Oysters on the terrace, gardens with pizza, jerk chicken on a patio—here's where to dine alfresco.Less
Outdoor Situation: Front Patio. When the sun’s out, Bright is one of our favourite places to be. This London Fields wine bar and small plates spot has large sharing tables out front and it’s an extremely easy place to while away several hours. Sit down, ask the excellent staff what they recommend to drink, and get yourself comfortable.
Outdoor Situation: Pavement Seating. Campania probably has the most romantic outside seating in London. It’s a handful of tables on a cobbled street, candlelit, and (preferably) piled with risotto and pappardelle. The setup is perfect. And your organisation or luck will have to be the same. Menu-wise, just make sure you ask them to send gnudi.
Outdoor Situation: Greenhouses. Terrace. Negroni. Octopus. Za’atar. Sorbet. These are all words that make that little vitamin D deprived sunshine gremlin in our heads very happy. You’ll find all of the above in Chameleon's ‘God’s Garden’ where the greenhouses are less Alan Titchmarsh, more finally I am living the life Samantha Jones always wanted for me. Fabulous and, importantly, the bread slaps.
Outdoor Situation: Covered Pavement Terrace. A meal outside at Ciao Bella is one of London’s great pleasures, mainly because you kind of don’t feel like you’re in London. The outside terrace is best suited to early evening meals with a bottle of wine, nicotine, and even more wine. It’s a rare restaurant that’s bang in the middle of London, and just the right balance between comfortable and crowded. Plus, when do you ever not want a good plate of pasta?
Outdoor Situation: Back Garden. The Sicily on steroids Italian trattoria has a cute (and of course, very curated) little back garden-cum-patio. Sure, a lot of the food won’t necessarily blow you away, but the evening-only Gran Carbonara is an entirely loveable cheese-fest, and is - crucially - served out of a giant wheel of pecorino.
Outdoor Situation: Covered Market Seating. Outside, but also protected under the sometimes leaky arches of Borough Market, is Elliot’s. Everything from their sourdough pizzas to their mussels to their biodynamic wines is done nicely and deliciously, and they’re a reliable choice for picky and passionate diners alike.
Outdoor Situation: Front Patio. The much-loved Caribbean spot in Brixton is a dreamy setting for a summer’s day. There’s plenty of seating, rum and Ting on the menu, and perfect summer nibbles like codfish fritters or pepper prawns. If you’re in a group, share the lot alongside some roti and jerk chicken as well.
Outdoor Situation: Covered Terrace. J Sheekey’s street-side patio, is, even though you’re in a touristy part of London, relatively sheltered from the crowds. If you’re going to splurge on a fancy seafood tower, it should be here. But even if you’re not looking to flash the cash, it’s great for a few oysters and a glass of champagne before heading elsewhere.
Outdoor Situation: Garden Seating. Kudu’s little oasis out back was very much previously the bin-and-cheeky-cigarette area. Now, the South African-inspired spot in Peckham has transformed the space into a colourful, covered, and altogether idyllic looking garden. You can book too, so prepare to settle in and break some of that lardon butter bread with friends.