The countdown is on for a pint in an actual glass and a platter of non-home-cooked food. We’ve got you covered with some of the the best al fresco dining destinations in East London, which you’d best reserve sharpish! By Lara Mills
Happy Burger at Allegra
Located in The Stratford, Allegra will be making the most of its 50-seat rooftop and unrivalled views of London’s skylines, with a new pop-up, Happy Burger at Allegra, launching on Thursday 15th April. The four-week pop-up will offer a concise and playful menu prepared by Head Chef Patrick Powell including; ‘The Happy Burger’, an Oklahoma-style onion burger with American cheese, Fried chicken with Mustard Fruit, Aioli and Rhubarb and Custard Doughnut. Throughout the month, Happy Burger at Allegra, will also welcome chefs from London restaurants without outdoor seating to take over the space, including Perilla, Mangal 2, Anglo Thai and soon to be launched Planque in Haggerston.
20 International Way, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 1FD
Cinnamon Kitchen’s all-weather terrace in Devonshire Square is the perfect tucked-away spot to escape The City and drink or dine on the colourful Indian-inspired decking. Enjoy a well-earned sip on a spicy new take on classic cocktails, including the Assam Manhattan or Coconut Kir cocktail, or go all out and tuck into an al-fresco brunch in the warming spring sun.
9 Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4YL
The Sipping Room
West India Quay
Venture East to West India Key and take your seat at The Sipping Room, a place far removed from the concrete jungle and tucked next to the Thames. Relax and unwind on the expansive riverside-side terrace and enjoy a cocktail or 5 from the dedicated outdoor bar. Take your pick from the likes of the Pixie Fizz; a refreshing mix of Martin Miller Gin, Briottet poppy liqueur, vanilla syrup, raspberry powder, soda and a dash of lime or why not try the London Spritz; Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower, apple, sprigs of mint and lashings of soda. Should you be ambitious with the springtime attire, cosy blankets and hot water bottles are also available for those unexpectedly chilly nights.
16 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
Positioned in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square, a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf station, The Parlour is a beautiful bar & restaurant perfect for all-day drinking, dining and unwinding. For one, there is a substantial alfresco terrace (tick!), said terrace is complete with its own bar overlooking Canada Square Park (double tick!), and is the ideal location to spend some much-needed quality time in the company of food friends, good food, fine wine and cocktails.
The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square Park, E14 5FW
Come rain or shine, Angelina in Dalston has always been good to us. Now, come rain or shine, you can get your fix of some of the best food in town, thanks to the restaurant’s terrace which makes the perfect people-watching spot for this bustling Dalston destination. Ideal for groups looking to celebrate the great unlock in style and foodie lovers alike, Angelina is ready to welcome guests back from April 12th.
56 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3AH
Blackhorse Beer Mile
Beer lovers rejoice, the prospect of a pint in an actual glass is drawing near and there’s one place that takes centre stage for this end-of-lockdown tipple. Some of East London’s iconic breweries have joined forces to create a new destination for freshly poured pints straight from the source – Blackhorse Beer Mile in Walthamstow, E17. From longstanding local legends Wild Card Brewery; Signature Brew’s state of the art new brewery and music venue; Exale’s modern and experimental beers; to the newest addition to the neighbourhood, Truman’s Social Club featuring the UK’s largest beer hall, a visit to the Blackhorse Beer Mile is certain to not disappoint. Head to the link to book your pace and find a suggested route around the space.
Truman’s Social Club, 1 Priestley Way, London, E17 6AL
The Tramshed Project
In October 2020, The Tramshed Project occupied the iconic grade II listed Tramshed building in Old Street and now operates as a membership-free restaurant and workspace. The Tramshed Project was founded by Dominic Cools-Lartique and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks which will all be available to enjoy on the outside terrace as of April 14th.
32 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3LX
Oh Nebula, how we’ve missed you. The newly opened pizza and negroni joint on Hackney Road not only boasts pizzas worth pining after, it’s also home to one of East London’s most hidden outside terraces, tucked in the midst of Containerville at The Oval. Book your space for an out-of-this-world experience outside from April 12th.
455 Hackney Road, London, E2 9DY
Limehouse’s neighbourhood favourite NATAK is ready for the drama to commence and open its doors for outdoor (and heated) dining as of 12th April. Inspired by Indian drama, Natak specialises in reinvented dishes and family recipes that will transport your taste buds to the markets of Mumbai and the streets of Delhi. Throw in a spice-infused cocktail and we’ll see you there!
The Mosaic Building, 51 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DN
Hurrah, no more pack noodles as Koya is ready and raring to open its 50-seater covered terrace on April 12th. Head back to the heart of the city for a warming, or even cold, fix of the best Japanese udon noodle dishes in town.
10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London, EC4N 8AR
East London Liquor Company
However much we love an at-home East London Liquor cocktail, nothing quite beats sipping on one made in house by the brilliant ELLC team. As of 15th April, the ELLC courtyard at the distillery in Bow Wharf will be back in business, stirring up some sorely missed spritzes and lifting our post-lockdown spirits.
221 Grove Road, Unit GF1, London, E3 5SN
Fire and Pizza
Fire and Pizza is back to get us and our sourdough pizzas off the sofa and into the sunshine. The Clerkenwell branch of the much-loved pizza joint is opening its terrace to enjoy al-fresco slices and spritzes on. Whilst there, why not have a nosey at the onsite Italian Deli Cotica where you’ll find a wide range of Italian produce and hot-food takeaway options.
84 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4QY
Princess of Wales
Boasting views across the river Lea, The Princess of Wales is a firm Clapton favourite. With a beautiful, not to mention covered, beer garden, the pub offers a feel of the countryside despite being found in the heart of Hackney. With an extensive selection of craft beers and wine, paired with a menu of homegrown recipes, it’s high time you booked yourself a space.
146 Lea Bridge Road, Clapton, E5 9RB
Located in the bustling centre of Spitalfields Market, The Grocer’s extensive terrace is decked out with heaters and cosy sofas, all of which is covered by the market roof. Whether you’re with family, friends, shopping bags or solo dining, The Grcoer welcomes you to book your table now.
Spitalfields Market, Crispin Place, E1 6DW
Recently opened in November 202 and located in an old leather factory on Bethnal Green Road, just opposite Shoreditch High Street station, Joan is Shoreditch’s vibrant new dining destination which now boasts an outdoor terrace for 30-36 guests. Joan offers an all-day modern Mediterranean menu available for lunch and dinner during the week, with brunch also served up on the weekends.
19-23 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
The go-to Gaucho in Broadgate Circle has been kitted out with new weatherproof terraces for the first time ever. Get set for an Argentine steak in the sun, a stone’s throw from Liverpool St and the bustling streets of Shoreditch, to celebrate the great unlock.
Broadgate, 5 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PG
The Chef’s Table
PRE-BOOKINGS OPEN for outdoor lunch sittings (from April 12th) + indoor dinner sittings (from May 17th).
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