The best outdoor terraces in the UK to book now

It’s almost officially summer, and while we know here in the UK that doesn’t guarantee endless sunshine and warmth, we’re ready to make the most of the good weather as and when it comes.

Some of us will no doubt head to the beach or have a picnic in the park, but sometimes, you just want to go somewhere and be looked after, while sipping on your favourite drink and tucking into a delicious meal.

With that in mind, we’ve found some of the best UK restaurants and bars with outdoor terraces for you to enjoy this summer. We suggest you get your booking in early though – as soon as the weather looks good, there will no doubt be a battle for a sunny spot outdoors!

The best outdoor terraces in the UK:

London

Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel

There’s a roof terrace and outdoor seating available at the Ham Yard Hotel, which is part of the Firmdale Hotels brand. However, the roof terrace is only accessible to hotel guests or for private events. Feel like you’re in a corner of alfresco luxury here, dining on everything from steak and roast veal chop, to burrata and ricotta and courgette gnocchi.

firmdalehotels.com

The Glass Rooms

glass rooms

Even the Tower of London has its own outdoor dining terrace this year, in the form of The Glass Rooms: 12 glass pods sitting on the riverbank with panoramic views of the River Thames, Tower Bridge and The Shard.

Open until September, The Glass Rooms offers a truly unique dining experiences, with fantastic food inspired by British farmers, as well as the option to have your own playlist by connecting your phone to bluetooth speakers. Add in the breathtaking views and what more could you possibly want?!

theglassrooms.co.uk

Maine Mayfair

maine mayfair
The Maine Mayfair

The Maine Mayfair’s gorgeously chic and secluded terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed summer’s evening. It’s a tucked away spot with a terrace menu including oysters, shellfish, tartars and crudos.

themainemayfair.com

The Berkeley

The Garden at The Berkeley was born out of a need for outdoor space since the Covid pandemic started, but it’s returned every year since so guests can keep on enjoying outdoor dining. This year, the garden has transformed into La Dolce Vita: Il Giardino. The intimate and informal alfresco restaurant has views of St Paul’s church and features a menu to celebrate Italian cuisine. Expect all your favourites on the menu, from warm focaccia and arancini, to Cacio e pepe and Fiorentina steak.

the-berkeley.co.uk

Laurel’s on the Roof

Laurel's on the Roof
Laurel’s on the Roof

If you’re looking for somewhere brand new to head to, check out this rooftop gem at the Mondrian Shoreditch. Inspired by 1970’s Hollywood, Laurel’s is a relaxed all day-dining and drinking spot with a touch of glamour. It serves Californian-inspired dishes and cocktails, and there are live DJ sets every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Plus, the terrace includes one of only five rooftop pools in London, although it’s only accessible for hotel guests.

sbe.com/hotels/mondrian/shoreditch/dining/laurels

COYA City

COYA city
COYA

COYA City’s renowned outdoor courtyard terrace features an alluring garden in the heart of the city. This year, the hidden oasis will transform into a ‘scent-sual’ paradise, thanks to its fragrant partnership with luxury conscious perfume house, Sana Jardin. Sip on limited-edition COYA cocktails while surrounded by a fantastical floral installation.

coyarestaurant.com

Granary Square Brasserie

Granary Square Brasserie

With impressive views across Regent’s Canal and Granary Square’s floor-level fountains, Granary Square Brasserie’s terrace provides a chic haven to retreat to. To celebrate the re-opening, the brasserie is launching an array of merriments, including a beautiful, themed terrace, a series of showstopping, carnival-inspired live DJs and entertainment, and a limited-edition cocktail menu for guests to enjoy as the days get longer and lighter.

granarysquarebrasserie.com

Coq d’Argent

Coq d’Argent

Located in the heart of the city, Coq d’Argent is offers stunning panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Southbank from it’s rooftop garden and terrace.

coqdargent.co.uk

The Mitre

The Mitre

Set on the banks of the River Thames in Hampton Court the Mitre’s riverside terrace is something of a riverside retreat and one of the best outdoor terraces in the UK. Adorned with Parisian style furniture, an outdoor kitchen, twinkly lights and the world’s only ‘Whispering Angel Boathouse’, arrive by foot, car or even boat to The Mitre’s vast terrace. 

mitrehamptoncourt.com 

SMOKESTAK

SMOKESTAK

SMOKESTAK is back again with its casual outdoor seating. Expect a barbecue-led menu including much-loved favourites and new spring dishes, from founder David Carter.

The Connaught

With views of Tadao Ando’s ‘Silence’ fountain, The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught is the perfect place to people-watch in London. Tuck into Jean-Georges favourites such as Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza and Crispy Salmon Sushi whilst enjoying the sunshine.

the-connaught.co.uk 

Bluebird Café Chelsea

Bluebird is a Chelsea landmark of 20 years – an iconic restaurant in the heart of the Kings Road (if you’re a long-term Made in Chelsea fan, you’ll remember they were here all the time). The Café serves up the best of British featuring favourites like traditional Fish & Chips, to weekend brunch & BBQ during the summer.

bluebirdcafe.co.uk

UK

The Cove, Falmouth

The Cove
The Cove

The Cove is under the direction of Michelin-star chef Michael Caines. The relaxed Cornish hideaway sits on the seafront, atop Maenporth Beach, just a stone’s throw from Falmouth. The restaurant features a glass-front and open-air terrace, so guests can fully appreciate the stunning views across the Roseland Heritage Coast.

thecovemaenporth.co.uk

Issho, Leeds

Issho
Issho

This chic Japanese restaurant offers up comfortable sofas on a roof terrace, so you can enjoy those central Leeds views. Enjoy small plates alongside exciting cocktails that lean on delicate floral notes like peach, lychee, kumquat and shisho, as well as sake and Japanese whiskies.

issho-restaurant.com

Rocksalt, Kent

Rocksalt
Rocksalt

Rocksalt is still deemed the best spot for a relaxed and enjoyable lunch. While the time away staring out to the see while enjoying the menu, which is devoted to locally caught seafood and seasonal Kentish produce.

rocksaltfolkestone.co.uk

The Hut, Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight

The hut at colwell bay
The Hut

A relaxed yet special spot, The Hut has the best of simple pleasures on offer. Guests can dine on the likes of fish tacos, lobster and chips, and the west-facing terrace is perfect for watching the evening sun.

thehutcolwell.co.uk

The Woodsman, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Woodsman

The Woodsman’s beautiful terrace and garden is home to aromatic homegrown herbs, vegetables and their very own beehives (don’t worry, they’re at a safe distance from diners), and comfortably sits 40 diners.

thewoodsmanrestaurant.co.uk

Tinwood Estate, Chichester

Tinwood Estate

For something a little different, head to Tinwood Estate at the foot of the South Downs National Park. Enjoy the finest English sparkling wines on the vast south-facing terrace overlooking the vines. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and estate or enjoy afternoon tea and sparkling wine, this is the perfect day trip. 

Dukes 92, Manchester

Dukes 92

Dukes 92 in Manchester is famous for its terrace and truly comes to life in the summer. Located right next to the canal in Deansgate with stunning views, Dukes 92 is one of the most visited bars in Manchester for a reason.

dukes92.com

Angelica, Leeds

Angelica

Located on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds, with a wraparound outdoor terrace, Angelica is the best place in the city for panoramic views. Expect grand café vibes by day and cocktails in the early evening.

angelica-leeds.com

Rockwater Hove, Hove

Rockwater Hove

Rockwater Hove’s beachfront deck terrace is a little different to the rest but perfect for friends and family to watch the sunset while tucking into delicious, locally sourced food and beverages such as seafood platters, handmade pizzas, local charcuterie and cheese board.

rockwater.uk