Posted: June 7, 2015 8:38am

Summer is  here, the sun is out and at Catwalkschoolgates we love the feel of sunshine on our faces, after a dreary few months in the capital. With these lovely days and lengthening evenings, what better to do this June than grab a delicious meal in the sunshine with the family?

You have to book ahead as everyone has the same idea.

Here are our suggestions for amazing al fresco dining in London.


The Albion

Hailing from a time when Islington was farmland and field, The Albion boasts a fantastic Sunday lunch offering aside from it’s already impressive menu. Set in the heart of Islington yet hidden behind a lovely walled garden, the Albion is the perfect choice for a sunny Sunday with the children.
10 Thornhill Rd, Islington (map) Inn the Park
Nestled in St James’s Park and surrounded by greenery, Inn the Park is a beautiful spot for a Saturday morning brunch. They offer a seasonal menu, served within a contemporary interior that leads naturally out into the park.

St James’s Park, London (map)


The River Cafe

This Thameside restaurant is Michelin starred and deserves it’s legendary reputation for beautifully prepared food and a laid-back atmosphere- not to mention its’ edible garden. With bistro style seating out along the lawn, the River Cafe is a lovely place to spend a Saturday afternoon with the brood.

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London (map)


Pavilion Cafe

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Surrounded by 70 acres of woodland in an idyllic grove, this Muswell Hill establishment offers lovely Mediterranean food from a beautiful terrace. Incredibly vegetarian friendly, Pavilion Cafe also boasts a great selection of coffee, cakes and ice cream to satisfy both adults and children alike.

Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill Road, London (map)


The Lido Cafe

Located between Brixton and Herne Hill, this award-winning restaurant is worth the travel time you may incur. With prosecco breakfasts, a local London craft beer selection and burger dinners this lovely grade II listed building provides something for the whole family – including a usable pool, so don’t forget the kiddies costumes!

Dulwich Rd, London (map)

Click on the restaurant name for their full information and opening times.

Do you have a favourite summertime spot? Let us know- we’d love to give it a try.




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