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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
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Angela Hui
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Laura Richards
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Take to the pavements, rooftops, gardens and terraces of London’s bars and restaurants –embrace the great outdoors while you still can before temperatures drop off. 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. 

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 autumn terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel may well have been designed with Instagram in mind, but we’ll allow it since its leafy glow-up is so stylish, a collaboration with McQueens Flowers.

Why go? It’s heated, it’s got fairy lights and there’s a Johnnie Walker cocktail menu.

Time Out tip? Order the Johnnie Walker crème brûlée it’ll put hairs on your chest.

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  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • London Fields
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What’s the vibe? Brat’s outrageously good summer pop-up at Climpson’s Arch in London Fields has been extended through winter. It’s a joy for all seasons.

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 across a long barbecue counter or prepping from the corrugated hatch of a former shipping container that completes the north side of this convivial glass-roofed patio space.

Time Out tip? 

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  • Contemporary European
  • Richmond

What’s the vibe? Richmond’s prettiest garden centre in rgoing also has a far-above-average café attached, and in the great outdoors.

Why go? To huddle inside its heated pergola and surround yourself with foliage and wild flowers. The menu features Italian produce across comforting plates made for the autumn months.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Bethnal Green
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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’ve gone all out in adding heaters and roof for ill weather.

Time Out tip? Come early between 5pm-6.30pm to nab their bargain £10 pasta and wine deal.

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  • 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.

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  • Wapping

What’s the vibe? From October 7, you can get cosy in one of the igloo pods once again. These space-age domes are spread across the two-level rooftop and boasts 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? Make it a night to remember add on a cinema experience and you can upgrade to one of the best seats in the house. Plus, come hungry and thirsty for the street food feast and fizz.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Herne Hill
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What’s the vibe? The place to be if you want to fool yourself that it’s not autumn at all at Brixton’s Lido Café.

Why go? For the backdrop of Brockwell Lido and palm trees lining the café’s terrace, it could basically be summer here.

Time Out tip? 400 Rabbits currently occupies the kitchen, so order in the pizzas and bask in the imaginary sun.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Marylebone

What’s the vibe? Get snug at the plush Marylebone hangout Chiltern Firehouse. It’s the ideal spot to tage refuge from the foulest of weather.

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. You can always take your chances at this salubrious spot.

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