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British park cafes have a reputation for soggy sandwiches and crumbling cakes, but in recent years there have been some great gastronomic additions to London’s green spaces. The Garden Cafe in the Inner Circle at Regent’s Park is a glorious spot for simple but well-done Brit food. The Terrace in Lincoln’s Inn Fields adds colour to City dining with its leafy surrounds, and ducks swimming on the pond provide a great backdrop at Inn the Park in St James’s Park. Meanwhile, the terrace at Holland Park’s The Belvedere continues to be a reliable spot for soaking up the sun.
Even if a restaurant isn’t located in a park, many boast their own garden. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of greenery sitting outdoors at The Ritz in Mayfair, or at Frederick’s (pictured above left) in Islington. The gorgeous rooftop garden at Coq D’Argent is the perfect spot for sipping a G&T in the heart of the City, while in the heart of Soho the vine-clad courtyard at Aurora is quite a find. Brinkley’s and its sister restaurant Wine Gallery in Chelsea both have beautiful gardens tucked away at the back.