I’m writing this at the tail-end of August. Fingers crossed for a bit of an Indian summer, with a few more chances for outdoor eating. Here are a few of my favourite spots to dine outside in London, from the very sleek to the bit more casual.
|Beef carpaccio with black truffle at Toto's|
|Lobster tagliolini at Toto's|
Toto’s – Toto’s is tucked away in Knightsbridge, the entrance discreetly off very smart Walton Street. It hides a beautiful terrace in the middle of the grade II listed building, with elegant umbrellas and crisp white linen. The restaurant reopened this year after a two year refurbishment, and along with the glossy look, there is a fantastic Italian menu. The home-made pasta is excellent, especially the ricotta ravioli and lobster tagliolini. I started with the carpaccio with generous black truffle shaved on top – with truffle and lobster, try and go if you’re not footing the bill.
Grain Store – Grain Store has lots of tables out onto Granary Square (as part of the redeveloped area of King's Cross), next to Central St Martin’s and the canal. Bruno Loubet’s menu promotes vegetables to the stars of the plates, with the meat or fish more of a garnish. A great fresh approach. Along with the food, try the cocktails (from Tony Conigliaro, of 69 Colebrooke Row and the Zetter Townhouse).
|Sushi at Sushisamba|
Kingly Court – Not quite one restaurant, but a location with a few option outside, slap bang in the middle of busy central London (usually tricky for alfresco food). A few recent openings have given this courtyard more of a draw, with my favourites including the second Pizza Pilgrims (including pizza fritta and arancini), Shoryu Ramen for a noodle fix, alongside Wright Brothers (one of the best places for seafoodin London).
|Crab at Bonnie Gull, Exmouth Market|