The British Summer is internationally famous for its unreliability, which is why when the sun comes out we are keen to make the most of it for as long as we can. We head to the parks and outdoor spaces, fill up the alfresco seating in the bars and cafes and, given the opportunity, jump at the chance to enjoy a little alfresco dining. No matter what your cuisine of choice, you will find that there is a venue to suit your tastes.
Babylon at the Roof Gardens (Kensington)
Here you can dine alfresco while enjoying wonderful views of the city skyline. The terraces are inviting and the food is incredible. At Babylon you will be served the very best in seasonal British cuisine from the best Scottish salmon through to the best in British beers and wines. Until the end of October you will be able to enjoy the best of British seafood while it is in season. All of the food on the menu is sourced from as many local suppliers as possible.
The R.S. Hispaniola
Why settle for just alfresco dining when you could combine it with being out on the water? The Hispaniola specialises in the best of European cuisine and makes the ideal venue for anyone whether you are looking for a family lunch or an intimate dinner for two. The sun deck is the place to dine and soak up as much of the summer sunshine as you can. Plus you can enjoy incredible river views as you eat, what could be better for a summer evening in the city?
Located in the heart of the City of London the Taberna Etrusca specialises in everything Italian. Located between Bank tube station and St Paul’s Cathedral you may be forgiven for thinking that the ambience will be just as formal as its high brow surroundings. Once inside you will find the atmosphere to be warm and welcoming, much more laid back than the high powered financial world that surrounds it. On the wonderfully secluded courtyard terrace you can experience a little piece of beautiful Tuscany deep in the heart of one of the biggest and most powerful cities in the world.
If Indian cuisine is your food of choice then you should head to the Cinnamon Kitchen. Located in the heart of the city, the restaurant offers an incredible mix of indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor terrace here is shielded from the weather and offers an all day alfresco venue for those looking to escape the hustle of the city for a while. It is not only the food that the venue has a reputation for the cocktails are incredible too.
For the very best in Thai cuisine you should head for the Blue Elephant in Chelsea. Here you will find a wonderful terrace where you can dine alfresco along the riverside offering you incredible views across the river. The terrace is equipped with patio heaters should the British summer run true to form, which means that guests can enjoy the alfresco area for longer.