Best Alfresco Dining at London Neighbourhoods Paddington Central and Broadgate

Pack up the kids (or leave them at home) and get out and enjoy an alfresco meal at one of these West London favourites.

April 12th is nearly here and this means we can start thinking about outdoor dining and drinking. To help you find some of the best in your local area we’ve rounded up our favourite al fresco dining options in Paddington Central and Broadgate.

Paddington Central: 

Darcie & May Green

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These barges were designed by legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Darcie Green is the perfect setting for alfresco dining serving Aussie dishes. May Green, open all day, transforms into a buzzing bar with delicious and creative cocktails.The two boats share an open air deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal, making them the perfect outdoor hangout spots!

The Grand Duchess

Offering the finest and freshest fish in London and a drinks list focused on sparkling wine, The Grand Duchess is an unbeatable spot for both lunch and dinner. It’s permanently docked on the Grand Union Canal and boasts a large outdoor seating area

Smith’s Bar & Grill

With a gorgeous year round terrace this classic british and european eatery blends cosmopolitan surroundings with hearty, cuisine. Serving up trendy cocktails from dusk,this terrace overlooking the beautiful canal is the ideal place for some much needed catch up with friends

Beany Green

This independent Australian cafe has outdoor seating just a stone’s throw away from the canal right in the heart of the campus. With artisan coffee, juices and fat-free smoothies flowing, you’re sure to be made welcome by their friendly Aussie style service. 

Vagabond Wine

The renowned wine bar and shop offers an incredible 120 wines by the glass, with new wines hitting the store each week. The tables outside are complete with fire heaters, perfect for outdoor socialising in the evening! 

The Union

Set up right alongside the canal, with parasols for both rain and shine, this outdoor terrace is ideal whatever the weather. The Union serves up the freshest of ingredients with a tapas menu served every day after 5pm



Broadgate is delighted to welcome Eataly, its first UK opening, from May. The lively outdoor marketplace will bring a taste of Italy and sunshine to Londoners this spring!

Bar Douro City & Baraka, Finsbury Ave, 10/09/2020


Baraka is an Anatolian restaurant and bar with open flame Mangal cooking and recipes from across the Ottoman Empire. The outside terrace is filled with olive trees, and foliage from Turkey giving an authentic experience 


Grind, 8 Broadgate Cir, London EC2M 1QS

Offering all day coffee, food and cocktails with superb outdoor seating for those who want to take time to sit and relax.

Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery

This infamous bar and restaurant is inspired by travels from India to London on a Victorian steamship, the beautifully designed spot features an extensive selection of beers, wines, punches, cocktails and more, as well as a delicious all-day food menu. 

The Botanist

Serving bottomless Brunches, dinners and an expansive list of drinks, this fun, energetic and eclectic destination promises to deliver the buzz and excitement we’re craving this Spring! Located at Broadgate Circle and fitted with outdoor seating and tables for the perfect early evening treat


Calling all breakfast and Brunch lovers! This trendy pit-stop gourmet poached-egg pots and ultimate sandwiches with a keen emphasis on big flavours and restaurant quality preparation. 

For further details on either of the two neighbourhoods information can be found on their websites: http://www.paddingtoncentral.com and http://www.broadgate.co.uk/

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