Let’s go outside: Five of the best restaurants, bars & cafes for al fresco dining in London
Dining al fresco is one of life’s simple pleasures. Although we may not always be blessed with the finest weather, us Brits do like to stay positive and make the most of it…while it lasts.
We take a look at five of the very best restuarants, bars and cafés in London to enjoy a spot of outside eating and drinking this spring.
Outdoor dining at Trinity
Trinity in Clapham has undergone many renovations over the past year, creating a stunning outside area where guests can sit and dine during the summer months. The outdoor dining area features 24 seats spread across six tables with comfortable padded outdoor chairs and tablecloths—all enclosed within a wall of wildflowers towering up from our two-meter planters.
The outside area is covered with an electric awning and is complete with heaters for those late summer evenings. A calm and comfortable place to sit and enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of Trinity restaurant.
Soak up the sunshine at St Clements
This charming neighbourhood café in Parsons Green has plenty of outdoor seating in the front of the café and a leafy terrace in the back perfect for sipping rose as the sun begins to shine brighter!
Each delicious dish is homemade on site and all ingredients are handpicked, seasonal and locally sourced where possible. The menu showcases healthy, wholesome and supplier lead dishes that will keep you coming back time and again! Think healthy juices, vibrant salads, homemade tarts and gooey cakes.
Al fresco dining in Dalston at Victory Mansion
The clocks have leaped forward and Londoners can now enjoy a proper sundowner after work and at the weekends. If you find yourself out and about East, you would be a fool not to drop into Victory Mansion. Here they know what sophisticated swills are all about and provide perfect sharing plates to compliment as you relax and enjoy the twilight hours.
Sip on simple classics as well as innovative cocktail creations and gorge on Squid Curry, Urfa Chilli, Beef Short-Rib Croquettes, and honey and oat lamb chops. They open their front windows and with tables outside the bar you’ll be sure to soak up the summer air in style, forgetting for a second that you are in Dalston, with a vibe like this you could just as easily be in Antibes.
Terrace dining at Rocket Holborn
Situated in the vibrant midtown area of Holborn, Rocket is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Boasting a picturesque terrace facing Lincoln’s Inn Fields, complete with blankets and chic décor, guests are able to enjoy a range of Rocket’s fresh offerings alfresco, including delicious unique Californian grills, Neapolitan pizza & seasonal salads. Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the West End & many of London’s theatres, Rocket is the perfect pre or post theatre dining spot, where guests can enjoy a tipple or two in the sun.
Open-air feasting at Brew in Putney
The renowned antipodean hotspot, Brew café in Putney flaunts a large outside terrace, complete with a retractable roof and stylish surroundings. When the sun eventually shines over London, Brew’s roof comes back and people can enjoy movie nights on a pull down screen, delicious cocktails made from fresh and season ingredients. The terrace is also home to Brew’s amazing wood-fired pizza, where guests can chow down on the ever-popular Hellfire pizza, a delicious concoction of chorizo, king prawn, hot guindilla peppers, chilli butter, lemon & rocket.