London’s Best Al Fresco Dining Spots

Our friends at The Handbook know a thing or two about restaurants, reporting on the hottest new venues opening in the capital each day. They’ve filled us in on their favourite spots in London to do it outside (eating that is).

So order a plate, sip some cocktails and soak up that sunshine.

Fish Market

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…but failing that there’s always Fish Market’s outdoor terrace where you can escape the confines of Square Mile. A special seaside menu is served from the crustacea bar in the sun-filled terrace which fits 40 fellow beach fans. Seafood fans will be spoilt for choice with offerings like crab, prawns, clams, oysters and of course fish.

Fish Market, 16B New Street, London, EC2M 4TR


The aim of being outside is to get as near to the sun as possible (obviously) and Sushisamba is your place to reach that goal, boasting two of the highest outside terraces in Europe. Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, guests can enjoy a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture and music – all whilst soaking up the sun.

Sushi Samba, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

The Phene

Not your typical local, The Phene has a garden to rival all others including the fancy-pants bio-fuelled ethanol fuelled outdoor fireplaces and fairy lights in the evening but then being in SW3 and with the more Sloanes and signet rings than you can swing a stick at you expect nothing less, now do you.

The Phene, 9 Phene St, London SW3 5NY

Serpentine Café

Chill out here after pounding the city pavements with a relaxing view of the beautiful Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Bring the whole family to enjoy their pop-up burger and hot dog BBQ and then send the kids home again before you decide to visit the Gin Bar. The small shop in the entrance also serves all the necessary items to make your own picnic including bread to treat the ducks.

Serpentine Café, Serpentine Rd, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

The Crabtree

Enjoy your summer in typical English fashion…in a happy haze in a beer garden. This isn’t your typical pub haunt though, the Crabtree offers sun worshippers a large outdoor space bedecked with wood and stylish shrubbery, which flows down to the riverfront. Choose the seats under the willow tree to get back in touch with Mother Nature.

The Crabtree Rainville Rd, Fulham, London W6 9HA

For more mega venues check out the venues on The Handbook.