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Outdoor drinking and dining spots in London cosy enough for autumn

Continue the outdoor trend at these gorgeous terraces, restaurants and bars in London

Angela Hui
Written by
Laura Richards
Angela Hui

The temperatures might be dropping a little, but there's no reason to stay stuck indoors: that's what winter's for! Instead, enjoy a little fresh air at these terraces and patios from some of London's best restaurants and bars. Wrap up warm and head to one of these cosy outdoor dining and drinking spots in London, where you won’t even notice the chill thanks to autumn leaves, warm candlelight and – praise be – patio heaters. 

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London restaurants and bars for outdoor dining in autumn

What’s the vibe? The Hawk’s Nest occupies a converted railway arch and goods yard. The indoor-outdoor space in Shepherd’s Bush allows for 120 seated guests under its new autumn-ready roof – that still counts as outdoors, right?!

Why go? There are heaters, should you be worried about the chill, plus cocktails to warm the cockles including a barrel-aged Rum Old Fashioned.

Time Out tip? To suit west London, The Hawk’s Nest will also be screening the rugby.  

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Bloomsbury

What’s the vibe? This terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel may well have been designed with Instagram in mind, but we’ll allow it since its seasonal nature-inspired displays are so very stylish.

Why go? It’s heated, it’s got fairy lights and there’s an extensive cocktail menu.

Time Out tip? This makes a seriously pretty spot for afternoon tea.

  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • London Fields

What’s the vibe? Pick an array of wood-fired delights from the blackboard at Brat, a pop-up turned permanent resident in the covered courtyard space at Climpson's Arch. 

Why go? For the hunky, seasonal, super-fresh fish, meat and veg are whisked up from Cornwall and Cambridge and transformed with precision and flair by chefs cooking with smoke and fire. Dishes are sent out from the corrugated hatch of a former shipping container that completes the north side of this convivial glass-roofed patio space.

Time Out tip If you can't book a spot, there's always space for walk-ins.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Richmond

What’s the vibe? Richmond’s prettiest garden centre also has a far-above-average café attached, set inside a beautiful (and mercifully heated) greenhouse.

Why go? To surround yourself with natural foliage and wild flowers - without a plastic bloom in sight. The menu is just as charming, featuring comforting Italian-inspired plates made for the autumn months.

Time Out tip? Look out for their supper clubs on selected Friday evenings.

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 3 of 4

What's the vibe? This Clerkenwell Italian from the bods behind the Clove Club boasts a weather-proof terrace that's full of artfully crumbling glamour.

Why go? For upscale (and pricy) country comfort food served in beautiful surroundings.

Time Out tip If you’re on a budget, stick to an oh-so-chic aperitivo.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Bethnal Green
  • price 3 of 4

What’s the vibe? The perenially packed terrace at the foot of Sager + Wilde’s glorious archway dedicated to fine food and even finer wine.

Why go? For the pretty lights that festoon the space and a warm glow extends from the glass-fronted restaurant. Plus, they'll warm up chillier nights with outdoor heaters.

Time Out tip? Their two-course £24 set menu is a delicious bargain.

  • Things to do
  • London Bridge

What’s the vibe? A relaxed covered and heated food court right next to London Bridge station with views of the Shard. 

Why go? For the food, glorious, food. Take your pick from Baba Gs, Nanny Bills, The Gentlemen Baristas, Sugo, Nik’s Kitchen and Bad Boys Pizza Society.

Time Out tip? Swing by on weekends for the flea market and hunt for vintage treasure.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • King’s Cross
  • price 3 of 4

What's the vibe? King's Cross hotel The Standard is known for its standout decor, and its oh-so-pretty fairylit terrace is no exception. 

Why go? For cocktails by a crackling fire pit, or meals by resident chef Guy Betteridge. 

Time Out tip? Plenty of blankets are available in case your knees get chilly.

  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Wapping

What’s the vibe? Get cosy in one of the igloo pods dotted across this two-level rooftop, boasting some pretty sweet skyline views.

Why go? For the heated seating areas, and wherever you sit, you can order mulled wine straight to your table. (Yes, it’s mulled wine season already).

Time Out tip? Keep the good times flowing by repairing to the indoor bar for croquet, ping pong and dancing.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Marylebone

What’s the vibe? Plush Marylebone hangout Chiltern Firehouse has a chic courtyard space that's done out in monochrome stripes.

Why go? For the roof to protect you from the elements and the roaring fire to keep you toasty. 

Time Out tip? If you can’t get a booking the courtyard is kept back for walk-ins, so you can always take your chances on this salubrious spot.


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