A guide: dining alfresco

A guide: dining alfresco

Pubs and restaurants will soon be allowed to offer alfresco dining under updated lockdown measures – the perfect way to soak up some spring sunshine after a long winter spent indoors. Here are the sunny spring terraces and roof gardens to head to on and near the King’s Road for brunch, lunch, cocktails or dinner from 12 April.


Craving an English country garden? Then get yourself a table at Stanley’s. This Sydney Street oasis is tucked away just off the King’s Road, offering stunning alfresco dining in its outdoor courtyard. Dining booths have been fitted with reclaimed timber screens to enable safe social distancing. Oh, and did we mention the extensive (and absolutely delicious) cocktails on offer? You definitely deserve several.

151 Sydney Street, London SW3 6NT

Ivy Chelsea Garden

The ultimate Chelsea haunt for all-day seasonal dining is now taking books for April. The team have moved seating arrangements on the beautiful, sun-trap terrace to encompass social distancing guidelines and will all be wearing masks. Book a table here now.

195-196 King’s Road, London SW3 5EQ


We can’t wait to visit this stunning Duke of York Square restaurant again and tuck into some delicious small plates, or simply enjoy an open-air coffee we don’t have to take away! Vardo had barely been open a few months before the pandemic hit, so it’s top of our list to soak up some spring rays outside its gorgeous circular pavilion. Find it a stone’s throw from the Saatchi Gallery and follow this link to book a table from 12 April.

9 King’s Road, London SW3 4LY

Chelsea Funhouse

After the year we’ve had, we could all use a little more fun in our lives. Enter, Chelsea Funhouse (previously known as the World’s End Distillery). Famed for its three-storey setting in an iconic Renaissance revival building, it will be offering alfresco dining from its brand new 40-space garden restaurant: Jolie Jardin. Expect classic French dishes with “a radical twist”.

459 King’s Road, London SW10 0LR | 020 8076 9854


The team at Bluebird can’t wait to welcome you back to their sunny terrace this month to celebrate long-overdue catch-ups with alfresco lunches, dinners and cocktails. Open Monday to Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-9pm, following government guidelines, book your spot in their courtyard now to avoid disappointment!

350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU | 020 7559 1000

Made in Italy

Is there anything better than a sunny afternoon spent on a roof terrace? Right now, we can’t think of many things we’d love more. Get yourself to Made in Italy and soak up the spring sunshine with delicious aperitivos and authentic pizza and pasta that will transport you to Italian climes (London-weather permitting!).


Boasting a menu inspired by the bold flavours of Peruvian cuisine (the restaurant gets its name from a town on the north coast of Peru), Chicama will scratch your travel itch while keeping you safely on home soil. They’ve missed their Chelsea customers so much they’ve decided to reopen for all-day dining. Book your terrace table online now for dining from 12 April.

383 King’s ROad, London SW10 0LP

Sloane Square

Pop down to Sloane Square where you’ll be able to find a collaboration between The Botanist, Colbert and Royal Court throughout the summer. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, but expect a tequila cocktail bar, Parisian style crepes and a pizza oven. Yum!

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