Food and Fresh Air


Here’s a quick guide to our favourite outdoor dining spots:

Coq d’Argent, 1 Poultry, London EC2: This oldie is still a goldie, wooing diners with its unbeatable view of the City (including St Pauls, the Gherkin, and the Shard), as well as its precise, delicious French food.

Chiltern Courtyard, 1 Chiltern Street, London W1: For a more laid-back feel, we can’t get enough of the outside seating at the Chiltern Courtyard. Perfect for an impromptu after-work drink with friends, or a lazy lunch in the sun. If you really want to blend in, don’t forget to pack your shades!

Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8:  Another old-time favourite – it’s the pink flamingos, chilled drinks and buzzing atmosphere which keeps drawing us back here! If the large gardens get too much for you, head upstairs to Babylon’s seafood terrace, for spanking-fresh fare.

The River Cafe, Rainville Road, London W6: This iconic restaurant on the banks of the Thames never fails to impress; almost 30 years after it first opened, it still serves some of the best Italian food in London. A true star.

Vintage Salt, Selfridges, Oxford Street, London W1: Taking its inspiration from a Cornish fishing village, this summer-only pop-up is already a huge hit with diners and shoppers alike. Featuring wooden beach huts, deck-chairs, and the best in sea-side fare, the roof-top eatery is the perfect escape from the hustle of the city below.