Coq d'Argent, Bank Coq d'Argent, Bank © Coq d'Argent

10 of the best outdoor dining experiences in London

From rooftop terraces with stunning views of the city to lush green hidden courtyards, London is home to some seriously good outdoor restaurants

Make the most of the British sunshine and head to some of our favourite outdoor eateries in the city. We have picked everything from sake and sushi overlooking the city skyline to confit duck and a good glug of red in a hidden Mayfair courtyard to Michelin-starred seafood smack bang in the middle of the city. Take your pick...

For midweek munchies with a view: Coq d'Argent, Bank

At the top of a private lift awaits a stunning rooftop garden and terrace, complete with a lawn and vines, and a yummy specialty grill menu for daytime al fresco dining (served from 11.30am – 3pm Mon-Fri). But the star of the show is surely the stunning panoramic city views. Take in the Shard, the Gherkin and St Paul's while sipping on cocktails and for after dark pleasures, tasty evening snacks are also on the menu.

For a Mediterranean grill: Boundary Rooftop Bar & Grill, Shoreditch

At the top of the boutique Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch sits Boundary Rooftop, an all-year round garden space that combines the nature of vines, a garrigue and wild herbs with the urban views of East London. Food is of a European feel with Mediterranean hors d'ouevres and juicy steaks and sausages from the grill.


Boundary Rooftop

For peace and tranquility: Boulestin, St James'

For al fresco dining with an old-school approach, head to Boulestin, on St James' Street near Green Park and keep your fingers crossed for a free table in their hidden courtyard. There are no bookings taken, so get there early to make sure you get the chance to savour their delicious classic French fare in the calm of this serene and sophisticated courtyard.

Boulestine Courtyard

Boulestine Courtyard

For fine French fare: Orrery, Marylebone

Soak up fabulous French cuisine and Provençal style lavender scented ambiance at this hidden away rooftop terrace perched above a converted stable block in the heart of Marylebone Village. Its tailored al fresco dining menu includes light delights such as onion and goats cheese tart and Herbes de Provence-marinated artichokes, and certainly calls for accompanying rosé, and lots of it.

Orrery Restaurant

Orrery Restaurant

For a balmy brunch: The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

As the newest member of the iconic 'Ivy' clan, The Ivy Chelsea Garden, not only serves fab British fare (the chopped lobster rigatoni bake is already making a name for itself), but also boasts a beautifully decked out dreamy garden and orangery to satisfy those all day fresco cravings. Think lazy weekend brunches amidst fountains, trailing ivy, heady scented roses and wisteria and well-tended topiary.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

For a riverside social: Source, Battersea

Perched on the edge of the river Thames at Battersea, Source and its welcoming wrap-around terrace is a great spot for easy riverside dining. They specialise in seasonal no fuss fare from top-notch suppliers including Swaledale beef from Yorkshire, Daphne's Welsh Lamb from Wales and cheese from Androuet Cheese, Spitalfields Market.

Source © Kris Kirkham

Source © Kris Kirkham

For people watching: The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

A handful of tables and chairs sit outside The Modern Pantry's main restaurant, part of a gorgeous converted Grade II-listed Georgian building, on the edge of the busy St John's Square. As well as scrumptious breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners – this place prides itself on fusing every day cooking with modern ingredients; this is the perfect spot for some serious people watching.


The Modern Pantry

For Michelin-starred seafood: Angler, Moorgate

With its Provencal style terrace in the heart of the city, Angler in South Place Hotel, serves up a superb selection of grill dishes as well as dedicated al fresco specialities and its seafood, well the restaurants Michelin-star says it all. In high summer BBQs and live DJs add to the perks of this place, but it is first come first serve so be prompt if you want to ensure a table.


Angler Restaurant, Moorgate

For panoramic views: Sushisamba, Bishopsgate

As one of the highest terraces in Europe and offering 360° views of the City, Sushisamba on the 39th floor of Heron Tower is arguably one of the most epic and dramatic spots to dine in London anytime of the day or night. The unique cuisine and restaurant culture is a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian and has also recently introduced the Japanese specialty Kobe beef.



For steaks: Butlers Wharf Chop House, Butler's Wharf

For a quintessentially British meal in a quintessentially British setting, Butlers Wharf Chop House beside the Thames at Tower Bridge should fit the bill. While there is nothing pretentious about the food at this riverside restaurant, you can be assured of top quality meat, superb steaks, moreish triple cooked chips, and of course, unrivalled river views.


Butlers Wharf Chop House

1 Angler
2 Butlers Wharf Chop House
4 The Ivy Chelsea Garden
5 Source Battersea
6 The Modern Pantry
7 The Boundary
8 Boulestin
9 Coq d'Argent
10 Orrery