With cafes, restaurants and bars across London returning on 12th April (with up to six people from different households allowed to meet), now’s the time to make plans with friends, work mates and family for alfresco dining at one of the best spots in the city.
As London’s biggest pedestrianised neighbourhood, Broadgate has a wealth of outdoor drinking and dining options ensuring a safe and welcoming return.
From the elegant terraces of Yauatcha City and Beany Green’s fun alfresco balcony to Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery extended seating in Broadgate Circle and the huge heated open-air section of Baraka, take some much-needed time out to enjoy the best of the city’s sharing plates, carefully created cocktails, dim sum, open grills and more.
For relaxed days and fun nights out, we’ve created a guide to some of the best places to eat outside near Liverpool Street – an unmissable destination in London’s food world.
1. Dim-sum and cocktails on Yauatcha City's outdoor terrace
Broadgate, EC2M 2QS
The expansive double wraparound terraces overlooking Broadgate Circle at Yauatcha City, have recently been revamped providing a sophisticated urban destination for guests to catch up over Yauatcha’s renowned dim sum and expertly prepared cocktails. Choose from scallop shui mai, venison puffs, edamame truffle dumplings and spicy pork Szechuan wonton, alongside classic cocktails such as the Rose Fortune and Lychee Ginger Collins,, 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
1, Unit 4 Finsbury Ave, 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
3. Embrace Saturday brunch at The Botanist
35 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS
The huge outdoor space of The Botanist has come into its own right now and is the inspired place for drinks, evenings 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
4. Good eating at Farmer J
Unit 11 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PF
Serving comfort breakfast and really good coffee, Farmer J’s fieldtrays are the standout stars for lunch: 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 then head to Finsbury Avenue for outdoor seating.
More information on the Farmer J website.
“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
5. Hawaiian vibes in the sun at Island Poké
Unit 42, Ground Floor Level, 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.
Order food and eat outside
“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
6. Beers and good food at the terrace of Beany Green
41 Broadgate, 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 when spring weather gets a bit chilly.
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
7. Fresh gnocchi at Nyokee
1 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PF
For the finest fresh and good-for-you gnocchi you’ll find in the UK, Nyokee will be serving up the daily specials that are made fresh on site everyday. Grab a comforting and healthy bowl of 60% seasonal vegetables made into nourishing gnocchi with a side order of salad. We’ve missed these guys.
“Great homemade food, best Italian takeaway in London, better than Rome.” Google Reviews
8. Incredibly good coffee at Redemption Roasters
The Pavilion, 3 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS
Helping young offenders to get training and jobs, Redemption Roasters is a social conscious business that also serves up some of the best coffee in the country. Choose from intense flat whites and americanos all served up with good cake and an excellent service.
Find out more on Redemption Roasters website
“Top coffee ☕ shop, super friendly staff, excellent coffee great range of cakes, croissants and rolls. Proper tasty and filling. Highly recommended.” Google Reviews
9. Enjoy fine fast food at Yolk
Unit 2, 1 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PP
Serving speciality coffee, next-level sandwiches, perfectly-poached egg pots and more, Yolk is the perfect spot to finally meet up for breakfast and lunch with work mates and friends. With a menu that’s about tasting really good food (their avo-mushroom breakfast bap is our favourite) combined with friendly and safe service, this is one spot we’ve really missed.
“One of the best breakfast and lunch places I’ve been to in a long time. They go above and beyond in flavour and taste. If you haven’t been you need to pop down for a visit.” Google Reviews
10. Embrace ramen, cocktails and sake at Shoryu
33 Broadgate, EC2M 2QS
A living foodie legend, you’ve not lived until you’ve tried Shoryu Ramen’s bowls of noodles, rich 12-hour pork broth ramen, char siu bbq pork belly, nitamago burford brown egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, red ginger and nori seaweed. Their shoryu buns of soy marinated chicken karaage and hirata sauce with japanese mayo are also sensational while the Dirty Lychee Martini with lychee puree and nigori sake with a dirty touch of dark rum is a bit too tasty.
“Having my fair share of tasty ramen from California, this place is solid. Broth is very authentic and flavorful, noodles are perfect. If you are in the area and in the mood for some ramen, this is the place to go. Keep up and improve further and some day you'll earn that Michelin Star.” Google Reviews
11. Sharing plates of joy at José Pizarro
36 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Transport yourself to laidback Spanish evenings as José Pizarro is a bustling delight of tapas and excellent gin e tonica. With a spacious outdoor terrace, order up wild white prawns, coriander, parsley, garlic and lemon; Fried Valencian almonds and Triple fried potatoes, brava sauce and allioli then enjoy beers, wines and sherries carefully chosen to complement a night under the stars.
“We had a fantastic experience. High quality dishes in both flavour and presentation. We asked for a wine recommendation and it was absolutely fantastic without spending too much. The restaurant is good in layout and atmosphere and the staff attentive and courteous. 5 stars. Totally recommended.” Google Reviews
12. Excellent coffee, brunch and more
38 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 1QS
How do you fancy a pink Negroni? A rich oak milk flat white? Sweet potato harissa cakes, yoghurt, poached egg? Grind Broadgate is the perfect spot for finding exactly what you’re in the mood for and with their outdoor seating, it’s exactly also the right spot to meet friends, family and work colleagues you haven’t seen in months. Book your table and enjoy some at-table service with style.
“Went to The Grind with three friends... We all had Bottomless Prosecco and a brunch meal. It was a lovely experience from start to finish. Attentive staff, constantly topping our glasses and delicious food.”
13. Stop the Vietnamese food cravings at Hop
2 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PA
Available for Click & Collect with contactless ordering in-store, Hop Vietnamese is the perfect pitstop for tasty spice-filled hot boxes, pho, banh mi and salads. Also don’t miss the spring rolls and nugs which can kick off an addiction. For the sweet-toothed, there’s also excellent donuts.
“Their Banh Mi are as tasty as the ones you get from street vendors in Vietnam. Staff always friendly and willing to assist, keep up the good work HOP!”
14. Seriously good wine and steak at Gaucho’s elegant alfresco tables
5 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PG
With a heated terrace and secret courtyard, Gaucho is exactly the dining escape we’re all craving. With menus of seared diver scallops (cauliflower puree, pickled cauliflower, morcilla crumb with oats), aged ribeye, firecracker chimichurri, classic martinis of Belvedere Bartezek vodka or Tanqueray No TEN gin, stirred over ice with Noilly Prat dry vermouth served with a lemon twist or olives, this is a grown-up night out.
“Every time I go to Gaucho Broadgate is always a top class experience. Excellent service, incredible food and stunning location. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.” Google Reviews
15. G&Ts on a warm evening at Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery
37 Broadgate, 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 from 12th April. Order delicious, original cocktails and Indian-inspired sharing plates that’ll make for a delightful night out.
“My friends and I absolutely love it here! Perfect location right next to Liverpool Street, super helpful and friendly staff (Jack and John were fantastic!), great atmosphere and brilliant food/drink. Cannot wait to return!” 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
16. Aperol spritzes, pasta, pizza and dolce at Eataly
Broadgate, EC2M 3YD
La Terrazza di Eataly
Step onto the terrace overlooking Bishopsgate and transport yourself to a bustling Italian city complete with seriously delicious food, wine and spritzes. La Terrazza di Eataly is one of the essential spots to book this summer with a menu that embraces Aperol (their partner), Negroni and Campari spritzes with rustic bread, olives, tomatoes and basil and prosciutto wrapped around melon before ordering freshly made pasta and pizza that embrace all the best things about Italy: ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage; fried courgette, mint and homemade ricotta and cannolo siciliano (a fried sweet pastry shell with homemade ricotta and chocolate chips). Order an espresso to finish and celebrate a serving team who are friendly and welcoming.
“I love this place. The best of the best of Italian gastronomy. And we have also been for dinner and it was just perfect. I’m originally from Turin, where the first Eataly opened some ten years ago, and I have been waiting for them to open in London ever since I moved here. Do not miss this!” Google Reviews
“It’s like being in Italy. The concept is great. The pizza was amazing at the restaurant, so also the tiramisu. The waitresses were very nice. The shop is perfect. You will get pretty much everything even special wine.” Google Reviews