Dining al fresco is a simple pleasure of life and whilst London offers a wealth of incredible al fresco options, keeping clear of noisy roads, busy bars and bustling businesses can take a bit of insider knowledge. Of course, at ABC we have a few favourite food spots, including a few sun-dappled terraces, skyline views and picturesque gardens.
Inn The Park, St James’ Park
Literally, ‘Dine Inn The Park’ at this gorgeous restaurant, set in the heart of St James’ Park that’s perfect for family dining or a romantic evening meal with your other half. With their ingredients sourced from rare breed farms, specialist fisherman and artisan producers, they serve both traditional and modern British dishes, all with a unique twist to be discovered upon ordering.
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Slip away from the crowded streets of Clerkenwell to a beautiful Grade II-listed Georgian building that is known as The Modern Pantry. This historical haven boasts a menu that would impress even the most travelled diner, with Danish, New Zealand and UK food influences; it really does have something for everyone. We would recommend brunch in the sun for the perfect Sunday morning.
Whilst al fresco dining is something of a luxury, sometimes there is nothing better than indulging in the comfort of your own home. So why not combine the two? Dishoom is a vintage style Bombay cafe with an impressive outdoor lounge, complete with antique armchairs, sofas and even shelves stacked with books – there’s no doubt that this hidden gem will make you feel right at home.
The Ritz, Piccadilly
It goes without saying that The Ritz is famous for having one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the capital, however, what you might not know is it is also home to a gorgeous terrace, surrounded by the canopy of Green Park. For the ultimate treat, splash out a little to experience the luxury of The Ritz (we’re talking caviar topped oysters, turbot with white truffles, not just your average spag bol!) and soak in the British summer atmosphere with the cast-iron chairs complete with green striped cushions.
Of course, with London stretching far and wide, there are hundreds of al fresco treasures yet to be discovered. So while you’re on your travels across the big smoke, take a detour down streets you’ve never encountered before and who knows what dining delights you may come across.