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Circa London's favourite terraces for eating and drinking this summer

Published: 09/05/2022

We thought we would share our favourite terraces across the capital for outdoor drinking and eating.


Housed in a repurposed bike shed in Arnold Circus, moments from Shoreditch High Street is Rochelle Canteen. This unpretentious country-house-like terrace, with a covered top and heaters, is hugely popular and is worth pre-booking asap. It’s the perfect place for a long lunch sipping a crisp glass of Chardonnay or two.


This is a popular and much-loved gem by its East London clientele and has been for two decades. It’s a fantastic venue for some of the best people-watching with a backdrop of canal boats and wildlife. You can while away a long summer’s evening here, but they don’t take bookings, so get there early to avoid disappointment. A crispy cheese toastie served with quince jelly and coffee makes the perfect start to the day.


This unpretentious wine bar in a railway arch is trendy, serving interesting sharing plates and organic wine. With its no-reservation policy, we recommend you line up early for a table outside. The menu changes weekly and you can expect independent lesser-known winemakers that pack a punch.


Great for a staycation, sunny Sicilian supper, is this peaceful terrace on Rathbone Square. Pizzas come as a giant one-metre stretch of Napoli-style dough made for sharing, while the famous carbonara is tossed in a big wheel of Parmesan at the table. Classic Italian cocktails have over-the-top twists in keeping with the restaurant – we recommend the Limoncello Spritz as a tart take on the Aperol version.


This cool, cosmopolitan, sexy ground-floor bar attracts the smart set. Bright blue and red table tops, stripy umbrellas, and plenty of green foliage create a little slice of quiet outdoors to enjoy a martini on a summer evening.


A great place for fun, drinks and street-food in the shadow of the Shard. This outdoor venue and market have plenty to do, from quality food trucks and vintage finds to busy picnic tables; it’s an ideal spot for spending a long lazy afternoon. There are two bars serving craft beer but pitchers of Pimm’s are popular in the summer.


Tables wrap around the outer walls in this  sun-trap alley tucked away from the busy Bermondsey streets. This is a Californian-themed restaurant oozing with innovation and creative sharing menus. Try the beef tartare with wasabi washed down with plum sake.

Head over to our area guides for more recommendations of places to eat and drink.

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