London's best barbecues

Nothing is more satisfying than the sizzle of a summer barbecue

Hog Roast Hog Roast - © Rob Greig

Every sunny-day session should be accompanied by the tempting aromas emanating from the barbecue. Our favourite barbecues provide more than just fuel to soak up the drink – most of them are gastronomic destinations in themselves.

A quick caveat: we don’t want to rain on your parade, but given the vagaries of our weather, not to mention the vagaries of some venues, always phone ahead and make sure the barbecue is on – hot coals and torrential downpours don’t mix

Time Out's guide to barbecues in central London

  • Courtyard at 51

    51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF (020 7769 7766/

    Barbecues will be fired up until September this year at the plush 51 Buckingham Gate hotel, which boasts a lovely secluded courtyard and a menu based around Middle Eastern and American barbecue dishes. Read more

  • Montague on the Gardens

    15 Montague St, WC1B 5BJ (020 7637 1001/

    Alfresco dining in the genteel surrounds of this Bloomsbury hotel’s new Terrace and Wood Deck restaurants, where you can order hearty surf (lobster, salmon) and turf (burgers and steaks) along with veggie kebabs and grilled halloumi. Read more