This is a guest post written by Fiona Maclean, editor of London Unattached.
The British love to dine al fresco. Even though we don’t really have the right weather, you’ll find us taking shelter under parasols in the pouring rain and wrapped up in blankets in the depths of winter. Once summer comes, it’s a race to see who can find the best spot. Beat the crowds with these top tips for al fresco dining in London.
1. Many of the best bars and restaurants in London don’t take reservations for their outside tables. It’s partly down to the unpredictable British weather which can result in chaos if the weather changes. The solution, if you are booking, is to plan to dine early and arrive a little earlier still. Then judge for yourself if it’s warm enough to be outside. It’s the perfect excuse to go for brunch and stay through for a late lunch at places like Charlotte’s W5 in Ealing or Grain Store, King’s Cross.
2. If the sun DOES decide to shine, pubs and cafes can become very busy very quickly. Great if you like a lively atmosphere, but for something a little quieter it’s worth looking at some of the hotel terrace offerings. Try the new Garden Lounge at The Corinthia, the secluded terrace at The Royal Horseguards hotel or the quirky rooftop terrace at the Sanctum Soho Hotel which comes complete with rock and roll styling and a hot tub for residents! There’s plenty of space at the newly opened Dalloway Terrace, which serves a great all day brunch menu at weekends.Continue Reading