When London emerged from its first lockdown all those months ago, one of the first restaurants to completely reinvent itself was Tomos Parry's Brat. While the original restaurant stayed where it was (with a bit of table rejigging) they complimented it with a sister restaurant at Climpson's Arch, correctly assuming that alfresco dining would be very much a big thing in 2020.
Brat at Climpsons
Given the Tier 2 rules mean that all socialising is pretty much outdoors for the foreseeable, London's restaurants and bars have been busy weatherproofing their terraces and outside spaces. All of which makes it hard to stand out from the crowd, but Southwark restaurant Bala Baya seems to have succeeded.
They've just opened their Discarded Umbrella Winter Garden. It's a tie in with Discarded Spirits Co and Bala Baya’s
London has long had a winter alfresco scene with covered terraces and heated gardens perfect for eating and drinking through the colder months. Now, with current Covid restrictions and concerns, alfresco options where you won’t be soaked in the rain or chilled to the bone are even more popular. Here’s our pick of London’s best...
From the elegant gardens running down to the Thames of The River Cafe to restaurants actually on the canal in Paddington, we pick some of London's loveliest waterside gems to dine at.
They've already achieved a pretty impressive makeover of nearby Grade 1 listed St Mark's and now Mercato Metropolitano have gone outside to Brown Hart Gardens, the raised garden area just in front of the Beaumont Hotel (most recently the Bonnie Gill seafood shack). Their latest opening is
njoy the last heady days of an Indian summer with our guide to everything from the new alfresco spots for eating and drinking, great takeaway picnics and ice-cream specials to look out for on sweltering days.
Because when the weather's great in London you're going to want our guide on London's loveliest spots to eat outdoors.
Elliot's expands into Borough Market with a summer pop-up alfresco restaurant. We head down to try it out.
The South Bank's Green Room bar may have closed for good last year, but it's being resurrected in a different form this summer.
The Green Room #2 will be an alfresco garden space, open for the summer, serving pizza and cocktails. It's being run by hospitality group Wright & Bell which comprises Smithfield restaurant LINO, City bar Kitty Hawk and Carnaby spot Whyte & Brown. And it's a clever move,
With nightclubs the businesses most affected by the Covid shutdown (and the last to come out of it), it's unsurprising that some have found other ways to make money in the meantime.
Up in Tottenham, The Cause nightclub has done a deal to double the outside space it has, and they're planning to make the most of it over the summer. The club has taken over some of the neighbouring industrial units at their site by Tottenham Hale station, and food
New to Chelsea, Stanley's features a menu with an emphasis on British produce and has the ace-in-its-sleeve of a big outside courtyard for alfresco drinking and dining.
The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has created a brand new alfresco restaurant at the back of the hotel. We went down for a lunchtime Med-inspired feast.
There's no doubt that restaurants with access to an outside area are going to have a better time of it than others as places reopen for business this weekend. So props to The Berkeley who not registered, 'ooh we have quite a decent outside space at the back of the hotel' but also 'why don't we do something brand new with it?'
To that end, they'll be opening an entirely new alfresco restaurant on Saturday. The Garden at The
Over in Stratford, one of the biggest selling points of the new Allegra restaurant at The Stratford was its beautiful seventh floor terrace. But the restaurant, which opened at the end of last summer, hasn't properly had a chance to showcase this space to guests yet.
Thankfully, come 10 July, that's all about to change. That's when they're opening their large terraced area and - best of all - they'll be
As London's restaurants prepare to spill outside, going alfresco in a big way this summer, new Hammersmith restaurant Sam's Riverside is taking full advantage of its waterside location.
Only open four months before the lockdown - here's a reminder of our Test Drive at the time - the restaurant will reopen on
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