
Hawk’s Nest in Shepherd’s Bush
The Hawk’s Nest reopens its outdoor dining space and bar in Shepherd’s Bush on 12th April. The hidden gem is one of very few spots in West London that can host groups outside until the rest of the hospitality world opens later in the year. At the heart of the community, The Hawk’s Nest has also become a destination in its own right, with people travelling from across London to sample the delicious hot pizzas and classic cocktails. To book a table visit their website here.
Hicce in King’s Cross
Hicce, the British, wood-fired restaurant from Pip Lacey known for its seasonal menu and sharing plates, boasts a 70-seater terrace on the ground floor on Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross and an 80-seater terrace upstairs. Diners can enjoy dishes such as Tempura Parsnip, Curry Sauce, Raisins, GreenChili and Almonds and Monkfish with Radicchio, Hazelnuts and Naturgium while sipping on vermouth direct from a tuk tuk outside the restaurant on the expansive terrace, ideal for al fresco dining. Book a table here.
Hide in Mayfair
Hide will re-open its terrace on the 12th April, welcoming diners to enjoy views over leafy Green Park while tucking into Hide’s curated seasonal menus which executive chef Ollie Dabbous has become renowned for.The alfresco dining space, featuring heaters and parasols, will seat just over 35 for all-day dining, providing the perfect spot for the warm spring and summer months ahead. Serving breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner, the menu will feature favourites from the à la carte menu at Hide Ground and cocktails from Hide Below. Book a table here.
Homeboy Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms
Irish bartending duo Ciaran Smith and Aaron Wall are set to second site, Homeboy Embassy Gardens, this April 12th. The pair will open with their wraparound terrace and the full venue will open on 17th May following COVID guidelines. The new bar is set to become a destination bar with a neighbourhood feel. This Dublin duo’s first bar, Homeboy Islington, is now the “northsider” to this new “southsider” venue. The much larger site will be offering an Irish whiskey focused menu alongside signature and classic cocktails and with a food offering of brunch through to a la carte and Sunday Lunch at the weekends. Book a table here.
Jamavar in Mayfair
Jamavar, the much-loved Indian restaurant in Mayfair, co-founded by Samyukta Nair and her father Dinesh, will this April launch its new summer terrace. Set in the heart of Mount Street with its beautiful Queen Anne revival style architecture, amongst neighbours Balenciaga, Christopher Kane and James Purdey, the terrace looks out onto Tadao Ando’s water feature Silence. Enclosed with box hedging and period railings, then covered with a grand mustard yellow awning, the terrace will have seats for just 8 guests. There will be heaters and soft throws to keep away the chills on those cooler summer nights. To book a table call 02074991800 or e-mail email@example.com.
Kerridge’s Garden Grill at Corinthia London in Westminster
Corinthia London is delighted to announce that the team behind Kerridge’s Bar & Grill will open an outdoor pop-up restaurant – Kerridge’s Garden Grill – from 12th April-16th May 2021. This 46-cover terrace will be located on a mezzanine level (directly above The Garden, where the hotel’s Executive Chef André Garrett’s Mediterranean-inspired menu will be available daily, also from 12th April). At Kerridge’s Garden Grill, Head Chef Nick Beardshaw will be cooking seasonal dishes from an open Synergy grill. This new pop-up space surrounds the glass dome atop Corinthia London’s Baccarat chandelier (in the Crystal Moon Lounge), and will be transformed into a garden oasis. Bookings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7321 3244.
Kolamba in Soho
Kolamba will be opening their terrace in Soho on 12th April, serving up vibrant Sri Lankan faire in the heart of London. Get ready to be tempted by curries and traditional sambols as well as range of veggie and vegan dishes as the smell of cononut and cardamom spills out into the street. Some of the tables will be kept available for walk-ins, but if you prefer to plan ahead, you can book a table here.
Lost in Brixton in Brixton Village
A rooftop paradise hidden within Brixton Village, Lost in Brixton is the ideal spot for catching up with missed friends over Latin American-inspired cocktails and local craft beers. The venue will champion its neighbouring restaurants, showcasing food from within the Village itself, including Fish, Wings & Tings (Caribbean), Jalisco Brixton (Latin American-inspired dishes), Okan Japanese restaurant, and The Joint (family barbecue). Live music from local talent, as well as DJs, will be providing the party atmosphere all summer long. Book here.
LPM in Mayfair
One of London’s chicest hideaways and best kept secrets LPM will launch its beautiful Mayfair terrace on 12th April on Brook’s Mews. The critically acclaimed restaurant is thrilled to welcome friends old and new to enjoy the world renowned Riviera-inspired cuisine created by Raphael Duntoye. His food champions the best in produce, showcased in confident simplicity, paired with a newly formulated cocktail and extensive wine list. Nestled in the heart of Mayfair away from the crowd, the hidden terrace is open from 12.30-3pm and 6pm-11pm ad holds up to 30 people, offering the perfect way to enjoy a touch of al fresco this summer. Book a table here.
Malfy at Harvey Nichols
Malfy Gin have taken over the Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge Fifth Floor outdoor space to launch the Malfy Gin’s Lemon Grove Terrace, available until 27th June. The space is transformed into a Mediterranean escape where guests can enjoy la dolce vita, sipping on delicious cocktails and dining with an Italian-inspired spring menu – exclusive to the terrace. Book a table here.
Mariage Frere’s Iced Tea Terrace in Covent Garden
Luxury French tea emporium, Mariage Frères, will open its chic Tea Terrace for al fresco dining and drinking on 12th April, serving refreshing iced teas, chilled champagne and cocktails alongside picture perfect afternoon teas. With Covent Garden welcoming shoppers and visitors once more, the terrace is the perfect place to watch the world go by and celebrate the city’s rebirth this spring. To book a table email email@example.com.
ME London’s Radio Rooftop in Covent Garden
Radio Rooftop, ME London Hotel’s iconic bar with panoramic views of London will re-open on 12th April, where guests can enjoy the changing views of the capital stretching from the Shard and St Paul’s downstream to the London Eye and Big Ben in the west. Located a stone’s throw from the bustling streets of Soho, Radio Rooftop presents an incomparable space in London, where guests can enjoy live music and DJ sets alongside the sophisticated food and drink offering for which ME London has become renowned. Book a table here.
Native in Mayfair
This April, wild food pioneers Native will open the Native at Browns Courtyard, part of their new home at Browns Brook Street, Mayfair. Filled with abundant foliage, the space will act as an extension to the Native at Browns space, offering fans of the restaurant the opportunity to dine al-fresco ahead of the restaurant’s official opening this May. Opening on Monday 12th April, the secluded courtyard is one of the few addresses in Mayfair with significant outdoor space. Open throughout the day, it has room to accommodate 40 diners. Co-founders Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis have created a Garden Snacks menu which features a selection of small dishes, cocktails and wines by the glass. Book a table here.
Nine Lives Alley in London Bridge
The team behind Nine Lives cocktail bar will return with its al fresco incarnation Nine Lives Alley this spring, with the Mexico City-inspired street scene, located on the cobbles of Holyrood Street in London Bridge. Alongside a DJ, killer cocktails and crafts beers, chef El Tigre will return to the street with his lauded Tigre Tacos. Cocktails will be on rotation, depending on what ingredients are available on the day from neighbouring markets, as well as Howling Hops Tropical IPA and Asahi beer served Karakuchi style. Book a table here.
Novikov Outdoors in Mayfair
All the elements that have ensured Novikov’s place at the forefront of the London dining scene – the much-loved Asian and Italian restaurant classics, the superlative wine and cocktail list and the exemplary service – will return in a glamorous al fresco Mayfair setting called Novikov Outdoors. 16 tables – seating up to 50 customers – offer an inspired combination of signature Asian dishes including Scallop and Truffle New Style Sashimi and Miso Black Cod together with Italian Restaurant delicacies like Burrata with Sicilian Datterino Tomatoes and Seabass with Spinach & Crudaiola Sauce. Tables should be booked in advance, although six will be left for lunchtime and evening walk-ins. Bookings for Novikov Outdoors can be made via e-mail or by calling 020 7399 4330.
Opso in Marylebone
Reopening this April, Greek restaurant Opso will bring a slice of Athenian opulence to Marylebone’s dining scene, with the launch of their Spring terrace. Winding its way around the restaurant, this features intimate tables for two, four and six diners, seating a maximum of 40. Guests are invited to dine on a new seasonal menu of modern Greek dishes including homemade delicacies, traditional recipes and a raw bar whilst the bar team serve glasses of Greek sparkling wines, rosé and signature cocktails. Book a table here.
Padella in Borough Market and Shoreditch
Pedella, the popular pasta bar serving up fresh, hand-rolled pasta with a range of delicious fillings, will be opening from Monday 12th April for outdoor dining. Both sites in Borough Market and Shoreditch will be welcoming back customers to their outdoor terraces, so for anyone in need of an Italian fix, it’s the perfect spot to spread out onto the pavement and indulge your carb cravings. Book a table here.
Paradise in Soho
Paradise Soho opens its new terrace with Drinking & Short Eats, inspired by the eternal energy of Colombo, and its roadside eateries serving street food. The terrace is a 30-seater outdoor space will have snacks of Beetroot and Banana Blossom Cutlet Croquettes, Crab Patty Empanadas with Unumiris Mayo; Mutton Shoulder Rolls with Fermented Chilli and Northern Spiced Pork Belly Skewers with Kithul Molasses. The drinking menu includes a selection of natural, biodynamic wines and Sri Lankan-inspired cocktails. Paradise unwraps Sri Lanka’s rich food culture drawing on family recipes influenced by Portuguese, Malay, South Indian and Dutch cuisines. Book a table here.
The Parisian Cafe at St James in St James’s
Located on the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, The Parisian Cafe at St James will open its terrace outside the five-starred Sofitel London St James hotel for alfresco dining, serving its fare of modern European dishes. Guests can enjoy starters of dressed crab with whipped butter, sourdough and bitter greens; nduja tartine with endive and fried hen’s egg, or a dozen oysters whilst sipping on a refreshingly light spritz. To follow, grilled minute sirloin is served with chophouse butter and garlic croute, or lemon sole comes with capers and parsley in a burnt butter sauce. The terrace is open daily from 12pm-10pm for walk ins only.
Pergola Paddington in Paddington
Pergola Paddington is a beautifully leafy, outdoor venue tucked away near the canal in West London. This summer, Pergola Paddington will host bookable beach huts in partnership with Miraval Rose. Inspired by the French Riviera, the huts will resemble classic Provençal-inspired sandy beach clubs decked out with Riviera touches. The cosy huts will be bookable for 6-10 people and will offer special packages to purchase for the table. There will also be a Moet & Chandon Champagne Garden Terrace, which will transport them to the beachside luxury of a Hamptons Beach Clubhouse without leaving the capital. Book online here.
Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia and Rail House Cafe in Victoria
With an extended terrace seating 120, both covered and heated, Victoria’s Rail House Cafe is a perfect place to gather with groups up to six for drinks or dining. Imaginative all-day menus will be revealed closer to opening, but weekend brunch is sure to be a fixture. Sister restaurant Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia will also reopen on 12th April, with a covered outdoor terrace on Great Titchfield Street.
Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith
Sam is reopening his outside terrace from Monday 12th April, operating two sittings at lunch and dinner every day. The seafood restaurant will be running a special Reopening Menu alongside a selection of their favourite oysters and fish dishes. They also have some great new cocktails for customers to try and a new wine list ready to pour. Book a table here.
Scott’s in Mayfair
Mayfair restaurant Scott’s have announced their new installation in line with the much-awaited reopening of its iconic terrace on 12th April, created in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the year, “Illuminating Yellow”, and with a nod to Nina Simone’s renowned song, Feeling Good, the Mount Street façade and terrace has undergone a colourful yet elegant yellow transformation designed to dazzle and delight. Depicting strength and hopefulness, whilst being uplifting and symbolic of sunshine, the vibrant installation hopes to bring a smile to both those dining on the terrace and passers-by alike. Book a table here.
Smokestak in Shoreditch
On Monday 12th April, in line with government guidance, Smokestak will re-open its terrace and welcome guests to its Shoreditch home once again. Diners are invited to sit al fresco under a bespoke new canopy and can expect a barbecue-led menu including much-loved favourites and innovative new spring dishes from founder David Carter. Diners can take their pick from a new menu of snacks and starters including: Chipotle Caramel Wings and Salt-Baked Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese and Hazelnut. Book a table for four to six here, or walk in for smaller groups.
Smoking Goat in Shoreditch
Shoreditch favourite Smoking Goat has a covered 60-seater terrace on Redchurch Street. The kitchen centres on carefully sourced ingredients, with Thai herbs and vegetables grown in Cornwall and Dorset and underrated, native seafood from Cornish waters, serving up a mixture of comfort dishes from the woks and spicy seafood from the open barbecues. Book a table here.
Swift in Soho
The multi-award-winning cocktail bar, Swift, in central London, has a terrace that leads out into the vibrant streets of Soho. In keeping with the elegant decor of the bar, the heated seating outside creates the atmosphere of drinking in a romantic European city. The cocktail menu celebrates its local neighbourhood and draws inspiration from Soho’s eclectic and multi-faceted culture and is the perfect place to stop for a pre-dinner drink or nightcap and watch the world go by. Book a table here.
Tate Modern Riverside Terrace in Southwark
Although the Tate galleries remain closed for the time being, from Saturday 17th April, on the bank of the River Thames, the Terrace at Tate Modern plans to reopen, serving stone-baked pizzas, craft beer and ice cream from British family-run Jude’s. Visitors can also enjoy a cup of Tate coffee, which is roasted in the Tate Britain Coffee Roastery: a converted WW2 brick-built bunker situated within the historic grounds of Tate Britain. The space will offer outdoor seating, great views of the idyllic waterfront and the option to eat on the terrace or take-away. For more information visit the Tate website here.
Tayēr + Elementary in Old Street
Award-winning Old Street cocktail bar Tayēr + Elementary has a newly opened terrace which leads out from their all-day casual bar Elementary onto the lively streets of East London. Guests can enjoy cocktails, a selection of the bar’s signature cocktails, and wine-based sharing carafes alongside uniquely delicious, mouth-watering food selection from their chef partners Kitchen FM. Tayēr + Elementary’s outside terrace is ideal for any occasion, whether you’re looking for a cocktail pit-stop, or an afternoon grazing over small plates, and sharing carafes with friends. Book a table here.
The Cheese Truck in Paddington
From Wednesday 14th April, Mathew Carver, Founder of The Cheese Truck, The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese, will be mobilising The Cheese Truck to celebrate the end of lockdown and bring delicious British cheese to the people of West London. Parking up in Paddington Central, the team will be serving their sought-after grilled cheese sandwiches with a pop-up terrace beside the canal, perfect for those looking to enjoy alfresco dining this Spring. The Cheese Truck pop-up will be open midday-8pm every Wednesday to Sunday from April 14th until Sunday 16th May. Check out their Instagram here.
The Farrier in Camden
The Farrier, a new neighbourhood pub and restaurant headed up by a three-Michelin-star-trained chef, will be launching in London on 15th April, opening up its alfresco terrace and hidden courtyard with firepits. The Farrier promises modern rustic comfort food at its best, alfresco Sunday sharing roasts and an extensive selection of artisan and natural wines. Camden Market’s first ever pub, it’s housed in beautifully restored horse hospital and stables buildings. Book a table here.
The Ivy in Soho and Kensington
The Ivy Soho Brasserie and The Ivy Kensington Brasserie will be re-opening their beautiful, heated and covered terraces on 12th April for outdoor dining. Situated in the heart of Kensington and Soho guests will be able to catch up with friends and loved ones al fresco whilst enjoying a delicious selection of wines, cocktails and much-loved Ivy classics including chicken Milanese, shepherd’s pie and the ever so indulgent chocolate bombe. In line with government guidelines, guests will be able to reserve tables of up to six guests from separate households, subject to availability. For further information or to make an outdoor reservation, please visit The Ivy Kensington and The Ivy Soho Brasserie websites.
The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London in Holborn
Inspired by the Scottish Highlands and The Macallan Estate, The Macallan Manor House is an immersive terrace, located in the heart of Rosewood London’s iconic courtyard. The terrace will be reopening on 12th April and will evolve throughout the seasons, reflecting the estate’s countryside setting so that guests can enjoy al fresco dining all year round. The all day dining menu will include delights such as grilled octopus alongside native breed chorizo and aioli; and potato, comté and caramelised onion pie with parsley sauce. Book a table here.
The Prince in Hammersmith
The Prince is a converted pub in West Brompton, transformed into a beautiful English garden set across three floors, with a retractable roof protecting against the unpredictable English weather. This summer, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of refreshing summer cocktails list and food from brand new restaurant pop ups. Filth&Co, Boludo, Rudie’s and Nonna Madonna will continue to serve burgers, latin street food and Neapolitan pizzas. As sporting events start to return over the summer, The Prince will be the perfect place to watch fixtures such as rugby, tennis and the Euro 2021 with a private room dedicated to showing sport on large screens for up to 80 people. Book a table here.
The Wigmore Summer Terrace and Garden in Marylebone
This summer, the popular pub within The Langham is beginning service outdoors with the Wigmore Summer Terrace and Garden. The space has been transformed into the ultimate city garden, complete with beautiful wooden benches and a newly erected pergola, adorned with climbing vines and fresh greenery. There will be other flowers and foliage from plants and hanging baskets, an outdoor bar area serving refreshing Hendricks G&Ts and cold beers on tap and, should the British weather take a turn for the worst, heat lamps and covered areas to escape the rain. As the new Summer Terrace and Garden will be an extension of The Wigmore, the food offering will include well-loved classics as well some new specials, all overseen by Michel Roux Jr. To book a table, visit here.
Wild by Tart in Belgravia
Tucked away in the quaint Eccleston Yards in Pimlico, Wild by Tart was founded by friends Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones of catering company Tart London. On their 24-seat terrace, guests can enjoy their relaxed all-day dining menu, focusing on big flavours and seasonal, sustainably-sourced ingredients, often from their respective family farms in Northumberland and Somerset. Highlights of the wood-fired pizzas include Tamworth pork, nduja, roast garlic mascarpone, fennel and basil pizza and goat’s curd, nettle, and heather honey pizza. Book a table here.
Yauatcha in Soho and the City
The expansive double wraparound terraces overlooking Broadgate Circle at Yauatcha City have recently been revamped, providing a sophisticated urban destination for guests to catch up over dim sum and expertly prepared cocktails. Over on Broadwick Street, enjoy dim sum and patisserie whilst soaking up the atmosphere from the heart of Soho at Yauatcha Soho.
28-50 in Covent Garden and Marylebone
Independent wine specialists 28-50 Wine Bar & Kitchen Covent Garden and 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen Marylebone will open up both terraces for guests to dine outside whilst sampling executive chef Julien Baris’s new seasonal dishes. Highlights from the new menu include freshly caught seafood platters including mussels, rock oysters, prawns, clams and crab, which pair perfectly with 28-50’s varied wine-list with vintages chosen from their own vineyard in the French Alps.
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