• Pergola on the Wharf is taking over the rooftop space at Canary Wharf's Crossrail Place

    pergola on the wharf opening canary wharf

    It's fair to say it's been a while since we reported on a new opening at Canary Wharf, so it's a positive sign that today the folks behind Pergola Paddington, The Prince and Lost in Brixton have declared the wharf to be their next destination.

    This summer they'll be opening Pergola on the Wharf at Crossrail Place. The huge new entertainment space is taking over the East side of the Crossrail Place

  • More KERB as street food comes to the National Theatre and Tobacco Dock

    More KERB as street food comes to the National Theatre and Tobacco Dock

    With alfresco being once again a big thing in 2021, KERB are expanding their street food markets to a couple of new areas. 

    First up is KERB X National Theatre. where they'll be parking five food trucks from April until the end of summer. That will be kicking off with Biang Dang (Taiwanese lunchboxes), Lords of Poke, Milktree Gelato, Stakehaus

  • Buckingham Palace is opening its gardens for picnics - for real, this time

    picnic at buckingham palace

    We always like to think of ourselves here at Hot Dinners as influential, but we never expected to have the ear of the royal family. Although how else do you explain the fact that eight days after we ran with this April Fool storyabout Buckingham Palace opening its garden to the public for alfresco dining, the story appears

  • London's best pub gardens for foodies

    swan chiswick pub garden

    We look at some of the best pub gardens in London, where the alfresco space is more than matched by a great food menu.

  • 14 Hills in the City are unveiling a rooftop restaurant on the 15th floor

    14 hills terrace london

    Before lockdown D&D's City restaurant 14 Hills was doing a storming business. Now, with the announcement of a new rooftop terrace, they're hoping to reopen with a similarly strong following.

    The 14th-floor restaurant has moved up a level, taking over space in the building's 15th-floor rooftop garden. It'll have quite the view over London and room for around 50 diners.

    The terrace's opening menu will feature

  • Picnic in the Queen's back garden with Alfresco At The Palace

    buckingham palace picnics

    Update: 12pm. Well done to those of you who spotted it - this was our April Fool's Day story - joining a long line of times we've tried with varying degrees of success to pull the wool over your eyes. Mind you, it actually is a good idea....


    It's been a very tough 12 months for the hospitality business. And for

  • Gordon Ramsay's Street Pizza gets ready to open at Battersea Power Station

    gordon ramsay street pizza battersea

    Updated 31/3/21 with opening date

    Back before Christmas, we talked about Gordon Ramsay's plans to roll out several of his more casual restaurants across London. However, with the arrival of a new lockdown, some of those plans were obviously pushed back.

    But now it seems

  • 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

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