Ah, summer in London. Parks burst into emerald life, Pimm’s flows like a city river, and that glorious Vitamin D we crave finally peeks through the clouds. But what’s a sunny day without an epic meal to match? Whether you’re a rooftop reveler, a pub garden gladiator, or a Thames-side picnicker, this sizzling list of London’s top summer restaurants from CJ Digital has you covered.

  1. Peregrine (Marylebone): Perched atop the recently opened COMO The Havesbury hotel, Peregrine takes sky-high dining to new heights (literally). Expect a seasonal British menu that sings with summer flavors, all showcased on a terrace boasting panoramic cityscapes. Think wood-fired octopus with nduja and fennel, or salt-baked celeriac with truffle and hazelnut. It’s a splurge, but for an unforgettable al fresco experience with jaw-dropping views, Peregrine soars.
  2. Sông Vũng Ẩn (Brixton): Escape the ordinary and dive into the vibrant world of Vietnamese street food at Sông Vũng Ẩn. Tucked away in a Brixton backstreet, this tiny, cash-only gem offers an explosion of flavor. Grab a seat on the communal tables under the fairy lights, and get stuck into steaming bowls of bún bò Huế (spicy beef noodle soup) or bánh xèo (sizzling rice pancakes). Don’t miss their chè̀ (sweet dessert soups) – the perfect way to end a gloriously chaotic summer meal.
  3. 1 Lombard St, Bank (Brasserie): Sometimes, you just crave a classic. Step into the timeless elegance of 1 Lombard St for a spot of Parisian flair in the heart of the City. Their terrace, a haven amidst the urban jungle, is perfect for languid lunches that stretch into balmy evenings. Indulge in steak frites, a must-have at any good brasserie, or their signature lobster thermidor for a decadent treat.
  4. The Culpeper (City): For a taste of the tropics without leaving London, The Culpeper is your green oasis. This rooftop restaurant and bar boasts its own urban farm, with fresh herbs and veggies literally at your fingertips (well, almost). Soak up the sunshine on their sprawling terrace while tucking into vibrant salads, flame-grilled fish, and inventive cocktails. Bonus points for the epic cityscapes that stretch out before you.
  5. Lido (Hackney Wick): East London’s answer to summer fun, Lido brings the beach vibes right to the heart of Hackney Wick. With a canal-side setting, fairy-lit trees, and a gloriously relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for long, lazy lunches with friends. Their menu is a celebration of fresh, seasonal produce, with an emphasis on seafood and light bites. Don’t forget to grab a post-prandial dip in the canal lido (open water swimming, anyone?).
  6. The White Swan (Southwark): There’s something undeniably romantic about a pub garden in the summer. And The White Swan, nestled on the banks of the Thames near Southwark Bridge, is one of the best. Sip on a pint of something refreshing under the willow trees, and savor classic British pub fare with a twist. Think scotch eggs with nduja mayo, or beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas minted to perfection. The real star, though, is the ever-changing view of the Thames, shimmering under the summer sun.
  7. Daunt Books Marylebone: Yes, you read that right. Daunt Books Marylebone isn’t just a haven for bibliophiles, it’s also a secret spot for delicious summer bites. Their rooftop cafe is a charming sun trap, perfect for a light lunch or afternoon tea. Imagine browsing the latest bestsellers with a glass of chilled rosé in hand, then indulging in a delightful spread of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and delicate pastries. Bookworms and foodies rejoice!
  8. Dishoom (Various Locations): Dishoom needs no introduction, but their vibrant street food deserves a special mention on a sunny day. Their various locations, all boasting quirky décor and a lively atmosphere, are perfect for a taste of Bombay transported to London. Grab a table outside (if you can snag one!), and delve into their iconic lamb ruby or fragrant chicken biryani. Don’t forget their legendary chai for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  9. Columbia Road Flower Market (Columbia Road): Okay, so this isn’t technically a restaurant, but hear us out. Every Sunday morning, Columbia Road explodes into a riot of color with its famed flower market. But nestled amongst the vibrant blooms and bustling crowds, you’ll find an array of delicious street food vendors. Grab a steaming bao filled with succulent pork belly, or savor a plate of colorful samosas with cooling chutneys. Don’t forget to snag a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed juice to complete your floral and flavorful summer adventure.
  10. Aroma Buffet, Shepherd’s Bush (All You Can Eat Buffet): For those days when only a feast of epic proportions will suffice, Aroma Buffet in Shepherd’s Bush is your summertime savior. Their vast all-you-can-eat spread features an array of Asian-inspired dishes, from steaming curries and stir-fries to delicate dim sum and sushi platters. With a spacious outdoor terrace and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a summer gathering with friends and family. Be warned, though – come hungry (and with a plan to pace yourself!).

So there you have it, Londoners! Our sizzling selection of summer restaurants offers something for every craving and every vibe. From sky-high Parisian elegance to canal-side beach vibes, there’s an al fresco adventure waiting for you. So grab your sunglasses, a summer hat, and your most adventurous appetite. Time to soak up the sun and tantalize your taste buds!