Outdoor terraces, brunch, cocktails and more
Thanks to cafes, restaurants and bars across London slowly coming back to life, now’s the time to make plans with friends and colleagues.
From the welcoming spaces of Dishoom Shoreditch and the Boundary’s Rooftop Orangery to the wide, outdoor terraces of Yauatcha City and Beany Green via Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, take some time out to enjoy the best of the city’s sharing plates, carefully made cocktails, dim sum, open grills and more.
For relaxed days and festive nights out, we’ve created a guide to some of the best places to eat outside near Liverpool Street – an unmissable corner of London’s food world. From alfresco terraces to drinks with a view, discover the best outdoor spots for winter 2020.
1. Dim-sum and cocktails on Yauatcha City's outdoor terrace, EC2M 2QS
With two glorious outdoor terraces overlooking Broadgate Circle, Yauatcha City is one of east London’s best loved restaurants with delicate seasonal cocktails and incredible dim sum (their classics include sesame prawn toast, venison puff, crispy duck roll, mushroom spring roll), inspired vegan and vegetarian menus, excellent wines by the glass and summer weekend brunches (from 12pm-5.30pm every Saturday and Sunday). A truly unmissable London gem.
“One of the standouts on Broadgate Circle’s foodie hub, this deceptively large offshoot of Soho star Yauatcha makes an immediate impact’ Square Meal
“Service [is] always excellent and the food matches it. Without doubt my favourite restaurant in London. As a vegetarian couple there is more than enough great food on the menu – if you're a mushroom fan go for the soy bean stir fry, the dumplings, the cheung fun, and the truffle spring rolls as they are all exquisite.” Google Reviews
2. A taste of Turkey at Baraka in the heart of London, EC2M 2PF
Broadgate is famous for its outdoor art, impressive architecture and being the biggest pedestrianised neighbourhood in London. Right in the heart of Finsbury Avenue Square is Baraka – an Anatolian restaurant bar with open flame Mangal cooking which boasts two outdoor areas so you can relax and enjoy your space and time under heaters and blankets. Then put simply: this is some of the greatest Turkish food you’ll ever try.
Mezza plates including hummus with lamb, pine kernels and mixed herbs and hand rolled pastry filled with warm feta cheese and herbs alongside 24-hour marinated chicken and lamb shish, lamb kofte, yoghurt, tomato sauce and home-made bread will fill your table with delicious wines and a welcoming, friendly service.
“Keen to sample the open-flame grilled meat that this place prides itself on, my order of the Baraka special (£18.95) arrived promptly – a mountain of diced lamb loin sat atop a bed of fire-roasted puree aubergine and served with a portion of rice and broccoli. The lamb melted in the mouth, releasing a depth of Silk route-inspired flavour that far-surpassed any Turkish food I’ve tasted before.” Design My Night
“This is the best Turkish food I have had. The food was fresh tasty and also the portions were decent. The place is stylish too and the service was impeccable.” Google Reviews
Thank you for all your support so far, we can't wait to have you back at Rochelle Canteen. For July we will be reservations only and all tables will be outside. Things will feel a little different, as we will be following government guidelines that allow us to meet up again in a safe and relaxed environment, for example we will be taking temperatures at the door. For more information on our precautions please head to our website. See you tomorrow! Photo courtesy of @andrewjfoxall @foxallstudio
3. Dine overlooking beautiful greenery in the converted Victorian bike sheds of Rochelle Canteen, E2 7FA
The Rochelle Canteen has returned – but it’s only using the outside area so you need to book and also keep an eye on the Great British weather. But, besides new social distancing, the delicious food and sheer joy of the place remains undiminished.
Whether heading for a breakfast (eggs on toast and bacon sandwiches), lunch (brown shrimp, cabbage and chervil and braised courgettes, chickpeas and mint) or dinner (beetroot, horseradish and watercress, braised cuttlefish, fennel and ink pork chop, beans, shallots and anchovy), this is a London spot everyone should dine at least once in their lives.
“Had the brown shrimp salad and the cold roast pork with braised fennel. Both dishes were excellent and the brown shrimp itself was everything I would've wanted from a summer lunch salad. Light, crisp, cool, and I would've happily had a main course portion. Sitting outside allowed us to enjoy the garden grounds and it is a wonderfully scenic spot.’ TripAdvisor
“I love the informality of the cooking, its absolute confidence to be itself: a little messy, entirely unfussy, wholly enjoyable. Rochelle Canteen’s food is nourishing for body and soul.” The Guardian
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4. Embrace Saturday brunch at The Botanist, EC2M 2QS
The huge outdoor space of The Botanist has come into its own at the moment and is the perfect spot for drinks, evening catching up with friends or a Saturday afternoon enjoying their famous Bottomless Brunch (11am-6pm).
With drinks of prosecco, Bloody Marys or champagne (or house wines and beers) alongside classic plates of mac and cheese croquettes with truffle mayonnaise and classic Caesar salads (roast chicken, egg, baby lettuce, crispy bacon, Parmesan and croutons), this is what weekends were invented for.
“Absolutely wonderful place! Couldn’t fault the food or service and the bottomless brunch was definitely value for money. Would highly recommend and will certainly be going back.” Open Table
“It’s a laid-back yet glamorous approach to modern British dining and it boasts a huge sun terrace overlooking Liverpool Street for perfect people-watching views.” Bruncher
5. Drinks with a view at the Rooftop Orangery at Boundary London, E2 7DD
The Boundary London is one of Shoreditch’s legendary spots and a firm favourite with locals who pop to the Albion for baked goods and British plates of pie and mash while its boutique rooms are one of the loveliest places to enjoy London (even if you live there). But, most special of all, is the Rooftop Orangery bar and grill with views of the surrounding city in all its glory.
Perfect for evening drinks or long, lazy lunches, its outdoor (helpfully heated) area is incredibly popular and must be booked to get a table. Once there you can enjoy a taste of the Med with gazpacho, zucchini fritti, ras el hanout spiced cod brochettes with preserved lemon and harissa, cocktails and spritzes. Simply divine.
“Upstairs, there’s something of a Manhattan state of mind at the rooftop bar and heated-glass orangery restaurant, an oasis of good taste above the nitty-gritty big bad city – albeit one with a 24-hour soundtrack of sirens and revelry. Go for Mediterranean grilled meats and fish in the summer and Alpine-inspired cheese fondue and hot cocktails in winter.” Conde Nast Traveller
“All the staff were friendly and welcoming while at the same time ensuring safe practices, the menu choice is small but varied and there’s something for everyone, food was really good and well presented, our waiters serving us were really friendly and helpful, would highly recommend.” Trip Advisor
6. Legendary pittas and old-school cocktails at Dishoom Shoreditch, E2 7JE
Dishoom needs no introduction. Since its arrival in 2010, the restaurants have become synonymous with fun, bustling eating that never disappoints. For breakfast, the bacon naans and kejriwal (two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast) have become legends in their own time while afternoons and evenings are about grills, rolls, small plates (slaws of kachumber with shredded carrot, green peppers, and raisins dressed up with mint and honey are so good) and cocktails finished with lime, ginger and bitters.
Oh and before we forget, Shoreditch Dishoom is particularly lovely thanks to its veranda (complete with retractable roof for inclement weather) of comfy sofas, well-read books and sunlight slanting through the blinds. With booked tables now available for up to six people, it’s time to embrace all that’s good about Dishoom again.
“‘Completely incredible food and service’; ‘reminds me of Mumbai’; ‘one of my favourite pop-in places’ – readers simply can't get enough of Dishoom and its wonder colonial decor. Whether it's a breakfast of bacon naans and chilli jam (with bottomless chai tea during the week) or dinner with creative Asian-themed cocktails such as the Bollybellini, this branch of the four-strong group delivers in spades.” Square Meal
“The food at this all-day Indian joint is phenomenal – shrimp and chicken tandooris have a serious umami char; creamy black daals redefine comfort food; and pakoras and bhajis are fried to perfection – just like Mumbai grandmothers do it in the old country.” Conde Nast Traveller
7. Good eating at Farmer J, EC2M 2PF
Serving comfort breakfast and really good coffee, Farmer J’s fieldtrays are the standout stars: chargrilled meat and fish, roast veg, salads as far as the eye can see and a choice of a main, a grain, two sides and a sauce. Think spicy harissa chicken and charred tofu steak, kale miso slaw and sweet potatoes.
“Probably my favourite lunch spot right now. You get a tray where you choose a main protein (or plant-based equivalent), a grain and two additional sides; with a sauce or dressing to top it off. Great variety of options to choose from, great portion size and the staff are welcoming and friendly. If you haven't visited, I would definitely recommend it.” Google Reviews
8. G&Ts on a warm evening at Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, EC2M 2QS
Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery is always like stepping in a wonderful world and its escapism has never been more welcome. Plus, they’ve now opened an outside bar with extended seating overlooking Broadgate Circle so you can enjoy the experience.
You don’t need to book for the bar (the Dockside Drinkery will be back in September) just grab a table and order up a Sublime Spritz (Aperol aperitif, rosé wine, fresh lime juice, sugar and fresh raspberry, topped up with Fentimans soda water).
“Great place to socialise after work with interesting delicious cocktails and has a lovely vibe. Felt like I had stepped into another world.” Trip Advisor
“Mrs Fogg's is a beautiful venue in a great location. I have booked them for a few networking events. Ross the manager always looks after us and helps out with different requests. The staff is super friendly.” Google Reviews
9. Hawaiian vibes in the sun at Island Poké, EC2M 2QS
Time Out gave this review: “A piquant dressing of Japanese seven spice, soy and ginger gives pungent high notes, while a liberal drizzle of sriracha mayo whacks you round the chops with soothing, spicy umami. It was excellent stuff and, for south of £8, brilliant value (my companion’s rather cleaner bowl of brown rice, tuna, edamame, ginger and sesame was equally good).” The perfect way to escape the everyday and just enjoy good food, good company and the relaxation of outdoor eating.
“Island Poké is located in a cool spot in Broadgate Circle with some outdoor seating and bright colourful decor inside. My first time trying poke and it was excellent – fresh, quality ingredients and a big portion. It’s something a bit different which is always welcome and pretty healthy too. Service was really friendly and efficient.” Trip Advisor
(50/100) NEW OPENING BUZZ Yesterday (and the re-opening of our sites) had the buzz and excitement of opening day of Beany Green at Broadgate Circle. Back then it was April 2015 and Broadgate had gone through a massive redevelopment under @britishlandplc (our little kiosk had been smashed to pieces) and we had gone ALL out to be part of the new Broadgate. Broadgate has always felt like home – it was where we had both worked with our friends, it was where we gained the impetus to start Daisy, it was where we had progressed from a coffee trike, to a booth, to a small unit, then a slightly bigger unit and now we were back with our dream home and we were all in! This was our first truly “prime” site, directly outside Liverpool Street station and 30,000 workers on campus. It was tiny (500 sq ft) but it felt momentous. It had super cool artwork from @Shuby and @Louisedear and an amazing terrace that we would fill with music from our DJs and live Jazz during weekend brunches. We had a 4 group La Marzocco unheard of at the time and pretty rare even today and were serving exceptional coffee. Our detox box gained acclaim after a big shout out from @timeoutlondon for which we are forever grateful and our brunch dishes started being picked up in cookery magazines. In the evening we were pumping out craft beers from a local independent which we still do today with our partnership with @freedombrewery which independently brews some of the purest lagers in England. All naturally vegan, water from their borehole under the brewery and then recycled through reed beds. Tomorrow we open that site finally for drinks in the evening! Its been a long wait but will be a special moment. We have tried to remain open as much as possible there to support our regulars who were unable to work from home during lockdown, and to be able to share a beer with them safely and responsibly on our terrace will be very meaningful. So come along and grab a cool lager and a taste Freedom Finally thank you everyone who came to see us yesterday – it was such a special day and one we will all remember. It was just a lovely vibe and everyone was impeccable and having so much fun.
10. Beers and bonhomie at the terrace of Beany Green, EC2M 2QS
Aussie-inspired Beany Green was one of the first foodie names that turned a little corner of Liverpool Street into one of the most exciting and innovative food spots in London. From detox boxes, flat whites, Freedom Brewery lagers and brunches, they’ve gone on to open restaurants across London but their welcoming terrace in the heart of Broadgate is still an unmissable stop-off with heaters for the colder months.
As they explain (in a lovely way) on their Instagram, “We have tried to remain open as much as possible there to support our regulars who were unable to work from home during lockdown, and to be able to share a beer with them safely and responsibly on our terrace will be very meaningful. So come along and grab a cool lager and a taste of Freedom.” We’ll see you there!
“Perfect spot for a quick coffee and brunch. The shakshuka with chorizo is my favourite. A little slice of Australia in London.” Trip Advisor
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