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Looking for somewhere to eat and drink al fresco that’s not a park? Check out the best terraces in London, all with plenty of space for social distancing.


The Berkeley has added a Mediterranean-style terrace at the side of the hotel for the summer, where you can drink and dine amongst lanterns, festoon lights, olive trees and lavender. There’s a daily changing menu of sharing plates, including dishes like T-bone steak with smoked shallot butter & chimichurri; grilled sardines with lemon; roast cauliflower with smoked almond puree and charred octopus with lemon & garlic saffron aioli. The drinks list features garden pitchers like the Peach Wine with rosé, peach and elderflower liqueur with lime. It’s holiday vibes right in the middle of town.


40 Blackfriars Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8PB, UK

Albie at The Hoxton, Southwark has opened its plant-filled terrace with four pop-ups in residence providing the food. There’s London faves Tandoor Chop House and Eggbreak in the house as well as two new concepts Pecking Order, serving up Nashville-style hot fried chicken, and Tandoor Tacos, serving Indian-Mexican filled parathas. Alongside all of that, Albie’s all-day drinks menu will be running, including everything from fresh juices to Hox Signature cocktails to natural wines.


374 Coldharbour Ln, Coldharbour, London SW9 8PL, UK

Neighbourhood bistro and wine bar The Laundry, run by The New Zealand Cellar founder Melanie Brown, has opened its south-facing terrace out at the front. It’s the perfect place to work your way through the wine list and there’s also a new all-day European-inspired sharing menu to tuck into too.


1st - 14th July 2019
64 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU, UK

Flat Iron Square is back in action (initially Thurs – Sat) with a brand new ice cream parlour from Little Spoon Ice cream Co and a full line-up of traders, including Baz & Fred, Breddos, Ekachai, Bittenclub, Edu, La Nonna, Katsutopia, Laffa, Mother Clucker, Lupins, Bar Douro, Where The Pancakes Are, and The Gentlemen Baristas. The Arch and Apres bars have the drinks covered and also provide some shelter in case the weather takes a turn. There will be some space left for walk-ins but it’s best to book to guarantee a spot.


2, Television Centre, 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7FR, UK

The forecourt of Television Centre has been transformed into The Set, 2500 sq ft of outdoor seating complete with film and TV props like directors chairs and giant screens. The space has a capacity of 120, it’s free to use and there’s no need to book, so you can sit outside with food and drinks from Kricket, Patty & Bun, Bluebird, Flying Horse Coffee, Homeslice and The Allis.


20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG, UK

If you’re looking for a hidden little sun trap in central, Jurema, the first-floor terrace at The Mandrake hotel is the one. You can kick back on the plant-filled terrace with summer cocktails like the Jalapeno (Casamigos Blanco tequila, homemade pickled jalapeño vinegar, chipotle & pink grapefruit) and the Jasmine (Veuve Clicquot yellow label brut, St Germain elderflower, Muyu jasmine, Aqua di Cedro & lavender), and South American-inspired dishes from YOPO, including octopus empanadas and prawn ceviche.


80-82 St. Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 3QU

Vinegar Yard is an eating, drinking, art space and shopping market located a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station. It’s the second site from the team behind Flat Iron Square and has both inside and outside space. Food traders include Nanny Bills, Baba G’s and Up In My Grill to name a few – we recommend trying the pachos aka poppadom nachos from Baba G’s that come topped with paneer, YUM – and there are a handful of bars, including two on the mezzanine, serving local beers, wines and cocktails. The Yard is also home to a range of resident shops and the weekly Flea vintage market.


Ashley House Depot, Ashley Road, London, N17 9LZ

Forget Spain because the place to be this summer is the Costa del Tottenham, the new outdoor space at The Cause nightclub. The Southside “all-weather tropical industrial paradise” features palm trees, pergolas and private booths; street food from the likes of People’s Burger, Not Another Slice and Club Mexicana; and craft beer, cocktails, a rum bar and a gin station.


10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG, UK

Double Standard, one of The Standard London’s bar and restaurants, has opened a terrace space that complete with its own standalone bar, with Aperol slushies and a Moet vending machine. Adam Rawson has also taken his dive bar menu outside so you can chow down on Double Standard faves plus new dishes like vegan hotdogs and southern fried cauliflower out in the sunshine.


8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL, UK

Nine Lives, the cocktail bar tucked away in London Bridge, is moving out on to the alley this summer for a Mexican-inspired al fresco bar. The Nine Lives bar team will be shaking up summer spritzes, slushies and low-alc highballs, and Mexican street food truck Tigre Tacos will be serving Baja-style fish tacos, grilled shrimp tacos and octopus tostadas with house-made salsas and pickles.


101 Upper Ground, Bishop's, London SE1 9PP, UK

The team behind LINO, Kitty Hawk and Whyte & Brown are opening Green Room on the South Bank. The large open-air garden will have room for 100 people, with social distancing measures in place, and will serve up LINO pizzas, Whyte & Brown chicken burgers and a summer cocktail menu from the Kitty Hawk.


180-188 Camden High St, London NW1 0LT, UK

Buck Street Market, which is located right next to Camden Town tube, is made up of 88 recycled shipping containers with the largest rooftop in Camden, complete with two rooftop bars and a pink terrace with sustainable pallet sofas. The eco-market is totally plastic-free, has multiple recycling points throughout the space and is composting food waste from its food and drink traders to generate energy to feed back into the power grid.


SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden, London, UK

The open-air Opera Terrace balcony takes prime position right in the heart of Covent Garden at SUSHISAMBA, which sits atop the Grade II listed Market Building. With its tranquil garden that takes inspo from Japan, Brazil and Peru, the space definitely ticks those insta boxes, and with a new breakfast menu to go alongside their all-day dining and strong cocktail offering, it’s a bit of a sweet spot. From the scallop ceviche with lychee, crispy cherry and strawberry puree to the pork belly with butterscotch miso to the Brazilian Churrasco Rio Grande of ribeye, chorizo and aged picanha you can expect colourful, bold and exotic dishes that are beautifully presented and easily devoured. New on the cocktails front are the Cherry Blossom Negroni made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Martini Rubino & Martini Bitter and the Piña Colada Old Fashioned with Bacardi Quatro and Carta Negra rums. Sounds like a party to us. Now everybody, “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain…”


33-35 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, UK

The casual counterpart to J Sheekey is J Sheeky Atlantic Bar and it’s right next door on St Martins Lane. With an open kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar, you can dine watching the action unfold before you. However, it’s al fresco terrace is a sun trap and it’s where you wanna be on those warm summer nights. J Sheekey is known for its fish and the menu is packed with oysters, lobster, caviar, and J Sheekey classics.