When the sun shines in London, there really is no better city in the world. Make the most of those precious warm days and long evenings with a spot of alfresco dining. From panoramic rooftops to sunlit squares, these are our go-to favourite outdoor restaurants in the city.

The Culpeper

Atop an unassuming pub in East London’s Aldgate is a rooftop restaurant with a difference. Offering garden-to-plate dining at its finest, you eat next to the chef’s greenhouse and among the plants and veggies that will end up in your meal.

The River Café

A classic for a reason, The River Café has been drawing diners since 1987 with it’s picturesque riverside location and unbeatable, unfussy Italian menu. A bucket-list restaurant for many, this is the perfect destination for a summertime celebration.

The Barge House

There is no better way to while away a sunny afternoon or evening than a spot of people watching on the canal. Upgrade the experience with a delicious meal alfresco at canal side joint, The Barge House. The seasonal menu focuses on British meets French dishes that are perfect for the warm weather, and even better washed down with one of their famous cocktails. If you’re there for breakfast or brunch you can’t miss out on their signature dish, “breakfast in bread”.

Sager and Wilde

Downed a cobbled street and nestled in a railway arch in Bethnal Green, Sager and Wilde may be a little off the beaten track, but it’s well worth a visit. With outdoor seating aplenty, fresh food and an impressive wine list, it has all you want from an alfresco dining option. Plus, with long benches and a set group-sharing menu this is ideal place to gather friends for a long lunch or dinner.


Located on one of London’s loveliest streets, on a sunny evening, Morito feels like you could be somewhere on the continent. Sister of Exmouth Market institution, Moro, they serve up mouth-watering Spanish–North African tapas.

Petersham Nurseries

A true oasis of tranquillity in south west London, a trip to Petersham Nurseries feels like you’re in the country without heaving to leave the city. Enjoy locally sourced produce in the award-winning gardens or head to the teahouse for their renowned homemade cakes and pastries.

  • 020 8940 5230
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  • Church Lane
    Petersham Road
    TW10 7AB

The Terrace at Rosewood

While the Rosewood may be known for its mirror room and spectacular interiors, its pretty terrace is a must-visit come summer. Surrounded by lush greenery and seasonal flowering plants you feel worlds away from hectic Holborn. Serving up British cuisine with a twist this is fail-safe fare at it’s finest.


Atop Terence Conran-designed Boundary Project in Shoreditch, is one of London’s best rooftop restaurants. While it is open all year round come summer it comes into it’s own – a real suntrap, the impressive views and Mediterranean food are equally excellent. Warning: when the temperature increases so do the queues, so remember to book ahead.

No. 32 Old Town

Perched on the edge of Clapham Common in charming Clapham old town is No. 32, a converted pub complete with ample alfresco dining thanks to outdoor tables and the lovely rooftop terrace. Serving breakfast through to dinner, the varied menu is a mix of sharing plates and wholesome mains – the perfect neighbourhood joint.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

With a menu inspire by the original Ivy but with much more affordable price, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is an ideal location for a mid-week supper or mid-shopping lunch. When the sun is shining, head to the terrace to enjoy the elegant gardens and Instagrammable décor.

The Lido Café

On a scorching summer day, The Lido Café feels like a little slice of California in south London. This hidden gem is situated in Brockwell Park and is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Brixton. The food? Easy summer fare with a mix of colourful salads and hearty burgers.

  • 020 7737 8183
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  • Rockwell Swimming Pool
    Dulwich Rd
    SE24 0PA

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Lido Cafe

No.32 Old Town

The Terrace at Rosewood


Petersham Nurseries


Sager and Wild

The Barge House

The Grain Store

The River Cafe

The Culpeper

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