As soon as the sun begins making a regular appearance and the temperature starts to rise, there are few things Londoners enjoy more than an outdoor dining experience.
From drinks by the river to a plush inner-city meal, London’s world-famous combination of five-star restaurants and iconic views make dining in the fresh air a delight during the summer months.
For anyone searching for an outdoor spot to soak up some summer rays, reservation service OpenTable has used data from more than 1.3 million reviews to draw up a list of the 100 best outdoor dining locations across the country.
1. Bar Douro, London Bridge
Located in London’s Flat Iron Square, Bar Douro offers an authentic Portuguese dining experience, with a host of sharing plates and native wines. Quote from OpenTable: “The most lovely evening at Bar Douro. Delicious food and wine, great company, fabulous service, delightful ambience - thank you everyone at Bar Douro! We shall be back soon.” Photo: Bar Douro
2. Ognisko, South Kensington
Serving a combination of central and eastern European food, Ognisko can be found in the stunning Polish Hearth Club in South Ken. Quote from OpenTable: “Been coming here for years. It never disappoints. Great food, lovely patio, amazing location.” Photo: Ognisko
3. Saint Jacques, St James’s
Snails, tarte Tatin, fois gras; Saint Jacques is perfect for any French lovers looking for an outdoor dining experience in London.
Quote from OpenTable: “Cool French vibe. Uncomplicated menu. Great food. Excellent service. A super night out in London.” Photo: Saint Jacques
4. Sergios, Fitzrovia
Sat in the cool Titchfield Village in the west End, Sergios’ menu is packed with classic Italian meals, from pasta to pizza and various seafood options.
Quote from OpenTable: “Fantastic service and food. Great atmosphere Staff are very welcoming and very quick.” Photo: Sergios