Alfresco

  • Test Driving Ell-Fresco - Elliot's goes alfresco for the summer

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    Elliot's expands into Borough Market with a summer pop-up alfresco restaurant. We head down to try it out.

  • The Green Room is the South Bank's new alfresco restaurant and bar

    Green room alfresco bar and restaurant opens on the South Bank

    The South Bank's Green Room bar may have closed for good last year, but it's being resurrected in a different form this summer.

    The Green Room #2 will be an alfresco garden space, open for the summer, serving pizza and cocktails. It's being run by hospitality group Wright & Bell which comprises Smithfield restaurant LINO, City bar Kitty Hawk and Carnaby spot Whyte & Brown. And it's a clever move,

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  • Tottenham Hale club The Cause launches the Costa del Tottenham

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    With nightclubs the businesses most affected by the Covid shutdown (and the last to come out of it), it's unsurprising that some have found other ways to make money in the meantime.

    Up in Tottenham, The Cause nightclub has done a deal to double the outside space it has, and they're planning to make the most of it over the summer. The club has taken over some of the neighbouring industrial units at their site by Tottenham Hale station, and food

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  • Stanley's restaurant opens in Chelsea with a huge courtyard area

    Stanley's restaurant opens in Chelsea with a huge courtyard

    New to Chelsea, Stanley's features a menu with an emphasis on British produce and has the ace-in-its-sleeve of a big outside courtyard for alfresco drinking and dining.

  • Test Driving The Garden at The Berkeley - an alfresco Mediterranean feast

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    The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has created a brand new alfresco restaurant at the back of the hotel. We went down for a lunchtime Med-inspired feast. 

  • The Berkeley unveil The Garden restaurant - an alfresco haven in Knightsbridge

    The Garden at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge

    There's no doubt that restaurants with access to an outside area are going to have a better time of it than others as places reopen for business this weekend. So props to The Berkeley who not registered, 'ooh we have quite a decent outside space at the back of the hotel' but also 'why don't we do something brand new with it?'

    To that end, they'll be opening an entirely new alfresco restaurant on Saturday. The Garden at The

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  • Allegra in Stratford has a massive terrace which is where you want to be this summer

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    Over in Stratford, one of the biggest selling points of the new Allegra restaurant at The Stratford was its beautiful seventh floor terrace. But the restaurant, which opened at the end of last summer, hasn't properly had a chance to showcase this space to guests yet.

    Thankfully, come 10 July, that's all about to change. That's when they're opening their large terraced area and - best of all - they'll be

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  • Sam's Riverside is reopening, with a seafood terrace overlooking the river

    sam's riverside reopens with a seafood terrace

    As London's restaurants prepare to spill outside, going alfresco in a big way this summer, new Hammersmith restaurant Sam's Riverside is taking full advantage of its waterside location.

    Only open four months before the lockdown - here's a reminder of our Test Drive at the time -  the restaurant will reopen on

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  • Chicama on the King's Road opens early for "terrace dining"

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    Yesterday the government announced the reopening date for London's restaurants. But it seems that some aren't waiting that long. In town last week we spotted a few restaurants doing 'takeaway' that essentially involved eating at the restaurant's tables outside. And now a restaurant on the King's Road has opened its terrace for

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  • 40ft Brewery to celebrate reopening in Dalston with a 6ft beer

    40ft Brewery to celebrate reopening in Dalston with a 6ft beer

    While we're obviously very excited that restaurants are about to reopen, we're also just as giddy about the pubs, bars and taprooms returning across the city. And one of our favourites of the latter is definitely 40ft Brewery in Dalston. They're not only reopening their outside space, but they're also introducing a new drink to emphasise the required social distancing. 

    The 6FT is

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  • Dalloway Terrace unveils its new autumnal look

    dalloway terrace debuts autumn look

    OK, how pretty is this? Always Insta-friendly Bloomsbury restaurant and bar Dalloway Terrace has had an autumnal makeover and it's quite the look.

    London florists Wild at Heart are the folk responsible for the new seasonal look which uses preserved oak and beech leaves, natural cork bark and golden silk leaves in the design. The whole thing's been done in conjunction with the bar's newest partner - booze-free English aperitif company

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  • Market Hall West End on Oxford Street will be the UK's largest food hall

     

    markethallwestWith 12 traders, four bars and space for 800 diners, this new food hall on Oxford Street is the UK's largest.

  • The Prince's summer line-up features Jefferies - a new chicken concept from Patty and Bun

    The Prince's summer line-up features Jefferies - a new chicken concept from Patty and Bun

    Over in West London, The Prince is gearing up for its summer season and they're going BIG. Not content with managing to install a retractable electric roof over London's biggest pub garden making it - at a click of a button - British weatherproof, they're also the first to showcase an entirely new concept from the folks at Patty & Bun.

    The summer season kicks off on 25 April and,

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  • Gold on Portobello Road will be a four floor food palace with a late bar

    goldfishNotting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take over this old pub. They'll be serving up sharing plates, cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven. 

  • Sustainable restaurant CUB goes alfresco for a summer supperclub series

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    If, like us, you consider al fresco dining to be the pinnacle of a London summer, then Cub’s series of Secret Garden Supper clubs are an event you won’t want to miss. Scheduled for dates in July and August, the sustainability-focused restaurant is taking their experience outdoors with a series of Sunday supper club events held in community gardens across London.

    To find out more, we stopped by their first event last Sunday. The ‘secret’ aspect of the supper clubs

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