On & Around the Street

THE BEST AL FRESCO SPOTS IN CHELSEA

With more than a year of lock-down restrictions now behind us and further freedoms on the horizon, the neighbourhood’s restaurants are once again welcoming al fresco diners.

On Sloane Square, there are pop-up bars and restaurants from The Botanist and Colbert to see you through the summer months with pizza, cocktails and boulles, and outdoor seating has been significantly increased on Pavilion Road, which is now permanently pedestrianised. Over at Duke of York Square, the weekly Fine Food Market has returned, offering its gourmet treats on Saturdays.

Whether it’s long, leisurely lunches eaten with the sun on your shoulders, or making the most of the (hopefully) balmy summer evenings to come with dinner en plein air, here are the best al fresco restaurants in Chelsea.

And until restaurants resume serving diners indoors on May 17, we recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment.

The Botanist x Casamigos 'Pizza on the Sqaure'
The Botanist x Casamigos 'Pizza on the Sqaure'

PIZZA ON THE SQUARE

This summer, The Botanist has partnered with Casamigos tequila for ‘Pizza on the Square’. Until the end of September, the 85-person al fresco dining terrace on Sloane Square will serve artisan wood-fired pizzas alongside an array of exclusively created tequila cocktails from the Casamigos bar, as well as a range of premium wines selected by The Botanist’s sommelier and draught beer from Birra Moretti.

7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE

Colbert's 'Pétanque in the Square' on Sloane Square
Colbert's 'Pétanque in the Square' on Sloane Square

PÉTANQUE IN THE SQUARE

This summer, French brasserie Colbert and Lillet, a classic French apéritif from Bordeaux, are popping up on Sloane Square with the return of ‘Pétanque in the Square’. Immerse yourself in the world of French café culture with a game or two of pétanque (French boules) and an open-air bar serving a selection of Lillet cocktails, wines and spirits along with snacks and crèpes from midday to 9 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

The pop up will take a short break on July 5 and 6, returning on July 7 to serve Tanqueray cocktails on the Square. And the best news: you can just walk on in; no reservation necessary!

50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX

The Sea, The Sea
The Sea, The Sea

THE SEA, THE SEA

Fishmonger by day, seafood bar by night. What could be more pleasant than a dozen oysters and a bottle of Champagne on a sunny afternoon? The chefs serve a regularly changing a la carte menu from 12-10 pm daily and they don’t take reservations outside, so stroll along and try your luck.

174 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0AW

Granger & Co terrace
Granger & Co terrace

GRANGER & CO.

Bill Granger’s Chelsea restaurant brings Australia’s fresh and innovative approach to dining to Pavilion Road, with treats like yellow fish curry on the menu and secret terrace that we love for afternoon cocktails. Try the Honeydew Bellini – it’s sublime.

237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP

Colbert
Colbert

COLBERT

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. The pavements seats are extremely popular on sunny days, so be sure to make a reservation.

50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX

Wulf & Lamb
Wulf & Lamb

WULF & LAMB

Wulf & Lamb serves plant-based dishes crafted to satisfy your craving for comfort food. Its indulgent Mac’N’Cheese and burgers have cult fans. There are also healthy salads, whole-food plant-based dishes stacked with flavours and surprising ingredients, drawing inspiration from around the world.

243 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0BP

Malfy Lemon Grove on the Harvey Nichols Terrace, London.
Malfy Lemon Grove on the Harvey Nichols Terrace, London.

HARVEY NICHOLS 5th FLOOR TERRACE

One of our longest-standing al fresco favourites. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived on the sunny shores of the Med thanks to Malfy Gin, which has taken over the Fifth Floor Terrace, bringing the spirit of the Amalfi Coast to Sloane Street.

The rooftop space has been decked out with lemon groves and Amalfi-style tiles to complement a Mediterranean-inspired menu a selection of zesty Malfy Gin cocktails. Open 10am–10pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am–8pm on Sundays. Make your reservation here.

109 – 125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

The Botanist
The Botanist

THE BOTANIST

This bustling hotspot is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The interior is gloriously glamorous and, while we love taking a seat at the dramatic bar, we adore nabbing a seat on the pavement to watch the world go by.

7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE

Harry's Dolce Vita terrace
Harry's Dolce Vita terrace

HARRY’S DOLCE VITA

Book your table on the terrace at Harry’s, just around the corner from Sloane Street, to experience a taste of la dolce vita on the streets of Knightsbridge.

This season the bartenders have created a series of limited-edition cocktails to celebrate the terrace. Try the Ascenti Gimlet, mixed with Villa Ascenti Gin, Moscato Cordial, eau de vie and grapes; the Fresh Fig Cooler, created with Villa Ascenti Rosa Gin, Cynar, Figus Liquor, Elderflower tonic, orgeat, lime and dry fig; or the Mandorla Martini with Villa Ascenti Gin, Nardini Grappa Mandorla, grapefruit bitter, pictured here with the Sicilian Cannoli, with a creamy ricotta, cinnamon and pistachio filling, and fior di latte gelato.

27 – 31 Basil Street,  SW3 1BB

Hans' Bar & Grill
Hans' Bar & Grill

HAN’S BAR & GRILL

Han’s Bar & Grill serves an all-day dining menu from 10 am to 10 pm Monday -Friday, and now serves breakfast from 8:30 am on weekends. Expect favourites like smashed avocado and poached eggs on toast or baked skakshuka at brunch (until 3 pm),  and classics like the aged beef burger at lunch and dinner.

164 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0AW

Vardo

VARDO

In the heart of Duke of York Square, Vardo is surrounded by the UK’s first fully retractable 360-degree wall-to-floor windows that blur the lines between the outdoors and the restaurant’s interior. From the founders of the immensely popular Caravan restaurants, Vardo serves a global menu inspired by the travelling wagon that collects spices and flavours along its journey.

9 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY

The terrace at No11 Cadogan Gardens
The terrace at No11 Cadogan Gardens

THE TERRACE AT NO. 11 CADOGAN GARDENS

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. The terrace is undergoing a refurbishment and will reopen in October 2021, in time for autumn.

11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ

Manicomio, Duke of York Square
Manicomio, Duke of York Square

MANICOMIO

For seasonal and modern Italian cuisine, we adore Manicomio. White table cloths and old fashioned good service make this spot a real treat. Why not stop off for a post-shopping cocktail among the trailing plants and lush foliage? The Lanique & Lychee martini, made with rose-infused vodka, is a delight.

83-85 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY

Ivy Chelsea Garden
Ivy Chelsea Garden

IVY CHELSEA GARDEN

One of the hottest scenes in London come summer, the garden is the place to be seen and one of the nicest spots in the city to spend a sunny afternoon. It’s a tranquil escape from the bustle of the King’s Road, with jeroboams of rosé to offer tempting refreshment.

195 -197 King’s Rd,  SW3 5EQ

Polpo, Duke of York Square
Polpo, Duke of York Square

POLPO

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

Ice Cream Union
Ice Cream Union

ICE CREAM UNION

After supplying ice creams to London’s most forward-thinking chefs for the past 12 years, Ice Cream Union opened its first shop on Pavilion Road last August. Drop in for a cone of Honeycomb – a trademark flavour – made with honey from The London Honey Company.

166 Pavilion Rd, SW1X 0AW

Comptoir Libanais, Duke of York Square

COMPTOIR LIBANAIS

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