Having spent over a year running My Virtual Neighbourhood, we’ve listed more than 3,000 independent businesses and a few with amazing terraces and gardens have caught our eye.
Why shell out for a picnic in Buckingham Palace Gardens when you could mosey on down to your local and help them get back on their feet after lockdown!
Check out some of our favourites below and browse your neighbourhood for alfresco dining near you.
The Joint, Greeenwich. These guys do gardens almost as well as they do burgers! Check out their garden terrace in Greenwich for incredible city views. The menu includes award-winning wings, 16hr smoked pulled pork, halloumi burgers, and yummy deep fried Oreos!
Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington This pub garden overlooks Clissold Park and is spacious, and beautifully laid-out. As well as a great selection of beers, you can tuck into delicious pizza. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
This popular boozer is run by a couple of South African’s and their specials board includes some national dishes - from Bobotie to Boerewors Rolls and even Zebra Steaks. They also serve British greats like Sunday Roast and fish and chips! Behind the bar you will find South African Soft drinks and crisps or the brave can try dried black Ants, Sago Worms & Jack Daniels crickets!
This fab cocktail bar has a gorgeous garden. They serve handcrafted traditional cocktails and a British menu. Their meatball salad is pretty special too!
This popular pub has pulled out all the stops to make outside dining as comfy as possible. They've created the 'stables' - lovely little cubbies fully kitted out with individual lighting and heaters, they are perfect for same or mixed households of up to six people.
This lovely neighbourhood pub is back with a bang - this Georgian Gem was here when Islington was fields and farmland and customers would take a walk out of the city for a drink! They have a stunning garden covered in wisteria and their food is great.
This Italian restaurant has a jaw-droppingly good terrace! This is one of few places in the capital where you can enjoy alfresco dining all year round. It has modern heaters and a retractable rooftop.
This food-fanatical pub serves tapas versions of iconic British dishes and unique cocktails. Their outdoor terrace is the perfect place to relax - it has a fully fitted kitchen and BBQ area and is dog friendly with treats and water bowls at the ready.
Crate Taproom & Pizzeria, Hackney Wick
Enjoy a change of scenery at this fabulous brewery taproom next to the River Lea. This former print factory is full of industrial character and the riverside is the perfect place to unwind. Guests are invited to knock back their refreshing beer, brewed on site and tuck into some pizza!
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