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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.