Whilst we have the beautiful warm weather on our side, we want to make the most of it by spending every free moment outside lapping up the sun! Who wants to spend our limited summer days sitting in an air-conditioned restaurant when we can lounge in the sun and enjoy lunch instead? Time to ditch the dark dining experience and try one of our recommended al fresco lunch spots.
Shane’s on Canalside
26 East Bay Lane, Here East, London E15 2GW
You can’t beat a lunch with sun and a perfect view of the canals. That’s why we love to head down to Shane’s on Canalside. The food here is deliscous and uses wild and foraged ingredients in their dishes which means that their menu is always changing to offer the best foods the season has to offer.
This is a huge part of the restaurants ethos, strongly held by its founder Shane, a passionate New Zealander who loves being a chef, passionate about the environment and believes that honesty and integrity always win the day.
You can often head down to the canal where they host sporting events on a large outdoor screen. Just grab yourself a deck chair and a refreshing drink and you’ll be all set for a gorgeous afternoon or evening spent outdoors.
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397-400 Geffrye Street, London E2 8HZ
Found beneath three of the old railway arches next to Hoxton Station, Beagle has grown in popularity in Hoxton since it opened back in March 2013. It has a distinct industrial look and feel, with its exposed brickwork and cement floor, whilst offering a more traditional menu.
Head to Beagle to enjoy a dining experience of British dishes cooked on a wood-grill outside on their terrace, set on the station’s pedestrianised square. While you’re waiting for your food, don’t hesitate to sip on one of Beagle’s knock-out cocktails or sample their British craft beers and wines.
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27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NS
Head down to one of London’s very best gastropubs, not too far from Canary Wharf. The Gun serves up all-time favourite pub classics with flair, and we can assure you they aren’t stingy with their portion sizes, so go – and go hungry!
The Gun also offer a delicious Sunday roast if you’re looking for an outdoor spot for a Sunday afternoon. And have we mentioned the view? Grab a table on the riverside terrace for a picturesque setting, looking out over the more peaceful eastern side of the River Thames.
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At Le Pont De La Tour
36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
For another jawdropping (although perhaps not while you’re chewing) view of Tower Bridge, book yourself a reservation at the luxuriously French restaurant, At Le Pont De La Tour. The name of this restaurant literally translates as ‘At The Bridge Of The Tower’ – we think it sounds better in French! It’s elegantly styled with a Parisian chic theme throughout, serving a modern mix of traditional yet innovative French cuisine. We can guarantee you’ll have an exceptional experience, whatever the occasion.
Big Easy at Canary Wharf
Park Level, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14
This American inspired diner offers up a great Bar.B.Q with a ‘big slice of easy’ in the form of a laid back setting filled with live music, a friendly atmosphere and hearty portions of good old food. Barbecue style dining will never go out of fashion, but what makes this place stand out from the rest of its competitors is it’s outstanding terrace views, overlooking Canary Wharf and The City – where you can spot The Gherkin and the Cheese Grater amongst many more of London’s iconic buildings. Big Easy’s wrap-around terrace seats 150 guests and is open year round, so make sure to go and check it out for yourself!
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