As the weather starts to warm up again (thank God), we start to feel the call of nature – eating and drinking among it, that is. Is there anything better than a leisurely lunch eaten with the sun warming your shoulders, or a sunset cocktail sipped in plein air? We think not.
So, in giddy celebration of spring and in eager anticipation of summer, we’ve rounded up the best al fresco spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails – from hidden gems, secret treasures and old favourites.
And, with the continued development of George House at the southern end of Sloane Street, we’ll soon have our own outpost of Granger & Co. and another top secret dining spot that’s soon to be announced. Watch this space…
We’ll see you in the sunshine…
One of the newest culinary additions to Sloane Street and already one of our favourite places to stop for lunch. Set on the mezzanine level of the extremely tempting Boutique 1 store, Aprils offers tasty and light options like the cured salmon, beetroot, horseradish and gem salad. And those celebrating a new purchase can enjoy a glass of champagne or an April’s house cocktail.
Boutique 1, 127 Sloane St, SW1X 9AS
Hands down, one of our favourite places in London. And one of the best kept secrets too. Sink into a chair on the sun-drenched terrace for lunch or stop in for an exceptional afternoon tea. The bar does a pretty mean line of cocktails too – handy for a post-shopping reward.
11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ
For seasonal and modern Italian cuisine, we adore Manicomio. White table cloths and old fashioned good service make this spot a real treat. Want something a little more relaxed? Next door’s Poco Café is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or evening cocktails.
83-85 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY
Right on the corner of Sloane Square, Colbert pulls off relaxed glamour and consistent quality with its French bistro menu from breakfast through to late dinners. Oh, and it’s ultra convenient for a bite before or after a show at the Royal Court.
50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX
Nibble on Venetian cicheti – small plates – in the heart of the stylish Duke of York Square. Our favourites? Stuffed fried olives or moreish arancini. Something larger? The classic beef and pork meatballs or the crab and chilli linguine are our go-to choices, usually washed down with an Aperol Spritz.
81 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY
Take the lift directly to the 5th floor, or shop your way up, for one of our longest standing al fresco favourites. Harvey Nichols will be announcing an exciting shake-up of the Terrace next month (stay tuned!) but, until then, tasty options from the restaurant menu can be ordered on the terrace.
109 – 125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ (enter from Sloane Street for the express lift)
The Duke of York outpost of the chain of Lebanese restaurants has oodles of outdoor seats and a menu packed with tasty Middle Eastern salads, mezze for sharing and a list of addictive homemade lemonades.
53-54 Duke Of York Square, SW3 4LY