The Best Al Fresco Dining In London

Photographed by Annie Joy Boothroyd

As you know from the 12th the COVID-19 lockdown has began to lift once again. Restaurants and pubs are now allowed to serve customers as long as they’re seated outdoors, all food and drink orders must be made from your booked table, you can read more about London’s restrictions here. Getting outside to finally soak up some needed Vitamin D is at the top of the agenda so why not do this while dining with your bubble, or on your own if need be. I’ve made it easier for you and listed the best restaurants to dine Al Fresco.

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea, via The Resident

Bluebird is a local restaurant located on Kings Road in Chelsea, its stylish garden aesthetic is an absolute must-go. If you love a good photo they have the perfect picturesque backgrounds that’ll have your likes going all the way up. But if you don’t care for aesthetics, no worries! They offer amazing European foods and cocktails to build the fondest memories in, check it out for more information!

Laurdrée Paris

Ladurée Covent Garden via Afternoontea

Teatime at the Ladurée? Yes please! A venue to sit back and relax with a selection of menus, its elegant atmosphere and tasteful macaroons is definitely something to write home about. They offer outdoor seating inline with Covid restrictions so there’s no need to worry if someone is contaminating your personal space. Their first location situated in the City of London brings a touch of sophistication to Covent Garden’s lively district. Experience an escape to a French boudoir with its glamorous, luxury interior just like their pastries. Their delicate finger sandwiches, divine cakes are a needed experience Oh and did I mention the macaroons already? Yes they’re that good! Don’t just take my work for it.

Book here and thank me later!

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden via Facebook

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a British restaurant providing a full menu of food and cocktails all day. Yes all day! From breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea to evening dinner, especially weekend dining! Along with their all-day menu they provide a gorgeous leafy, exotic garden for Al Fresco dining all year round, perfect for relaxations or a perfect backdrop for your next post. They’re also located on Kings Road in Chelsea so there are several bus routes and train stations to get you to the location, stat!

Once we’re allowed to have indoor dining don’t worry about being left in the cold as they have areas covered in glass with heaters to ensure your enjoyment.

Book a table here.


The Manicomio Chelsea Terrace

Manicomio is a elegant quality restaurant that specialises in modern Italian dishes, from their homemade pastas to fresh produce they’re prepared to service their customers with not only the best food, but great service and aesthetics. Their conservatory, private courtyard garden and heated terrace is perfect for the public this season especially with the current Covid restrictions. Now opened seven days a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner you can experience one of the best Al Fresco dining experiences in town!

Check here for more information.

Chucs Restaurant

Chucs Restaurant Garden

Chucs has restaurants located all around London, however my favourite is the spot located in the neighbourhood of Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. Their Yacht themed interior creates a warm and welcoming environment by day perfect for a lunch meet up with a friend and an intimate yet lively feel by night for date night. Opened Monday – Sunday, serving well-prepared Italian cuisine from brunch to dinner their cozy courtyard garden is exactly what is needed for perfect Al Fresco dining.

If you aren’t convinced yet, Chucs has offers that provide you with bottomless brunches on the weekends! And that’s not it! On Mondays after those long days at work they give a shocking 50% discount on special wines after 6pm. See more information here.

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