1. The Crabtree
The Crabtree, located on the Thames River in Fulham, is the perfect place to have a boozy weekend lunch. My friends and I did just that last Sunday, soaking up the end of summer sunshine at a table on the river and enjoying more than our fair share of Rosé. TIP | There are limited tables overlooking the water, but the garden offers a lovely setting as well, so request that as your second seating preference.
Rainville Rd, Fulham, London W6 9HA
2. Ivy Chelsea
Ivy Chelsea, located on King’s Road, is the new “it” restaurant in Chelsea, offering a reasonably priced modern British menu, great cocktails, a good wine selection and lovely garden terrace seating. Celebrity sightings such as Mark Francis, from Made in Chelsea, are commonplace, making it is very hard to get a reservation. TIP | Book in advance and try requesting an early lunchtime, which may give you a better chance of getting patio seating.
197 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
3. Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Babylon, a modern British restaurant and bar (owned by Richard Branson), is located on the 7th floor, offering gorgeous city views set beside 3 rooftop gardens complete with flamingos! TIP | If you would like to dine in the restaurant, you need to book in advance, but the terrace bar doesn’t require reservations. In the summer months, you can sit outside at the terrace bar and enjoy a chilled seafood menu and great cocktails with a killer view of the London skyline.
99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA
Boundary is a popular rooftop bar and restaurant located in East London. It was re-modeled in 2013, with a weatherproof pergola, allowing the bar and dining area to stay open year-round. They have a great area for private events that can be sectioned off to allow for privacy. A friend of mine had his birthday there earlier this year. TIP | Bring a jacket or sweater because despite the space heaters they have strewn about the terrace, it can still get cold on the roof after the sun sets.
9 Redchurch St, Greater London E16
5. The River Cafe
The River Cafe is an Italian restaurant located on the River Thames in Fulham, just a stone’s throw up the river from The Crabtree. I have not eaten here, but I walked through and was a bit unimpressed by the sterile decor reminiscent of a school cafeteria. A British friend of mine, who has dined here, said that is it overpriced but that the food is delicious and that they have a great wine selection. TIP | On sunny days it is hard to get a table outside so call in advance and request the patio.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA
6. The Ship
The Ship is a 1786 gastropub with a wood burning stove, riverside terrace, and an outdoor barbecue kitchen. My husband loves this place! The food is good, and it is very lively. This is a great place to have a casual first date or a few beers with some friends. TIP | It can get loud so go somewhere else if you want a quiet atmosphere.
41 Jews Row, London SW18 1TB
7. Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
While the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen is very touristy and crowded during the summer months, if you are visiting London you will surely want to take a stroll through Hyde Park, and this is a great spot to stop along the way to enjoy a family meal, or a cider in the beer garden at the water’s edge. TIP | There are several drink shacks in the beer garden area. Order from one of these to avoid long lines inside.
Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
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