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The best restaurants with terraces in Chelsea

With some of London’s most beautiful al fresco dining options, there is no better place to make the most of summer’s long days and warm evenings

2 July 2024

Whether you are after a leisurely brunch, a relaxed lunch, a sophisticated dinner, or just an informal post-work tipple, Chelsea’s line-up of restaurants and cafés offer not only delectable dishes but also a chance to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of London’s most elegant neighbourhood. 

Here is a roundup of the best spots to settle in to soak up the sun on and around Sloane Street.

Summer in Sloane Square

Kick off your terrace tour at Summer in Sloane Square. This prime spot is perfect for people-watching while nibbling on treats prepared by nearby eateries. The Royal Court Theatre is serving a new summer menu that features a pick ’n’ mix from mochi brand Little Moons; relax with pals in The Botanist’s retreat from the urban hum offering gin-sharing cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired small plates and pizza; French brasserie Côte is back serving a range of Laurent-Perrier champagnes, alongside a selection of timeless cocktails with a twist and Gallic dishes; and Sloane Street’s newest restaurant, Azzurra, is joining the line-up, bringing its ‘boat-to-table’ ethos and delicious Italian seafood out to the sunshine with summer takes on classic cocktails.

Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG

The LaLee at The Cadogan

For a touch of luxury, and exemplary service, take a seat on the terrace at The Cadogan, where we suggest ordering the steak tartare (prepared tableside), and a chilled bottle of the Rathfinny Classic Cuvée.

75 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SG; Book here

Azzurra

This is the spot for when you want to feel like you are having a seaside lunch on the coast of Italy. Expect the freshest tuna crudo, fritto misto, gamberone and end on a sweet note with tableside tiramisu. 

127 – 128 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AS; Book here

Anya Cafe

For a bit of whimsy with your coffee, head to Anya Cafe, the charming creation of designer Anya Hindmarch that serves up delightfully quirky cakes and pastries. And, this summer, you can indulge in The Ice Cream Project Blind Tasting Tea to try 15 unexpected flavours from the cult sensation, Anya’s The Ice Cream Project

9 Pont Street, SW1X 9EJ; Plan your visit here

Harry’s Dolce Vita

Want a taste of Italy without leaving London? The terrace at Harry’s offers a slice of la dolce vita, where you can enjoy classic Italian fare, from sumptuous pasta to vintage wines.

27-31 Basil Street, SW3 1BB; Book here

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Garden

The Mandarin Oriental’s Hyde Park Garden terrace provides a luxurious escape with stunning park views. The seasonal menu and exquisite service make it an exceptional choice for a memorable dining experience.

66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA; Book here

Hans’ Bar & Grill

Part of the boutique hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens, Hans’ Bar & Grill serves contemporary European dishes and perfectly made cocktails on Pavilion Road, where you can people-watch all day and long into the night. 

164 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0AW; Book here

Wulf & Lamb

For the plant-based crowd, Wulf & Lamb’s terrace is a must-visit. Its innovative vegan dishes are as delightful as the laid-back ambience on Pavilion Road. 

243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP; Book here

Colbert

A Sloane Square landmark, Colbert channels the vibe of a classic French pavement café with its bustling terrace, which is perfect for a leisurely breakfast, a light lunch or a romantic dinner. The menu adds to the authentic Parisian feel.

50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX; Book here

Beaverbrook Town House

Set on the Sloane Street pavement, Beaverbrook Town House’s terrace is a sophisticated spot. Dine on refined Japanese cuisine from The Fuji Grill as you take in the well-heeled shoppers on the Street.

115-116 Sloane Street, SW1X 9PJ; Book here

Granger & Co

Granger & Co’s sun-drenched terrace is the go-to spot for famed Aussie brunches and globally inspired dishes. The buzzy atmosphere and delicious food make it a fantastic choice any time of day, from breakfast to dinner.

237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP; Book here

Ivy Chelsea Garden

A favourite among locals and visitors alike, The Ivy’s lush, flower-filled terrace is a true urban oasis and a blissful spot to spend a few hours at any time of day. 

195-197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ; Book here

Stanley's

The fairy-light-strewn courtyard is an idyllic spot to spend an evening enjoying the restaurant’s modern British cuisine. That said, we also love it for a long, leisurely lunch on sunny, summer weekends. 

151 Sydney Street, SW3 6NT; Book here

Manicomio

Manicomio’s terrace is an elegant spot in Duke of York Square, offering Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The relaxed, yet sophisticated ambiance makes it perfect for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner.

83-85 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY; Book here

Vardo

Vardo’s rooftop circular terrace offers a unique dining experience with panoramic views of Duke of York Square. The menu is globally inspired, featuring diverse dishes that cater to adventurous palates.

9 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY; Book here

Rooftop Terrace at Harvey Nichols

Perched atop Harvey Nichols, the rooftop terrace offers sweeping views of London’s skyline. The menu features contemporary dishes and signature cocktails, great for a stylish dining experience above the city.

109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ; Book here

Ixchel

Make it a fiesta at the King’s Road’s newest terrace, opening 1 July. Savour delectable Mexican cuisine in a sun-drenched setting, available daily from noon until 10pm. Order a margarita (or more) and feast on tempting options like short rib tacos and grilled asparagus. 

33H King’s Road, SW3 4LX; Book here

Wherever you choose, you can be sure that these neighbourhood gems will be the perfect backdrop to enjoy summer in London.

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