In London the months of June to August are the much anticipated summer months, where we get a wonderful, rare glimpse of the sun, and we can enjoy the glorious blue skies. Parks quickly become full, sun dresses and shorts go on, and pub gardens and outdoor bars are packed. The summer months are the time of year when we all want to be outdoors, whether we’re eating, drinking or just lounging about in the sun. Here are 5 brilliant outdoor places where you can soak up some rays while you dine, so you’ll never have to miss out on getting that tan again! The Park Grand London Paddington is close to all these outdoor restaurants, so you slip back quietly after a fun day in the sun and relax in the luxurious comfort this accommodation offers.
Barrafina Drury Lane
This cosy, casual diner serves up deliciously exquisite Spanish tapas which you can enjoy on a hazy, sunny evening in the summer. The stuffed courgette flower is one of the most popular dishes to try and you just can’t go wrong with the milk-fed lamb sweetbreads. There are a range of rich Sherries which must be tried. The perfect summer night accompaniment.
If you’re interested in trying something a little different this summer you should check out this Polish restaurant, tucked between Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington. This restaurant is gorgeous to sit in and look at with its chic, modern touches and old-school elegance. In the summer months, you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes in a small marquee that overlooks the lush greenery of the Princes Gardens. Apart from traditional dishes this restaurant also serves lighter options such as fig salsa, and pan-fried mackerel fillets.
This ramen mini-chain is the perfect place to dine if you’re looking for somewhere affordable, where you sit outside in the sun and enjoy some amazing food. Here you can enjoy a big bowl of this restaurants signature dish: wheat noodles in a lovely, rich broth. If noodles aren’t your thing you can always try the soft-boiled eggs and barbeque pork. All this and more can be enjoyed under elegant parasols, so you can enjoy the sun without being scorched!
The Chiltern Firehouse has a wonderful sheltered courtyard which is open for brunch and lunch when the weather is good. You can also book an alfresco table when the sun is out and enjoy some deliciously inventive food. This swanky setting has all the hallmarks of a world class restaurant and you can sit outside as you enjoy some truly wonderful dishes such as Blackened Salmon or Monkfish Cooked Over Pine.
Boulestin is an elegant courtyard dining area in St James, which is popular in the summer time for being the perfect place to enjoy food in the sun. The wonderful menu reflects the weather when it gets hot and you can order sunnier dishes such as a sweet and savoury salad of asparagus, goat’s cheese, smoked duck and grilled peaches. You can wash your dish down with some ice-cold sparkling rose, and soak up the sun and the stunning scenery around you.