The Best Outdoor Restaurants and Bars in London

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Outdoor dining in London is just one of the many things that makes the city so great. This is particularly the case with Covid-19 restrictions, as the opportunity to meet friends outdoors widens your social circle (once lockdown ends that is). Worried about the cold? That’s why outdoor heating exists, so grab your coat and let’s get out of the house – here’s our edit of the best outdoor restaurants and bars in London you’ll want to visit once they reopen.

Outdoor Restaurants

Dishoom (Shoreditch)

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Dishoom Shoreditch
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A favourite with most Londoners, Dishoom pays tribute to the famous Irani cafes and Bombay street food offerings. With eight locations throughout the UK, (five in London, three others in Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham), it’s the Shoreditch branch which provides the best outdoor dining, with a terrace restaurant which instantly transports you to the streets of India – sadly without the weather. Whether coming for a quick weekend brunch or a full-blown evening out, you’ll want to book this one in advance – queues can get pretty long.

Missing your fix of Dishoom? Fortunately they’re still offering local home delivery on a limited menu in some areas. If that doesn’t reach you, you can get a bacon naan home cooking kit nationwide. Discover both here.

Price point: ££

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Piccolino (Heddon Street)

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Enjoy a taste of Italy in the bustling streets of Mayfair with Piccolino’s Heddon Street branch. Serving amazing fresh seafood, as well as classic pizza and pasta dishes, there’s something for everyone on this menu. When it comes to the location, it couldn’t be better. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, the outdoor seating is kept warm with plenty of heaters, and there’s a real city atmosphere on this street filled with restaurants with outdoor drinking. Did somebody say nightcap? By 10pm, of course.

During lockdown, Piccolino Heddon street is still available to order on Deliveroo if you’re nearby. If you live in the north of England, Piccolino offers an at home cooking service. You can even get £10 off if you order food from Monday to Wednesday.

Price point: ££

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Chiltern Firehouse

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Located in Marylebone, Chiltern Firehouse is a celebrity favourite when it comes to outdoor restaurants, so if you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the rich and famous – this is your best bet. Us? We’re more about the food on our plate. In a converted fire station, its terrace area is often deemed as one of London’s most stylish outdoor restaurants. Due to Covid, Chiltern Firehouse is offering a more limited menu of classic favourites, but we feel that just makes the decision process even easier.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Chiltern Firehouse is currently closed, but is planning to reopen on December 3rd.

Price point: £££

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The Lighterman

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Overlooking the picturesque Regent’s Canal and right in the middle of Granary Square, The Lighterman has a gastropub feel with a contemporary edge. Serving anything from burgers to salads (the former for us, please), it boasts two outdoor areas, one casual section perfect for a couple of drinks, as well as a panoramic terrace area looking over Kings Cross, making it one of the best restaurants in London with a view.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Lighterman is currently closed, but is planning to reopen on December 2nd.

Price point: ££

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Cinnamon Kitchen

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Time to cross the river and head all the way to Battersea Power station. A busy, fashionable area with many restaurants, bars and activities on offer, Cinnamon Kitchen is the real jewel in the crown. Enjoy modern Indian dining in a relaxed location; we recommend the nine-course tasting menu if you fancy a bit of everything, and it even comes with a free drink.

During lockdown Cinnamon Kitchen have announced they will keep their Battersea branch open for delivery and click and collect. Learn more here.

Price point: ££

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Dalloway Terrace

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Dalloway Terrace
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For lovers of literature, it’s all about Dalloway Terrace if you’re looking for places to eat outside. Attached to the infamous Bloomsbury Hotel and named after the celebrated Virginia Woolf character and novel, you may have to book four weeks in advance for this one – but we can assure you it’s worth it. For £35 per person you could enjoy an Afternoon Tea, or jump right in with the al fresco dining menu and enjoy incredible food at an even more incredible location. Did we mention it’s a great spot for crafting the perfect Instagram post?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Dalloway Terrace is currently closed, but is planning to reopen on December 3rd.

Price point: ££££

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Bars

If you’re hoping for a more relaxed vibe or are simply craving a top quality cocktail, we’ve got your back. Discover some of our favourite outdoor bars (they serve food too, so you won’t go hungry).

Boundary Rooftop & Grill – We couldn’t not mention one of London’s many rooftop bars, could we? Take in the views of Shoreditch with your favourite drink, and even a bite to eat. If you want to make a weekend of it, you could perhaps stay in the Boundary Hotel.

During lockdown, Boundary is still offering delivery to local areas. See if that’s you here.

Price point: £££

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Mercato Metropolitano – One of the best food markets in London, Mercato is a great option for groups which tend to prefer a variety of cuisines. Offering food from all corners of the earth, there’s also plenty of bars dotted around to keep your thirst quenched.

Whilst Mercato Metropolitano may be closed during lockdown, you can still enjoy home delivery if you live between zones 1-3 in London here.

mercatometropolitano.com

Gordon’s Wine Bar – Made for purveyors of fine wine, you wouldn’t believe this popular spot is just off The Strand. Enjoy a glass (or bottle) in this wine bar with outdoor seating whilst sat on the terrace with friends. Feeling peckish? Their selection of cheese and bread pairs perfectly with your drink.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Gordon’s Wine Bar is currently closed, but there are plans to reopen once lockdown ends.

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Words: Maria Loizou