Our top alfresco spots to dine and drink in London

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We all love London in the summertime. One of it’s great pleasures is al fresco dining. Being outdoors, soaking up the warm sunshine, savouring delicious food and drinks in the company of your loved ones. We are so lucky to be surrounded by gorgeous outdoor spaces, all with their own unique charm and ambiance.


If you agree, check out our top spots for al fresco dining in London.


1. The Cheese Barge 

Location: Paddington Basin, Sheldon Square, W2 6D

Along Regent’s canal and right next to Paddington you will find a double decker barge, a beautiful spot to dine and enjoy some drinks. If you are a lover of cheese then this is definitley the place for you, especially in the warmer months when the upper deck terrace is open overlooking the waterway. As the name suggests the menu is focused around cheese. Items range from small plates to larger cheese feast sharing platters and delicious grilled sandwiches. Fancy some wine? Then you are also in the right place – choose from a carefully curated selection of wines to accompany the cheeses on offer. This is truly a unique experience on one of London’s finest canals.



2. Willows on the roof John Lewis rooftop bar and restaurant

Location: 300 Oxford St, London W1C 1DX

The John Lewis rooftop restaurant on Oxford Street definitely deserves a shout out. Willows is a delightful oasis in the heart of London. Located atop the iconic John Lewis department store, this rooftop restaurant provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city below. With its stylish decor and relaxing atmosphere, the John Lewis rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect spot to take a break from the high street shops to indulge in delicious food and drinks while enjoying stunning views of the city.



3. The Prince Albert 

Location: 163 Royal College St, NW1 0SG

The Prince Albert in Camden is a well established and lively pub nestled in the heart of Camden boasting a fantastic outdoor space. The Prince Albert offers a perfect spot to soak up the sun, enjoy a refreshing drink, and savor delicious pub food in the open air. Whether you are looking for a relaxing afternoon or a fun evening out, the pub’s outdoor area ticks all the boxes making it an ideal destination for al fresco dining and socializing in the vibrant neighborhood of Camden.



4. The Albion 

Location: 10 Thornhill Rd, London N1 1HW

The Albion Islington is a charming Georgian pub and whether you are looking for a sunny afternoon or a cozy evening under the stars, The Albion’s outdoor space is a hidden gem in Islington showing off the best of pub culture in an alfresco setting.



5. Alfie’s Rooftop Kitchen  

Location: Top Floor, Alfies Antiques Market, 13 – 25 Church Street, NW8 8DT

Nestled on top of Alfies antique market, Rooftop Kitchen is a great spot with views across North London. The licensed cafe has a lovely menu offering a variety of breakfast and lunch items. The cakes are absolutely delicious and well worth saving appetite for! We love to meandre around the antiques, vintage fashion, accessories and trinkets downstairs (London’s largest indoor antique market!) and finish off with a late breakfast, lunch, yummy piece of cake or a glass of wine on the rooftop.



6. Pergola on the Roof 

Location: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY

Pergola on the Roof in Paddington is a captivating rooftop venue that offers a unique dining and social experience. Set against a picturesque backdrop, Pergola on the Roof features an enchanting garden-like setting with comfortable seating, and a lively atmosphere. Various street food vendors offer an array of different types of food – something for everyone! This is an ideal destination for gatherings, after-work drinks, or weekend brunches.



7. The Skygarden 

Location: 1 Sky Garden, EC3M 8AF

Sky Garden is a stunning and very popular public space located at the top of the Walkie Talkie building in London. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of London’s skyline, The Sky Garden features a unique combination of lush greenery, beautifully landscaped gardens, and sleek contemporary architecture. It spans three levels, with the main attraction being the expansive glass dome that houses the observation deck, restaurants, and bars.
Visitors to Sky Garden can explore the stunning gardens, which are filled with a variety of plant species, including exotic flowers, trees, and ferns. The garden design incorporates both indoor and outdoor spaces. Access to Sky Garden is free, but it is strongly advised to book ickets in advance to secure a time slot for entry. It can get very busy!


8. The Waterway 

Location: 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU

The Waterway in Maida Vale is another local hidden gem along the picturesque Regent’s Canal. With stunning canal-side views and a relaxed atmosphere, it offers a delightful escape from the city. The menu is a culinary delight, blending classic British dishes with a modern twist. A serene oasis for those seeking delicious food and scenic charm.



9. The Aviary 

Location: 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX

The Aviary is a beautful and elegant rooftop bar and restaurant located in the heart of the City of London. The venue is situated high atop the iconic Montcalm Royal London House hotel, offering breathtaking views of the London skyline.



10. The Seabird

Location: 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY

A beautiful and enchanting outdoor space with panoramic vistas makes The Seabird a perfect location to very enjoy the outdoors. With a focus on seafood cuisine, the menu is a tantalizing selection of dishes crafted with the finest ingredients inspired by Southern Europe. If you are a seafood lover, this is the place for you and why not drop in from 3 – 7pm Monday – Thursday for oyster happy hour!! Cheers to that!

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