The Best Places for Al Fresco Dining this Summer

The weather is slowly – and we really do emphasis the word slowly – heating up in London which gives us the perfect excuse to make the most of the Capitals finest al fresco dining haunts. Directly translated as open air dining, we can think of nothing better than the opportunity to put the long winter months behind us and enjoy a bit of fresh air, good food and chilled beverages. Where to go you ask…?

The new kid on the block – The Lighterman

Located on Granary Square, King’s Cross, The Lighterman is the perfect place to stop in any time of day come rain or shine. But when the sun is out, make sure you bag yourself a table on their gorgeous terrace or newly opened canal-side bar. We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than watching the boats go by while those in waiter jobs keep the drinks coming!


The place in the park – Pavilion Café

This little hidden gem has been going for several years now but most don’t know it even exists. Tucked away in Victoria Park, the Pavilion Café is the perfect place to watch the ducks go about their day while enjoying mouthfuls of decadent bread that’s been freshly baked by the resident baker.


The city courtyard – Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel offers two choices of al fresco dining; a sun kissed courtyard or a rooftop terrace overlooking the ever popular Soho. Both spaces are equally intimate and offer a place to catch your breath after a busy work week. You’ll find yourself especially impressed by the service from waiting staff, expect crisp white napkins being laid in your lap followed by your every cocktail dream being realised. And if all that doesn’t impress you, the artistic décor inside the hotel surely will.


The secret rooftop – The Boundary

If you’re looking for a bit of tranquillity in the middle of London’s hustle and bustle, The Boundary could be just the spot. Allow yourself to completely relax on the effortlessly gorgeous rooftop bar while those in waiter jobs bring you pitchers of cocktail coolers and platters of fresh oysters.


The sexy beer garden – Watson’s General Telegraph

Situated in the increasingly popular Dulwich area, the Watson’s General Telegraph offers a sexy little beer garden that once seated mid-afternoon, you may find yourself still firmly planted there when the fire pits are lit in the evening – it’s that cosy! Did we mention that there is also an outdoor bar so you won’t need to venture far for a top up and they even take outdoor bookings during the week. Need we say more!


The pimped out fire house – No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

If you like a bit of industrial chic décor, you will love No 197 Chiswick Fire Station. As the name suggested, this is a converted fire station that serves up British fair with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients. We particularly love the outdoor area with its bar style seating around an open fire, perfect for summery socialising.


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