Al Fresco Dining

From rooftop terraces to riverside gardens, there are plenty of places to eat outdoors in London. So why not enjoy some fresh air at one of London's best al fresco restaurants.

Al fresco diners in front of Tower Bridge

When the weather's fine, head to one of London's many outdoor eating places. Here are 10 of the best outdoor restaurants and dining areas in London.

Boundary

Terence Conran's Boundary boasts a large rooftop terrace, with an outdoor bar, a grill restaurant, and a designer garden with a canopy of grape-producing vines. The 360-degree views take in Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the rooftops of East London. The terrace has a weatherproof pergola allowing it to stay open all year.  

Coq d’Argent

From its penthouse position at the top of No. 1 Poultry, Le Coq d'Argent enjoys panoramic views over London's Square Mile. The venue's stylish roof terrace and beautifully manicured gardens make it the perfect upmarket al fresco destination. You can choose from a menu of classic French dishes with contemporary flavours.

Heddon Street

In the heart of London's West End, peaceful Heddon Street is home to a wide variety of eateries, including Momo and Mo Café, The Living Room, Heddon Street Kitchen, Aubaine, Piccolino, Strawberry Moons, Tibits, BelowZero and Icebar. Sit outside and enjoy pavement dining among the palms and olive trees.

Inn The Park

Set in the middle of beautiful St James's Park, Inn The Park is a great place for family dining or romantic evening meals. The proprietor, Oliver Peyton, sources ingredients from rare breeds farms, specialist fishermen and artisan producers. On the menu, you'll find traditional and modern British dishes, served up with a unique twist.

Kensington Roof Gardens

High up above Kensington High Street, Kensington Roof Gardens is a stunning oasis in the centre of London. You can dine al fresco on the terrace at Babylon restaurant, and explore the Spanish garden, Tudor garden and English woodland. There's even a stream stocked with fish, and a pond complete with ducks and flamingos.

Maltby Street Market

Situated under the railway arches in the Ropewalk, Maltby Street Market offers a rich array of culinary delights, from gooey treats at Bad Brownie to spicy jerk wraps at Jamaica Deli. Don't miss Monty's Deli for its New York-style pastrami and salt beef sandwiches. Open on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and on Sundays from 11am-4pm.  

Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen can be found the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Sit out on the waterside terrace and enjoy wood-fired pizza and British classics like fish and chips. A pop-up barbecue and Gin Bar opens during the summer months. There's also a selection of sandwiches, afternoon teas, and homemade ice cream.

Shad Thames

With its riverside location and fantastic views of Tower Bridge, Shad Thames is an idyllic outdoor dining destination. Choose from fine French food at Le Pont de la Tour; British favourites like fish and chips and roast beef at Butler's Wharf Chop House; delicious sandwiches at the Design Museum's café; and pub fare at All Bar One.

St Christopher's Place

Just off Oxford Street, in St Christopher's Place, you'll find an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and coffee shops. The area boasts one of London's largest concentrations of pavement dining. Whether you're looking for Italian, Spanish, French or Japanese cuisine, or even a pub lunch, St Christopher's Place has it all. 

St Martin's Courtyard

This open-air courtyard in the heart of Covent Garden offers a range of outdoor dining options, including lively Bill's Restaurant, Indian street food gem Dishoom, Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian, Thai eatery Suda and Mexican Cantina Laredo. This is a great spot to relax and refuel after a day of shopping in the West End

River Café

The Michelin-starred River Café is one of the best places in London to enjoy authentic Italian food. The menu changes daily, but don't miss the eatery's signature dessert: the decadent chocolate nemesis cake. For a real taste of the Mediterranean, visit during the summer months and sit outside in the pretty riverside garden.

The Summerhouse

Feast on fish and chips, fresh seafood or summer salads in this canalside seafood restaurant in the heart of Little Venice in West London. Diners can eat al fresco on the banks of the canal in this nautical-themed restaurant, washing their food down with rosé wines, refreshing cocktails and jugs of Pimm's. 

West India Quay

Situated on the waterside near Canary Wharf, West India Quay is perfect for al fresco dining. Enjoy modern British food and premium rums at the Museum of London Docklands' Rum & Sugar restaurant; or sit on the terrace at Manhattan Grill, where you can sample fresh fish from nearby Billingsgate Fish Market.