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Some of the best: Al fresco dining

Food & Drink | 1 MIN READ

J Sheekey:

What could be more summery than slurping fresh oysters dressed with a squeeze of Amalfi lemon on the terrace of this Covent Garden stalwart, which has been a favourite with London’s theatre crowd since it opened in 1896.
A retractable awning and blankets are on hand to ensure the show can still go on if the weather proves inclement.

The Cinnamon Kitchen:

Tucked away in the heart of the newly developed Battersea Power Station, this modern Indian restaurant does a mean line in vibrant plates such as bitter melon stuffed with spicy soya ragout. Knocking back one of their mango sour cocktails while enjoying views of The Thames from their suntrap terrace is the stuff summer dreams are made of.


Your expectations should be sky high for this rooftop bar, grill and terrace in Hackney. With an excellent choice of charcuterie and spritzes, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Mediterranean, if it wasn’t for the glittering outline of the City in the distance. Don’t miss sashimi-grade tuna grilled to perfection.

The Ivy:

Vines trailing off trellises and antique planters overflowing with flowers give The Ivy Chelsea’s secret garden a romantic atmosphere that is difficult to beat for long lunches and even longer dinners. Tuck into the likes of creamy burrata with juicy peaches and olives and decadent lobster linguine, before ordering a floral cocktail from the outdoor bar and savouring it around the firepit. It’s a veritable Eden in the heart of SW3 and an absolute must visit.

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