Summer isn’t over yet! Our optimistic selves are telling us that there will be some more sunnier days in store. So, for when those days do come (and they will!), be prepared with this list of the perfect spots to enjoy that summer feeling with a BBQ. From alfresco diners to green park spaces, we’ve hand-picked some of the best spots in London where you can have a lazy day in the sun and eat great food!
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London Fields Park
London Fields Westside, E8 3EU
If you’re in and around East London then Hackney’s London Fields should be top of your list; a large, grassy space where you can find amenities from a cricket pitch to tennis courts and table tennis courts. The park is just a few minutes’ walk from Broadway Market which is lined with some of the best pubs and grub you can get. The park is the perfect spot for you to laze on the grass and soak up that sunshine, in one of London’s few parks that welcome you to barbecue. Find out where London Fields’ designated BBQ spot is here.
35 Sclater Street, E1 6LB
This BBQ restaurant, just off Shoreditch High Street, has quickly become local Londoner’s favourite BBQ hang out joint. As soon as you see the food at Smokestak you’ll be salivating. From the sauciest of ribs to the rich tasting 30-day dry aged beef – even vegetarians will be roaring for the delicious coal-roasted aubergine with toasted cashews! The prices are fair, the portions are appealing and, most importantly, Smokestak comes complete with the perfect outdoor terrace to soak up that summer sun you’ve been waiting for.
150 Albany Road, SE5 0AL
With a whopping 56 hectares of space, Burgess Park is Southwark’s largest park. Over at the south London park you can enjoy a wide range of amenities, including two designated BBQ areas around the lake. These areas are the perfect spot to look out over the lakeside views while enjoying your chargrilled chicken and corn on the cob! For a seamless day out, check out Burgess Park’s BBQ safety guidelines here.
Image: Cabana Brasil Instagram
5 Chestnut Plaza, Montfitchet Way, E20 1GL
Choose a BBQ joint with a twist of South American goodness; Cabana! This Rio-inspired, colourful street food diner smells as good as it tastes, and will leave you wanting more. Think flame-grilled skewers with a whole range of meats to choose from, served with tropical cocktails that will dazzle you. The interiors of Cabana are inspired by the beaches, streets and markets of Brazil… let your mind drift away into Brazilian beach BBQ heaven!
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Red’s True Barbecue
54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR
It seems Shoreditch is the place to be to get your BBQ meat fix! And East Londoners have been raving about Red’s True Barbecue, which is last (but certainly not least!) on the list of our top five places to enjoy a BBQ feast in London. The team at Red’s True Barbecue work their magic when it comes to perfecting the BBQ grub, from burger miracles to rib sensations. They’ve also got a whole range of their own homemade sauces for you to smother those barbecued wings in! This could be your Man vs. Food moment!
Where’s your perfect spot to enjoy BBQ food in London? Comment below and let us know which spots are your favourite!