London is a city scattered with terrace spaces, but it’s not always obvious where to find them. Places that typically would come to life in the summer months, these adapted outdoor urban spots have become year-round drinking and dining destinations. Seasonal settings that evolve as the hues turn to gold before being frosted with festivities, with recent government restrictions, the popularity of these city terraces has boomed. Here is our round-up of the top spots to wrap up complete with heaters, blankets and delicious outside dining.
Bloomsbury: Dalloway Terrace
Widely recognised for its signature wall of flowers is Dalloway Terrace. Offering the perfect Instagram setting with dishes and drinks to pair, the luxurious McQueens flowers have created an immersive floral experience. With spicy kicks throughout, the menu includes options from tiger prawns with green mango and chilli and Piri Piri chicken skewers alongside some well-crafted cocktails which include their signature ‘Bloomsbury Blush’ and ‘Atlantic Roller’.
Spanning from breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, Dalloway Terrace restaurants in London is a great choice throughout the day and located only a few minutes away from Oxford Street, Soho and Covent Garden, is the perfect excuse for a floral-inspired escape.
The Montagu Winter Terrace
Dubbed ‘the mountains in Marylebone’, is The Montagu Winter Terrace at Hyatt Regency London. Launched on 7th December, this outdoor Alpine retreat serves up cheese fondues, extra-large toasties and mulled wine in a super cosy setting that welcomes friends and families to reconnect.
The ideal destination of places to eat in London and if you’re dreaming of the mountains but remaining in London this Christmas, this corner of escapism in the heart of Marylebone has been completed with candlelit tables, faux fur rugs and twinkling lights. The Lodge will centre around the sharing concept diners will remember from ski holidays past. Indulge in a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue, an Alpine braised beef casserole and buns, or the epic Mont-Blanc XL cheese toastie, washed down with a glass of Chapel Down Brut or warming mulled wine among Après Ski style surroundings.
London Stock: Wandsworth
Hidden on Bubbling Square in the heart of Wandsworth, browse London Stock’s menu in comfort on their al fresco terrace that has been adapted with heaters and extra overhead covering. Beautifully presented and innovative in its process, London Stock blends Asian cooking techniques with British fine-dining and is the first restaurant from Assem Abdel Hady and Andres Bernal who was trained by Cordon Bleu.
With a wealth of experience with previous work for Heston Blumenthal at his two Michelin-starred restaurant, London Stock showcase a modern twist with carefully sourced British ingredients. Offering a three-course lunch menu for £30 with dishes that include red mullet, confit duck leg and fig cheesecake. Each Sunday hearty sirloin beef roasts and starters such as French onion soup, London Stock make a great option for a local evening out.
The Refinery Bankside: Southwark
With vivid hues of orange and green, The Refinery Bankside’s Aperol Garden brings a golden taste of summer to the cooler winter months. A short walk from Blackfriars station, its central location and bright décor make it ideal for lunchtime drink-sipping.
For a fun day out among its trees and parasols, capture a brilliant Instagram story nibbling on padron peppers, sharing boards featuring fiery slow-cooked pork ribs and Thai beef or crispy duck salads paired with onion rings, halloumi sticks or a trio of fries.
Pont De La Tour: Bermondsey
This Christmas, Pont De La Tour are bringing some parisian chic to their terrace on Bermondsey waterside. With striking views over Tower Bridge, the fine-dining French spot will combine wreaths of fresh greenery, white flowers and twinkling lights, with sheepskin blankets and heaters with some special food and drink additions for December.
In the Bar & Grill there will be a set menu, with two courses for £20 or three courses for £25, available for lunch or dinner, featuring dishes such as rillettes of smoked mackerel, warm crumpet, apple & horseradish, goujonettes of Cornish plaice with tartare sauce & french fries, and plum crème brûlée with lemon shortbread.
Alternatively, guests can choose to dine in the restaurant which will be offering a special winter set menu and à la carte options, with menu highlights including Cornish crab with smoked haddock mayonnaise, whole flame grilled turbot for two and apple tarte tatin with tonka bean ice cream & rum caramel. There will also be a bespoke Taittinger Champagne menu as well as festive seafood and champagne pairings for an extra special treat.
The terrace at XR in Marylebone is abundant with heaters and offers ample space to enjoy the restaurant’s top-quality food. Leading with the principles of fresh-produce and seasonal ingredients, XR strives for perfectionism. Offering a ten-course tasting menu, which includes some vegetarian options, dishes have been created with wine-pairing in mind by their head sommelier.
Snippets of their current menu involve black cod & roscoff dashi, scallops & caviar chawnmushi and British beef. Should you wish to enjoy on a smaller budget and time frame, XR also offers a bottomless brunch featuring truffled scrambled eggs, lunch bites such as succulent lamb sliders, and a roast each Sunday – all suitably washed down with an elegant flute of Moet.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill: Mayfair
Fuel yourself with winter warmers at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill. Dishing up their luxurious fish pie and monkfish curry, their heated and covered terrace means you can tuck into the menu both indoors and out. With over 100 years of specialist experience serving oysters and champagne, you’ll be in good hands under the inspecting eye of Chef Richard Corrigan, who has been with the company for the past ten years.
The menu covers expansive seafood choices from lobster, crab, sea bass and haddock with side dishes that are bound to leave you satisfied including creamed spinach and pink fir potatoes. Situated only three minutes away from Piccadilly Circus station and an eight-minute walk from Green Park, it’s accessible at any time of day.
Bluebird Chelsea: Kings Road
Bluebird Chelsea, the iconic hotspot to ‘see and be seen’ has undergone its annual transformation to get everyone in the spirit. In true style, their white wonderland theme which launched on 3rd December becomes the perfect escape. Decked out with pearly white branches, twinkling fairy lights, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, Bluebird’s terrace also features heaters and three cosy chalets available for exclusive bookings, ideal for friends from different households looking to celebrate together.
Over the winter period, there will be a special set menu available daily at Bluebird Chelsea. For £35, guests can enjoy a festive cocktail and three courses from the menu such as duck liver parfait with crab apple jelly on sourdough toast, gilthead bream with charred greens, crème fraiche and chive sauce before finishing with sticky toffee pudding, with butterscotch and clotted cream. The Taittinger drinks menu can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, with some special champagne cocktails.
Camden: Rudy’s Vegan Diner
With a beautiful cobbled seating area situated in the iconic Camden Market, Rudy’s Vegan Diner is the go-to place for quick, plant-based grub that hits the spot. Adapting comforting American favourites with an all-vegan twist, dishes are all reasonably priced at only £9 per burger or £12 with a side of fries and a drink.
Ensuring that vegan eating doesn’t compromise on taste – extensive sides include mac n cheese, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and more; perfect for conscious diners whilst still combating those cravings. If you have a sweet tooth, a variety of the diner’s ‘Freakshakes’ are available with unique sauces such as bubble gum. Rudy’s outdoor terrace offers the perfect place to indulge, and with such reasonable prices, it seems like the best excuse to treat yourself.