This summer, we’ve been #blessed with gorgeous weather, so it’s only right that you make the most of it by enjoying a meal outside at one of London’s tastiest restaurants with outdoor seating. There are plenty of alfresco spots to choose from, so to help you make your decision, we’ve whittled it down to six of our favourites. Put on your sunglasses, lather on some sun lotion and get booking a table.
Boisdale of Canary Wharf, Canary Wharf
What: At this branch of Boisdale, you’ll find a Jamaican-inspired terrace to take you to the beach without leaving the capital. On Saturdays, the Boisdale Got Vibes offer means you can enjoy an hour and a half of unlimited barbecue food, including the likes of smoked pork sausages, skewered tiger prawns and jerk chicken. Stick around for live reggae tunes too.
Where: Cabot Place West, E14 4QT
Bōkan, Canary Wharf
What: Despite its Novotel hotel wrapping, this restaurant, bar and sky terrace is rather chic, and boasts gorgeous views of the capital. The outdoor terrace is walk-ins only, which means you can make a spontaneous visit to try out the cocktail selection, which includes the rum-based Monkey King. Feeling peckish? Why not nibble on the likes of hummus with focaccia.
Where: Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
Chokhi Dhani, Battersea
What: Opulent Chokhi Dhani has launched a riverside shisha terrace just in time for summer. Here, you can enjoy cocktails and tapas-style plates, alongside an extensive selection of shisha (ask the dedicated shisha sommelier if you’re struggling to make a decision). Flavours range from strawberry and apple, to red gummy bears and pistachio breeze.
Where: Unit E2, 2 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW11 8AW
Cinnamon Kitchen, Battersea
What: Part of the regenerated Battersea Power Station development, Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea is home to a riverside alfresco dining space, where guests can relax under the sun and take in the views of the Thames. Top shouts from the menu include king prawns in Bengali turmeric curry, and chargrilled achari cauliflower served with a hot garlic chutney.
Where: Arch 758, Railway Arches, Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BN
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
What: This branch of The Ivy collection comes complete with a stunning garden which is replete with greenery and flowers. Sit outside in the sunshine to enjoy the please-all international menu, which features everything from a crispy duck salad with watermelon, to traditional fish & chips served with mushy peas and tartare sauce.
Where: 197 King’s Road, SW3 5ED
Northbank, St Paul’s
What: The sun-trap terrace here boasts 180-degree views of the South Bank and serves up lunch to walk-ins, including dishes such as pan-fried turbot with charred cucumber, yellow courgette and feta. Dinner isn’t served on the terrace, but guests can enjoy some pre-prandial drinks, ideally while watching the sun set over the capital.
Where: 1 Paul’s Walk, EC4V 3QH