With the roadmap out of lockdown announced in the UK and pubs with outdoor seating areas expected to be serving food and drinks again throughout the spring and summer, many Brits are finally looking forward to getting back to normal life this year after the COVID19 pandemic. If you live or work in central London, there are several great pubs that have outdoor seating areas and outdoor heaters that are sure to be top choices with punters once the lockdown rules are relaxed, which is expected for around the middle of April.
Located in Covent Garden, this restaurant and wine bar is set to reopen on the 12th of April and offers a range of outdoor tables. It’s suitable for outdoor dining and drinking even if the weather is wet, with all tables covered and cosy blankets available for guests to take home, along with outdoor heaters.
Garlic and Shots:
Near Old Compton Street in Soho, Garlic and Shots is located on Tottenham Court Road and offers a range of tasty dishes including delicious Scandinavian food that is definitely worth trying. The ice cream always scores highly in reviews and the outdoor seating area has a relaxing, intimate atmosphere.
Conveniently located in the heart of King’s Cross, the German Gymnasium’s outdoor terrace is set to reopen on the 12th of April. Part of D&D London, an international group of restaurants and bars, you can find a Mittel-European inspired menu served from breakfast until dinner.
Located close to Great Portland Street tube station, you can find The Remedy, a wine bar and restaurant on Cleveland Street. The wine list is updated almost weekly, with over twenty wines on a weekly rotation. The food menu also changes weekly, with homemade sourdough, artisan cheeses and fresh pasta to enjoy. Warren Street and Regents Park tube stations are also close by. You can book in advance online or call the restaurant to make a same-day booking.
Located in King’s Cross on The Regent Quarter, Camino offers a delicious tapas menu, drinks and bottomless brunch in a cosy heated outdoor terrace area set to reopen on the 12th of April. It is situated on Varnishers Yard and close to Euston Road, Pancras Road, and King’s Cross Road. The nearest station is King’s Cross Station.
Gordon’s Wine Bar:
Head to Villiers Street near Embankment where you’ll find Gordon’s, the oldest wine bar in London. Located close to Covent Garden and the West End, it is just minutes away from Trafalgar Square and has been serving some of the best wine in London for over 130 years. If you’re heading there on the tube, the closest tube stations are Embankment and Charing Cross. Along with the extensive wine and drinks menu, you’ll also find over fifteen different kinds of cheese and a selection of charcuterie, including vegan and vegetarian options on the food menu. Reservations are not taken, so arriving early is advised.
Atlantic Bar at J.Sheeky:
One of the best places in London for seafood is the Atlantic Bar at J.Sheeky, located in Leicester Square. The bar is set to reopen to visitors on the 17th of May and they are currently taking online bookings in advance. They offer a range of perfectly prepared, responsibly sourced fish and seafood.
You can find the Atlantic Bar at St Martin’s Court, close to Covent Garden.
This contemporary Spanish restaurant is located in the heart of Oxford Circus, on top of the former Dickins & Jones department store. The rooftop terrace is the perfect place to be for outdoor dining, with outdoor heaters and stunning views of the city skyline. Be sure to try the amazing ‘inspired by Spain’ cocktail menu.
Close to Tottenham Court Road station, Dalloway Terrace is located on Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury. It is a short distance away from major London areas including Oxford Street and Covent Garden, featuring a heated outdoor dining area with a magical atmosphere. The outdoor seating area is expected to reopen on the 12th of April, and you can make a table booking up to four weeks in advance.
The Marquis Cornwallis:
Located on Russell Square in Bloomsbury, the Marquis Cornwallis is known as a local Bloomsbury pub and offers the best in British pub hospitality with quirky charm and individuality. The heated outdoor seating area offers a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy the tempting food and extensive drinks menu.
The Anchor Bankside:
Located in the London Borough of Southwark, the Anchor Bankside is a historical pub run by Greene King. The location has been home to a tavern establishment for over eight hundred years, making it one of the oldest pubs in London. It is on the south bank of the Thames, close to London Bridge Station and Southwark Cathedral.
The Duke of Sussex:
Just a stone’s throw from Waterloo, the Duke of Sussex offers a range of simple, delicious dishes that are reminiscent of the early days of the British Pub. Famous for its charcoal spit-roasted chicken, The Duke of Sussex is home to one of the best beer gardens in the area. You can find it on Baylis Road.
Café Del Marsh:
Located in Waterloo, Café Del Marsh is a favourite spot for hot drinks, cocktails, pastries and cakes and offers a spacious, heated outdoor garden seating area. It is located on Lower Marsh and has been a firm favourite in the area since 2006. If you choose to visit here, you’re in good company as Paloma Faith and Davina McCall are among the celebs that have visited.
Situated on Euston Road in London, The Euston Tap promises the freshest beer you’ve ever tasted. They offer a massive selection of forty-seven draught beer lines with choices from all over the world. Although they don’t have a food menu, they do have an extensive selection of favourite snacks and nibbles to pair with your beer.
Granary Square Brasserie:
With a planned reopening on the 17th May, Granary Square Brasserie located on Granary Square in Kings Cross is planning several measures to ensure the safety of diners, including a heated outdoor dining space.
The Lighterman Bar and Restaurant located in King’s Cross offers stunning panoramic views over Regent’s Canal, with two large, heated outdoor seating areas with blankets provided. The alfresco terrace is located right on the canal path, making it the perfect setting for casual dining and drinks in the sunshine. Outdoor seating is also available on Granary Square.
Located on Greville Street in Holborn in the heart of Hatton Garden and close to Covent Garden, the Argyle offers a small heated outdoor seating area with a pleasant atmosphere. It is just a short walk away from Chancery Lane and Farringdon tube stations.
Flat Iron Square:
Located in London Bridge, Flat Iron Square offers a range of quality dining experiences from light bites to three-course meals. It is home to over ten traders and three restaurants that offer authentic dishes from all over the world, including top street vendors and dining concepts that push the boundaries and create a truly unique and unforgettable environment.
Located right next to London Bridge station on St Thomas St, Vinegar Yard offers a unique combination of food, drinks, art, and a flea market. The huge outdoor venue is ideal for socialising in the summer months, and it’s covered with huge tents and outdoor heating when the weather is cloudy or wet. Food traders here offer an extensive and diverse choice of daily options to choose from.
The Ship Tavern:
A classic British tavern located in Holborn, The Ship Tavern is situated right on the edge of Lincoln’s Inn Fields and has been part of the scenery in Holborn dating all the way back since 1549. Here you can find over sixty different gins from around the world on offer along with daily and monthly special options. Located on Gate Street, the pub has recently purchased outdoor heaters to prepare for the upcoming reopening.
Popular with celebrities, Chiltern Firehouse is a famous five-star restaurant and hotel that occupies the Grade II listed building of the former Marylebone Fire Station, which was also known as Manchester Square Fire Station. It is located on Chiltern Street and offers a delicious menu of British and European classics. Outdoor dining areas are comfortable and heated, and it is advisable to book well in advance if you would like to dine here when it reopens.
Serving authentic Turkish cuisine in Leicester Square, the Bosporus began its journey in Dubai and has since started a new chapter at Queens House in London. They serve an impressive menu of meals from all over Turkey, using only the freshest ingredients. The Bosporus is conveniently located close to Covent Garden and Charing Cross.
With the national lockdown set to be relaxed soon allowing pubs to start serving food and drinks outdoors once again, it’s always good to know which pubs in London offer comfortable, heated outdoor dining areas to enjoy.