When it comes to beautiful restaurants, we’ve seen just about everything. Between sky-high rooftops, queue inducing bars and Instagrammable pink palaces, London’s got it all. But taking things back to basics, these stunning alfresco spots are touting impressive menus, award-winning cocktails and hidden green spaces without the crowds. Take a look at our list of 10 gorgeous restaurants with secret courtyards and gardens in London and escape the masses with something off the radar.
Sure, you might know this West London favourite for its all-day breakfast offering and impeccable interior, but did you know that No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is also fronting a lovely outdoor space? Head out to the sun-soaked courtyard for your next round of after-work drinks, weekend catch-ups or a Sunday roast session.
Transforming King’s Cross into a tropical destination, Granary Square Brasserie has gone exotic for this year’s outdoor dining area. If you like the sound of leafy décor and floral installations paired with cocktails, poached eggs, scallops and lemon meringue baked Alaska then this North London favourite is the place for you.
Native at Brown’s
Popping up at Browns’ flagship London store from spring, Native is bringing its Michelin-starred cooking to the West End. Expect seasonable, sustainable cooking such as the ‘fish fillet’ which matches ray cheeks, brown crab rarebit and seaweed tartare sauce with plant based brioche on a seaweed plate. You’ll want to book ahead for this one.
Though it’s located right in the heart of the West End, you could easily miss La Goccia. Uncover Italian-inspired small plates, wood-fired dishes and botanical cocktails in a hidden courtyard of the renowned Petersham Nurseries. If you visit before August, you’ll catch the photo-worthy elephant sculptures that are part of a collaboration with CoExistence and Elephant Family.
A quirky hotel with a few well-hidden secrets, The Mandrake is housing ethnobotanical cocktails at Waeska bar, delicious food at in-house restaurant YOPO and a jaw-dropping courtyard in the form of Jurema. Just moments from the bustling Oxford Street, this luxury hotel is a dreamy space aiming to transport you to a tranquil oasis.
Known for its exclusive guestlist and Insta-worthy frontage that changes with the seasons, members’ club Annabel’s might have slipped your secret garden radar. But we’re here to change things, taking you (virtually) inside the imposing plot. Wrap your lips around tuna tartare, buttery lobster and all kinds of cocktails in spectacular surrounds here.
You’ve sipped cocktails in the popular Long Bar and you’ve checked into the hotel for a city staycation, but have you checked out Sanderson’s secret courtyard garden? Located on Berners Street, the leafy hideout is home to umbrellas, water features and an Instagrammable swing. As for the food? You won’t want to miss the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Landing just in time for reopening this spring, Kudu’s terrace is a proper plant lover’s dream. The Peckham restaurant is rustling up a menu of South African plates and classic cocktails. Think spiced biltong, scorched mackerel tartare and confit sea trout washed down with palomas and rhubarb margaritas.
Concealed behind Kingsland Road cocktail bar Untitled, the Moon Garden is perfect for alfresco dining and drinking. Head to Dalston where chef Jay Morjaria is behind a menu of Korean small plates, while the drinks list spans mandarin mezcal negronis, fig leaf gimlets and a gin, sherry and bitters-tipped woodland negroni.
This year, the Rosewood hotel has teamed up with one of Scotland’s finest spirits for a clandestine pop-up in the courtyard. If you’re a fan of single malt whisky, then you won’t want to miss The Macallan Manor House; think old fashioneds, beers and ciders perfectly matched with cured meats, classic mains and pies from the Holborn Dining Room.