Top 10 al fresco dining spots in south west London and Surrey
Soak up the sunshine with a glass of pink at one of these al fresco dining spots in south west London and Surrey and make the most of the summer season that just keeps on giving
This Germanic restaurant serves up a continental feast of sausages, schnitzel and all the trimmings, with a bar offering visitors giant steins of cool beer. The food is authentic, and the location is prime, with a walk-in, casual set-up, just like a park café straight out of Berlin. The chain has two locations in Richmond and Kingston and both are right on the riverside.
We can’t get enough of the zingy flavours at this Kingston riverside spot which serves up a host of delicious Thai dishes. Visitors can enjoy the classic go-to meals like Pad Thai and Tom Yum, or branch out if they’re feeling adventurous with an oriental chargrilled duck breast. The cocktails are also pretty special and best enjoyed in the sun.
601 Queen’s Rd
The sixth venue from neighbourhood bar group Darwin & Wallace, 601 Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon has opened up with a super roof terrace and modern vibe in central Wimbledon. The design of the interior is artfully open plan, and the dishes consist of delectable sharing platters that perfectly accompany the wine list.
With a beautiful courtyard in the heart of Chelsea, this stunning restaurant offers a taste of the stylish capital and is ideal for the summer months. The cuisine is modern European, and the barmen will be able to rustle you up a fresh cocktail.
A unique garden space that serves up a delectable array of Spanish tapas food, traditional continental main meals, as well as authentic Brazilian specials. The restaurant has a cosy and welcoming ambiance and the quirky décor extends outside with the outdoors strung with enchanting fairy lights.
With its prime riverfront location, grab a table at Rick Stein’s in Barnes for picture-perfect waterfront views and Stein’s cooking which fuses his love for travel with top quality ingredients. We love the seafood bar where guests can watch the chefs assemble sushi and platters of oysters before their very eyes.
A cosy family-run Italian, San Lorenzo has gained a solid support base over the years. Among its loyal customers are Italians who return time and time again for fond memories of home, local Wimbledon residents who value the authentic dining experience on offer, and a host of famous faces including tennis stars. We love the courtyard and secret garden for leisurely lunches.
Unwind in the vast garden of Peppe’s authentic Sicilian and enjoy traditional food, from incredible pizzas to delectable seafood and pastas. There is an al fresco patio where you can enjoy a sundowner or two, while the kids run off steam in the adjacent play area.
Fox & Grapes
If you’re after a classic pub affair, this 18th century pub overlooking the leafy grassland of Wimbledon Common will be sure to deliver. On the menu is a selection of continental cuisines, including Italian and Mediterranean dishes, but authentic British food takes centre stage.
Veer from Richmond’s beaten track and take a stroll along the river towpath and you’ll come to Gaucho, a fine dining restaurant serving Argentinean cuisine. At Gaucho, finely cooked steaks are prepared according to your taste and served alongside some beautifully heavy-bodied red wines straight from the high altitude vineyards in the Andes. The theme of the interior extends out of doors, with crisp white tablecloths and elegant seating under the shade of a beautiful big plane tree.
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