The Mitre terrace

Al Fresco Dining – The best outdoor terraces in SW London and Surrey

The best al fresco restaurant terraces in SW London and Surrey

Hidden courtyards, rooftop vistas and riverside favourites, here is our ultimate guide to outdoor dining

Main image: The Mitre, Hampton Court


Beaverbrook Hotel, Leatherhead

Head over to the swish Beaverbrook Hotel for its acclaimed Japanese menu and cocktails, which you can enjoy on the main terrace overlooking the rolling Surrey hills.

Beaverbrook, Reigate Rd, Leatherhead KT22 8QX.

Beaverbrook terrace


Rick Stein, Barnes

Rick Stein’s in Barnes has picture-perfect waterfront views from its large windows that you can enjoy whatever the weather. On fine days though, you can also dine al fresco in the courtyard. The menu fuses Rick’s love for travel with the best ingredients. There is also a fantastic weekday set menu for £29.95 (three courses).

Rick Stein, Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High St, London SW14 8SN.


144 On The Hill

There’s a gorgeous sun terrace at 144 On The Hill, on Richmond Hill. Pop in for grills, a signature burger and small plates, plus a great range of gins and cocktails to refresh you after a stroll in the park.

Richmond Hill Hotel, 149-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RW

144 On The Hill terrace


Trinity, Clapham

Set in Clapham’s pretty old town, Michelin-starred Trinity restaurant offers a cosy and intimate terrace to soak up the sun over some small plates and drinks.     

Trinity, 4 The Polygon, Clapham Town, London SW4 0J. 

Trinity restaurant


Hotel du Vin, Wimbledon village

The Orangery restaurant in Hotel du Vin in Wimbledon is the perfect spot for enjoying views of the park from the large windows, with brunch, lunch and dinner on offer. When the weather behaves, there is a gorgeous terrace.

Hotel du Vin, Cannizaro House, West Side Common, London SW19 4UE. 


Shambles, Teddington 

Shambles 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. 

Shambles, 83-85 High St, Teddington TW11 8HG.



Hideaway, Surbiton 

With an idyllic riverside location, pop in for brunch or dinner and cocktails while you watch the sun set over the Thames. Brunch favourites include avo on toast and chicken and waffles. For dinner, try a selection of small plates such as calamari, or pulled pork mac n cheese.

Hideaway, Thames Ditton Marina, KT6 5QD



Scott’s, Richmond

With commanding views of the riverside from its first-floor terrace, Scott’s is a summer hotspot. The delicious fish and seafood-focussed menu includes the likes of lobster and fries and Dover sole meunière. Desserts are divine, too.

Scott’s, 4 Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1EH

SCOTTS Richmond


Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond 

Head to the secret garden at Bingham Riverhouse after a stroll along the Thames. Dishes on the menu include fish fresh from Brixham and wild garlic and herb gnocchi. Dogs are also welcome.

61-63 Petersham Rd, Richmond, TW10 6UT


The Mitre, Hampton Court

The Whispering Angel Terrace at The Mitre Hampton Court offers riverisde views and a menu from executive head chef Mark Jarvis, whose career began under the tutelage of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

The Mitre, Hampton Ct Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN.


Patara, Wimbledon Village

Walking past Patara restaurant on Wimbledon Village’s high street, you would never know that it hides a pretty outdoor courtyard on the other side. It’s one of Wimbledon’s best kept secrets – with heater lamps and parasols, and stunning Thai dishes, it’s a must for the summer. The beef salad is a favourite. 

Patara, 18 High Street Wimbledon, London SW19 5DX.  


The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

The clue is in the name: The Ivy Chelsea Garden has a stunning garden, abundant with greenery and flowers, and a trickling fountain at its centre. Enjoy The Ivy’s staple dishes al fresco – most of the tables are covered and heated by heat lamps.   

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5ED. 

ivy chelsea garden


The Terrace by Megan’s, Clapham 

The Terrace by Megan’s is in the middle of Clapham Common, offering Megan’s menu al fresco, with a party atmosphere in the sun promised. They also offer take-away picnic boxes.

Megan’s, 10 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DD.


601 Queen’s Road, Wimbledon

601 Queen’s Road is conveniently located directly next to Wimbledon station, making it the perfect meet-up spot. The balcony terrace is covered with a canopy and pretty fairy lights, while the menu offers brunch, lunch and dinner.

Wimbledon Quarter, No, 4 Queen’s Rd, London SW19 8YE.

601 queens road wimbledon


Bluebird, Chelsea

With a beautiful courtyard in the heart of Chelsea, Bluebird has become a Kings Road institution ideal for the summer months.

Bluebird, 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU.


Fiume, Battersea Power Station

The Battersea Power Station development offers plenty of al fresco dining opportunities,including Francesco Mazzei’s Fiume. Here you’ll find huge canopies, pretty fairy lights and terracotta pots with lemon and olive trees.    

Fiume, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, London SW8 5BN. 


River Café, Hammersmith 

The long-standing River Cafe is legendary among London circles, worshipped for both the high-quality food as well as the expansive riverside terrace, which is filled with lush greenery and overlooks the Thames. 

The River Café, Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA. 

River Cafe al fresco terrace


No.1 Duke Street, Richmond 

This courtyard oasis at No.1 Duke Street is just off Richmond’s high street, and walking distance from Richmond station. Pop in for burgers and beer under the twinkling fairy lights.

No1a Duke Street, 1a Duke Street, Richmond, London TW9 1HP. 

No1. Duke Street in Richmond


No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick  

Chiswick Fire Station not only has jaw-droppingly suave interiors, but a lovely summer courtyard too, with a vine-entwined pergola and elegant white furnishings.  

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, 197-199 Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR.  


Stanleys, Chelsea

On the corner of Sydney Street and Fulham Road, this Chelsea restaurant makes the most of its lush courtyard garden. There’s banquette seating, wide parasols and built-in heaters to keep you warm and toasty.    

Stanleys, 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NT. 

Stanleys Chelsea