The best al fresco dining spaces in London to book now

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Now that restaurants have finally opened their doors again, al fresco dining in gardens and terraces seems to be the way forward. We’ve rounded up some of London’s best al fresco dining spaces from a luscious, plant-filled garden in Chelsea, to a Portuguese inspired paradise in Shoreditch…

Al fresco dining spaces in London

Al fresco dining at Chicama (Chelsea)

If you like Peruvian-style cuisine… 

The best al fresco dining spaces in London to book now

From the Pachamama group, Chicama is a seafood restaurant with a menu inspired by the coastal food of Peru and the bold-flavours of Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant sources its produce from a small community of Cornish fishermen, whilst the bar exhibits a carefully selected array of pisco and mezcals. The plant-filled outdoor space with festoon lighting is perfect for long lingering lunches. Book now to try their mouthwatering padrón peppers and scallop ceviche.

Al fresco dining at The River Café (Hammersmith)

If you like Italian…

The best al fresco dining spaces in London to book now

An iconic Italian restaurant, designed by Italian-British architect Richard Rogers, with a riverside garden terrace and open kitchen. Soak up some summer sun in this atmospheric setting. Book now and enjoy calamari ai ferri – chargrilled squid with fresh red chilli and rocket, followed by an almond tart with strawberries.

Al fresco dining at Circolo Popolare (Fitzrovia)

If you like Italian… 

Big Mamma’s OTT trattoria in Fitzrovia is now taking bookings for the first time ever. The outdoor terrace is surrounded by a flourish of colourful plants and trees, overlooking Rathbone Square. All staff will be wearing mandatory face masks, hand washing every 20 minutes, alongside temperature checks and there will be a regular disinfection of surfaces. Book now for the Le Gran Carbonara or famous Mafaldine Al Tartufo truffle pasta.

Al fresco dining at Casa Do Frango (Shoreditch)

If you like Portuguese…

With wood-grilled chicken and Portuguese sharing plates, Casa Do Frango brings the food, wine and spirit of Southern Portugal to London. The recently launched 100 seater terrace at Casa Shoreditch, is the perfect al-fresco dining destination. Book now, to enjoy joy Sangria in the sunshine.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden (Chelsea)

If you like modern British cuisine…

Located on the bustling King’s Road in Chelsea, one of the restaurant’s most popular areas and pièce de résistance is its extensive terrace and garden. Designed by Cameron Landscapes and Gardens, the garden and terrace feature classic design elements. Arched antique mirrors, leafy trellises and an eclectic mix of antique pots and planters to complement magnolias, hydrangeas, cyclamens and Boston ferns amongst others, make the garden relaxed and luscious. Recline on upholstered velvet chairs and cushions and enjoy the ambiance of flickering candles and a roaring central fire pit. A perfect al fresco spot for your summer lunches, afternoon teas and dinners. Book now to try a quinoa and watermelon salad, washed down with a thirst-quenching Aperol Spritz.

Carousel (Marylebone)

If you like Asian cuisine…

This summer Carousel is bringing four epic menus, each lasting a couple of weeks at a time. All feature a selection of their all-time favourite dishes inspired by the 150+ talented chefs they’ve welcomed through the doors over the years. Enjoy them either out back in their suntrap garden or al-fresco style on the bustling side street. Book to experience their extraordinary culinary and cultural experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the capital.

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