London's Best Outdoor Restaurants

Rain, snow or shine? From rooftop restaurants to riverside spots and huge beer gardens, the capital city boasts some everything from covered spaces to heated outdoor dinners. Whether you're looking to eat in Soho's finest, hitting up Hackney for pizza in the sunshine or keeping it classy with a dinner date in Mayfair under heaters and blankets, we've created a guide to the best outdoor restaurants London has to offer.

Last updated on 14th July 2022

Hush Mayfair

173 user reviews 5

A popular choice for outdoor dining in Mayfair, Hush is regularly frequented by well-heeled city slickers and celebs. The courtyard here takes on a new them each season - from enchanting fairytales to Mexican-inspired fiestas and now a taste of Italy. With twinkling candles and warming electric heaters, it's the perfect place to get cosy.

The Ship

990 user reviews 4

Just about as close to the river as you can get without donning a pair of swimming goggles, The Ship is something of a Wandsworth institution. With live music, regular quizzes and a menu full of pub grub classics (including garden burgers), an evening spent here, is an evening well spent. 

No.35 Mackenzie Walk

370 user reviews 4

If you're searching for a great place to eat outside in Canary Wharf, then No.35 Mackenzie Walk gets our vote. Not only does it serve up a tasty all-day menu of sustainably sourced grub alongside some classic cocktails, but it also has a beautiful waterside alfresco terrace to relax on.

The Gatehouse

975 user reviews 5

One of the best places to eat outdoors in North London's Highgate is The Gatehouse, offering a slice of tranquillity in its stunning beer garden. Pull up a chair and tuck into pub dishes with Spanish influence and freshly pulled pints while soaking up some summer rays.

Pizza Pilgrims City

41 user reviews 4

Fronting outdoor tables surrounded by greenery and a bustling atmosphere, Pizza Pilgrims city is the perfect place for grabbing a bite to eat in the fresh air. Think hearty slices with toppings like double pepperoni and spiced honey, all washed down with cocktails or craft beer.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

108 user reviews 4

Both rooftop bar and sky-high restaurant, Bussey is a famous Peckham spot for drinks and pizza above the city. Try out their sourdough slices or head there in the summer for a crisp menu of cold cocktails as you overlook the skyline.

An unexpected gem in East London's Wapping, The Turks Head is a cosy traditional pub with a gorgeous outdoor terrace. Not only is it covered and heated, but the den has been decked out in lush greenery, making it the perfect setting for a feast and some craft pints. 

An eating and drinking destination with views of the bridge like no other, One Tower Bridge has a whole range of restaurants and bars up for grabs. Whether you fancy a gourmet Indian meal, a plant-based feast, an Italian bite or an evening spent sipping on bubbles, this place has got you covered, plus the outdoor area to enjoy it all on.

Marsha Southbank

356 user reviews 4

One of London's best outdoor restaurants, Marsha is the Southbank bar and eatery you need to try out this summer. The venue boasts two stunning terrace areas, both at street level and on their first floor balcony, alongside a menu of delicious chicken and quality cocktails.

The Naturalist

247 user reviews 4

The Naturalist has all you need for a perfect lunchtime treat near Manor House, including impressive views of the West Reservoir. Head here and tuck into plates of seasonal British staples while soaking it all up.

London Bridge Rooftop

22 user reviews 4

What's better than a delicious meal in the sunshine? One with incredible views, obviously. Cue outdoor restaurants in London Bridge, with a seriously cool outdoor restaurant with juicy burgers and weekend brunches on the menu. Better yet, there'll also be a DJ playing beats and keeping the good times rolling.

The Cyclist

435 user reviews 4

The Cyclist is offering South Londoners the chance to top up their vitamin D levels with their outdoor seating. Head on over to the neighbourhood favourite in Balham for gastro grub and refreshing tipples this summer.