Outdoor drinking and dining is coming back! From 12th April you can meet up with your mates (in a group of six or less, you know the deal) in an outside space, so check out the best terraces and outdoor areas in London where you eat, drink and mix households.


Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY, UK

The 1500 square metre south-facing terrace, aka the largest beer garden in London, is back at Ally Pally with mega views of the city and special events happening throughout the summer. The terrace will be open every day of the week nd whilst you’ll still have to book tables, it’s now free entry so you can save your money for the important stuff aka getting the drinks in. The bar will be serving softies, wine, beer and cocktails and there’ll be street food on offer too from the likes of Browski Burger and Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life.


Hoppers King's Cross, Pancras Square, London, UK

Hoppers latest, and largest, restaurant in King’s Cross has a big outdoor terrace that faces the Regent’s Canal. Partially covered, heated, and filled with tropical plants, this is a relatively weather-proof option from which to enjoy Hoppers Sri Lankan classics such as Swimmer Crab Kari; Bone Marrow Varuval; Lamb Kothu Roti; and of course the signature string and egg hoppers. 


The Tramshed Project, 32 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3LX, UK

The Tramshed Project has had a revamp and now features one of the largest outdoor dining spots in Shoreditch. Resident chef Andrew Clarke is serving up some new spring dishes too, with the likes of butternut schnitzel with pumpkin miso pickled blueberries, bream with blood orange & ancho oil, and grilled chicken with wild leeks & aioli on the menu. The 50-cover terrace will be open for lunch, dinner and evening drinks with new cocktails such as the Tramshed Tropical Slushy also hitting the menu.


40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX, UK
  • Monday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:45 AM – 8:30 PM

The Circolo crew is bringing the Italian sunshine to Fitzrovia with their festoon lighting-adorned, plant-filled terrace (they also have parasols and heaters should the sun be feeling a little shy). As well as those all-important outdoor seating, the terrace has a brand new menu including truffle crocchettas, carbonara pizzas and fritto misto platters as well as the signature cacio e pepe cheese wheel spaghetti and that massive lemon meringue pie.


12th April - 16th May 2021
10 Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5AE, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill is opening a second outdoor space, Kerridge’s Garden Grill, at the Corinthia London this spring. The 46-cover terrace will feature an open Synergy grill, with dishes like grilled scallop with English asparagus & baked potato mayo, grilled whole lobster with herb butter, Cornish day boat turbot with seaweed tartare sauce, beef burger with Ogleshield cheese & pulled pork, and Amalfi lemon tart with raspberry coulis on the menu. The terrace will only be around from 12th April – 16th May though, so get those ressies in.


42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR, UK
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

15,000 sqft of garden area and over 500 seats…Mercato Metropolitano is a winner in the terrace stakes. As well as all that space, there are over 40 traders on site, including Badiani, V for Vegan, Leggero, Molo, Baba G’s and Ze Spatzle Club, plus the German Kraft microbrewery and the Jim and Tonic urban gin distillery.


10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG, UK

Double Standard, one of The Standard London’s bar and restaurants, is a right little sun trap, and as well as good vibes, it’s serving up burgers, cocktails and slushies galore.


19 Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, London NW6 6RA, UK

Aussie restaurant Milk Beach has just re-opened in Queen’s Park and it’s now doubled in size as they’ve taken over the restaurant space next door. The expansion has allowed the team to put in a new bar area, with a new natural wine list, as well enlarge the heated outdoor seating area making it perfect for some al fresco socialising. Meet up and feast on the likes of Cornish sprats with yoghurt tartare & Tasmanian pepperberry, koji marinated chicken ‘schnitty’ with fermented chilli mayo, squid ink tagliatelle with cock crab & tomato fondue, and coffee custard tart.


10 Heddon Street, London, UK

Fallow, the creative yet sustainable nose-to-tail and root-to-stem restaurant run by Will Murray and Jack Croft, is in residence at 10 Heddon Street and it’s got several covered outside tables. They’ve even brought in extra heaters to keep you all warm whilst you chow down on corn ribs, cod’s head, and lemon peel pudding.


8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK

Borough Market has plenty of outdoor options – as well as the main bit of the market, traders like Tacos Padre, Mei Mei and Shuk; in the Borough Market Kitchen area have covered space, and restaurants like Arabica, Elliots, El Pastor and Applebees all have little terraces out the front if you’re after a proper sit down.


7 Boundary St, Shoreditch, London E2 7JE, UK

Get your Dishoom fix outside by nabbing a table on the terraces at the Shoreditch and Carnaby restaurants, and you will have to nab them as outside tables will be for walk-ins only. Both branches will be serving up a slightly reduced menu of the classics we’ve come to know and love, with the Verandah at the Shoreditch restaurant also doing breakfasts…bring on the bacon naans.


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.


Kingly Court, Kingly Street, London, UK

The restaurants on the ground floor of Kingly Court have the space for outdoor tables, both inside the central (covered and heated) courtyard and outside on the street facing sides. That means you and your pals can still meet up and eat at the likes Pizza Pilgrims, Shoryu Ramen and Club Mexicana.


10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, UK

Koya has opened a 50-seater terrace outside its Bloomberg Arcade restaurant meaning you can eat out and stay warm with hot bowls of udon noods and newly installed heaters.


Arch 35B, 85B Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ

The London Bridge outpost of Bar Douro has a spacious outdoor terrace, where you can prop up a barrel with a white port & tonic and a bifana sandwich or sit at a table for some Portuguese sharing places. And you can do both whilst staying covered and heated.


19 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LB, UK
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Pantechnicon, the five-storey Japanese/Nordic space in Belgravia, now has a courtyard. The raised terrace will rotate between Japanese and Nordic influences, so the food market headed up by Chef Chris Golding will start with a menu that includes the likes of yakisoba stir-fry dishes, yakitori skewers and takoyaki octopus balls. And it’s not just food either, as they’ll be serving up cultural experiences, entertainment and activities to get involved in too. There’s no need to book, just turn up for the fun for this one.


Arch 374 Helmsley Place, Hackney, London, E8 3SB

Tomos Parry has taken Brat al fresco with a residency at Climpson’s Arch. Home to the coffee roasters by day, the arch hosts some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants by night, with Tomos having cooked there a few years back. He’s serving Brat’s signature whole roasted turbot, spider crab and grilled bread from the wood ovens in the courtyard, as well as new dishes like Basque fish soup with Cornish velvet crabs, roasted Game rice, fried pork with anchovy & hay butter and winter tomatoes with aged mutton. Brat’s wine selection is available alongside bottled and on-tap cocktails from Climpson & Sons, including fermented Bloody Marys, Pineapple Tepaches and Espresso Martinis.


23 Heddon Street, London, UK

Mo Diner, the new Mediterranean take on an American diner from the Momo team, has a candy coloured outdoor terrace where you can tuck into Eric Chavot’s all day menu. You can even sit out Momo’s souk-inspired terrace next door (the restaurant itself is still closed) and order food from Mo Diner.


Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6LH, UK

Brixton Jamm has made over the Brixton Courtyard installing covers and a winter beach with fire pits. Only Jerkin’ are taking care of the food and they’ve got a hot DJ line-up hitting the decks.


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, Sugo and Nik’s Kitchen 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, and it’s been fully winter-proofed with a canopy cover and heaters.


Market Yard, Shepherd's Bush Market, London W12 8DF

The yard at Shepherd’s Bush Market has been transformed into The Hawk’s Nest, a 120-cover space from Bird House London (run by Wil Fuller of Soho House and Frazer Timmerman of Incipio Group). You can feast on stonebaked sourdough pizzas, with the fully stocked bar pouring fresh fruit margs, spritzers, frozen cocktails, rosé wines and Camden Town Brewery beers. As well as running a weekly programme of live music, including jazz nights and DJ sets, The Hawk’s Nest is rotating its artwork too.


Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS, UK

Yauatcha City has not one but two wraparound terraces overlooking Broadgate Circle, so there’s plenty of space to feast on their epic dim sum – don’t miss the prawn and bean curd cheung fun, xiao long bao and venison puffs.


64 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU, UK

Flat Iron Square is a street food market that’s home to 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.


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.


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 cocktail menu from the Kitty Hawk.


8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Westminster, London SW1E 5DJ, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Nova Victoria’s Rail House Cafe (sister-site to Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe) has reopened their outdoor terrace so we can officially get back to brunching. And whilst you won’t get the insta-worthy interiors when sitting outside, you will get the likes of their Eggs Burgerdict (a jammy poached egg, dry-aged beef and special hollandaise sauce all stuffed into an English muffin) and smashed avo with dill salsa, flame-grilled sourdough and hazelnut dukkah. Plus, if you need a change of scenery during the day, they’re also taking bookings for the terrace as a working space (as well as for dinner and drinks in the evening too).


Arches 88/89 Wood Lane Arches, Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7LH, UK
  • Monday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Prairie Fire has got a terrace that runs either side of their restaurant and taproom in the Wood Lane railway arches, where you can drink from their 16 beer taps (plus more bottles and cans in the fridge) and tuck into Kansas City-style BBQ dishes like 16-hour oak smoked brisket, applewood smoked pork and roadside-style smashed burgers.


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.


64 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch, London E1 6JJ, UK

Thai BBQ spot Smoking Goat has a 60-seater heated and covered (you can never be too careful with the English weather) terrace where you can feast on dishes like Dorest clam som tum, Isaan bamboo salasd with salsify & roasted rice, and chicken & offal prik laab.


53 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN, UK

The Dorchester has given its outside spaces a spring makeover, adding tables to the forecourt serving cocktails from The Bar at The Dorchester and an Italian bites menu, and two garden globes to the Spring Garden where you can tuck into executive chef Mario Perera’s spring menu featuring Scottish Diver scallops ceviche, blue lobster & Wye Valley asparagus, and The Dorchester coulibiac.


29 White Post Ln, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN, UK
  • Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

HWK have converted their old parking lot right next to Hackney Wick station to an outdoor terrace space and it really does have the whole lot. As well as a covered and heated open-air space, it also features an all-new custom-built sound system; an outdoor kitchen and BBQ serving up Mexican-inspired street food; and a bar for getting boozy. But this place is all about the music as it welcomes DJs (both distinguished and newbies) to play sets pretty much every night of the week.


5 Ladbroke Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3PA, UK

As well as serving up a clean and fresh pan-Asian menu that spans Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean flavours, Notting Hill fave ULI also has a winter terrace, with blankets and festive green canopy, so you can dine al fresco.


Bow Wharf, Unit GF1, 221 Grove Rd, London E3 5SN, UK
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

This distillery, bar and restaurant in Bow Wharf has just re-opened their outdoor terrace, and yes you might be sitting in a car park but it’s a pretty one with a pergola structure, climbing vines and lots of lavender. Royale, the spin-off brand from Leroy is back too and they’ve also launched a new menu, which includes the likes of Provençal toasts, ratatouille galette, lamb croquettes and chickpea fries. And of course there’s a few new ELLCo cocktails on the menu too, as well as wines on tap from Uncharted Wines and a spesh list of bottles from the Leroy cellar.


The Berkeley is taking inspo from the seafronts of Whitstable and Southwold and installing a set of rainbow coloured beach huts on its terrace. The menu is on theme too with oysters, grilled langoustines, baked scallops, seafood platters, grilled sea trout and sea bass with fries, and even ‘gourmet 99s’ on offer. The huts seat six people and there’s a £500 minimum spend (excluding service) so it’s not gonna be a cheap little escape, but if you haven’t got 500 smackers to drop the beach hut menu will also be available across the rest of the outside tables. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside….


1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, UK

This all-day eatery in the heart of King’s Cross boasts impressive views across Regent’s Canal and a chic terrace to retreat to for some al-fresco dining. And after a recent glow up, it now features a jungle-themed carnival paradise. So expect plenty of leafy tropical foliage and brightly coloured florals, not to mention carnival-inspired live performances and boozy brunch menus.


344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU, UK

Stevie Parle’s JOY at Portobello has a flower-filled terrace where you can soak up the sun and the waterside views whilst feasting on a brand new seafood-focused menu with dishes like clams with guanciale & fresh peas and lobster with lardo & rosemary butter. There are tables in the greenhouse, the pavilions (with heaters) or right out by the canal.


14, 15 Bohemia Pl, Mare St, London E8 1DU, UK

After popping up all over town, Night Tales has finally settled down with a perm spot in Hackney Central. Taking over two railway arches by the overground, it’s got a 300-capacity nightclub, a cocktail bar, a Japanese garden complete with day beds and a waterfall feature, NT faves Sons of Slice serving up the pizza, and a whole host of DJs hitting the decks.


4 The Polygon, Clapham Town, London SW4 0JG, UK
  • Monday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:15 – 2:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Adam Byatt is bringing al fresco dining to his Michelin-starred restaurant Trinity in Clapham. Outside at Trinity has space for 35 covers, with a BBQ and mobile bar serving up Ruinart champers and grilled fish, meat and summer salads.


14 Lillie Road, Earls Court, London SW6 1TT

One street, three bars and four house restaurants make up The Prince, a huge street food hub in Earls Court. Not only does The Prince have a new retractable roof to really maximise the sunshine (and to protect against the rain), it’s been transformed into an English summer garden thanks to loads of flowers and foliage. Filth & Co, Boludo, Rudie’s Jerk Shack and Utter Waffle are serving up the grub with beers, cocktails and frosé available at the bars.


3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6AH

Yes, those GIANT igloos are coming back to Coppa Club Tower Bridge and this time they’ve had a spring makeover with woven wicker chairs, bamboo lanterns, linen throws, hanging plants and festoon lighting. As well as the Coppa Club a la carte menu, you can also feast on the likes of tuna tartare with grilled flatbreads, porterhouse steak for two with café de Paris butter and chocolate fondant.


455 Hackney Rd, London E2 9DY, UK

Nebula Pizza on Hackney Road has a 200-capacity courtyard so there’s plenty of space to tuck into pizzas like the chilli pickled pineapple, ham & tabasco sriracha and brie, caramelised onions & rocket. They’ve also got ten beers on draught, wines from Renegade and a cocktail list including negronis, highballs and spritzes, and DJ Tenoshi will be keeping the party vibes going.