London’s Top Al Fresco Dining Spots

Summer in London is a magical time. The sunshine and long evenings bring everyone out in force. The parks and pubs are packed and this year, it’s all about al fresco dining! So if you are planning on eating out this summer, be sure to check out one of London’s top al fresco dining spots.

The Lighterman

The Lighterman boasts 3 floors of dining and drinking areas overlooking the Granary Square and Regents Canal in Kings Cross. Its stunning waterside location is the perfect place to spend your day, relaxing and watching the world go by.

Menu: The menu is seasonal modern British with European influences and has something for everyone.

Location: 3 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Roka at Canary Wharf

Roka at Canary Wharf is one of London’s top Japanese restaurants providing modern Japanese cuisine alongside stunning views of the London skyline. Conveniently located just 3 minutes from the tube, this is the perfect after work evening drinks location for city workers wanting to enjoy a warm London evening.

Menu: Modern Japanese ‘robatayaki’ cuisine.

Location: 4 Park Pavilion (1st Floor), London, E14 5FW


Smoke & Salt

Located at the pop up project “Pop Brixton”, the Salt & Smoke is a relaxed and informal dining space surrounded by music, art and alternative entertainment.

Menu: Modern cuisine using ancient techniques.

Location: 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ

Pop Brixton


The original fusion food. SushiSamba brings together the best of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine in breathtaking rooftop surroundings. Found on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower the views stretch as far as the Olympic Stadium.

Menu: Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian fusion.

Location: 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY


The Lord Palmerston

For a more traditional British pub feel The Lord Palmerston is a great location in the heart of North London. During winter you can expect cosy seats and roaring fires but in Summer you can spill out onto the streets and enjoy traditional pub classics al fresco.

Menu: Traditional British pub classics.

Location:  33 Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate, London NW5 1HU

Lord Palmersons

The Botanist

Located in the heart of Chelsea, The Botanist at Sloan Square is a classic London restaurant destination. It’s the perfect place for an up market brunch, pre-theatre drinks or after work cocktails and offers a wide selection on its menu.

Menu: À la carte, brunch and all day dining.

Location: 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE

The Botanist

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto provides contemporary Japanese food in a stunning rooftop setting. The perfect location for a special occasion or celebration, you will not be disappointed by your surroundings.

Menu: Contemporary Japanese Cuisine.

Location: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), London, UK W1B 3BR

aqua kyoto

Gallery Mess

Sophisticated and relaxed, the Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea is a special find in London, with a stunning terrace overlooking the green and surrounded by extraordinary contemporary art.

Menu: Seasonal British food and cocktails.

Location: Gallery Mess, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4RY

Gallery Mess