From the elegant gardens running down to the Thames of The River Cafe to canalside spots like Gotto Trattoria in Hackney, we pick some of London's loveliest waterside gems to dine at.
Because when the weather's great in London you're going to want our guide on London's loveliest spots to eat outdoors.
We've done the legwork for you with everything you need for a great summer from the new alfresco spots for eating and drinking, great takeaway picnics and ice-cream specials to look out for on sweltering days.
With 12 traders, four bars and space for 800 diners, this new food hall on Oxford Street is the UK's largest.
Over in West London, The Prince is gearing up for its summer season and they're going BIG. Not content with managing to install a retractable electric roof over London's biggest pub garden making it - at a click of a button - British weatherproof, they're also the first to showcase an entirely new concept from the folks at Patty & Bun.
The summer season kicks off on 25 April and,
Notting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take over this old pub. They'll be serving up sharing plates, cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven.
If, like us, you consider al fresco dining to be the pinnacle of a London summer, then Cub’s series of Secret Garden Supper clubs are an event you won’t want to miss. Scheduled for dates in July and August, the sustainability-focused restaurant is taking their experience outdoors with a series of Sunday supper club events held in community gardens across London.
To find out more, we stopped by their first event last Sunday. The ‘secret’ aspect of the supper clubs
Updated 7/9/18 with opening date and soft launch details
Ten years after it first opened, Rotunda at Kings Place is getting a major makeover. The restaurant and its accompanying events space will close at the end of July and reopen mid-September.
Owner John Nugent, who's spending more than £1.5m on the redesign explains: "So much has changed in King’s Cross in recent years, and I am very proud that we were the early adopters of the
London already has a load of new terraces and outside spaces this summer, but Bourne and Hollingsworth have several killer USPs that they're banking on to make their new Hoxton summer experience, Beautiful Allotment, a must-visit. To start with, guests who book their summer countryside takeover of the gardens at The Geffrye Museum will be able to kick things in proper Countryfile style, getting picked up in a tractor pulling a vintage trailer complete
Night Tales have been appearing in residencies all over London - but this is their first permanent place. They're taking over some of the arches in Hackney Central and are putting in a Japanese garden for good measure.
Belgravia gets a cracking new neighbourhood restaurant with a lovely terrace to boot
One of two new restaurants opened up by the Boglione family in the heart of Covent Garden - this mixes British seasonal produce with an Italian aesthetic.
You've got to hand it to Caprice Holdings. They've really upped their PR game this week. Not only have they unveiled the single most Instagrammed building in London by covering the front of Annabel's in flowers for Chelsea Flower Week but they topped that by getting Victoria Beckham in to collaborate on their summer terrace at
Just in time for the sunny weather, Bleecker is back on the South Bank. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of a mighty Bleecker Burger in the sunshine, then there's no better time than this weekend to head down there and check them out.
They'll be in their usual spot by the Golden Jubilee Bridge, where you'll be able to get all the back cheeseburgers, blue burgers and angry fries that you can handle. And we'll bet
The ex-Claridges Head Chef returns to London to open a riverside restaurant and cafe at the Tower of London with a terrace and bar overlooking the Thames.
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