Trinity has long been the shining star in Clapham’s culinary scene. It has now launched a brand new terrace, Trinity Outside, in partnership with Ruinart. Making the most of its outside square space, a BBQ has popped up, serving the most delectable meat, fish and vegetable dishes alongside more classic al fresco fare.
One of the few new restaurants to launch in lockdown last year, Hugh Stanley's eponymous venture was the eatery du jour for Chelsea's smart set, clinking glasses of Whispering Angel in its striped upholstered booths all summer long. With a brilliantly British menu by MasterChef The Professionals Olivia Burt it's the perfect place to dip your toe back onto the social scene.
With so many of London’s beloved institutions being forced to ‘pivot’ during the pandemic, there’s a whole host of brand new al fresco drinking and dining spots to try all of a sudden. One such hidden gem is IT London in Mayfair, which has spilled out from inside its chic dining room onto the pavements of Dover Street, with plush sofas and armchairs teamed with long tables facing the street in a way reminiscent of Paris. The menu is all Italian sharing plates, pastas and pizzas, with a never-ending supply of focaccia and breadsticks appearing while you enjoy your aperitivo, in many ways the star of the show.
Tucked away behind Claridge's, LPM is one of Mayfair's better kept secrets. The peaceful terrace is the perfect spot to get your French Riviera fix minus the crowds. Tables set with crisp white linen and dressed with ripe tomatoes, lemons and luxurious olive oil, create the ideal setting. Indulgent without being rich, the menu lends itself to very leisurely lunches and balmy London evenings spent feasting on warm prawns with olive oil, yellowtail carpaccio and of course, escargot. That should almost definitely be followed by a perfectly cooked rib eye or lamb cutlets.
One of London's unsung heroes, this lovely small restaurant just off St James's Street opens up a divine hidden courtyard every summer, where joie de vivre reigns supreme. Expect French fine dining (with classic dishes such as duck Foie Gras terrine and coq au vin) and a long, lazy wine-fuelled lunch.