Alfresco dining London

Alfresco dining London

There’s no better way to enjoy the Great British summer in London than by dining alfresco at one of the city’s top restaurants. From rooftops with views to tucked-away courtyards, these will not disappoint

Le Pont De La Tour
Innovative French cuisine, impeccable service and glorious riverside views are a triple treat; you wouldn’t expect anything less from Sir Terence Conran’s Shad Thames warehouse complex. Le Pont de la Tour has been applauded for its brilliant outside dining area offering views of Tower Bridge floodlit at night. The restaurant serves its own twist on French delicacies – play it safe with pea velouté and glazed confit duck, or try the Tournedos Rossini steak dish, served with garlic snails, truffle mash, pesto and Madeira jus. Just as graceful, the Bar & Grill area provides a casual dining experience, serving delights such as terrine de porc, steamed mussels and croque monsieur, with both menus available on the terrace.
36d Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
020 7403 8403.

Jul 30th 2019

Located on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary rooftop restaurant and terrace bar is the perfect vantage point from which to sip on a cocktail or enjoy a glass of Champagne, while looking out over the stunning city skyline. Taking centre stage is a cast-iron coal oven, where the finest cuts of meat sizzle in 550° heat – the 600g chateaubriand is perfect for sharing and feels indulgent with or without the truffle gravy. Delicate, refreshing small plates include tuna ceviche with coconut and lemongrass, and Brixham crab served with pickled watermelon. Stylish sofas and retro lamps make this an unashamedly fashionable as well as welcoming spot.
Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
020 3873 4060.


Petersham Nurseries
Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, pretty Floral Court is a tranquil courtyard providing a welcome oasis from the crowds. Tables from The Petersham restaurant and La Goccia flow out on to the courtyard offering a choice of dining experiences, from tempting Italian aperitivo to the fresh, seasonal à la carte menu. Expect dishes such as heritage beetroot with ricotta di bufala, marjoram ravioli and monkfish with Tema artichoke, olives and capers, and monkfish with Jersey Royals and buttered sea kale. No meal would be complete without a glass of wine, and in the summer months a glass of crisp Sancerre fits the bill. The Petersham’s wine list is extensive, with types from all over the world selected by the restaurant’s sommelier.
Floral Court, WC2E 9FB
020 7305 7676.


Number Sixteen Orangery and Garden
Each room in this Firmdale townhouse has its own character and witty charm, thanks to co-founder Kit Kemp’s style. You have to venture outside to experience the real star of the show: the private garden, lined with luscious trees and an abundance of flowers all year round. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in this bright and relaxing outdoor area, but the British afternoon tea is perhaps what the hotel is best known for. Delicate finger sandwiches, light fluffy scones and pâtisseries are washed down with Earl Grey tea. Complete the experience with a glass of Champagne or the hotel’s signature Garden Bellini, savoured from the courtyard’s pretty gazebo.
16 Sumner Place, SW7 3EG
020 7589 5232.


In Indian philosophy, chakras are believed to be the centre of spiritual healing power within the body; when working in harmony, they are said to create an unrivalled sense of wellbeing. At Chakra restaurant, the highly talented chefs evoke this same sense of euphoria via their innovative North Indian-inspired dishes. Classics such as aromatic lamb rogan josh sit alongside inventive offerings including curry leaf burrata and karare soft-shell crab. Most tantalising of all, however, has to be the dishes cooked in the traditional tandoor. Chakra has three restaurants, in Kensington, Wimbledon and Kingston, all of which have beautifully decorated outdoor terrace areas, which echo the authentic flavours of the restaurant.
33c Holland Street, W8 4LX
020 7229 2115.


Coq d’Argent
Nestled between some of London’s tallest skyscrapers, Coq d’Argent has an elegant outdoor dining area, drinks terrace and spectacular rooftop garden. Head chef Damien Rigollet has created an extravagant French menu, serving indulgent dishes such as black truffle and ricotta tortellini, yellowfin tuna sashimi with seared foie gras, and caviar in abundance. On the wine list you’ll find an elaborate selection of fine wines from around the world, comprised by head sommelier Andres Ituarte – though unsurprisingly it’s the French regions that dominate. If you make it to dessert, a classic caramelised apple tarte tatin or chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream followed by a vintage glass of fortified wine provides a harmonious end to the meal.
No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
020 7395 5000.