From garden-centre cafés to A-list hangouts, hidden courtyards to flamboyant conservatories, we’ve scoured the capital to find the best botanical beauty spots for dining.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced Italian meal in this tranquil oasis and source of inspiration. Petersham Nurseries has a glasshouse restaurant, a beautiful nursery and a gift shop where you can find one-of-a-kind antiques.
Church Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB, petershamnurseries.com
The Albion, Islington
Just moments from the hustle and bustle of Islington’s trendy Upper Street lies a secret slice of rural village life in the shape of country-style gastro-pub, The Albion. Whitewashed walls and wooden pergolas woven with wondrous wisteria make its rear courtyard a charming spot for Sunday lunch or idyllic setting for a summer wedding reception.
10 Thornhill Road, Islington, London N1 1HW, www.the-albion.co.uk
The Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell
Situated just off East London’s Exmouth Market, the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings does traditional grandeur with a contemporary creative edge (this is East London, after all). Flooded with natural light and filled with hanging baskets, creeping vines and elegant trees, the greenhouse restaurant brings the al fresco experience indoors.
42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU, bandhbuildings.com
Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
It’s not hard to see why Clos Maggiore was voted the world’s most romantic restaurant. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany, it offers an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. The apple blossomed adorned conservatory features a fully retractable glass roof creating a bright and airy dining space in summer months while in winter months it is transformed at night by candles, starlight and a crackling fire.
33 King Street, WC2E 8JD, www.closmaggiore.com
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The third restaurant in the Ivy stable, Ivy Chelsea Garden House on King’s Road is housed in an impressive grade II-listed building. But the star of the show has to be its extensive outdoor eating space, which boasts both a terrace and its own private orangery.
197 King’s Road, SW3 5ED, theivychelseagarden.com
Babylon Restaurant, The Roof Gardens, Kensington
Situated 100 feet above London, Kensington’s world famous Roof Gardens comprises three gardens spanning an impressive 1.5 acres: The English Woodland Garden, The Tudor Garden and The Spanish Garden. Look out for the stunning flamingos strutting their stuff in this haven of luscious and spectacular foliage.
99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA, www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens