London Restaurants with Gardens

The heat goes on. Eat outdoors at these favourite London restaurants with gardens and terraces:

The River Cafe, Hammersmith

Now well into it’s 30th year, Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray’s iconic riverside restaurant remains a firm favourite. Make the most of the sunshine and visit when you can sit outdoors on the terrace and linger for a summer lunch. An expensive treat, the daily changing menu never disappoints.

Kudu, Peckham 

Coveted outdoor tables can be booked ahead at Kudu, so you can guarantee your spot in the sun. Peckham’s hottest restaurant serves up lunch, brunch and dinner with a South African twist – make sure you order the legendary bread and butter.

Mazi, Notting Hill

Credit: Jade Nina Sarkhel

See Mamma Mia at the Gate and then dance round the corner to Hillgate Street’s classic Greek restaurant. Many people don’t know about their pretty sun trap of a garden at the back where you can dine on signature dishes like black truffle chicken and wild cod bourdeto outdoors, as you would in Greece.

Floral Court, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

The heart of Covent Garden’s Petersham Nurseries is Floral Court, the fragrant courtyard that connects its spaces. Both the more formal restaurant, the Petersham and the more relaxed, La Goccia spill out so that you can dine al fresco when the weather permits.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Kings Road

A spacious chi-chi garden right on the Kings Road. Leafy trellises and tinkling fountains make this a very appealing summer spot. The à la carte menu is just as you’d expect from The Ivy; old classic’s like the Ivy shepherd’s pie sit alongside new friends like the Chelsea spritz cocktail. Book ahead

Bar Douro, London Bridge

Out of the cool of the railway arches and into the sunshine of Flat Iron Square spill the tables of this bustling, blue-tiled Portuguese. Inspired by two of this year’s most popular destinations, Lisbon and Porto, snack on small plates of Iberico ham and char-grilled sardines along with the drink of the summer, white port and tonic.

Quince Tree Cafe, Maida Vale

London’s oldest garden centre is a hidden oasis of calm in Maida Vale. The food is typical cafe fare –  think smashed avocado on toast – but the real lure is the chance to sit at tables surrounded by the nursery’s plants and flowers and feel a million miles from central London. Breakfast and lunch only.

Italo, Vauxhall

Just a few tables and chairs on the pavement outside a corner deli. It might not sound like much but this small Italian cafe is a local secret that overflows with charm. Casual and informal, come for proper coffee, delicious sandwiches and a very warm welcome. It’s opposite Bonnington Square – so you can sit in the Pleasure Gardens if the tables are full.

The Lacy Nook, Stoke Newington

Thank you to the reader wrote in to say that we simply must include this Stoke Newington local in our round-up. Run by an all-female team, the food plays on Balkan, Middle Eastern and Asian flavours – and with a large garden seating up to 40 people it comes highly recommended.

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— Daisy Allsup
26th July 2018