The sun is shining and everyone in London has the same idea as you - to find the perfect restaurant table in the sunshine to while away a lunchtime or evening. Get the jump on everyone else by using our annually updated guide to new alfresco spots that have all opened since last summer.
3 Norris Street, London SW1Y 4RJ
Veneta, Salt Yard Group’s latest restaurant is celebrating their first summer since opening with the launch of a Venetian terrace. Part of the pedestrianised redevelopment of St James market, the terrace emulates the relaxed drinking and dining culture seen throughout Venice.We rate it as a topspot to grab a spritz or two and some chicettiwhilstescaping the bustle of Haymarket.
Eat this: Grilled Octopus, Wood-roasted peperonata, polenta and marjoram
75-77 Marchmont St, Saint Pancras, London WC1N 1AP
This newish Bloomsbury bistro has a wraparound around terrace that opens for coffee and pastries in the morning and runs through to evening cocktails. Better still it's bookable for weekend brunch.
Dish to have: steak breakfast with eggs, bacon and potato
16 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AX
There's a huge riverside terrace overlooking the Thames at this new Drake & Morgan warehouse restaraunt in Canary Wharf. Served by a dedicated terrace bar this is a place to sit back and enjoy (if you must) a frosé.
Dish to have: Crayfish flatbread with baby gem lettuce, cherry tomatoes and marie rose sauce
Cha Chaan Teng
36-38 Kingsway, Holborn, City of London WC2B 6EY
Finding a new spot just off Kingsway is pretty difficult, but having just had a relaunch this Holborn fusion restaurant has opened a 'secret' terrace out at the back overlooking Lincoln’s Inn Field.
Dish to have: Braised Bean Curd and Shitake Fritter from the new summer menu
44 Blandford Street, London W1U 7HS
The inside of this Francophile wine bar is exceptionally lovely with all its stained glass, but you’ll want to head outside to enjoy a spot of streetside people watching.
Dish to have: Try the braised octopus with capers, olives and tomato with a glass of something cold.
20 Newington Green, London N16 9PU
Enjoy the sights and sounds of breezy Newington Green while seated at one of Dandy’s outdoor benches - particularly good if you’re in a big group and can get away with monopolising a whole one...
Dish to have: Try the salted meringue topped with rhubarb and pistachio
Ivory House, E Smithfield, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1AT
The armchairs or chef’s table may be tempting, but it’s the the stunning views over St Katherine Docks that makes the terrace at luxury restaurant Dokke the best place to sit.
Dish to have: Get down at breakfast to try their Japanese pancakes with bacon and banana
Dominique Ansel Bakery
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
If you're after somewhere where the air is as sweet as the food it serves, then head for the Dominique Ansel Bakery which opened a jasmine terrace this summer.
Dish to have: Orange & Rhubarb Blossom Tart
Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0QT
This behemoth restaurant and bar complex is a welcome respite from the throngs of seasonal tourists in Victoria, and offers some seriously good al fresco dining options, from the Rail House Cafe to Jason Atherton’s Hai Cenato.
Dish to have: Hai Cenato’s corzetti pasta with aged beef Bolognese, tomato and sage burnt butter is worth the trip alone.
32 Tanner St, London SE1 3LD
French bistro fare cooked on the rôtisserie is the order of the day at Pique-nique, a new relaxed all-day cafe in Tanner Street Park with great views of the Shard.
Dish to have: It has to be their signature dish, the rôtisserie-cooked Poulet de Bresse
47 Hereford Road, London W5 5AH
There's space for 50 folk to dine out in the garden at this West Coast-inspired spot. Better still it's open from breakfast onwards so a cracking spot for an alfresco weekend brunch.
Dish to have: Grilled corn, queso fresco and cilantro
30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD
Southern Italian cooking is *made* to be eaten al fresco on a warm summer’s evening. This north London trattoria’s tree-lined terrace is perfect for the job.
Dish to have: Aubergine and chocolate cake
Rick Stein Barnes
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High St, London SW14 8SN
Londoners can temporarily realise their countryside aspirations at Rick Stein’s lush new Thames-side restaurant in Barnes.
Dish to have: Rick Stein’s signature Dover sole à la Meunière
35 Sclater St, London E1 6LB
This new BBQ restaurant (led by a former Roka GM) is perfect for all your grilled meat cravings, and provides equally good sides and desserts, served in a smokey, steampunk setting.
Dish to have: Their chili-heavy brisket bun, with pigtails on the side
St James's Market
St James's Market, Westminster, London SW1Y
Those out and about in central London can visit Westminster’s newest ‘market’, home to restaurants like Tonkotsu’s upmarket sister Anzu, which boasts a retractable glass wall and plenty of outdoor seating.
Dish to have: Treat yourself to Anzu’s melt-in-your-mouth wagyu ‘tataki’ carpaccio
2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London, E8 1FA
The Sebright Arms crew have applied their revamp skills to this new all-day restaurant in Hackney, with plenty of al fresco benches and parasols that puts the roomy pavement to good use.
Dish to have: Smoked hoisin crispy duck with peach and pomegranate - or a Bunsmith bun if you’re feeling barbecue-y.