The Best Outdoor Dining & Al Fresco Terraces in London 

Tantalising new terraces, secluded suntraps and the finest al fresco dining spaces in London, perfect for long summer days

Updated May 2019

The Mandrake, Fitzrovia

The foliage-filled Mandrake in Fitzrovia has relaunched its Jurema Bar for summer, adjoined to the Yopo restaurant on the first floor of the five-star hotel. Flanked by hanging jasmine and passionflower, this serene urban oasis offers a considered wine and cocktail list, alongside moreish bar snacks with a Spanish twist.

20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG, themandrake.com

Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone 

Helmed by infamous hotelier André Balazs, the sizzling Chiltern Firehouse matches elegance and sophistication with a mischievous dash of ‘anything goes’ attitude. Settle in on the secluded yet lively summer terrace for platters of fruit de mer, signature crab doughnuts and tender Ibérico pork. The stylish al fresco space is flanked by greenery with striped parasols overhead, ensuring complete discretion and privacy. 

1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA, chilternfirehouse.com

Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace at Harrods

High above Knightsbridge station, the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace at Harrods is a sophisticated al fresco haven, which runs the length of the department store's southwest side. Head here for champagne and small plates, spanning tiers of fresh seafood, platters of charcuterie and salt-baked beetroot with goats cheese. Finish with a tower of strawberries and devilishly good dips including creamy ganache, lemon curd and chocolate sauce.

87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, harrods.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The outdoor terrace at The Ivy Chelsea Garden is the perfect hideaway to while away a summer's day on the King's Road, decked out with antique pots, cascading greenery and a smattering of high-profile Instagrammers. Tuck into The Ivy's signature menu of high-end comfort food, spanning signature shepherd’s pie, steak sandwiches, zucchini fries and truffle chips, alongside a colourful cocktail menu and considered wine list. 

195 -197 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ, theivychelseagarden.com

Chicama, Chelsea

Colour, flavour and style abound at Chicama, the sleek sister to Peruvian favourite, Pachamama in Marylebone. Tucked away on a quiet corner off the King's Road, Chicama dishes up meat-free meals with a bold, South American twist. Think gleaming sea bream ceviche, tangy green papaya salad and plump grilled prawns with a razor-sharp yazu kosho dressing. Beautifully presented cuisine can be enjoyed on the charming alfresco terrace, which is the perfect spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon in Chelsea. 

383 King's Road, Chelsea SW10 

The Hari, Belgravia

The intimate Garden Terrace at The Hari in Belgravia has been transformed into a flower-filled 'secret garden', created in partnership with Moët & Chandon. The hotel's cool, contemporary interiors stand out against the postcode’s more traditional offerings, while a retractable roof ensures that it is suitable for all forms of British weather this summer.

20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

Perched atop the Boundary Project in Shoreditch, this cool rooftop retreat packs out all summer long thanks to its panoramic views of London and Sir Terence Conran-curated furnishings. Select from a Mediterranean-style menu of seafood and grilled skewers, and huddle round the open fire on brisker evenings. 

2-4 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD, boundary.london/rooftop

Nobu Shoreditch

Nobu Shoreditch fuses Nobu’s signature Japanese minimalism with east London’s concrete-cool aesthetic. Behind an enigmatic, dark façade, the five-star property boasts 143 rooms and a lower-ground Nobu restaurant, with a four-level stepped terrace. Visit this secluded al fresco dining space for a relaxed breakfast (try the matcha waffles) or late night cocktails, accompanied by live DJs. The sleek restaurant also operates bottomless brunch, which you can read about here.

10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH, nobuhotelshoreditch.com

Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, Dalloway Terrace is a secluded, alfresco space in the heart of Bloomsbury.  The al fresco terrace has been transformed to resemble an urban jungle, festooned with tropical silk flowers and ferns. The restaurant has also launched a new vegan-friendly menu of cauliflower steaks, colourful salads and fragrant Sri Lankan curry.

16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN, dallowayterrace.com