When it comes to places for outdoor dining in London this Christmas, you could do a lot worse than The Hawk's Nest. The heated garden-style venue has space for 25 socially distanced tables of six and promises cocktails, craft beers, pizza and weekly events.
Best Restaurants With Outdoor Heaters In London
New measures got you planning a winter of thermos flasks and chilly park picnics? Not so fast. The capital's dining scene won't back down that easy, with riverside eateries, quirky neighbourhood spots and rooftop gems across the city implementing ways to keep you toasty whilst eating outside this season. See for yourself in our guide to the best restaurants with outdoor heaters in London - because, after all, seeing your nearest and dearest shouldn't have to come with a frostbite warning.
A haven for heated outdoor dining in London, King's Cross is coming up trumps yet again with Drake & Morgan's alfresco options. For a stylish winter date night idea, meet your other half here for aesthetic cocktails and international grub.
Part of the legendary Strongroom recording studios, this bar and kitchen in Shoreditch is one creative escape for music fans in London. Hunker down under the heaters in their extensive beer garden and tuck into hearty burgers, toasted sarnies and plenty more.
Baja fish tacos, grilled hibiscus enchiladas and barbacoa lamb shank... Santo Remedio are cooking up authentic Mexican food from their vibrant London Bridge digs. Embrace the street food ethos on their outside tables and don't forget to try one of their potent margaritas.
Nordic-inspired cuisine is the meal of the day at this Michelin-starred restaurant. A perfect place for birthday celebrations with your nearest and dearest, Aquavit are sure to leave a lasting impression with their chic heated terrace and top-notch service.
Not only is it one of the best street food venues in the city, but Vinegar Yard also has one of the largest winter terraces in London Bridge. Complete with heaters, an overhead canopy and table service, this place is making sure both your safety and social life remain intact.
Barge East is definitely in the running for the best quirky London restaurant with outdoor heating. Housed within a historic Dutch boat, this Hackney Wick kitchen will have you eating seasonal food, made using produce from their own garden, as you sit along the River Lea.
Placing community at the heart of everything it does, The Signal is a charming British boozer in Forest Hill. In the mood for alfresco meals in the chillier months? Fear not as this place provides outdoor heaters that are sure to keep you nice and toasty.
This winter, escape the grey skies and chilly weather at Lost in Brixton. The heated rooftop restaurant in South London is a plant-lovers dream with floral decorations covering the space, whilst food comes from a handful of first-rate local vendors.
Cool decor, craft beer and more street food options than you can throw a stick at; Mercato Metropolitano is a no-brainer for a socially distanced meal with friends. The beloved Elephant and Castle food hall is fighting off the chilly weather with heated lamps dotted around their outdoor space.
With three different terraces and gorgeous views of Regent's Canal, The Lighterman is a top place to eat and drink outdoors in autumn. Whether you fancy a quick morning coffee, lunchtime bite or dinner, this King's Cross spot has got you covered.
The Grafton is a cosy pub with outdoor heaters in Kentish Town. Hunker down in this unique beer garden and you can indulge in award-winning ales, local craft beers on tap and plenty more with hearty British pub grub to warm your cockles while dining alfresco.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from St Pancras station, Rotunda is giving you dinner with a view. The canalside beauty has a selection of deals to see you through the week along with a heated terrace filled with various high tables, sofas and group seating.
A pint-sized pub tucked away in the quiet streets behind Queens Tennis Club, The Colton Arms is a charming place for outdoor drinking and dining thanks to its heaters. Keep things cosy with freshly poured pints and signature plates at this neighbourhood fave.
One of London's best outdoor restaurants with heating, Hush is an obvious choice for those of you after somewhere for a special occasion - that is, if you can find it. The floral gem is hidden in a lovely courtyard in the heart of Mayfair.
A swoon-worthy hangout with views of the Grand Union Canal, Smith's Bar & Grill has a massive outside area for some socially distanced dining with friends. If their mouthwatering fare doesn't attract you then their daily happy hour is sure to do the job.
Not only are Megan's among the best brunch restaurants in London, but their sites in Balham, Islington, Kensington, Wimbledon and Battersea all have outdoor heaters. Make sure to check them out next time your craving an alfresco fix.
Just a stone's throw away from Leicester Square you'll find 28-50 Covent Garden, a swanky wine bar and kitchen. Relax in their alfresco den and sample your way through a range of bottles, light bites and sharing platters.
With fruity cocktails, vibrant interiors - and exteriors for that matter - and South American nosh, Barrio is transporting you away from the wintry streets of London. Gather the gang and revel in the summertime tunes over a bottomless brunch.
Looking for a pretty beer garden with outdoor heaters in Central London? The Duke of Sussex is a brilliant spot, offering its guests luscious green surroundings that'll take them straight out the city and into a lush oasis for dinners outside in cooler months.
A gorgeous choice for brunch and refreshing bites, Rail House Cafe will have you chomping on black quinoa and mango salad bowls and miso-glazed salmon in a pretty setting. What's more, they've added heaters to their terrace to ensure you stay snug as a bug.
La Goccia's bringing the heat to Covent Garden, quite literally, with their toasty outdoor seating. Spend an evening tucking into Italian dishes made fresh from their open kitchen or, if you're just after a cocktail, check out their daily 2-4-1 aperitivo hour from 5pm til 8pm.
Touting kitsch and retro decor both inside and out, Flight Club is adding some fun to your catch-up with friends. Enjoy some alfresco cocktails and pizza paddles at this darts den whilst sticking to government guidelines. We'd call that a bullseye.
The Lillie Langtry is a homely local pub in the heart of Fulham. Blending traditional and contemporary features, this place is just as homely outdoors as it is inside, thanks to its pretty garden furnishings and cosy heaters, ideal for winter drinking sessions.
Venture over to Balham where The Exhibit's offering up a trio of open-air seating options to see you through winter. Wrap yourself up in one of their blankets and take to the heated terrace for a chinwag over cocktails and a medley of yummy small plates.
You've walked along Southbank numerous times but we bet you've never noticed this one. Tucked away behind the National Theatre, The Green Room is serving up homemade pizza and small plates from its sustainable garden. Thirsty? They also shake up a wicked cocktail or two.
No.197 Chiswick Fire Station hasn't just one, but two heated outdoor areas to choose from. Opt between their open-air courtyard or covered tables at the front and enjoy some people watching as you chow down on a weekday breakfast, post-work nibbles or Sunday roasts.
No 32 The Old Town is raising the game on winter restaurants with heated outdoor seating in London. Just a few minutes' walk away from Clapham Common, this spot has both a ground floor and rooftop terrace, along with a tasty menu of cocktails and comfort food.
With a fully-heated beer garden for all your alfresco drinking needs, this fun Brick Lane bar is making sure you still get facetime with your mates. Head over to The Apples and Pears for the chance to sink hot cocktails and steaming slices of pizza this season.
Not only does Paradise By Way of Kensal Green host an epic weekend bottomless brunch, but it's also home to an adorable outdoor snug. Get down here for an unforgettable feast of smoked aubergine, lamb rump and sticky toffee pudding.
Rated as the top steakhouse in London by Steak Society, The Jones Family Kitchen is cooking up superb cuts for hungry diners on their outdoor terrace. But it's not just for carnivores; there's also vegan-friendly bites such as stuffed courgette and a plant-based burger.
Aqua Kyoto boasts one of the best rooftops in London, so it comes as no surprise that they're ahead of the curve when it comes to restaurants for outdoor dining in winter. Take in the views across Oxford Circus whilst nibbling on unique Japanese food.
A stunning East London restaurant, Mare Street Market are keeping you cosy on their fairy-lit terrace with a number of heated lamps. They're also running a digital order and pay system, meaning you can get your fix of brunch dishes, burgers and grilled goodies completely contactless.