The best outdoor restaurants for winter: 18 cosy heated terraces for dinner and drinks in London

Once October rolls around, the only terrace or rooftop you'll find us on for the foreseeable is the kind with heaters, blankets and - preferably - hot water bottles

Updated on • Written By Rosie Conroy

The best outdoor restaurants for winter: 18 cosy heated terraces for dinner and drinks in London

As the warm weather wanes there’s every chance you think your days at London’s best al fresco restaurants are a thing of the past, but we’re here to tell you there’s an exciting alternative. Swapping awnings for outdoor heaters, some of London’s top restaurants transform in the winter to offer guests heated terraces and cosy covered rooftops where they can drink and dine under the stars, whatever the weather.

While we’re not afraid of battling the elements when the mood strikes for a bracing walk, we definitely don’t enjoy eating a meal while being battered by mother nature. That being said, come cool winter evenings there’s something extraordinarily satisfying about making the most of the crisp atmosphere - the kind that gives your face a pleasant flush - while bundling up under blankets and awnings to keep cosy. Ensuring your warm through the duration of your meal is key, and lots of the best restaurants with winter terraces go that extra mile to ensure guests are comfortable. While external heaters are pretty commonplace now, lots of restaurants also offer guests piles of fluffy blankets, complementary warm drinks or even stacks of hot water bottles. The true test of the best outdoor winter restaurants is whether or not you’re comfortable enough to fully relax and unwind, to enjoy a long and leisurely meal without feeling like you want to rush off home to the safety of your central heating.

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Some of the picks in this selection of our favourite winter terraces are petite restaurants with space for just a handful of diners, while others have wide open spaces big enough for parties or full functions. Whichever you plump for we’d recommend you be specific when making your booking to ensure you get your preferred seat outside. With people being more conscious than ever about how they socialise; these gems can get packed out pretty fast.

Bibi, Mayfair

Relatively newcomer to the London restaurant scene, having opened in 2021, Bibi is headed up by the ex-development chef behind the JKS Group’s award winning restaurants (like their Michelin starred Gymkhana). As well as plush interiors, this Mayfair diner has a cosy candlelit outdoor terrace complete with heaters, blankets, and awnings. Add to that the excellent people watching of the plum W1 postcode and a menu of interesting interpretations of Indian classics and you’ve got yourself a winning formula.
Where: 42 N Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZP
Book now: Bibi

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

The covered courtyards of Petersham Nurseries provide quiet - and quite unexpected - respite from the buzz of busy crowds in the heart of Covent Garden. Offering full escapism from the hubbub outside, the central open-air space here comes complete with strings of twinkly fairy lights and cosy blankets to wrap yourself in. Choose to dine with the team at The Petersham or plump for small plates and a slightly more casual vibe at La Goccia next door. Either way you’ll be treated to seasonal menus and signature friendly service while enjoying the novelty of a secluded outdoor space in one of London’s busiest neighbourhoods.
Where: 27 King Street, London, WC2E 9DS
Book now: The Petersham or La Goccia

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill, Mayfair

With a heritage that spans over a hundred years, it’s safe to say Bentley’s is one of the capital’s finest dining institutions. Found on Swallow Street just off of Regent Street, Bentley’s provides the ultimate respite from a long day pounding the pavements of central London. The terrace here is completely covered and heated, protecting guests from the elements, and the full unabbreviated menu is on offer so you can expect seafood galore as well as a far-reaching wine and Champagne list.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG
Book now: Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Yauatcha, The City

Yauatcha’s intricately made dim sum are served up on their Broadgate terrace alongside a tempting selection of cocktails and Champagne – just the thing to warm the cockles on cool evenings. The heated and covered terrace is decked out with faux fur rugs, fairy lights and twinkling crystal droplets to create a magical winter scene. Food includes Iberico pork truffle siew long bun and drunken chicken and prawn wontons, while cocktails like a gingerbread espresso martini add a seasonal spin.
Where: Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
Book now: Yauatcha

Aqua Kyoto, Soho

Bringing the outdoors in, Aqua Kyoto’s terrace is fully covered and heated, yet retains its sweeping views of the city’s impressive skyline. Here you’ll find a wall of silk maple leaves creating a dramatic backdrop to proceedings, as well as an all-new whisky cocktail menu in celebration of the installation. Food wise, guests will be able to tuck into treats like freshly made sushi rolls and Japanese fried chicken.
Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street Entrance 30 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7EB
Book now: Aqua Kyoto

Sushisamba, The City

Sushisamba’s iconic terrace allows guests sweeping views of the capital from the 39th floor of the Herron Tower. The central tree is lit up in winter to create a stunning sculptural centrepiece made up of over 6200 individually controlled pixel lights and there’s a whole run of warming cocktails on offer too. On the food side you can expect the usual mix of the brand’s signature Japanese and South American fare. Favourites include robata-grilled king scallops with crispy pork belly, pork dashi and hijiki and a house smoked unagi maki with black truffle, avocado and sansho kombu. If you’re central, Sushisamba also have a terrace at their Covent Garden branch.
Where: Heron Tower, London, EC2N 4AY
Book now: Sushisamba The City or Sushisamba Covent Garden

Corinthia London, Charing Cross

The Garden restaurant at Corinthia London has had a winter makeover, with guests treated to seats under the stars on the semi-covered courtyard. Here you’ll find festive lighting, cosy blankets, hot water bottles and even two fireplaces to keep things exceptionally snuggly. New hot cocktails top things off, while the food menu is sure to keep spirits high too with an alpine twist. Think classics like tartiflette and lobster thermidor.
Where: Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD

Wild by Tart, Belgravia

A darling of London’s ‘it’ crowd, Wild at Tart finds its home in the quaint surrounds of Eccleston Yards. The restaurant’s owners Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison built their brand by catering for the who’s who of London’s fashion elite. Here in Pimlico the duo’s bricks and mortar site is home to a pretty, 24-seater terrace which makes the ideal place to sample the kitchen’s signature contemporary European cookery. Think pig’s cheeks with polenta and gremolata and don’t skip the cocktails (tough to do anyway when there are options like a spicy ginger daiquiri).
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, London, SW1W 9AZ
Book now: Wild by Tart

Smokey Kudu, Peckham

South Londoners are blessed with easy access to Peckham’s Smokey Kudu, the trendy South African cocktail bar run by a husband-and-wife duo in this corner of the capital. Here you’ll find a 20-seater rainproof terrace where you can indulge in the bar’s signature serves as well as a selection of sharing platters. If you’re then happy to head indoors the sibling sites of Kudu and Kudu Grill offer incredible, inventive cookery centred around the braai.
Where: 133 Queen's Road, London, SE15 2ND
Book now: Smokey Kudu at Kudu Grill

Homeslice, Marylebone

As the old adage goes, pizza is always a good idea. Homeslice, which is famed for its inventive topping combinations and its 50/50 option on its 20” pizzas, has a buzzy little street-side terrace in Marylebone. Here you can enjoy all the fun of the high street while making the most of the heated parasols above that ensure you stay warm and dry during your stint of al fresco winter dining.
Where: 50 James Street, London, W1U 1HB
Book now: Homeslice

Barge East, Hackney Wick

When a simple terrace won’t do, why not up the ante with a floating bar and restaurant? Barge East is just that and comes complete with access to London’s largest alfresco terrace – an addition which has been made this year and sits snuggly alongside the boat, giving you waterside views. From here you’ll find heated winter cabins, a whole host of street food stalls, access to mini hot water bottles and faux fur blankets. Basically, if there’s a way to make you feel warm, these guys have thought about it. Don’t miss the s’mores hot chocolate.
Where: River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
Book now: Barge East

Four Seasons Park Lane

Each year the Four Seasons in London unveils a new winter terrace for the season, and this year is no exception. The level of comfort goes hand in hand with the five-star credentials of the hotel, with guests offered luxurious blankets while seats are found inside outdoor heated pergolas. This picturesque spot is suitably dressed to create a mini winter wonderland, and guests are offered warming seasonal serves like cassoulet or baked Vacherin alongside the option to pair everything with Champagne, naturally.
Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7DR

Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace continues its tradition of a flower heavy winter wonderland. Crystallised white, pink and silver petals adorn this hideaway creating a Champagne coloured foliage of leather leaf, gogo, eucalyptus and magnolia. When you finally put away your phone and stop snapping for Insta, you can enjoy the surroundings with fondue or a warming cocktail.
Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russel Street, London, WC1B 3NN
Book now: Dalloway Terrace

Le Pont de le Tour, South Bank

One for romantic getaways, Le Pont de la Tour’s Le Lodge D’hiver offers a dining space with views of London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Guests will be treated to a full Champagne menu while taking in vistas of the Thames. Expect the kitchen’s classic French cookery and old school, top-class service plus cosy sheepskin line chairs and covered, heated awnings.
Where: Butlers Wharf, 36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE
Book now: Le Pont de le Tour

The Montague on the Gardens, Fitzrovia

Perfectly positioned in between some of London’s biggest tourist attractions, the Montague Hotel offers a great place to relax after an afternoon at Winter Wonderland or a day shopping on Oxford Street. The ever-popular ski lodge is back for this year with its indoor-outdoor vibe. Expect blankets, twinkly lights and alpine-themed décor plus candied pecans, mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate cocktails.
Where: The Montague, 15 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BJ

Orrery, Marylebone

Get a slice of winter in the Alps at Orrery, where the terrace perched above the restaurant has been converted into an alpine-style hideaway. Visitors can expect fir trees, pinecones, lanterns, and sparkling baubles. Candles will also be lit at night to set the scene, and to eat, there are cheeseboards plus plates of wild mushroom risotto or chicken liver parfait. French wines by Minuty are a given too.
Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB
Book now: Orrery

Uli, Notting Hill

Why: Asian restaurant Uli has gone for a classy and simple, yet impressively pretty look for its winter terrace. They have decked out the decking with a ceiling of fresh foliage and hundreds of hanging baubles. Dishes include small bites like vegetable spring rolls or crispy calamari as well as a whole selection of dim sum. Mains cover popular classics like sweet and sour battered chicken and crispy shredded chilli beef.
Where: 5 Ladbroke Road, London, W11 3PA
Book now: Uli

Bluebird, Chelsea

Why: Bluebird has gone all out with this winter special, recreating its own miniature version of ‘A Blue Starry Night’ in partnership with Nyetimber. The courtyard plays host to three heated huts, twinkling lights and festive decor. Food is the much-loved modern fusion style the Bluebird has become famous for. Think Kerala monkfish curry, beef tartare with an Asian dressing or salt and pepper cauliflower.
Where: 350 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UU
Book now: Bluebird

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