Let’s go outside: alfresco dining spots

As dining out alfresco has now resumed in many of the capital's restaurants, we’ve rounded up some of the best gardens and terraces to whet your appetite

Food and Drink 13 Apr 2021

Enjoy a seafood feast alfresco at The Berkeley Beach Huts

The Wigmore Summer Terrace, The Langham
Taking its first orders of 2021, the popular British tavern has connected to the hotel’s courtyard garden to create a large heated outdoor dining space with a pergola, covered areas (if the weather takes a turn) and surrounded by beautiful climbing vines and fresh greenery. Expect a whole host of well-loved classics such as the XXL Stovetop three cheese and mustard toastie, the famous Masala spiced scotch egg with dahl relish, alongside new dishes including a delectable buttered lobster roll, served with buttermilk onion rings, all overseen by Michel Roux Jr. The restaurant will accept walk-ins but book ahead for something to look forward to by calling 0207 965 0198 or by visiting the-wigmore.co.uk

Coya Angel Court
Injecting a touch of Peruvian charm into the city, Coya’s heated outdoor courtyard will be open Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 10pm serving the restaurant’s a la carte menu to alfresco diners. Guests can sip on the signature Veuve Clicquot cocktail, the Pisco Royale while munching on favourites such as Chilean sea bass croquettes with red chilli, tuna ceviche with sesame seeds, rice crackers and soy and the crispy chicken sandwich with ají panca coleslaw and spicy mayo. All guests dining at lunchtime will also receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot with the set lunch menu.
Unit 1C, 31-33 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AT; coyarestaurant.com  

Enjoy the early spring sunshine and tuck into the new Mediterranean menu at Claridge’s Bar Terrace with one of its signature cocktails – we love The Flapper (Strawberries, Crème de Cassis, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée) – in hand. The bar’s classic David Collins’ Art Deco-inspired interior flows to the chic outside terrace until 17 May, when the bar fully reopens. Daniel Humm’s Davies and Brook also opens its terrace serving classics such as Claridge’s Fried Chicken, a seafood platter of lobster, prawns, scallops and oysters and the Cornish lobster roll with brown butter and chives.
For bookings for tables of up to four at Claridge’s Bar Terrace visit claridges.co.uk; Davies and Brook is open 12-10pm daily and accepts walk-ins only of up to five guests; claridges.co.uk

The Connaught
Opening next week, the Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught is the perfect place to while away an afternoon with views of Tadao Ando’s ‘Silence’ fountain with booking being accepted for up to four guests. Tuck in to favourites such as black truffle and fontina pizza and crispy salmon sushi, as well as a burrata salad with crushed rhubarb, kaffir lime, black pepper and basil.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8AM to 9.45PM and Sunday 9AM to 8.45PM; the-connaught.co.uk

The Berkeley
After the success of last summer’s garden, The Berkeley has unveiled the latest pop-up to adorn its terrace: The Berkeley Beach Huts. Paying homage to the great British holiday, five rainbow coloured beach huts provide a quirky outdoor setting, while counter top and terrace dining will allow for a hive of seafood-loving folk. With fresh produce and seafood at the fore, diners can expect to dine on crab on sourdough, baked scallops and grilled langoustine, oysters or platters of seafood abundant with dressed crab, lobster, king prawns, mussels and clams. Britain’s much loved fish and chips will be given a five-star twist, as large plates of grilled sea trout, sea bass and lobster will be accompanied by fries.
Open Monday – Sunday from 7.30-10.30am for breakfast, from noon for all day dinging until late To book, please call 020 7107 8833 or email berkeleybeachhuts@the-berkeley.co.uk

The popular slow-smoked meats specialist has erected a bespoke new canopy so guests can dine alfresco on a barbecue-led menu of much-loved favourites and innovative new spring dishes from founder David Carter and his team. Made of army green canvas, the new awning is designed to protect guests against the elements and, in the evening the space will be adorned with sparkling festoon lighting. Diners can expect dishes such as calcot fritti; chipotle caramel wings; and salt baked beetroot, goat cheese and hazelnut. There’s also a line-up of carefully sourcedmeats from David’s custom US smoker featuring lamb merguez with mint dressing; charred pork belly rib with pickled cucumber; and beef brisket with mustard barbecue.
Bookings can be made now for up to six diners. 35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, E1 6LB; smokestack.co.uk

Crazy Pizza
With a year-round heated terrace, the cult Marylebone restaurant from Formula 1 legend Flavio Briatore has brought forward the opening of its long-awaited second venue to alfresco diners. The new Knightsbridge location provides a front-row seat to people watch the jet-set locals, and once interior diing opens on 17 May, diners can enjoy fresh design, A-list pizza celebrity portraits, polished concrete floors and floor to ceiling windows. Until then the pizza will remain the star of the show. Made in Italy’s famous Morello ovens by the restaurant’s expert chefs, the pizzas are known for their crispy thin crusts with a delicious selection of toppings. Those on the hunt for a little extra indulgence should order an extravagant “Crazy Pizza” such as the Pata Negra, the Crazy Pizza Focaccia or the bucket-list sophisticated Tartufo with copious shavings of fresh black truffle and white truffle extra virgin oil. The stunning terrace will seat 24 guests and provide front-row seats to the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge. crazypizza.com