9 of the Best Alfresco Dining Terraces in Chelsea

When the sun is shining London goes searching for beer gardens and outside spaces. In Chelsea, choose to while away a summer’s afternoon in an elegant orangery or a secluded garden, whether you’re on the King’s Road or at Chelsea’s Imperial Wharf

Lead image: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

1  The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Reopening 12 April
Alfresco socialising is elevated at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, an enchanting setting and a place where you’ll want to be seen. The garden is adorned with ornate pots, wisteria, climbing ivy and garden sculptures; a gorgeous fountain sits in the middle and there are plenty of secret nooks and comfy cushions where you can recline in comfort in the pretty surroundings. There is an all-day menu and a brunch offering for weekends, with everything from sandwiches and lighter dishes to a substantial mains selection – all crowd-pleasing choices.
197 King’s Road SW3 5ED; theivychelseagarden.com 

2 The Phene
Reopening 12 April
Dating back to 1853, The Phene has a classy interior, which is matched by its beautiful outdoor garden where you can drink and relax all year round. The serene atmosphere is completed by a natural colour scheme, an array of lounge sofas gathered around tables, and a trellis arch with flourishing greenery. Another reason to come is for the quality seasonal dishes; the Phene’s signature lobster and chips is a must.
9 Phene Street, Chelsea SW3 5NY; thephene.com 

3 Bluebird
Reopening 12 April
Always popular with Chelsea denizens and tourists, Bluebird continues to up its game year on year with increasingly impressive terrace makeovers, takeovers and pop-ups. It’s an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails and people watching. Inside, there’s a bar, lounge and restaurant serving a modern European menu. 
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU;
bluebird-restaurant.co.uk  

4 Stanley’s
Reopening 12 April
Formerly The Chelsea Courtyard, this tranquil oasis, tucked between two beautiful Victorian buildings near the King’s Road, has undergone a transformation and reopened as Stanley’s. As well as a large outside courtyard and bar, Hugh Stanley’s first debut restaurant has an orangery style dining area and private dining room. Enter through a floral archway flanked by olive trees and tiered shrub planting into a courtyard area inspired by a traditional English country garden, with water features, rattan furniture and botanical print fabric. Open for lunch, dinner, late night drinks and Sunday brunch.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 6NT; stanleyschelsea.co.uk

5 The Anglesea Arms
Reopening 12 April
This is a charming, traditional pub with an easy-going feel – it’s extremely popular for good reason. In addition to a constant rotating array of ales and servings of Pimms in the summer, the Arms’ historical connections are another great pull – Charles Dickens and DH Lawrence reputedly frequented many evenings here.  Come on a warm evening and you’ll find the garden packed with South Kensington locals and young professionals, making it a fantastic choice for post-work drinks.
15 Selwood Terrace, South Kensington SW7 3QG; angleseaarms.com

6 The Lost Hours
Reopening 14 April
Formerly The Jam Tree, The Lost Hours, part of the The City Pub Group, took over this King’s Road hotspot in late 2019. The pub has long been known for its brilliant beer garden. The huge sunken garden is bathed in sunlight and sports a large, outdoor bar to save you a trip indoors to top top up your tipple. The à la carte menu is available throughout the day and, come the colder months, the garden is covered and heated.
541 Kings Road, Chelsea SW6 2EB; thelosthourssw6.com

7 The Waterside Bar & Kitchen
Reopening 12 April
Only a stone’s throw from Chelsea Harbour is The Waterside Inn, a great outdoor setting furnished with comfy rattan sofas and bright-coloured cushions that overlooks the river Thames. The pub is part of the Young’s family so the food and drink choices are fairly reliable. There is a modern British menu, plus a good range of stone baked pizzas on offer – it makes a great choice for a leisurely Sunday afternoon catch-up with friends.
The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf SW6 2SU; watersidelondon.com 

8 Jolie Jardin at Chelsea Funhouse
Reopening 12 April
Jolie Jardin, the brain child of immersive hospitality group, Lollipop, is a new 40-cover outdoor garden restaurant and bar due to open on 12 April adjacent to Chelsea Funhouse, Lollipop’s flagship King’s Road venue. Run in affiliation with French champagne brand Piper Heidsieck, the alfresco venue will serve sharing plates and a champagne spritz menu, all inspired by different regions of France. The food will be prepared by Jolie, the ground-floor restaurant at Chelsea Funhouse, and a bottomless brunch will be available any day of the week with bubbles served straight from the venue’s infamous champagne-spitting unicorn.
459 King’s Road, Chelsea SW10 0LR; chelseafunhouse.com

9 Polpo, Duke of York Square
Reopening 12 April
Duke of York Square is a lovely spot for alfresco terrace dining, with a number of restaurants with terraces to choose from. Our favourite has to be Polpo. On a sunny day you can conjure up the romance of Venice under a crisp white parasol while sampling Polpo’s authentic Venetian cuisine and sipping on a nicely chilled Soave.
81 Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; polpo.co.uk