London's cosiest patios for alfresco dining

Words by Keven Amfo

25 June 2020

Outdoor dining doesn’t have to end when summer does. Cosy up to these heated patios to continue al fresco season well into autumn—and even winter.

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1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
Serving an excellent Indian BBQ menu, Brigadiers also is home to a large, beautiful terrace in the middle of The City. In a departure from its summer incarnation as a beer garden, come autumn, the addition of heat lamps will make the space cosy. Enjoy a selection of their sharing plates, and end the evening with their fantastic iteration of an Eton Mess.

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Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7PA
A place to see and be seen, the outdoor patio at Chiltern is definitely one of London’s most popular. With multiple heat lamps alongside a roaring fireplace, you won’t go cold. Open from morning til night, the American-inspired menu changes with the seasons—but always includes their famous Crab Doughnuts, which are spectacular.

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Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill

11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
Featuring the best of British seafood, Bentley’s selection of the ocean’s finest never disappoints. The carpeted terrace, which is also enclosed by glass, stays warm with heat lamps but still feels outdoorsy thanks to the many plants. Sample their extensive raw bar, or go for their version of classic, comforting fish pie.

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88 St John Street, London EC1M 4EH
The coveted hidden courtyard at Luca is beautiful, covered in foliage. The perfect place to enjoy their inventive Parmesan Fries and seasonal pastas, the leafy space will beckon you to stay longer than you should. Do it, and indulge in their great dessert menu and extensive Italian wine list whilst you’re there.

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J Sheekey

28-32 St Martin’s Court, London WC2N 4AL
J Sheekey’s romantic red-hued terrace is the best bet for cosy al fresco dining in Covent Garden. The seasonal patio becomes warmer come autumn, with the arrival of open fireplaces, heat lamps, and blankets at every seat. It is a delightful place to partake in a leisurely evening of caviar and champagne, followed by their cheeky dessert, the J Sheekey Fishbowl.

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The Berkeley Bar

Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL
This tiny terrace at Knightsbridge landmark, The Berkeley Hotel, has one of London’s best views: that of St Paul’s Church, which is next door. The four-table terrace is cosy and intimate, an ideal venue for enjoying expertly-crafted cocktails and elevated small bites whilst cosying up to your paramour post-work on a chilly autumn evening.

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Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4PW
Boasting fabulous views overlooking Regents Canal, this entirely-outdoor Spanish restaurant is interactive—the menu is focused around grill-your-own meats. The sweet scent of BBQ smoke may actually convince you that you’re somewhere warmer, in sunny climes, or at least distract you from the surrounding grey.

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Dalloway Terrace

16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
The brilliant terrace of the Bloomsbury Hotel is enjoyable regardless of the season. Open early for breakfast, until late, the indoor-outdoor space is covered and heated, guaranteeing warmth as you inhale the dreamy florals. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy afternoon tea with a glass of champagne.

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Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden Floral Court

31 King Street, London WC2E 8JD
At the center of Petersham Nurseries suite of offerings in Covent Garden lies Floral Court. Connecting the Shop, Florist, Delicatessen, and Cellar with the Petersham and La Goccia restaurants, the beautiful terrace is an ideal location for year-round al fresco dining. Expectedly, the in-house garden experts update flora and fauna with each season—guaranteeing a seasonally inspired environment, perfect for enjoying their slow food menu of ethically sourced and crafted small plates.

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