When it comes to summer in the capital, everyone should know where is best for outdoor eating in London. London restaurants with suntrap outdoor terrace areas or gardens can sometimes appear to be few and far between as they're such well kept secrets. Our guide to the restaurants which are best for outdoor eating in London takes this into consideration and highlights both popular and less well known restaurants leaving the hard work of indulging in the great outdoors up to you.
More Outdoor Eating in London
Situated within The Royal Opera House, the Amphitheatre Restaurant is the perfect venue for pre-performance dining with an alfresco terrace.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
(020) 7212 9254
A beautifully tucked away little gem in Barnes, Annie's is the perfect spot for outdoor dining. The delicately decorated garden makes for any occasion.
36-38 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London, SW13 0PZ
(020) 8878 2020
Banyan on the Thames is located within the luxurious Hotel Rafayel and offers both formal and casual dining with spectacular waterfront views. The wide ranging menu includes dishes with Mediterranean, Indian and oriental influences.
Hotel Rafayel, 34 Lombard Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RF
(020) 7801 3638
The Bickley boasts a gorgeous outdoor beer garden with comfortable furniture and plenty of room to bring the whole family.
Chislehurst Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5NP
(020) 8468 7613
The Bingham Restaurant overlooks the River Thames and offers an intimate dining experience within chic surroundings.
61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UT
(020) 8940 0902
Delightful outside dining area near Kings Road at the Bluebird.
350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
(020) 7559 1000
Enjoy cupcakes and light meals in Chewies' outdoor area.
82 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, NW3 2BE
(020) 7267 6645
Gazette is a little piece of provincial France hidden well away from the more popular and commercial parts of Battersea complete with tables and chairs placed outside for late summer evenings.
79 Sherwood Court, Chatfield Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3UY
(020) 7223 0999
Enormous windows and a retractable roof provide a stylish alfresco experience.
The Stables, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AH
(020) 3805 0999
Customers are invited to dine on the leafy al fresco terrace here at Hush providing the weather's nice.
8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY
(020) 7659 1500
A covered patio can be located a the rear of this sensational Indian offering in Hammersmith.
236 Kings Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 ORF
(020) 8748 5959
A stunning veranda at the Inn is available to diners during the summer months.
St James's Park, St James's, London, SW1A 2BJ
(020) 7451 9999
Delightful bankside seating at Le Pont de la Tour.
The Butlers Wharf Building, 36d Shad Thames, South Bank, London, SE1 2YE
(020) 7403 8403
The Lido Cafe is a modern British restaurant open all day serving delicious light bites and fresh homemade meals. Perfect for overlooking the iconic lido.
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0PA
(020) 7737 8183
75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, Camden, London, NW1 8AF
(020) 7284 0007
For a more relaxed al fresco setting try this well-known Camden establishment.
Whether you're drinking or dining, The Lodge Tavern makes for a perfect place to sit back and relax in the outside area.
53 The Mall, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 3TA
(020) 8567 0173
Namo on Victoria Park Road has a pretty courtyard that's open in the summer.
178 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7HD
(020) 8533 0639
Veggie-friendly food galore at the colourful Neals Yard Salad Bar.
2 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
(020) 7836 3233
Choose from a variety of food on the menu at Ognisko. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner but the bar is open throughout the day for drinks and bar snacks.
55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2PG
(020) 7589 0101
Vauxhall Park's Parco Cafe has an outdoor area surrounded by olive trees and rosemary bushes.
190 Fentiman Rd, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1QY
(020) 7091 0240
Piccolino is a stylish restaurant on Heddon Street that offers a delicious selection of authentic Italian dishes - all served in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
21 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BG
(020) 7287 4029
The terrace at Quo Vadis seats up to 18, providing customers with a specially-created Quo Vadis Terrace menu and cocktail list.
26-29 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3LL
(020) 7437 9585
Riverlounge Italian on St Katharine's Way serves a menu of Italian cuisine plus a fine array of drinks. The garden terrace overlooking the river, makes it popular for alfresco dining.
50 St Katharines Way, St Katherines Dock, London, E1W 1LA
(020) 7702 4588
With great views and fair prices, Serpentine Bar and Kitchen in Hyde Park is one alfresco dining experience that won’t break the bank.
Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
(020) 7706 8114
The Sipping Room is a vibrant bar and restaurant by Drake and Morgan. The food menu offers a delightful choice of International meals that use locally sourced ingredients.
16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX
The Sipping Room also boasts a large suntrap terrace making this an ideal spot for alfresco dining and to enjoy their renowned, handcrafted cocktails.
(020) 3907 0320
The Summerhouse features nautical decor and is located on the banks of Little Venice's canal. A variety of dishes are available such as Swiss fondue, seared scallops with colcannon mash and popcorn shrimp with sweet chili sauce.
Opposite 60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2PD
(020) 7286 6752
Somerset House, The Strand, Charing Cross, London, WC2R 1LA
Tom's Terrace is open April - September.
Tom's Terrace offers contemporary alfresco dining with a menu by Tom Aikens and glorious views across the Thames.
(020) 7845 4646