• St. Felix Place in Borough is London's newest outdoor eating and drinking space

    st felix place southwark street

    From the team behind Flat Iron Square and Goods Way comes their latest alfresco project - featuring beer, BBQ, pizza and music

  • The Berkeley adds multicoloured beach huts for alfresco dining


    30/03/21 - Updated with new pics

    When the first lockdown ended, The Berkeley was one of the first to completely reinvent its outside space, turning the back of the hotel into The Garden - a rather beautiful alfresco restaurant. Now, as we emerge from the latest lockdown,

  • The Dorchester unveils plans for a new roof terrace restaurant

    dorchester terrace

    The Dorchester has unveiled its alfresco plans for London's grand reopening next month and they include the arrival of a brand new roof garden. It's the first time the hotel has expanded its outdoor plans to its roof and the space will play host to a variety of pop-ups hosted by the hotel's various chefs, from executive chef Mario Perera to The Grill at The Dorchester's Tom Booton and Jean-Philippe Blondet

  • The Wigmore launches a huge summer terrace and garden with food by Michel Roux Jr

    wigmore summer terrace

    Finding unused alfresco space in the centre of London isn't an easy ask - but the folk at The Wigmore on Regent Street have managed just that. The gastropub, which is part of the five start The Langham London hotel, has not only found some alfresco space, they've found ALL the alfresco space.

    Cunningly, they've connected the pubs terrace with the hotel’s courtyard garden area to form one large dining area, all covered

  • Kerridge's Garden Grill pops up at the Corinthia London

    kerridge's garden grill corinthia london

    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    It's fair to say chefs and restaurateurs are being pretty cunning when it comes to finding ways to ensure they can reopen on 12 April. Take Tom Kerridge for example. His restaurant, Kerridge's Bar and Grill, at the Corinthia London, doesn't have any outside space. But, as if by magic, the hotel's managed to conjure some out of thin air.

    To that end, Kerridge's

  • The Terrace by Megan's is their new alfresco restaurant on Clapham Common

    The Terrace by Megan's is their new alfresco restaurant on Clapham Common

    Megan's already have a successful restaurant in Clapham - but they're about to open a second. This has one key difference, it's going to be in the middle of Clapham Common and it's going to be an alfresco restaurant. 

    Called The Terrace by Megan's, it's taking over what used to be Recovery Kitchen, for a fully covered terrace restaurant. They'll have a slightly

  • Patty&Bun spin-off Sidechick is becoming a real restaurant

    Patty&Bun spin-off Sidechick is becoming a real restaurant

    One of the developments we're seeing as we emerge into a post-lockdown world is that some formerly delivery-only businesses are getting ready to launch real life restaurants. The latest of these is Patty&Bun spin-off Sidechick, which is actually opening on James Street, just a few doors down from the original Patty&Bun.

    If you're unfamiliar with Sidechick, they

  • Allegra is launching a Happy Burger pop-up on its terrace (and special residencies too)


    With the April date of alfresco opening getting ever closer, one restaurant is trying something new when they return. Patrick Powell and the Allegra team will be opening their (fantastic looking) rooftop terrace with a new pop-up called Happy Burger

    On the new menu will be: 

    • ‘The Happy Burger’, an Oklahoma-style onion burger with American cheese (and a Beyond Meat alternative too). If you don't know what an
  • Leyton's Filly Brook pub crowdfunds its way to a new alfresco space

    filly brook leyton

    Having an outside space matters more than ever for hospitality businesses. Anywhere in London that can do alfresco will have a clear month's extra trading before inside dining resumes in May.

    One East London pub's solution to the problem has been to seek help from its customers -

  • Central London's streets are reopening for alfresco dining in April

    westminster alfresco dining

    This is very welcome news. Westminster Council have just confirmed that Londoners can expect a return to dining in the streets of Soho, Marylebone and St James this summer.

    The council said that as soon as venues were allowed to open (all being well this will be on 12 April) they'll support the hospitality industry with "the return of temporary measures to enable al fresco hospitality across Westminster". They've

  • Brat at Climpson's Arch is going to be a permanent fixture

    Brat extends its residency at Climpsons Arch

    When London emerged from its first lockdown all those months ago, one of the first restaurants to completely reinvent itself was Tomos Parry's Brat. While the original restaurant stayed where it was (with a bit of table rejigging) they complimented it with a sister restaurant at Climpson's Arch, correctly assuming that alfresco dining would be very much a big thing in 2020.  

    Brat at Climpsons

  • Bala Baya in Southwark is bossing the winter alfresco game with its umbrella terrace

    bala baya umbrella terrace

    Given the Tier 2 rules mean that all socialising is pretty much outdoors for the foreseeable, London's restaurants and bars have been busy weatherproofing their terraces and outside spaces. All of which makes it hard to stand out from the crowd, but Southwark restaurant Bala Baya seems to have succeeded.

    They've just opened their Discarded Umbrella Winter Garden. It's a tie in with Discarded Spirits Co and Bala Baya’s

  • London's best winter alfresco - covered terraces, rooftops & more

    london's best alfresco heated and covered winter terraces

    London has long had a winter alfresco scene with covered terraces and heated gardens perfect for eating and drinking through the colder months. Now, with current Covid restrictions and concerns, alfresco options where you won’t be soaked in the rain or chilled to the bone are even more popular. Here’s our pick of London’s best...

  • MM Caffe is an alfresco cafe from Mercato Mayfair, just off Oxford Street

    MM Caffe is an alfresco cafe from Mercato Mayfair, just off Oxford Street

    They've already achieved a pretty impressive makeover of nearby Grade 1 listed St Mark's and now Mercato Metropolitano have gone outside to Brown Hart Gardens, the raised garden area just in front of the Beaumont Hotel (most recently the Bonnie Gill seafood shack). Their latest opening is

  • Hot Dinners' Indian summer guide to eating and drinking in London


    njoy the last heady days of an Indian summer with our guide to everything from the new alfresco spots for eating and drinking, great takeaway picnics and ice-cream specials to look out for on sweltering days.

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