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Best London Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in London.


 

Aurora Mediterranean
11/20
49 Lexington St.
London, W1F 9AP
Something of a local favorite, this is the place for a quick al fresco Mediterranean meal. More...

Babylon Contemporary European
13/20
7th Floor, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High St.
London, W8 5SA
High-end dining and views over London’s rooftops. More...

Beauberry House European
12/20
Gallery Rd.
London, SE21 7AB
Romantic eighteenth-century house in leafy Dulwich. More...

The Belvedere European
13/20
Holland House, off Abbotsbury Rd.
London, W8 6LU
One of London’s most charming settings in leafy Holland Park. More...

Bleeding Heart Tavern French
13/20
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Grevill St.
London, EC1N 8SJ
Dickensian setting for this tavern/bistro/smart restaurant. More...

Bluebird Cafe Café
12/20
350 King's Rd.
London, SW3 5UU
Bluebird Café is tops for Chelsea inhabitants. More...

Butlers Wharf Chop House Modern British
13/20
36E Shad Thames
London, SE1 2YE
Solid British cooking at this popular chophouse with river views. More...

The Fifth Floor Cafe Brasserie
12/20
109-125 Knightsbridge
London, SW1X 7RJ
The buzzing café in Harvey Nichols’ food floor is the place for serious shoppers in this top department store. More...

Garden Cafe Modern British
12/20
Inner Circle, Regent's Park
London, NW1 4NU
Perfect after a stroll in glorious Regent’s Park. More...

Gaucho Canary Latin American
14/20
29 Westferry Circus, Canary Riverside
London, E14 8RR
Gaucho continues to satisfy Docklands' carnivores. More...

Inn the Park Modern British
12/20
St. James's Park
London, SW1A 2BJ
Smart café-restaurant in St. James’s Park. More...

Le Coq d'Argent French
13/20
No.1 Poultry
London, EC2R 8EJ
Eat well in this City eyrie. More...

Le Pont de la Tour French
14/20
36D Shad Thames
London, SE1 2YE
Scenic dining by the river Thames. More...

Manicomio Modern Italian
13/20
85 Duke Of York Square
London, SW3 4LY
Smart deli-cum-restaurant for the equally smart Chelsea set. More...

Oakes Grill Mediterranean
13/20
Dining Room at Oakes Grill, Hertfordshire, Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club
Ware
Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD
Breakfast, lunch and dinner dining at a hotel restaurant situated 25 miles outside London. More...

The Orangery Café
11/20
Kensington Gdns.
London, W8 4PX
Good place for afternoon tea or a light lunch, in the shadow of Kensington Palace. More...

Orrery Contemporary European
15/20
Dining Room at Orrery, London, 55-57 Marylebone High St.
London, W1U 5RB
Popular restaurant in Marylebone is in very good form. More...

Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar & Brasserie European
13/20
Dining Room at Oxo Tower Restaurant Bar & Brasserie, London, Barge House St.
London, SE1 9PH
The views are matched by the prices, but they are spectacular. More...

Petersham Nurseries Cafe European
14/20
Church Lane
London, TW10 7AG
Chef Greg Malouf brings different tastes to this delightful garden café. More...

Quadrato Restaurant Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Quadrato Restaurant, London, Four Seasons Canary Wharf
46 Westferry Circus
London, E14 8RS
Northern Italian cooking in the chic Four Seasons hotel in Docklands. More...

The River Cafe Italian
15/20
Dining Room at The River Cafe, London, Rainville Rd.
London, W6 9HA
The River Café stays on top with its rustic Italian cooking. More...

St. John's Gastropub
12/20
91 Junction Rd.
London, N19 5QU
Great gastropub in a gastronomic desert. More...

Sardo Italian
14/20
45 Grafton Wy.
London, W1T 5DQ
Sardo sparkles with Sardinian treats. More...

The Terrace European
13/20
33C Holland St.
London, W8 4LX
A real find for those who prefer a privately-owned, small restaurant to a branch of a mega-gastropolis. More...

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