Lockdown’s easing and I’m sure you can’t wait to get out and finally see friends and family again. That’s right, you’ll finally be able to wear all those clothes you’ve been stashing away for months and live your best boujee life. But what’s that you say? You don’t know where to go for those lively catchups over cocktails?
Fear not, we’ve tracked down the best al fresco dining experiences in London for you to frequent. Boasting some of the country’s finest cuisine and drinks menus, these establishments provide the perfect setting for long awaited reunions and toasting to good times to come. Don’t hand around, gather the girls and book your table now!
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The Garden Terrace, The Hari
Why not embrace Italian culture and spend a long, lazy afternoon at The Hari’s Garden Terrace. A chic outdoor veranda in Knightsbridge, it’s perfect for reconnecting with friends and family after this long lockdown. Featuring a new menu reminiscent of Italy’s Campania region, enjoy an Aperol Spritz alongside delicious seafood dishes or a classic burger. Treat yourself and let the cuisine sweep you away to the balmy riviera.
Le Pont De La Tour
With gorgeous views of the Thames and Tower Bridge, Le Pont De La Tour has the most amazing location for al fresco dining this spring. You can live out your Parisian fantasy amongst this restaurant’s 1930s chic décor, while sampling their innovative French cuisine. Boasting a variety of classic meat and seafood dishes, as well as an extensive wine list, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself this season.
The Terrace, Claridge’s
If you’re looking for luxury dining in a more secluded setting, you have to visit Claridge’s Terrace. Experience the Mediterranean in Mayfair through their abundance of fresh flavours and seasonal spritzes. Plus, all tastes are catered for with a wide-ranging menu boasting everything from seafood and salads to pizza and grill. Add to this their extensive drinks menu, and you won’t be able to resist catching up with your bestie over a cocktail or a bottle of rare champagne.
The Terrace, Jean-Georges at the Connaught
For classic dishes paired with south-east Asian cuisine, you have to visit The Terrace at the Connaught. This charming restaurant is championed by world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and offers a perfectly relaxed dining experience to reconnect over. Why not try their Poppy Seed Crusted Salmon or Black Truffle Pizza, paired with a signature cocktail such as their Lychee Raspberry Bellini for a truly lavish day out.
The Lanesborough Garden
For those craving a touch of sophistication post-lockdown, then The Garden Room at The Lanesborough, one of the masterpiece properties in the Oetker Collection, is the place to visit on 12th April. Situated at one of London’s most enviable addresses, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, The Lanesborough is one of the city’s most iconic hotels commanding a prestigious location that straddles Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. One of the hotel’s most coveted hide-out spots is The Garden Room – an indoor/outdoor heated cigar terrace serving drinks and light snacks. An expert team of Cigar Sommeliers are on hand to recommend a selection from the extensive collection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars in The Garden Room’s expansive walk-in humidor. The Garden Room’s selection of Habanos has been chosen to reflect the wide variety of strengths and flavours, as well as the myriad of sizes of cigar that are available. There is an excellent collection of Limited Edition, Special Edition and Vintage cigars including the 50th Anniversary from Cohiba, such as Bolivar Soberanos LE 2018, Romeo Y Julieta Churchill and Partagas D No.4. The Garden Room also serves cocktails, weekend brunch and light supper, and is available for exclusive hire for a maximum group of six.
TOP TIP: Make use of the experienced and extremely knowledgeable Cigar Sommeliers who are on hand to cater to recommend a smoke to suit each individual taste
The Ivy Chelsea
Located on famous Kings Road, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a beautiful restaurant with an extensive menu. Created by The Ivy Collection’s Executive Chef, Sean Burbidge, the menu is designed to offer an eclectic mix of modern British comfort food and international dishes. Menus range from morning until night to include breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, light bites, dinner and weekend brunch, ensuring there is something for every occasion.
Alongside our carefully selected wine list, our cocktail menu features an inspired collection of 11 bespoke creations, each unique to The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Named with our Chelsea location in mind, each has been expertly designed to bring an Ivy twist on some timeless choices. Highlights include the Sloane Ranger, our refreshing vodka-based Collins, our signature Ivy Garden Royale, our indulgent take on the classic Espresso Martini with salted caramel and the alluringly tropical Queens Permission.