Already dreaming of your next holiday? If you can’t make it to Madrid or San Sebastian this year, we’ve got the next best thing – six tapas bar terraces that are perfect for summer. We can’t promise glorious sunshine, but great food and good times are guaranteed.
At Camino’s Bankside restaurant, you can dine al fresco amongst the olive trees and lanterns on their spacious terrace. We’re big fans of their jamon croquetas and the arroz negro – black rice with cuttlefish, squid ink and alioli. At the weekends, get some mates together and enjoy bottomless tapas with unlimited cava or mimosas for £30 a head. Combine it with a trip to the Tate Modern or a stroll along the river for a perfect summer day in London.
With tables spilling out on to Upper Street, this buzzy tapas bar is perfect for sunny day suppers. You can snack on hand-carved jamon and Spanish cheeses or build a tapas feast of dishes like chargrilled chorizo, salt cod croquetas, and tortilla de patatas. If you’re into cocktails, you’re in luck – they serve all the classics alongside signature creations like the fruity rum-based Pasión.
Enjoy the flavours of the Spanish coast in the heart of Shoreditch at Tapas Brindisa. Choose from classics like gambas al ajillo, gazpacho, and cured meats, or try house specials like seafood paella or Iberico pork shoulder. At the weekends, they serve a rice brunch – five Spanish rice dishes, all served with green salad and pan con tomate. It tastes even better when eaten al fresco on their terrace.
We’re big fans of José Pizarro’s tiny tapas bar in Bermondsey, but it’s much easier to get a seat at his City restaurant and the food is just as good. It’s well suited to leisurely lunches and after-work dinners, plus in warm weather you can dine al fresco and do a bit of people watching. Everything on the menu is delicious but don’t leave without trying the croquetas, the spicy prawn fritters, or lamb meatballs. Top tip: On Saturday lunchtimes, you can enjoy two dishes and a glass of wine, cava or a G&T for just £17.50.
If you don’t have time for a Spanish city break, a visit to Iberica’s Cabot Square terrace might be the next best thing. It’s open all summer long and serves barbequed meats, tapas, cocktails and sangria. The only thing they can’t promise is sunshine, but you can always grab a table in the restaurant if it rains.
Tucked away from the bustle of Carnaby Street, Dehesa is a great choice for date night or a light lunch after hitting the shops. Their menu has Italian influences as well as Spanish, so there’s a strong wine list and excellent cheese and charcuterie on offer. After a few bar bites, you can order tapas-style dishes like confit pork belly with cannellini beans, octopus a la plancha, and courgette flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese. On a warm day, their terrace is the place to be.