Al Fresco South West London – top spots to try
Al Fresco South West London
Secret courtyards, roadside dining and riverside favourites – this is the ultimate guide to al fresco south west London, whether you’re after a simple tipple or Michelin-Starred meal
The White Hart, Barnes
People watch from the side terrace, boat watch from the front balcony, or swan spot on one of The White Hart’s riverside benches down below. A local favourite, the pub is particularly bustling on Sundays, with hearty roasts, fresh pints and riverside vibes meaning tables need be booked up to a week in advance. Al fresco south west London at it’s quaintest.
144 On The Hill
There’s a gorgeous south-facing sun terrace at 144 On The Hill, on Richmond Hill. Pop in for brunch, all day dining, afternoon tea, roasts, signature burgers and small plates, plus a great range of gins and cocktails to refresh you after a stroll in the park.
The Boathouse, Putney
Retreat into the shade downstairs and watch as families and runners utilise the Thames Trail, or up the viewing anti with a cooling beverage on the gastropub’s balcony.
Fiume, Battersea Power Station
A small-plate Italian restaurant with a front terrace elevated onto the steps above the Thames Trail. Tuck into the likes of Gnocchi Pesto Genovese and lighter takes on classic pizzas, followed by a cooling Affogato and carefully selected wine from their extensive list.
Giving the Clapham dining scene its glam, Adam Byatt’s Trinity offers sought-after tables close to the hustle and bustle of Clapham High Street, while benefitting from a discrete enough old-town position to create a fine dining environment. Four course meals serving up the likes of Warm Goose Terrine, Duck Egg Raviolo and Beef Tartare with Pickled Mushrooms & Caviar, come in at £75.
The Anglers, Teddington
Best enjoyed after a sunny day’s stroll along the river and nearby locks, the garden comes alive from early afternoons on summer weekends, serving cooling pints, dewy bottles of wine and glammed up incarnations of sandwich favourites – battered haddock finger & tartare sauce sandwiches for the win.
The Ship, Wandsworth
Few south west London watering holes have toppled The Ship’s notoriety. A lively boozer with a selection of areas, visitors can tuck into Burger Shack treats from high tables, communal style benches or beach huts.
The Lost Hours, Chelsea
The Lost Hours’ secret split-level garden is no stranger to a party. Bottomless brunching, midweek quiz nights and weekend barbeque parties see young professionals and Kings Road connoisseurs collide during the summer months, vibrant cocktails and pizza slices in hand.
A favourite of the borough’s bright young things, bluebird’s courtyard is the perfect spot to tuck into a la carte creations, weekend brunches and afternoon teas, both in summer when drenched in sunlight, and through winter, when the space is sheltered and bathed in the warmth of several outdoor heaters.
The County Arms, Wandsworth
Just as popular in the winter months as it is through the summer, The County Arms’ garden is a real suntrap through the warmer months, while the blankets, heaters and canopy cover make an appearance in the winter. Classic pub fare features on the menu, from Beer Battered Fish & Chips to the Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak.
The Prince, West Brompton
A hospitality behemoth located opposite West Brompton station, The Prince has gone from strength to strength due to the Instagramability of its gargantuan garden space – a retractable roof makes it a drinking den for all the seasons. While sipping cocktails and cult roses (Whispering Angel, anyone?) you can enjoy grub from one of the four food outlets, including burgers from Patty & Bun. (Sort of) al fresco south west London for the social media generation.
Park Tavern, Southfields
A community hub holding quiz nights and alternating food deals throughout the week, Park Tavern comes into its own in the warmer months with benches out front and sheltered seating out back on the split-level terrace.
No29 Power Station West, Battersea
The latest addition to the Darwin & Wallace portfolio, No29 accentuates the modern metropolitanism the newly developed Power Station signifies, with brunch on demand and drinks on tap.
The Loft, Wimbledon
A sibling of some sorts to The Alexandra, being lucky enough to grab a table on the Wimbledon rooftop means summer drinks without the hustle and bustle and queues of the downstairs pub. If a cool breeze is no deterrent, The Loft has heaters for the summer months, with much of the outdoor space covered.
This is a magical spot for a summer evening, particularly when the wisteria is in bloom, There’s a warm welcome and a great selection of predominantly Italian dishes and wines to choose from.
The Magic Garden, Battersea
Just as much a secret garden as it is a magic one, this Battersea favourite is abustle with chattering friends and music accompanying the flowing drinks. Head over for their happy hour, with 2-4-1 cocktails served up 5-7pm, Monday to Friday.
Made in Italy, Chelsea
Not happy with an enviable King’s Road location, Made in Italy’s Chelsea outpost benefits from an even more enviable secret roof terrace, from which to enjoy truffle-laced pastas and mozzarella-doused pizzas.