The capital certainly isn’t short of places to eat alfresco, which is mildly ironic considering the British weather’s propensity for clouds, wind and rain. To prove the popularity of outdoor dining, we rounded up some of the best outdoor restaurants in London and discovered well over 60 really, really good ones. Clearly, people love to eat outside, and we would have to agree that there is something infinitely exciting about dining under the sky, exposed to the elements (as long as the main element in question is sunshine).
That’s why, if you’re looking to host a private dinner for a special occasion, birthday, work party or anniversary, you might want to consider booking an outdoor private dining room in London. It might sound counterintuitive eating outdoors when the British weather is so unpredictable, but you could always book one of these spots for a last-minute dinner with friends when the sun comes out to play. Equally, many of these restaurants in London with outdoor private dining offer spaces suited to all weather conditions, from terraces with retractable roofs and heaters, to rooftops with canopies and blankets – perfect for dining all year round. Besides, after a cocktail or two, you probably won’t notice a slight chill in the air anyway.
So, whether you’re looking to soak up some summer rays over canapes and cocktails with loved ones, or are planning an intimate dinner that really needs to be enjoyed beneath a starry sky, take a look at this list of the best places for outdoor private dining in London. These restaurants and venues are great for groups and house some of the most stunning spaces in the capital, from foliage-filled secret gardens to rooftop terraces with panoramic views. There’s plenty to discover if you know where to look, so gather the troops and get something special in the diary at one of these alfresco spots.
What: Experience the delights of Nordic-Japanese cuisine on Pantechnicon’s panoramic roof terrace, which offers views of Belgravia below and can accommodate up to 40 people with a mix of seated and standing space. A great spot for drinks and light bites, the terrace is also covered and heated for events all year round. Do note that although the space can be hired for events, it is not fully private as it sits alongside Pantechnicon’s glass-covered roof garden.
Where: 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB
Book now: Pantechnicon
Aqua Nueva, Oxford Circus
What: It doesn’t get much more central than Aqua Nueva which is perfectly placed next to Oxford Circus for guests to easily travel to. Part of the Aqua Restaurant Group, this high-end Spanish restaurant is known for its exceptional food and glamorous interiors, although it’s the outside we’re more interested in here, with a partially-heated roof terrace that offers awesome views of central London’s rooftops. Equipped with its own bar, you can book this space for up to 100 people reception-style. One of its private dining rooms, La Casita, also offers its own private terrace bookable for up to 50 guests.
Where: 240 Regent Street, W1B 3BR
Book now: Aqua Nueva
Bubba Oasis, Islington
What: Describing itself as a ‘home away from home’ where casual dining, hot desking, music and art come together, Bubba Oasis is a venue that does it all – including outdoor dining. Head up to its charming, fully weather-proof roof terrace if you’re in the mood to dine alfresco, which can be hired for up to 60 guests for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or 100 for a standing reception. The space is equipped with a fully retractable roof and heaters, as well as a cocktail bar, surround sound and plenty of comfortable seating to relax and celebrate in.
Where: 57-58 Upper Street, N1 0NY
Book now: Bubba Oasis
The Arber Garden, Fitzrovia
What: This Fitzrovia-based restaurant and pub has its very own gin garden and, before you ask, it can be hired for private events. Start the evening with a cocktail reception in the gin garden before sitting down to an innovative meal of modern British cooking on the botanical-filled garden terrace.
Where: 1 Pearson Square, W1W 7EY
Book now: Arber Garden
What: Dumpling lovers will be pleased to know that Dim Sum specialist Yauatcha houses two outdoor terraces at its City location, which are available for exclusive hire. With colourful mood lighting casting a warm glow over the area, canopy covering to protect guests from the British weather and views over the hustle and bustle of Broadgate below, this buzzy outdoor spot is great for large parties. Both terraces can be hired exclusively for up to 60 guests for a cocktail and canapé party.
Where: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Book now: Yauatcha City
Cod D’Argent, City
What: With multiple outdoor terraces and a secret rooftop garden fitted with a faux lawn and greenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning an alfresco event at Coq D’Argent. We’d recommend the bar terrace for a large private dinner, which allows seating for 40 guests or 100 for a standing reception (it’s covered and heated, too). The rooftop garden is reserved for special private occasions, such as weddings, parties and celebrations. All the more reason to start planning something soon!
Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Book now: Cod D’Argent
What: One of D&D’s largest venues located out east in Stratford, Alpine-inspired Haugen boasts two outdoor terraces and a rooftop bar with mega views of the Olympic Park. Perfect for year-round events, the alpine rooftop and terrace bar is a suntrap in the summer and cosy in the winter, perfect for sipping on creative cocktails alongside alpine inspired snacks.
Where: 9 Endeavour Square, E20 1JN
Book now: Haugen
What: For lovers of Italian food, we can’t recommend Luca enough for a private dinner, not least because it boasts a beautiful private space reminiscent of an old Italian garden. Lined with olive trees and jasmine and featuring a huge stone fireplace at one end of the terrace to keep guests warm in the winter, this stunning space will inject any occasion with buckets of romantic charm. The terrace can accommodate up to 18 guests around a long central table.
Where: 88 St John Street, EC1M 4EH
Book now: Luca
Jurema at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
What: Located a mere stone’s throw away from Oxford Street, it’s hard to believe that this urban oasis exists so centrally in the city. Located on the first floor of The Mandrake hotel, Jurema is a breath-taking hanging garden overlooking the courtyard below. Begin the evening with cocktails and canapes on the Jurema Terrace, followed by an intimate dinner in the Glasshouse (overlooking the courtyard). Alfresco dining has never looked so good.
Where: 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
Book now: Jurema at The Mandrake
What: It’s already in the name, but Aviary Rooftop Restaurant & Terrace Bar is one of the best places to dine while taking in London’s epic skyline. Perched on the roof of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary offers a private roof terrace with two private rooms available to hire alongside – the Palm Rooms or Glass Box. If you’re only looking to book the alfresco terrace, you can do so for standing events for up to 100 people.
Where: 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Book now: Aviary
Cinnamon Kitchen, City
What: Cinnamon Kitchen has two locations in London, including one in Battersea, but it’s this City post that offers an all-weather outdoor terrace for dining under the sky. With seating for up to 30 guests, this space is great for large parties looking to dine on some top Indian fare.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
Book now: Cinnamon Kitchen City
Not fussed about being outdoors? Take a look at the best restaurants for groups in London to discover some of the best private dining rooms in the city.