Outdoor hospitality reopened on April 12th with beer gardens and outside dining at cafes and restaurants. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol and no curfew – although customers must order, eat, and drink while seated.

As social distancing is still being encouraged, countless restaurants have to reduce the number of tables indoors. With government guidelines recommending venues to use all the outdoor space they have access to also allowing certain streets to be pedestrianised , many restaurants are boosting their terrace game this year.


Sam’s Riverside


Sam’s Riverside restaurant in Hammersmith is fortunate enough to be blessed with riverside views since it opened at the end of last year. The restaurant is now making the most of its beautiful terrace, allowing guests to sit outside for the first time since it opened. The 32-seat space serves a seafood-focused menu, featuring grilled native lobster, a shrimp cocktail salad and an oyster-filled “Shuckers Platter”.

Address: 1 Crisp Road, W6 9DN

Restaurant website: samsriverside.co.uk


The Garden at The Berkeley


The Garden at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has boosted its post-lockdown al fresco seating. The hotel has dedicated an entirely new restaurant to it with socially distanced tables. The Garden at The Berkeley is a brand-new addition to the popular south-west London destination. The Garden at The Berkeley is a Mediterranean-style terrace tucked away between The Berkeley Bar and neighbouring St Paul’s church. The menu features the following dishes likes charred octopus with saffron aioli and steaks with smoked shallot butter, all cooked outdoors on barbecues.

Address: Wilton Place, SW1X 7R

Restaurant website: the-berkeley.co.uk



Hicce, the restaurant located in King cross, has been running a market beneath the first-floor restaurant, selling products from Hicce’s kitchen – including honey soy mooli and beer bread pickles. Hicce now serves antipasti and sandwiches at the market and its full menu on its alfresco terrace upstairs.

Address: Unit 102, Stable Street N1C 4DQ

Restaurant website: hicce.co.uk



Folie the French restaurant is located on Soho and Mayfair’s border and has embraced the alfresco culture of the nation’s Riviera this summer. The restaurant has outdoor seating available for the first time, with modern blue seats lined up in a Parisian fashion along the street outside where diners can enjoy a menu featuring Courgettes farçies and heirloom tomatoes with burrata.

Address: 37 Golden Square, W1F 9LB

Restaurant website: https://folie.london/




Enjoy a taste of Spain at Parrillan. The outdoor restaurant is named for its small Spanish tabletop charcoal barbecues, on which guests can grill their meat, seafood, and vegetables served alongside a selection of classic Barrafina dishes. Diners book for a table underneath the canopy, while walk-ins are available for the restaurant’s uncovered spots.

Address: Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, N1C 4PW

Restaurant website: parrillan.co.uk


The Ivy Chelsea Garden


The Ivy located in Covent Garden may be the original and best, but this west London restaurant is a unique gem amid the Ivy Collection’s expanding portfolio. Inside, the King’s Road restaurant is adorned with blooms both natural and doodled onto the walls before the restaurant opens onto a vibrant leafy garden. Unfortunately, the garden is not all Ivy!  Great news for all diners the garden has recently been refurbished, so you can expect it to look better than ever!

Address: 195 -197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ

Restaurant website: theivychelseagarden.com

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