The end of April signals warmer evenings and sunny weekends. And with that, Londoners previously confined mostly to the indoors start spending more time outside. We’ve rounded up our classic springtime spots and newer finds to make the most out of the warmer weather in the coming months.
The Westbourne: A favourite among Notting Hill residents. The gastropub looks deceivingly traditional but fills with young professionals on its large outdoor street-facing terrace, perfect for people watching. Their seasonal menu changes daily depending on their independent suppliers’ seasonal produce.
101 Westbourne Park Villas, London W2 5ED
Photo: Wolf & Badger
The terrace at Chiltern Firehouse: The best part about André Balazs’ famous hotel? Its spacious terrace, adorned with greenery and cozy sofas. Paired with one of their signature cocktails, it’s a great spot for afterwork drinks or a weekend afternoon date.
1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA
The Anglesea Arm: A short walk from South Kensington Tube station, the outdoor area fills up quickly with local residents and young professionals. A personal favourite are the Aperols Spritz and burgers to fuel an afternoon of drink and spending time with friends.
15 Selwood Terrace, London SW7 3QG
Photo: Paul Winch-Furness
Ivy Chelsea Garden: A beautifully decorated restaurant inside and out. The brunch is equally delicious to the dinner, and afternoon tea can be served under the canopy surrounded by flowers.
197 King’s Road, London SW3 5ED
Photo: Black Roe
Black Roe: The only place in this list without an outdoor area, it made the cut due to the incredible food (the whole lobster mac and cheese is a must try) and great low-lit and cosy atmosphere. It is London's first poké bar, just opened in March 2016, and the sister restaurant of Chotto Matte over in Soho.
4 Mill Street, London W1S 2AX
North Audley Canteen: More usually known as NAC, it offers French cuisine sharing plates. During the day, you can sit outside overlooking the sidewalk as you would in Parisian bistros. Beneath the restaurant is its speakeasy bar Mr. Chow, named after one of the owners’ Chow Chow dog.
1 North Audley Street, London W1K6ZP
Monocle cafe: It is just across the road from Chiltern Firehouse but couldn’t be more different. The cafe is great for a weekday break and to pick up one of Monocle’s magazine whilst enjoying a flat white. The food is perfect for a lunch on the go. But best of all, they have a weekday happy hour for £3 prosecco glasses.
18 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QA
Photo: Ewan Munro/Flickr
Cafe 202: Located on Westbourne Grove, the cafe can be the perfect break from some boutique shopping. Better yet, it is in the open plan room set in the middle of clothing store to continue lazily browsing over brunch or coffee.
202 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH