With various floors and three outside terraces to choose from, The Lighterman is sure to leave you spoilt for choice in terms of post-lockdown meals out. Opt between a weekday lunch whilst watching shoppers descend on Coal Drops Yard or a riverside brunch as you soak up the sunshine.
London's Best Restaurants For Social Distancing
There's no two ways about it: the country's drinking and dining scene will be facing a very new norm for the foreseeable future. Sharing? A big no-no. Cashless payments? Hells yes. But the number one, non-negotiable rule is social distancing. With that in mind, we've come up with our pick of the best restaurants for social distancing in London.
Devonshire Terrace is a top restaurant for social distancing in London, thanks to its spacious dining room and outdoor seating areas, as well as its private hire balconies and rooms. As for food, the Liverpool Street kitchen rustles up a European menu of burgers, curries and salads, accompanied by a delicious selection of cocktails to wash it all down.
Head to this Wandsworth pub for an alfresco socially distanced meal overlooking the Thames. Gaze at a breathtaking sunset vista whilst sampling a number of local and global brews from one of their outdoor tables or book a riverside cabin for you and your housemates.
Surrounded by 170 acres of grassland, duck ponds and trees, Wandsworth Common's The Skylark Café is a great shout for a socially distanced lunch. Tuck into a selection of seasonal salads, veggie burgers and sourdough sandwiches before going for an afternoon walk.
When it comes to socially distanced drinking and dining in London, El Garito is coming up aces for their delicious takeaway cocktails such as aperol, campari and cynar spritzes and tramezzino sandwiches. The Hackney spot will also be hosting live music for those of you after a little socially distanced boogie.
Blazing the trail for outdoor partying post-lockdown, Prince of Wales is hosting a series of socially-distanced parties atop its roof. With private booths available for members of the same household, these bashes promise booze, tasty food and live DJs.
BrewDog has been our knight in shining armour throughout lockdown, making sanitisers to keep us clean and hosting online pub events to inject some fun into our evenings. So it comes as no surprise that they've been working to make their sites social distance-friendly to ensure that we can get our paws on their juicy burgers, pizzas and craft brews.
From the largest restaurants in London to the smallest. Set inside a themed American railway wagon, Caboose is a tiny 8-13 seater private hire dining experience that'll see you and your quarantine comrades chowing down on three courses of slow-cooked meats cooked by a personal chef whilst sipping on your own BYOB.
Combining alfresco drinking, street food and lawn games, this gorgeous East London rooftop bar is helping you get through the summer months in style. An open air dining destination, you'll be able to keep within social distancing protocols, and have a little fun with it too.
An East London favourite, People's Park Tavern is a vibrant pub backing onto Victoria Park. Guests can walk straight in from the green where they'll find one of the best beer gardens in London - colourful huts, fairy lights and tonnes of tables - along with a range of takeaway craft beers and tasty food.
A stunning City of London restaurant, 14 Hills has had a little reshuffle to make sure that you're still able to get your dose of floral decor and picture-perfect dishes whilst sticking to government guidelines. Share a toast - but nothing else - over some of the signature cocktails before feasting on salmon, risotto and roast duck galore.
As a Michelin-starred restaurant, Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social is undoubtedly one of London's best restaurants for social distancing. Tables are safely spread out across the gorgeous dining room, whilst the menu focusses on exquisite British bites such as Lake District beef fillet with aubergine and miso purée or Orkney sea scallop with pickled kohlrabi
The German Gymnasium is a grade II-listed King's Cross restaurant, set across two floors and an outside terrace. Yes, the place may look a little different - with a layout rejig, hand sanitisers and air purifiers - but it's still serving up signature staples such as veal schnitzel, Cornish crab salad and beetroot ravioli.
This rooftop restaurant serves up incredible views, European plates and a beautiful garden to lounge on. Grab a table on Coq D'Argent's expansive alfresco terrace and gasp at the stunning scenes of St Paul's Cathedral, Monument Station and The Gherkin.
You can still get your fix of biriyanis, samosas and rotis, courtesy of Dishoom. Renowned for serving up incredible Indian cuisine in sophisticated settings, the London restaurant has undergone a mini transformation to ensure it remains a safe place to eat in London. Think masks, contactless payments and potentially a plastic screen or two.