Outdoor dining in London

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Where to head for outdoor dining in London 2021

If you're looking for outdoor restaurants aka al fresco dining. Or London restaurants with a terrace. Read on to see my selection of some of the best restaurants currently open to book for outdoor dining in London. 
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Sea containers outdoor dining area

Since the Co-vid pandemic. London has not been the same. With only al fresco and outdoor seating restaurants currently open for dining at the time of writing this article. 

Even if. Or when London opens up properly. Most people will still only feel comfortable with outdoor dining on a terrace. Especially in summer. Thankfully there are some really nice al fresco restaurants in London. To suit all tastes and wallets. 


The ever so popular sushisamba restaurant  spread across the 38th and 39th floor of heron Tower. Has such impressive outdoor dining on their east terrace. Plus an al fresco bar like no other on the west terrace. Here their impressive orange tree sculpture can be admired to the backdrop of city skyline surroundings. 

At sushi samba. A choice of Japanese. Brazilian and Peruvian food awaits. With vegans and vegetarians catered for. 

See my Sushisamba review : https://gonesunwhere.com/sushisamba

Fait Maison

Fait maison is a really pretty. Largely middle Eastern Cafe slash restaurant. Enjoy a super cute and romantic flower installation throughout. Fait maison is the perfect destination for outdoor dining with your girls. Or a date with your beau. Enjoy outdoor dining on the ever so stylish Gloucester Road. At one of two South West London Fait Maison locations. 

Read my review of Fait Maison : 
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Fait maison outdoor dining

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua kyoto is another popular Japanese rooftop restaurant. Currently taking online bookings. Situated in the heart of the city. Enjoy bottomless brunch on weekends. Safe in the knowledge that you'll be covered under the terrace shelter should it rain. Plus partial heating will stave off the cold. 


At the top of the Oxo tower you can enjoy river views below and panoramic views above. Across the London skyline. All from the sheltered terrace. You have the option of booking an outdoor table for drinks only. Or to indulge in a three course meal. Afternoon tea or brunch. 

See my review of Oxo Brasserie here :www.gonesunwhere.com/oxo-tower-review
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Al fresco dining at the Oxo tower 

Sea containers 

At ground level next door to the Oxo tower sits the sea containers. A Riverside restaurant available for terrace only bookings until 19th May. 

Click for my sea containers restaurant review : www.gonesunwhere.com/sea-containers-review

Ivy Chelsea garden

Enjoy outdoor dining at one of London's most popular and long standing restaurants. The Ivy Chelsea. With a swinging sixties theme to celebrate coming out of quarantine. Book a beautiful garden table until 17th May. When full indoor and outdoor service will be resumed. 


One of London's best pasta joints is back open again at borough Market. For outdoor dining. With the option of walk-ins too! 
Alfresco dining London
Al fresco dining London 

Sea bird

Sea bird is one of London's newest. Swankiest rooftop establishments. With a focus on seafood and boasting the longest oyster menu of all London's restaurants. 

Chelsea harbour

Less hyped than many other outdoor dining locations on my list. Yet just as beaut. Enjoy  views of docked boats. There is no booking required to visit this al fresco terrace. 

Where the pancakes are 

A casual restaurant with outdoor seating and an extensive pancake menu. The view of the shard is their backdrop as a bonus. 

Read about my experience at where the pancakes are : www.gonesunwhere.com/pancakes-with-view-of-shard

London restaurants with terrace
London restaurants with a terrace 

Saint aymes 

Another pretty cafe restaurant with a spectacular floral display. Enjoy outdoor dining in either the snug downstairs garden or al fresco at the front of house. Either location offers photo worthy flower installations. 

Check out my Saint Aymes review : 

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