Discover our top picks for dining al fresco and making the most of the sunshine
Seize the sunshine and head to the great outdoors! Whether you’re looking to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a light refreshment or dinner al fresco, our cafés and restaurants across London (and in Oxford and Bath too) offer the perfect solution for great coffee and food in the most beautiful outside spaces.
From family-friendly museum courtyards, to restaurant terraces perfect for after-work drinks, we’ve got plenty of options for whatever you’re looking for.
Cellarium Café & Terrace
Our terrace at the Cellarium in Westminster Abbey offers stunning views of the Abbey in an intimate surrounding. Whether you’re visiting the Abbey or not, our café is free to enter via Dean’s Yard and you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the terrace.
The Ashmolean Museum is home to our Rooftop Restaurant with terrific views of the Oxford spires. Take advantage of the terrace and eat lunch al fresco or enjoy afternoon tea in the sunshine. Looking for an alternative restaurant for dinner? Spend the night at the museum – we serve dinner from Thursday to Saturday with Jazz nights on Thursday evenings.
Situated on Southbank with stunning views of Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames, our BFI Riverfront Restaurant & Bar is the ideal Thameside spot. The Balcony Bar offers a never-before seen view of Waterloo Bridge, open Wednesday to Saturday and available for private hire for an evening event overlooking the city. You can take a seat outside the Riverfront, every day of the week for some drinks and a delicious dinner on the river.
Our Garden Café at the Holburne Museum opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens – the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh air after a museum visit. Filled with natural light, seasonal, fresh food is the focus of our café with a range of sandwiches, salads, pastas and freshly baked cakes available for lunch. Fancy a picnic? Take your lunch with you outside to dine al fresco!
BFI Stephen St Kitchen
The Stephen St Kitchen terrace is a hidden gem in the centre of London. Located just off Tottenham Court Road, this restaurant is the perfect venue for lunch, dinner or drinks. Sip on cocktails, wine or craft beers in a secluded sun trap – perfect for an evening with friends or a business event. Order food from our central open kitchen and enjoy flatbreads and sharing plates in the sunshine. Stephen St Kitchen is also available Saturdays for private hire.
Parkside Café & Terrace
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Cutty Sark and overlooking the Royal Greenwich Park, the Parkside Café & Terrace at the National Maritime Museum offers a range of hot food, salads, children’s food and grab & go items. With seating both inside and outside, our Parkside Café & Terrace offers a family-friendly space to relax and refuel when exploring Royal Museums Greenwich and the park. Throughout the summer, BBQs will be available on sunny weekends and you can make the most of the sunshine on the patio or terrace.
Our restaurant at the Barbican sits on the terrace in this world-famous performing arts centre. Make the most of the sunshine and sit out on the terrace with a sandwich or a salad from our grab & go fridge, or, enjoy a mezze dinner overlooking the brutalist architecture.
V&A Garden Café
Visiting the V&A in the sunshine? Head to the Garden Café for refreshments - sit at one of the courtyard tables or relax on the lawn, picnic style. Open year round, the Garden Café is a hidden haven in the museum and the perfect spot to relax in. Meet friends for a drink or enjoy an ice cream in the summer in this secluded spot.
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Whether you’re visiting the Postal Museum or simply looking for a café with some outside space in Clerkenwell, The Counter Café, our café in the Postal Museum offers a charming postal themed café and courtyard to relax and enjoy lunch, snacks, sweet treats and drinks. Find fresh seasonal food, barista coffee and a children’s menu and children’s lunch box. The suntrap courtyard provides weekend BBQs and Hackney Gelato in the summer, great for a family day out, whether you’re visiting the museum or simply spending the day in Clerkenwell.
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London’s green spaces are always a favourite no matter the weather, but they truly come to life in the summertime. Our parks span from East to West London, from Greenwich to Gunnersbury. We’re delighted to work closely with the Royal Parks, Windsor Great Park and the cosy inner-city Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Discover our cafés and restaurants in Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Lincolns Inn Fields, St James’s Park, Savill Garden, Gunnersbury Park and Greenwich Park, which are all open seven days a week. Plus, on sunny weekends you can enjoy a BBQ at our Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park, Regent's Bar & Kitchen, Parkside Café & Terrace at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich or Savill Garden Kitchen in Great Windsor Park. Our park cafés offer grab & go items which can be enjoyed picnic style on the grass as well as a full menu with options for breakfast and lunch.
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