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5 best outdoor restaurants in London this summer

Written by Maddy Tickner

There’s nothing quite like London in the summertime. And what better way to enjoy the Great British summer than to dine al-fresco? London is packed full of From the well-known to the hidden spots, we’ve rounded up our list of must-try outdoor restaurants in London.

1. Circolo Popolare, Fitzrovia

If you haven’t visited this Instagram staple, you’re in for a treat. Known for its overstated decor designed to make you feel like you’re in the middle of Sicily, with 20,000 wine bottles lining the walls as decoration, Circolo Popolare transports you to Italy without having to leave London. The terrace seats around 60 people but this comes with a fair warning – trying to get a reservation requires either a lot of organisation or a whole lot of luck.

Opening hours: Sunday, 9:30am – 10:30pm | Monday – Wednesday, 11:45am – 3:15pm, 4:45pm – 10:45pm | Thursday, 11:45am – 3:15pm, 4:45pm – 11pm | Friday, 11:45am – 11pm | Saturday, 9:30am – 11pm

Address: 40-41 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1HX

2. Dalloway Terrace, Fitzrovia

Dalloway Terrace, located at the Bloomsbury Hotel, is another Instagram classic with one of the prettiest interiors you’ll find in central London. Step out of the busy London streets and step into this quintessentially English garden, where you’ll find European meals served throughout the day, as well as afternoon tea. It’s difficult not to get drawn in by the ever-changing flower-lined walls and ceilings.

There’s seating for 20 guests at a time – will you be able to snap yourself up a seat?

Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, 12pm – 11pm | Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm

Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

3. Coppa Club, Tower Bridge

There’s outdoor dining and then there’s outdoor dining at Coppa Club. Enjoy a selection of European dishes in a stunning igloo overlooking Tower Bridge and the River Thames. The private pods make for the perfect location for catching up with friends or hosting an intimate celebration.

As you’ve probably already guessed, bookings for the Coppa Club igloos are jam-packed – book ahead and we’re confident you won’t be disappointed!

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 11pm | Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm

Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH

4. Harry’s Dolce Vita, Knightsbridge

Sitting opposite Harrods, enjoy a spot of people-watching and a delicious meal outside the Italian hotspot that is Harry’s Dolce Vita. The traditional decor gives you a feeling of 1950s Italy, where you can sit and indulge in Italian classics like pizza and pasta. Harry’s Dolce Vita is a favourite for weekend brunches too and the menu is seasonal, so there will always be something new to try.

Opening hours: Sunday, 10:30am – 11pm | Monday – Saturday, 11am – 12am

Address: 27-31 Basil St, London SW3 1BB

5. Bluebird, Chelsea

Bluebird embodies modern European dining at its finest. Take in the beautiful surroundings on King’s Road and the colourful dishes in the perfect location to unwind with your friends. We can’t think of a better way to spend your summer days.

Opening hours: Sunday – Monday, 9am – 11pm | Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 12am | Saturday, 9am – 1am

Address: 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU

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