Best outdoor terraces in London

Londoners are spoiled for choice on alfresco dining and drinking when it comes to enchanting beer gardens, rooftop terraces, pergolas, riverside pubs and hidden gardens. Since the list of places is so extensive I thought that I would share some of my choices for best outdoor terraces in London.

The sun is out and the weather is warming up so, grab your sunglasses and let’s get started.

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

The boundary is a popular rooftop bar and restaurant located in East London, just off Liverpool Street. Open year-round thanks to the weatherproof pergola and open fire. Rise above the streetside hustle and sip inventive cocktails as the sun sets over the roofs of Shoreditch.

2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch E2 7DD  |  +44 20 7729 1051  |  website  |  Image source

Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Set in the heart of Bloomsbury, this gorgeous space is just a short walk from Tottenham Court Road station and the commotion of Oxford Street and Soho. Indoor-outdoor spaces don’t get much prettier than its bountiful, flower-filled glass room. Come for breakfast, lunch, drinks or afternoon tea. Elegant year-round destination.

16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN  |   +44 207 347 1221  |  website  |  Image source

Number Sixteen, South Kensington

Wander past the wonderful pink & pistachio drawing rooms and through The Orangery and you’ll find a beautiful, tree-filled hidden garden just minutes from South Kensington tube station. When London has its own bit of sun, it’s perfect for an afternoon of drinking, dining and spending time with friends. Your very own garden oasis in the middle of west London.

16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG  |  +44 20 7589 5232  |  website  |  Image source

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

Right in the heart of Chelsea, The Ivy is a firm West London favourite with its sunny outdoor garden with fragrant botanicals. Pretty antique chairs and benches with comfy cushions — as well as its own water feature in the middle of it all. Gorgeous spot for cocktails and some food from their all-day British menu in the sunshine. 

197 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EQ  |   +44 20 3301 0300  |  website  |  Image source

Hush Courtyard, Mayfair

Take a mini-break from shopping on this gorgeous hidden courtyard in the heart of Mayfair and let the summer pour in. Cocktails and food are available in the pretty alfresco space all day. For this Spring Hush has transformed their courtyard into a picture perfect British secret garden with pastel coloured blooms, vintage ornaments and fairy light filled terrariums. Live life in full bloom from Tuesday 20th March, visit Hush Presents: London In Blossom, here until mid-June. Read more here.

No-reservations policy in the Courtyard – first come, first served basis but lots of tables so take a chance.

Lancashire Court, 8 Brook St, London, W1S 1EY  |  +44 20 7659 1500  |  website  |  Image source

Pergola, Paddington

Although Pergola Paddington is located in one of West London’s busiest business districts, you wouldn’t know once you’re under the pergola decked up with generous green foliage. Book a table at one of the long brushed wood tables or lounge around on one of their giant day beds, sip on bespoke cocktails or eat from one of the best independent eateries. This summer, the food line-up will see the return of burger legends Patty & Bun and Mexican fast food specialists DF Mexico, as well as new additions including shredded duck restaurant Canard and Vietnamese barbecue masters MAM. Open from 26 April 2018 until 1 October.

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY  |  website

The Prince, West Brompton

The latest venture from the guys behind Pergola on the Roof, The Prince is London’s largest pub garden taking over an entire street block with three bars and street food hotspot. The food line-up features Patty & Bun, Coqfighters, Begging Bowl, Foley’s Bao and Yakitori Grill. A fairytale garden with festoon lights, communal benches and a sizeable cocktail list. Eat, drink and let your hair down in the boisterous atmosphere that will make you feel happy to be alive.

Open for Spring and Summer. Get a free margarita by signing up on the website below.

The 14 Lillie Rd London SW6 1TT  |  website  |  Image source

No 29 Power Station West – River Terrace, Battersea

The riverside terrace at No 29 Power Station West is a gorgeous spot for a drink in the sunshine. The riverside terrace has a wonderful new pergola, lots of flowers and enjoys views of the Thames river. The restaurant serves a seasonal, locally sourced food, craft beers and cocktails including house favourites Pear Bellini and Passionfruit Caipirinha. If the weather’s really lovely, then there’s only one way to arrive – by boat. The new Battersea Power Station River Bus Pier puts the venue within 15 minutes of Embankment Pier on the Thames Clipper. It’s like going on holiday without the hassle.

29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station SW8 4NN  |   +44 203 857 9872  |  website  |  Image source

Best outdoor terraces in London | Karoliina Kazi

Hope you found yourself an ideal open-air spot from my list of best outdoor terraces in London.

If you have a chance to go to all, go! xx

Also check out my Top 5 Breakfast Spots in London, here

22 Comments

  1. Zana
    5th May 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I am so jealous girl. 🙂 Those spots look dreamy. Wish I live in London. 🙂

    • 5th May 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Glad you liked them Zana – London has so many amazing places but there will never be enough time to visit all 🙂

  2. 5th May 2018 / 1:08 pm

    thank you so much for thiss!! this was needed the sunshine is coming out !!!!

  3. helenevlacho
    5th May 2018 / 6:06 pm

    I so much miss London! So many places to see and so many things to do. And your photos are always captivated!

    • 5th May 2018 / 6:22 pm

      I’m so glad you’re also a fan of London 🙂 I can’t take credit for most of these pictures im afraid.

  4. Jasmin N
    5th May 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Holy crap, all of these look absolutely amazing😍 I really need to visit London soon!
    I’m going to have to pin this for later☺️

  5. 6th May 2018 / 7:25 am

    These spots are beautiful! Everything looks so dreamy. This is definitely going on my bucket-list!
    xo, Sondra
    Cuisineandtravel.com

  6. 6th May 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Oh my, I’m obsessed with everything here! I have never wanted to live in London as much as I do now! Sooo IG worthy

    • 6th May 2018 / 1:35 pm

      They are all very pretty, and pretty surroundings just make you happier, don’t they 🙂

  7. 7th May 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Omg! I am definitely visiting these places for sure once I can take a vacay finally!

    • 7th May 2018 / 4:35 pm

      Excellent! They are all perfect for summer vacay days!

  8. 8th May 2018 / 7:43 am

    One will definitely be spoilt for choice…. Just look at all this beautiful places…. Love them

    • 10th May 2018 / 9:17 am

      Excellent, they’re all perfect for summer!! I’m sure you’ll love them xx

  9. 10th May 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Firstly i will bookmark this and I will surely visit them whenever I will get a chance to be in London. And secondly, more than the food am drooling over the decor! Imagine having a backyard this fancy xoxoxo

    • 11th May 2018 / 6:20 pm

      I know – I’m the same! That’s why I always hunt for places that deliver both 🙂 Have a lovely weekend ❤️

  10. 10th May 2018 / 7:46 pm

    OMG I want to be there – in all of them!!! *cries* entering winter where I am and terrace life is MY LIFE I swear! Awesome post.

    • 11th May 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you 🙏🏻 Everyone here gets very excited when the terrace weather finally arrives – especially this year because it felt like winter just dragged on forever!

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