We are set for a scorcher of a weekend in London with temperatures forecast to be hotter than Ibiza! In celebration, The Resident gives you the lowdown on the best places in West London to enjoy an alfresco drink in the sunshine, from waterside terraces in Ladbroke Grove to suntraps in Shepherd’s Bush and balcony bars in Richmond…
1 The Relaxed Space
The great thing about The Cricketers pub – with a prime location overlooking the tranquil Richmond Green – is that you can choose to take your drink onto the green if you’d rather sit outside than inside. Often there will be a cricket game taking place too and the whole experience leaves you feeling like you’re sitting in a quintessentially British village in summertime.
The Green, Richmond TW9 1LX; 020 8940 4372; metropolitanpubcompany.com
2 The Picnic Place
What better way to celebrate being able to sit outside and enjoy your drink than heading to one of our city’s best open spaces? Here you can sit back on the picnic blanket and relax at your own pace, plus you get to choose your own beer at your own price! You’re spoilt for choice with where to set up camp in Gunnersbury Park too, with plenty of open spaces and picnic set-ups to choose from.
Popes Lane W3 8LQ
3 The Arty Vibe
If you’re looking for somewhere to pop out to for a sunny weekend thirst quencher with a helping of culture thrown in there too, then the rooftop bar at The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith is the one for you. Enjoy a cold beverage out on the terrace, while reading the programme and getting ready to watch the show of your choice – perhaps Bugsy Malone tickles your fancy.
King Street, Lyric Square W6 0QL; 020 8741 6850; lyric.co.uk
4 The Suntrap
The Eagle in Shepherd’s Bush is great for brightening up a weekend, with daring fabrics covering the surfaces and colourful beanbags in the suntrap garden. The gastro pub serves up great food and is famed for the good selection of cask ales, making it perfect for a sunny day. You’re sure to leave here feeling very bright and summery indeed!
215 Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 9AZ; 020 8746 0046; geronimo-inns.co.uk
5 The Trendy Terrace
With a beautiful elevated setting overlooking the river in Richmond, Pitcher and Piano is perfect for those fancying a more sophisticated tipple. Sip martinis and cosmopolitans, while enjoying the warm weather and dine on some fantastic nibbles al fresco too – it is a great place to head with friends and the sharing platters are really good value.
11 Bridge Street TW9 1TQ; 020 8332 2524; pitcherandpiano.com
6 The City Escape
This al fresco space at The Prince Albert is known as one of Notting Hill’s most popular dining spots, perhaps due to its proximity to Notting Hill Gate station. This cosy garden space is perfect for a summer’s day, especially with the board games they have to play. It has heating and a shield in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
11 Pembridge Road W11 3HQ; 020 7727 7362; the-prince-albert.co.uk
7 The Gastro Space
The Metropolitan is a gastro pub that serves things up a bit differently, with the wholesome dishes presented in stainless steel tubs and chips served in mugs. And what better way to enjoy the trendy food than sitting amongst the stars in the rooftop terrace, complete with heaters, fairylights, cushions and even a TV.
60 Great Western Road, Westbourne Park W11 1AB; 020 7229 9254; metropolitanpubcompany.com
8 The Waterside Terrace
If you’re looking for somewhere to pop out to for the perfect sunny weekend thirst quencher, then Dock Kitchen – located in a converted Victorian Wharf building – is the one for you. The views over the Grand Union canal are a great accompaniment to any cold beverage that you might enjoy on this terrace, while passers by will look on enviously.
Portobello Dock, 342–344 Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Road W10 5BU; 020 8962 1610; dockkitchen.co.uk
9 The Calming Retreat
What better way to celebrate being able to sit outside and enjoy your drink than heading to one of our city’s best open spaces? At Holland Park you can sit back on the picnic blanket and relax at your own pace, plus you get to choose your own beer at your own price! You’re spoilt for choice with where to set up camp too, with the beautifully kept spaces and the Kyoto Garden for floral treats.
Ilchester Place W8 6LU
10 The Balcony Bar
The al fresco dining space in the form of the balcony at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond is the cream of the crop when it comes to places to head for an outdoor dining experience in the summer. Not only does it serve up crafted dishes, but the garden on the river is a perfect spot for a glass of wine once finished with your meal on the balcony.
Petersham Road TW10 6UT; 020 8940 0902; thebingham.co.uk