Soak up the sunshine at these al fresco restaurants
Dine in the very heart of London and soak up city’s atmosphere - be it from pavement seating, gorgeous rooftop terraces or with a picnic in a nearby park. Here are some of our favourite places to enjoy seasonal specials and unbeatable views.
An unbeatable St James's Market setting for your favourite Nordic-style dishes. Whether you’re after a long lunch with friends, a dinner date or post-work drinks with colleagues, Aquavit is the place to be.
La Terrasse, Sofitel London St James’s
Visit Sofitel London St James’s new summer terrace, "La Terrasse", inspired by the rich Mediterranean spirit that transports you to the beautiful coastlines of the French Riviera from the heart of St James's. Discover the joie de vivre of this al fresco setting tucked amongst lemon blossoms and orange trees by sipping on mimosas, tasting the freshest Lobsters and indulging in Spritz-inspired sorbets and more aperitivo style drinks - sure to put you in a sunny mood.
The Rooftop, The Trafalgar St James
If you’re looking for a roof terrace and a luxurious way to spend time with loved ones, look no further. Select from its menu of small plates and classic mains and take in one of the very best views in London at The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St James.
45 Jermyn St
An impeccable dining experience, the iconic location of 45 Jermyn Street is truly a standout. A beacon for breakfast, with service continuing well into the night; you can fashion a day around your reservation and enjoy the best of what London has to offer, all moments away from your (outdoor) table.
Open for its first al fresco season in St James’s Market, Fallow serves sustainability-focused innovative food fit for the perfect evening out.
A St James's stalwart since 1945, Franco’s will be serving breakfast pastries from 8-10:15am before an a la carte offering on its chic terrace. Settle in here and enjoy the perfect spot on Jermyn Street for people watching.
Ole & Steen
Looking for a quick bite to enjoy in the sunshine? Ole & Steen is a popular pitstop for a coffee break, delicious Danish pastry and we must say, its open sandwiches are not to be ignored.
Enjoy Chef Angela Hartnett's impeccable take on Italian dishes, stemming from her family roots at Café Murano. Close your eyes whilst sitting al fresco on St James’s Street and you might just be transported to the streets of Italy.
With an extensive outdoor terrace and stylish interiors, newly refurbished Piccolino is the perfect option for the summer, whether you're looking to dine inside or al fresco. Serving a sumptuous menu of classic Italian dishes, it's a great restaurant to settle down with a tipple and soak up the atmosphere.
Looking for even more al fresco dining options? Discover how to make the perfect picnic with our guide or why not head over to neighbouring Regent Street to find an array of outdoor foodie spots. Be sure to let us know if you enjoy our restaurants and share your photos with us at @StJamesLondon.