Outdoor seating - London
Seeing as the weather is so nice, could anyone reccomend any good restaurants which have outdoor seating in London?
We just had a delightful lunch at Caraffini on Lower Sloane Street. They have an enclosed outdoor area in front. Very good Italian food, cost us 42£ for 2 courses each + veg + drinks.
Olive Magazine recently had a feature on the best al fresco spots in London. I've not eaten at some of them _ and some I can't remember _ but off the top of my head:
1) Inn The Park, in St. James' Park. There's a covered terrace and two different dining experiences; one's more cafeteria-style while the other is more fine-dining.
2) Coq d'Argent, Poultry, above Bank station. Conran resto. I've had drinks and snacks here but never dinner. Weekend brunches are supposed to be a bit more reasonable.
3) Gun, Docklands. Never been but intend to try on a sunny day. Barbecue outside on weekends.
There was also a restaurant mentioned in Holland Park that I've not been to but which looked lovely. The Belvedere, maybe?
Hush Brasserie has a pretty terrace - you can see a picture here:
If you want to watch tourists milling about, you can eat on the terrace at Chez Gerard in Covent Garden or, nearby, The Cove - which is the pub above a cornish pasty shop. It's not a restaurant, but you can order pasties from downstairs!
The Eagle on Farringdon Road is a gastro pub with a garden done out in mirrors, fairy lights and hand-painted glass. Again, it's not fine dining but they do decent burgers, calamari strips, Moroccan chicken sandwiches, etc.
Others that spring to mind are Le Pont de la Tour, Babylon @ the Roof Gardens, Le Coq d'Argent, and the Garden Cafe.
This link has some good ideas:
The Fox in Shoreditch has a nice outdoorsy courtyardy bit upstairs. It's pretty small though so make sure you specifically request it when booking!
I can also vouch for the Gun, a lovely terrace overlooking the O2 arena and the river.
My local Fox and Hounds in Battersea has a great garden too.
I have a hazy recollection that Ishbilia (Lebanese) near Hyde Park Corner had a few outdoor tables.
A number of the Lebanese places on Edgware Road have outside seating (or the smokers' ghetto if you prefer).