Top 5 spots to dine alfresco in London

Grab a table outside while the sun’s shining to make the most of the summer in London.

Summer is here and while the sunshine cannot always be guaranteed in the UK, it’s important to make the most of it when it does appear. If you happen to be staying in one of the serviced apartments in London at present, look out for the forecasted good weather and be ready with this useful list of places where you can dine alfresco. That means you won’t have to miss a single bit of that elusive sunshine.

Angler, The City

Feel transported to Italy or the south of France without leaving The City. Angler is a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, which features an alfresco terrace complete with olive trees and lavender bushes. Executive chef Gary Foulkes has created a menu that takes your taste buds on an underwater adventure from lobster and octopus to sea bass and monkfish, all cooked in unexpected yet delicious ways.

Facing west, the Angler terrace is an absolute suntrap, putting it in high demand on sunny days. This part of the restaurant does not take bookings, however, so it’s a case of arriving early and hoping you get a spot. It’s well worth it if you achieve your aim.

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Inn The Park, Westminster

Where better to be on a hot summer’s day than in the park? That’s why the latest venture from Peyton & Byrne works so well, as it is situated right in the heart of St James’s Park, giving you a view of the surrounding plants and ponds right from the outside terrace. There is a hearty lunch menu and light evening meals, all with a focus on sustainably sourced British produce.

Now that we are into summer, Inn The Park operates later opening times, allowing you to soak up the surroundings until 9pm. Be sure to make a reservation when the weather forecast looks good.

Ognisko, Knightsbridge

The terrace at this high-class Polish eatery in Knightsbridge boasts views over Prince’s Gardens and serves up dishes that are more than capable of keeping pace with the scenery. From the lightest dumplings you will ever taste right through to the poached salt beef to the rhum baba, you will not be disappointed. The menu is extensive and includes classic Polish dishes elevated to a whole new level.

You can book a table in advance, but those on the terrace are designated on a first-come, first-served basis during times of high demand.

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Bleeding Heart, Farringdon

There is much to recommend this restaurant, which takes its name from the outdoor space in which it sits. You can feel the sense of history, as the evocatively-named Bleeding Heart Yard even appeared in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. One of the main advantages of dining alfresco is that the outside tables are bookable and you won’t therefore find yourself disappointed.

A Gallic menu and starched linens add to the atmosphere atop the cobbles, where you can dine on fish soup, snails, confit duck leg and crème brulee.

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

Imagine sitting in a garden with the sound of running water tinkling in the background as you enjoy your lunch. This is exactly the welcome you can expect from this outpost of the famous Ivy restaurant. Enjoy classics such as prawn cocktail and steak, egg and chips or go for something a little more international, like ponzu marinated tuna and Pugliese burrata salad. Wash it all down with the signature One Year in the Garden cocktail, which has been created to celebrate the restaurant’s first birthday.

Bookings can be made in advance, and with the large terrace, orangery and garden, you’ll really get to enjoy the British sunshine while it lasts.

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