It almost feels like a dream – languorous lunches with friends, cocktail catch ups after busy days and those hazy, lazy brunches – but this time the dream is real.
Now you can dine in style in the great outdoors – knowing that whatever food mood you’re in, there is definitely something to suit you. A visit to Belgravia will satisfy your every desire when it comes to outdoor dining. From cafes to outdoor terraces, roof top restaurants, parks and courtyards, Belgravia is home to some of the dreamiest public spaces and best places for outdoor dining and is the place for everyone who wants to open up to spring. So, grab lunch on the go and picnic in style or join friends for drinks and dishes – this time in real life!
If you fancy escaping from everything for a little while, this stunning courtyard is a perfect urban oasis for outdoor dining.
If you prefer lunch sur l’herbe, then grab a picnic and head to Grosvenor Gardens where a green oasis is surrounded by great architecture – it’s like eating in a stately home – only this time it’s outside!
Another green playground tucked away, this is the prettiest spot to indulge in a takeaway lunch with friends or choose one of the fabulous outdoor dining restaurants.
The Italian Connection
Did you know that Tiramisu is the Italian word for ‘pick me up’? When you visit Chuc’s, it’s a proper pick me up for the soul. With its gorgeous wraparound terrace, it’s the perfect spot to sip coffee alfresco and put the world to rights over cocktails and cicchetti. Choose from Italian treats like Iberico pork with cavolo nero, lardo and heritage carrots or monkfish saltimbocca. Their ranges of pizzas are the real deal – a small but perfectly formed collection of delights, including pizza bianca with taleggio and truffle. Chuc’s serves Tiramisu, of course – which self-respecting, fabulous Italian wouldn’t? Go on, it would be rude not to! 25 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9NP. www.chucsrestaurants.com
Daylesford Organic Good living
One dish at a time
Your health is your wealth and here at Daylesford Organic – a farm shop and café, it’s a way of life. All dishes are freshly made by hand and give a vigorous nod to the very best of seasonal produce available from their organic farm, Market Garden, Bakery and Creamery. Breakfast treats include creamed mushrooms on sourdough and smoked haddock omelette or for lunch. Or why not try their award winning cheeses lovingly matched with other seasonal ingredients to create the most heavenly tarts and risottos? It’s first come first served for breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper so the early bird catches the organic dish. 44b Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8LP. www.daylesford.com
Boisdale of Belgravia
Spring was made for Jazz and that’s what Boisdale is known for – along with its modern British dishes and the finest whiskies. A Belgravia institution, why not appreciate the finer things in life by indulging in a little bit of outdoor dining, where you can enjoy louche lunches and divine dinners on the outdoor terrace? Choose a dish of oysters, which hail from the Channel Islands, Northumberland and Ireland or pick your preferred Scottish clan from a choice of cured fish dishes from the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Gigha, perfectly paired with a tot or two of whisky. 15 Eccleston street, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX www.boisdale.co.uk
The Jones Family Kitchen
There’s a reason why in 2019 this restaurant was listed as the Top Steakhouse in London by Steak Society. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu – where you’ll find a variety of meat and steak dishes cooked in their Josper charcoal oven. The steaks are grass-fed Longhorn cattle, dry aged for a minimum of 28 days by North Yorkshire farmer & butcher partner, The Ginger Pig and the team have perfected the recipe of mixing passion and talent by creating dishes and an ambiance, perfect for spending quality moments with friends and family. Their ‘Everything on Toast’ dish, which includes avocado, spinach, poached eggs and Sriracha dressing, to name just a few of the ingredients, is an outdoor dining brunch-must – available between noon and 4pm – so, hurry! 7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9AZ www.jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk
The Berkeley Beach Huts
Memories never tasted so good
Want to get away from it all? Then head to this spring outdoor dining spot with five rainbow- coloured huts inspired by Britain’s most iconic foodie seafronts. The perfect place for a spot of lunch, this innovative restaurant is serving made-to-share seafood platters, freshly shucked oysters and other summer favourites including a five star take on fish and chips. Not to be missed, is the Gourmet ‘99 – a luxe traditional vanilla ice cream cone with indulgent flakes and an array of toppings. There are also retro themed cocktails – choose a cherry shandy or what about a ‘Sailor Sour’? Indulge in an unforgettable seaside staycation without leaving the city. The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL www.the-berkeley.co.uk
Wake up to taste
If your taste buds are in need of a wakeup call, then head to The Pantechnicon and its Roof Garden and south-facing Terrace. Outdoor dining has never been so adventurous and as you survey the incredible views of Belgravia from your Nordic inspired garden, courtesy of Finnish horticulturalist, Taina (which literally means ‘little tree’), Suonio, you can wake your senses up with a menu that has been inspired by the taste of Japan and the Nordics. The intriguing mix is difficult to resist and takes you on a culinary journey from Osaka and Hokkaido through to Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Oslo and more. With seasonal resident mixologists, you are in for a treat with a range of intriguing cocktails – try the seaweed martini and tell all your friends! 19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB www.pantechnicon.com
Olivo exudes Sardinian appeal from the moment you enter this Belgravia restaurant. Recently refurbished in a contemporary style reflecting enticing elements of Sardinian culture, Olivo offers a mouth-watering variety of pasta, meat, fish and vegetable dishes. For the uninitiated, Sardinian cuisine is bursting with flavour and variety and with dishes like carpacci di mare (thin slices of Mediterranean red prawns, swordfish and tuna drizzled with lemon and olive oil) and Culurgiones (Sardinian pasta parcels filled with potato, Pecorino cheese and mint), it is impossible not to be seduced by all that good Sardinian food has to offer. Olivo stands side by side with its siblings Oliveto (pizzas and Sardinian pastas); Olivocarne (contemporary meat dishes) and Olivomare (shellfish and seafood) in Belgravia, proudly waving the flag for Italophiles everywhere. 21 Eccleston Street London SW1W, 9LX www.olivorestaurants.com/olivo
A beautifully restored building with huge windows overlooking some of the prettiest streets in London, this award winning establishment is the perfect place to retire to when you want a break. Originally a brewery, the building has been beautifully restored to maintain its grand features and overlooks the charming and tranquil Orange Square. Tuck into the all-time favourite, wood fired pizzas – or sup on a guest ale. This is one of the treasures in Belgravia, where you can escape for a little me-time. 37 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NE www.theorgange.co.uk
Lime Tree Hotel featuring the Buttery
Laid back style
Classic on the outside, cosy on the inside, Lime Tree Hotel is a boutique townhouse in the heard of Belgravia, one of London’s most elegant neighbourhoods. It’s a wonderful haven from a busy schedule and combines the elegance and warmth of a Georgina family home with up to the minute styling and second to none service. Take a wander in the walled garden – and you won’t even feel like you’re in London or if you feel like stepping out, you can do so, safe in the knowledge that you’re in walking distance of a variety of shopping, dining and other attractions. Head to The Buttery – an irresistible lounge and café – the perfect place indulge in a lazy rustic breakfast or meet up with friends. 135-137 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 8QU www.limetreehotel.co.uk/
Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay
Set between Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay is a Michelin starred restaurant serving fine French cuisine. The fresh light dishes are matched by the floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, which sits at the heart of the incredible circular dining room and offers some of the most exquisite wines from around the world, including vintages from its namesake Chateau Pétrus, in Bordeaux. Book a terrace table and savour wonderful dishes like native lobster ravioli and Herdwick lamb, served with morels, wild garlic and marjoram. 1 Kinnerton Street, London SW1X 8EA www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/petrus/
Fine Cheese Co.
Are you a Turophile? That’s the official name for a cheese connoisseur (just in case you didn’t know). If you’d like to be one or just want to brush up on your fromage knowledge, then head to the Fine Cheese Co., where you can feast on a selection of their 110 artisan European cheeses. There is also a well-stocked charcuterie with some of Europe’s finest – all directly imported and freshly cut to order on a vintage Avery Berkel slicer. À Table, the dining experience offers the best from the cheese shop and much more, including fresh starters, salads and plats du jour lovingly created by skilled chefs. Never mind a good slice of life – book your outdoor table for a good slice of cheese. 17 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB www.finecheeseshops.co.uk/belgravia/
The Amalfi Coast comes to Belgravia
Reminiscent of pastel-coloured fishing villages and the Italian shoreline, enjoy Aperol Spritz or a Sorrento Lemon Martini and Italian plates surrounded by sweeping bougainvillea under the spring sun, as the Amalfi Coast comes to The Hari’s Garden Terrace. Featuring ingredients from the Campania region, menu highlights include a trio of red prawns, anchovies and sea bass in an Amalfi lemon ceviche, Panuozzo with Neapolitan sausage, wild turnip tops and smoked provolone cheese, and a lemon delight served with house-made Limoncello. 20 Chesham Pl, London, SW1X 8HQ www.thehari.com/london/eat-drink/garden-terrace/
A hidden oasis
The Lanesborough’s best kept secret, the Garden Room, is an outdoor covered terrace that is surrounded by lush greenery and open year-round with a fireplace, heaters and blankets to keep guests warm on those colder evenings. Alongside an impressive selection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars presented in the celebrated walk-in humidor, the Garden Room offers cocktails, spirits, fine wines and Champagnes, as well as light dishes served until late. Cognac lovers will appreciate the The Lanesborough Paradis – a collection of some of the rarest and finest Cognacs and Armagnacs in the world, some dating back to the 18th century. Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/the-lanesborough/restaurants-bars/the-garden-room/