Summer has arrived in London and the blissful weather is perfect for dining al fresco. If you love drinking fresh cool cocktails teamed with delicious dishes in picturesque settings, you’ll need out must-visit guide to luxury restaurants in London for outdoor dining. Here’s our favourites:
The River Café, which is the famous location for launching Jamie Oliver’s career, is a renowned restaurant located on the banks of the River Thames in Hammersmith. With its picturesque setting and charming outdoor terrace, it offers a delightful dining experience. The restaurant is famous for its Italian-inspired menu, featuring fresh ingredients and flavours. Guests can enjoy their meal while taking in stunning views of the river and enjoying the tranquil ambiance. The River Café is a top choice for those seeking an enchanting outdoor dining experience in London.
Dalloway Terrace is one of the prettiest outdoor dining spaces in London with a covered terrace which is open all year round. Situated in the bustling neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, Dalloway Terrace provides an idyllic oasis for outdoor dining in the heart of London. The decor changes to reflect the season and for summer this year they’ve joined forces with Neal's Yard Remedies and London Essence to transform the terrace into a rustic retreat to showcase their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices, plus championing the preservation of British biodiversity.
The restaurant offers an enticing menu with a focus on modern European cuisine, featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Whether you visit for brunch (at the weekends), lunch, dinner, or a yummy Afternoon Tea, Dalloway Terrace offers a charming outdoor setting that is perfect for enjoying delicious food while being surrounded by greenery.
Coppa Club boats two things, a fabulous view and picturesque igloo-style pods.
At this popular riverside restaurant located near Tower Bridge, the spacious outdoor terrace offers magnificent views of the River Thames nestled in-between the iconic Tower Bridge and The Shard. The restaurant has a relaxed and stylish atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for outdoor dining. The unique igloos work all year round and you can fit around six people inside to create your own private dining room next to The Thames. Coppa Club's menu features a variety of dishes, including delicious seasonal options and sharing plates. Whether you're meeting friends for drinks, enjoying a leisurely lunch, or indulging in a romantic dinner, Coppa Club provides a stunning setting for an unforgettable dining experience.
The most botanical of all The Ivy restaurants, The Ivy on King’s Road has an enviable position in Chelsea with a large outdoor dining section at the back. The main restaurant is designed with an Art-Deco feel with lush foliage spilling outside into a beautiful orangery and outdoor space. Dine under the stars and enjoy the modern British cuisine with the luxury twist you expect from The Ivy. If you’re looking for a special space for an occasion, Ivy Chelsea Garden also boasts a stunning Glassroom in the garden which can hold up to 40 guests.
For the ultimate in people-watching look to Scotts in Mayfair where you can watch London’s elite passing by. This luxury restaurant serves up the best seafood from their beautiful terrace which this year is in partnership with Bird in Hand Wine. You’ll find luscious blooms to enjoy in the sunshine while eating dishes cooked up by Head Chef David McCarthy. The menu boasts a wonderful selection oysters and caviar followed by British seafood specialities like Fillet of Halibut with shellfish ravioli, ginger and lobster sauce and Lobster Thermidor.
The Four Seasons which overlooks Tower Bridge has a special pop up terrace for Summer. In partnership with Wild At Heart florist, there’s a floral bench and views of the city to enjoy. Enjoy special bar snacks including Oven-Baked Gibbon Cheese with Toasted Sourdough or Beef Meatballs as the sun shines overhead. This pop-up bar is open until 31 August 2023. If you prefer to eat inside, try the famous La Dame De Pic which has two Michelin stars.
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