Ain’t nobody wanna be cooked up inside when it’s blazing outside. So, below, you’ll find a selection of spots I rate across our lovely capital, where you can eat and / or drink in the great outdoors – think rooftops, beer gardens, terraces, kerbs. If you want to see the full shebang with ALL the spots, make sure to check out theMap
I love this tiny cocktail bar by Tony Conigliaro as it’s so relaxed yet chic with big windows which open out onto bustling Old Compton St – bringing in welcome breeze in the summer months; you can make reservations, so make sure to request these spots when you do.
This famous Italian spot has a grand layout (owned by the Caprice Group unsurprisingly) with a few seats outside where you can dine, drink and watch the Mayfair passers-by. If you wanna keep things classy AF, go here.
This Michelin Pub of The Year 2017 is about 8 mins walk from Hoxton station and is possibly my favourite rooftop in London – intimate, casual and pretty. Best for 1 on 1 catch ups as it’s not a massive space. They may ask you to order a snack – get the superb beef + barley buns.
Really like this casual cocktail spot in Dalston with rotating food pop ups. Decatur had a residency here and now they’ve got a vegan Mexican pop-up spinning out plates. Grab a table on the kerb if you can and eat and drink to your hearts content.
Good bar snacks & excellent drinks coming out of André Balazs celeb haunt. I haven’t tried the main fare so can only recommend the snacks – the chicken sticks are fab, FYI. There’s a lovely large outdoor terrace that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day.
I hardly ever suggest places I haven’t visited but I’ll make an exception as a) I’ve been to the space before but not as Pergola On The Roof b) it’s got food stalls my mouth trusts like Breddos Tacos and x2 bars. Oh and the folks here had the good sense to open up a sister site in culinary wasteland Paddington.
This Chelsea mainstay has a wonderfully buzzy terrace and really comes into its own during the summer especially during Wimbledon when they always put on some display. You will have to queue, so try and get there early. The cafe / courtyard food is OK, so I’d go here for drinks vs food.
This huge buzzy street food market originating from Italy has massive indoor & outdoor seating. Get the wood fired pizza from Fresco (I had the anchovy one – soo good!), grab some booze, then head outside to bask in the glorious sunshine.
Restaurant by the Casse-Croûte lot. You won’t find it unless you go searching. Randomly located next to tennis courts & a children’s playground is this very chic restaurant with a small outdoor space for eating / drinking (post a tennis rally if you’re feeling energetic). The moelleux is wondrous – try it
This is from the same guys behind Pamela in Dalston. It’s a bar, brewery and a club in Seven Sisters. It’s also got a massive courtyard where you can knock back the old G&T they have on tap (actually delicious, coming from someone who ain’t a massive fan of premixed drinks). Only been here at night, so not sure how buzzy it is in the day. Full of trendies.
Gastro pub in Hampstead with a large beer garden. Went to here for a friend’s birthday a few years ago. Lovely outdoor beer garden – excellent for the summer months. Didn’t try the food but would definitely go back for a drink if in the area You can book for groups of x8 or more people.
Primeur’s sibling. The focus is on seafood. It has a massive courtyard but sadly you can’t eat here but you can drink loadsa vino whilst you wait for your table or even post dinner. Like Primeur, it has massive doors, so try and grab a seat at the front for some faux al fresco vibes.