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Catch the sun: Chelsea’s best al fresco dining spots

Chelsea is home to some of London’s most beautiful al fresco dining options; discover which restaurants and cafés to visit and when, to make the most of the sunrays

20 July 2022

Sloane Square

This summer, and for many more to come, The Botanist, Côte and the Royal Court Theatre are coming together for Summer in the Square, in the heart of Chelsea. Break up your shopping trip with a glass of champagne under the dappled sunshine, or enjoy pretty lights strung up through the trees after dark (last orders are 10:30pm). It’s the perfect place for a date, if you ask us.

Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE

The Bar and Terrace at The Cadogan

Open daily from 7am, the terrace of The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel is sunniest in the mornings, where you can enjoy a couple of elegant hours sampling the delights of executive chef Chris Hill’s contemporary fare.

The Cadogan, 75 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SG

Anya Café

Take a seat on the terrace outside Anya Café on Pont Street before heading into the eponymous fashion designer’s ever-changing Village Hall concept space. The cute seating area is under cover (in case of rain) and is a great place to watch the world go by while sipping a Negroni.

Anya Café, 9 Pont Street, SW1X 9EH 

Hans’ Bar & Grill

Located on the pedestrianised Pavilion Road, Hans’ Bar & Grill catches the rays between 10am and 2pm. Visit for coffee, breakfast, brunch or lunch in the sun and enjoy delicious fare with a focus on British produce.

Hans' Bar & Grill, 164 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0AW

Wulf & Lamb

Soak up the sun all day at Wulf & Lamb. There’s outdoor seating on picturesque Pavilion Road and you’ll also find a terrace framed by palm trees at the back of the restaurant, where you can enjoy happy hour from midday until 6.30pm.

Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP

Ivy Chelsea Garden

With a garden terrace and an orangery, The Ivy Chelsea Garden Courtyard is a green haven that stays sunny all day. It’s a peaceful oasis for an al fresco breakfast, lunch in between shopping or dinner with friends.

Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195-197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ

The Botanist

Make the most of a warm summer’s day at The Botanist: its outdoor seating, overlooking Sloane Square, is sunlit in the morning and afternoon. Watch the world go by over delicious salads, grilled meat dishes or a refreshing cocktail.

The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE

Cadogan Gardens at Beaverbrook Town House

If you’re a guest at the Beaverbrook Town House, then don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in the very exclusive Cadogan Gardens, which aren’t open to the public. You’ll get a key to the gardens, plus a blanket, hamper, bubbles and delicious dishes from the hotel’s restaurant, The Fuji Grill. Catch the rays all day long in a sunny spot or sit under one of the magnificent trees for full shade.

Beaverbrook Town House, 115-116 Sloane Street, SW1X 0AT 

Harry’s Dolce Vita

Harry’s Dolce Vita offers a taste of Italy as you bask in the afternoon sun with a pre-dinner aperitivo. Its seasonal menus are filled with the freshest ingredients and the regularly changing cocktails are perfect for cooling down on a hot afternoon. We recommend the Capri gin and tonic, which mixes Malfy con Limone gin, watermelon syrup, lychee liqueur, Supasawa and tonic water.

Harry's Dolce Vita, 27-31 Basil Street, SW3 1BB

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace

Mornings are the best time of day for soaking up some vitamin D at the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace. Enjoy the café’s seasonal menu with a view over the Knightsbridge rooftops.

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ | 020 7235 5250

The Sea, The Sea

Sunniest from around 10am to 2pm, The Sea, The Sea is a perfect place to absorb Chelsea’s village feel. Take a seat outside the seafood bar for oysters, platters, small plates, wine and champagne.

The Sea, The Sea, 174 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0AW | 020 7824 8090

Granger & Co.

The leafy Granger & Co. terrace catches the sun around midday, making this eatery a lovely lunch spot to enjoy dishes inspired by the Australian lifestyle.

Granger & Co., 237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP | 020 3848 1060

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