The wait is (almost) over as summer finally beckons, with the prospect of long balmy evenings and lazy sunny weekends – if only the weather plays ball. As the temperatures rise, London’s best restaurants with outside tables start to blossom throughout the city. Roof-garden vistas and riverside settings are only the start.

Words: Phil Harriss

Coq d argent 2

The instant the sun emerges from the clouds in the summer months, Londoners love to escape outside. Fortunately, the capital has a great variety of dining locations to tempt them: from the spectacular roof garden at Coq d’Argent (above) to the lovely cobbled courtyard at Hush (below).

Hush London restaurant bar Mayfair

Expand your horizons further and you’ll discover enticing outside bets across the capital – serving summery treats way beyond crisp salads and smoky barbecues. Whether it’s secret Soho nooks, lively Docklands river-terraces, or floral havens in Richmond, you’ll find them all in our list of the best alfresco restaurants in London.

This article was published 17 May