Discover London’s hidden restaurant courtyards and secret dining terraces
Many central London restaurants put a few tables and chairs outside when the temperature rises, but don’t be fooled: you could end up sharing your dinner with traffic fumes, two metres from the gutter. To alfresco like a Londoner, pick one of these pretty, tucked-away restaurant courtyards.
The Bistro courtyard at Bleeding Heart, Farringdon
This district is mainly frequented by office workers, so Bleeding Heart’s only open from Monday to Saturday. You can’t book a table for the courtyard, but if you either make a booking for The Bistro or just arrive on the day, Bleeding Heart will sit you outside once there is room.
bleedingheart.co.uk | email@example.com | 020-7242 2056/8238
The Brewhouse at Kenwood, Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is vast, so this is a great location for a summery day. Kenwood is a beautiful house that dates back to the early 1600s and The Brewhouse has a great dining courtyard. Read about the Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds in our guide to outdoor swimming in London.
Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR
www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood | searcys.co.uk
Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
This restaurant, café and bar has a grand setting, which includes a terrace that overlooks The Green.
Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, SW3 4RY
www.saatchigallery.com/gallerymess | 020-7730 8135
Hoxton Square, Shoreditch
This large space is quite close to Old Street Station, but feels like a world away from the traffic-clogged roundabout. The square is surrounded by restaurants and bars, many with terraces.
Kingly Court, Soho
This busy courtyard is incredibly central but very easy to miss. You can enter from Kingly Street, Carnaby Street or Beak Street and there are three levels of great restaurants and bars.
Nyetimber Secret Garden at Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
This semi-covered dining space is only open during the summer (to 29 Sep 2019), because it’s situated within a quiet courtyard at the centre of the Rosewood London hotel. This fancy option is a good choice for a special occasion.
252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
holborndiningroom.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | 020-3747 8633
Constructed from old shipping containers that are stacked around a central seating area, there isn’t much nature to see in this part of Brixton but there are plenty of food and drink options, as well as a youthful party atmosphere.
49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ
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