Top 10 London Al Fresco Dining Terraces To Make the Most of Summer

Updated on 11 November 2017
What could be better than enjoying a delicious meal outdoors in great company? Whilst Summer is still with us, I thought it might be useful to round up some of the best al fresco dining in London. If the weather won’t play ball, some of these spots also have heaters and blankets although let’s hope we don’t need those for quite a while!



In swanky St James, Boulestin is a breath of fresh air. Its charming paved courtyard is tucked down an alleyway and gives welcome shade when its hot. You’re sure to find dishes that you’ll enjoy on the rustic French menu. It’s inspired by the cuisine of Marcel Boulestin, the world’s first TV chef who used to have a restaurant in Covent Garden.

top 10 London al fresco dining - Boulestin

Four Seasons Park Lane

Who’d have known that the Four Seasons Hotel London in Park Lane had such a hidden treasure? The Veuve Clicquot Secret Garden serves up exquisite Summer food dreamt up by Romuald Feger and Veuve Clicquot including their new RICH champagne served on ice. I love the floral decor of begonias, jasmine and clematis too.

top 10 London al fresco dining - Four Seasons Park Lane


Blessed with a large outdoor terrace and a view overlooking the Thames, Northbank Restaurant and Bar is a favourite with both City workers and tourists. Jason Marchant, Head Chef, has created a Cornish inspired modern British menu – the monkfish in particular is a real delight.



There are a number of great restaurants on Granary Square near King’s Cross, including Caravan and The Lighterman.
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OXO Tower

Did you know that the OXO Tower is one of the first examples of advertising in London? This wasn’t allowed on public buildings at the time so when the tower was built in the 1920s, the architect Albert Moore cleverly incorporated a reference to the OXO beef cube into the design. These days its a smart restaurant, bar and brasserie with a mean line in ice creams – make sure to try the charcoal one, it’s actually very tasty.


Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour is one of the best al fresco locations in London with uninterrupted views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. The former tea warehouse has a light and airy bar which mixes up great drinks and a cosy restaurant with outdoor seating on a pedestrianized riverside street. They offer some keenly priced set menus and the classic French cuisine is a treat.


Coq d’Argent

I love a good rooftop restaurant and Coq d’Argent is one of the nicest in London. With great views over the City, they hold some fun events like Pilates With a View. I’d certainly be tempted by their Picnic in the Garden too!

best London al fresco restaurants

Coppa Club

A newcomer to London’s dining scene, Coppa Club in Tower Bridge immediately stood out with its super friendly service, well executed dishes, stylish decor and of course, that view of The Shard and HMS Belfast… So I was excited to find out that they’ve recently launched more eateries in St Paul’s, near Oxford Circus and in one of my favourite riverside villages, Sonning-on-Thames.

Al fresco dining in London - Coppa Club, Tower of London, UK


Gallery Mess

If you like a bit of culture with your cuisine then Gallery Mess is the place for you. It’s part of the Saatchi Gallery but open to all and one of my regular haunts for a catch up and glass of wine with friends. They focus on seasonal ingredients and the interior is as attractive as the exterior, with vaulted ceilings and modern artworks galore. The giant shoe sculpture is my favourite.


Kensington Roof Gardens

I think it’s safe to say that Babylon at The Roof Gardens is the only al fresco restaurant in London with its own pink flamingos! They seem to like it here as much as the diners tucking into modern British cuisine. 

So there you have it, my top 10 London al fresco dining recommendations, based on places that we’ve eaten at and enjoyed. There are many more that I haven’t yet tried but which I’ve heard are excellent, like River Café, The Ledbury and Lurra.

Which are your favourite al fresco dining spots in London or near you? We’re always pleased to get recommendations.


  • And with the next couple of weeks meant to be sunny, this is a fantastic list!

  • The last thing I’d want is to stuck inside when the weather is warm and sunny outside. View from Oxo tower and Coppa is beautiful and definitely perfect place to have meal.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I love being outside when the weather is like this, it’s so special! Hope you are soaking up the sun, Ela!

  • Love being able to dine outside when the weather is nice!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • There’s nothing like dining outside when the weather cooperates- and London is such a gorgeous city, so loving the rooftop options!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • I like rooftop dining too as you don’t hear any traffic noise – very peaceful!

  • So many nice suggestions, I am bookmarking this post for future summers!
    Re your last comment on my blog; please visit Harry’s Bar if you get the chance. It’s also on my to do list but I’m not planning on visiting Venice anytime soon, so it would be interesting to see the bar on your blog.

    • Thanks for the tip, Anouk, I’ll definitely try to visit Harry’s Bar in Venice. It sounds so atmospheric!

  • I love eating outdoors. Now I only need to get myself to London…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • London is definitely a hotspot for outdoor dining though I’m sure you have some great places near you, Linda

  • I wish there are more places such as these where I live but I guess that’s the downside of living in a small town. The options for a good restaurant is very limited.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I’m sure there are upsides though like not much traffic congestion. I love getting out of London to the countryside

  • Your photos of London are so beautiful. Next time that I’m in Europe, I’ll have to top over in L town. Thanks so much for sharing and I’m so glad you have a great time. I hope you have a great rest of your day.
    Elise XO

    • You should definitely visit here, Elise, as there’s so much to do. Have a wonderful week ahead

  • melbtravel

    Love your photos of London and your suggestions on outdoor areas around London. It will be great to take advantage of this beautiful weather.

    • I’m glad that you found the suggestions useful, Melissa – such amazing weather!

  • Thanks so much for sharing gal! I’m going to London early next year so this is definitely book marked for when I go! x


  • I’ve recently been to Kensington roof gardens and loved it! great suggestions 🙂

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  • These alfresco restaurants look so gorgeous! I’ll be in London in a few months visiting friends, so I’ll definitely have to check these restaurants out!

  • What a nice selection of places, I love the flamingos

  • This is definitely a post I’ll have to be sure to reference whenever I travel to London, which I’ve never done before! Hopefully I can make that happen soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  • Oooh thanks for this Suze as with the lovely weather we’ve had recently, I’ve been tempted to head out and about more for some al fresco dining and haven’t known where to head where the food will be nice! I remember a lovely al fresco dinner we did at Pont de la Tour for my husband’s birthday a few years ago and just admired the gorgeous view of Tower Bridge thereafter. Must try some of the others on this list next!

  • What a great shortlist of dining places. I’m completely lusting after that glass of Veuve! Northbank is opposite my office – it’s quite hidden away which is nice and the views are fantastic.

  • These all look special! I would love to have lunch and spend the afternoon at any of these. Have to keep in kind if and when I get to London!

  • Great list of al fresco restaurants in London – we certainly have to make the most of the last days of summer! Love the pink flamingos at Babylon!

  • Love Al fresco dining. Actually miss it. It’s been a while since I’ve been out dining like so. 🙂

  • What a list Suze! I love the hidden garden at Four Seasons too, and have been meaning to go to Pont de la Tour forever xx

  • Great list – the Veuve Clicquot Secret Garden looks lovely. Hadn’t heard about that! I love Granary Square in King’s Cross. Lots of great places. You might like The Lighterman there if you haven’t been already? Cx

  • Kelly M

    Who knew London held so many sunny days? At least I know all the places I’ll be hitting up for next trip 😉

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  • Lucy

    The four seasons, Ponte De La Tour are the perfect outdoor eateries and looking forward to testing out the others Lucy x