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Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, with a new covered outside seating area — one of London’s best Thai restaurants
Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, with a new covered outside seating area
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Where to Eat Outside in London When It’s Raining

The restaurants across the city that offer shelter from the storm

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Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, with a new covered outside seating area
| Michaël Protin/Eater London

In London, the rain, alas, will always come. And while outdoor dining persists as a mode of boosting capacity before dining rooms reopen in full in July, it requires shelter from the storm on terraces, gardens, or industrial forecourts. Hence, this map: The best places to eat outside in London when it’s raining. Which is to say, the places in London that have covered outdoor space to safeguard all manner of restaurant indulgence.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tranga Market Table x Tapería

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61 Newington Green, Mildmay Ward
London N16 9PX, UK

This Newington Green favourite leaned into grocery supply during lockdown, but will return serving its large, awning-protected terrace quality, unfussy plates of Spanish sunshine newly guided by that shift. Tapas are heavy on tinned fish and friends, while larger, Galician plates based on meat (Iberico pork) fish (octopus) and summer produce (bull’s heart tomatoes) catch the eye.

2. Brat x Climpson's Arch

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374 Helmsley Pl, Hackney
London E8 3SB, UK

Chef Tomos Parry’s Basque-inspired restaurant will occupy the covered yard outside Climpson’s Arch in London Fields for the rest of the year. It is here, undercover, fans of the brand can enjoy its famous grilled turbot and smoked potatoes, plus new dishes like a hefty cast iron pot of chicken rice and grilled mussels with nubs of the restaurant’s own fresh chorizo.

3. Ombra

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1 Vyner St
London E2 9DG, UK

Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra has shown great dexterity under successive lockdowns with its fresh pasta kits, wine, and grocery offer, and is planning to do the same upon reopening this spring, with a set menu at £39 per person joining the loosely Venetian rank of dishes that regulars will recognise. A fine terrace has fresh decking, ample space, an awning, and some extra coverage to protect against the rain. 

4. Smoking Goat Shoreditch

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64 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch
London E1 6JJ, UK

One of London’s best Thai-inspired restaurants will reopen its Shoreditch kitchen on 12 April and with it a covered terrace on Redchurch Street, giving dozens of diners the chance to eat the Goat’s celebrated dishes: Fish sauce chicken wings; soya chicken; stir-fried Cornish vegetables; delectable and hot-hot laabs; and exceptional lardo fried rice.

5. Smokestak

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35 Sclater St, Shoreditch
London E1 6LB, UK

The covered, heated terrace at this Shoreditch barbecue don comes into its own in the rain, when brisket buns with pickled chilli and slowly smoked, fall-apart meats offer warming shelter from the storm.

6. Tsiakkos & Charcoal

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5 Marylands Rd
London W9 2DU, UK

The front terrace here is open to the elements, but the backroom-outdoor-glass-roof section of this Maida Hill legend is the perfect place to listen to rain drumming overhead as a soundtrack to grilled souvlaki, fall-apart kleftiko, and smooth tarama that was repping whipped smoked cod’s roe well before it became the hottest small plate in town.

7. Master Wei Xi'An

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13 Cosmo Pl, Holborn
London WC1N 3AP, UK

At Master Wei, chef Wei Guirong’s restaurant in Bloomsbury, the focus is on the Xi’an region’s flour-foods, mianshi: peerless biang biang noodle dishes, with vegetables or beef and hot chilli oil; fine liang pi, cold skin noodles with a cool, piquant, umami-rich dressing; and the chef’s inimitable “burgers” with a cumin-spiced beef or pork filling. Plenty of space, to order all of this, on the awning-covered terrace on Cosmo Place.

8. Café Deco

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43 Store St, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7DB, UK

In a most unpredictable year, it was striking that Anna Tobias’ debut restaurant — in partnership with the team behind Bermondsey’s 40 Maltby Street — was unilaterally predicted to be a hit. And so it was. Through lockdown, it was a traiteur, wry sandwich shop, and wine merchant, and now it’s a fully fledged restaurant competing with the city’s very best. The covered terrace is a coveted people-watching spot.

9. Spitalfields Market

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56 Brushfield St, Shadwell
London E1 6AA, UK

The covered market in Spitalfields features countless food traders. The best of those are John and Yi Lee’s Dumpling Shack, the purveyor of delicious shengjianbao, crispy fried spring onion pancakes, dan dan noodles, and prawn wontons. Elsewhere, check out another outlet of Bleecker Burger, Pleasant Lady Jian Bing, and Monty’s Jewish deli for one of London’s great reubens.

10. Kaffeine

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66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia
London W1W 7QJ, UK

This Fitzrovia institution’s covered awning has long been a place to gather with one of the best flat whites in the city, as locals, cyclists, and celebrities journey in over the morning; it’s even more satisfying when sheltering from the rain.

11. Bloomberg Arcade

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Bloomberg Arcade
London, UK

The three picks of the City’s architectural restaurant thoroughfare are as follows: Japanese udon specialists Koya, JKS Restaurant’s Indian barbecue spot Brigadiers, and Bleecker for one of the city’s finest cheeseburgers. The Arcade is totally covered and each restaurant has its own terrace.

12. The River Café

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Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith
London W6 9HA, UK

One of London’s great restaurants, perhaps its finest Italian restaurant, is in possession of the city’s truly great garden terraces, which overlooks ... the River Thames. Stylish parasols here are the only protection from the elements, so check the weather before booking. #DrizzleProof

13. Pizzeria Pellone London

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42 Lavender Hill, Battersea
London SW11 5RL, UK

One of London’s best Neapolitan pizzerias: Pellone respects the classics with care, but the more adventurous and modern “Pizze Le Pizze Gourmet” section is perhaps what sets it apart: the white pizza with mortadella with pistachio pesto and the “Toto” — a base topped with mozzarella, yellow tomatoes, Italian sausage, and provolone are fine places to start. A cosy outside section is covered by the restaurant’s rain-resistant awning.

14. Fish, Wings and Tings Brixton

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Brixton Village, Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, Coldharbour
London SW9 8PR, UK

Inside the covered Brixton Market, find one of London’s best places for Trinidadian dal puri roti, filled with curried mutton, or vegetables — pumpkin, string beans, chickpeas and potatoes — and kuchela (a delicious hot, spiced green mango condiment). Elsewhere, there’s Jamaican jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and coconut curry prawns, served with rice, peas, mango chutney, and coleslaw.

15. Llewelyn's

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293-295 Railton Rd
London SE24 0JP, UK

Awnings and umbrellas aplenty on this Herne Hill pavement, stood to attention to protect bijou but unfussy plates from the elements — perhaps a classic whole sole with sauce vierge, or an assembly of mushroom, courgette, and Pecorino. The brown butter panisse with aioli is an extremely necessary side order.

16. Sumi Restaurant

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157 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RS, UK

Endo Kazutoshi’s new —casual— Westbourne Grove paean to sushi is perhaps the sleekest, most elegant rendition of “casual” to open in London in a good while, and the only one to offer caviar as a side. Much like his revered tasting menu restaurant in White City, everything pivots on impeccable quality nigiri and sashimi — the richest of which are offered aburi style for a whisper of char as a counterpoint. But there’s also A4 wagyu, and temaki for a sense of fun.

1. Tranga Market Table x Tapería

61 Newington Green, Mildmay Ward, London N16 9PX, UK

This Newington Green favourite leaned into grocery supply during lockdown, but will return serving its large, awning-protected terrace quality, unfussy plates of Spanish sunshine newly guided by that shift. Tapas are heavy on tinned fish and friends, while larger, Galician plates based on meat (Iberico pork) fish (octopus) and summer produce (bull’s heart tomatoes) catch the eye.

61 Newington Green, Mildmay Ward
London N16 9PX, UK

2. Brat x Climpson's Arch

374 Helmsley Pl, Hackney, London E8 3SB, UK

Chef Tomos Parry’s Basque-inspired restaurant will occupy the covered yard outside Climpson’s Arch in London Fields for the rest of the year. It is here, undercover, fans of the brand can enjoy its famous grilled turbot and smoked potatoes, plus new dishes like a hefty cast iron pot of chicken rice and grilled mussels with nubs of the restaurant’s own fresh chorizo.

374 Helmsley Pl, Hackney
London E8 3SB, UK

3. Ombra

1 Vyner St, London E2 9DG, UK

Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra has shown great dexterity under successive lockdowns with its fresh pasta kits, wine, and grocery offer, and is planning to do the same upon reopening this spring, with a set menu at £39 per person joining the loosely Venetian rank of dishes that regulars will recognise. A fine terrace has fresh decking, ample space, an awning, and some extra coverage to protect against the rain. 

1 Vyner St
London E2 9DG, UK

4. Smoking Goat Shoreditch

64 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch, London E1 6JJ, UK

One of London’s best Thai-inspired restaurants will reopen its Shoreditch kitchen on 12 April and with it a covered terrace on Redchurch Street, giving dozens of diners the chance to eat the Goat’s celebrated dishes: Fish sauce chicken wings; soya chicken; stir-fried Cornish vegetables; delectable and hot-hot laabs; and exceptional lardo fried rice.

64 Shoreditch High St, Shoreditch
London E1 6JJ, UK

5. Smokestak

35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6LB, UK

The covered, heated terrace at this Shoreditch barbecue don comes into its own in the rain, when brisket buns with pickled chilli and slowly smoked, fall-apart meats offer warming shelter from the storm.

35 Sclater St, Shoreditch
London E1 6LB, UK

6. Tsiakkos & Charcoal

5 Marylands Rd, London W9 2DU, UK

The front terrace here is open to the elements, but the backroom-outdoor-glass-roof section of this Maida Hill legend is the perfect place to listen to rain drumming overhead as a soundtrack to grilled souvlaki, fall-apart kleftiko, and smooth tarama that was repping whipped smoked cod’s roe well before it became the hottest small plate in town.

5 Marylands Rd
London W9 2DU, UK

7. Master Wei Xi'An

13 Cosmo Pl, Holborn, London WC1N 3AP, UK

At Master Wei, chef Wei Guirong’s restaurant in Bloomsbury, the focus is on the Xi’an region’s flour-foods, mianshi: peerless biang biang noodle dishes, with vegetables or beef and hot chilli oil; fine liang pi, cold skin noodles with a cool, piquant, umami-rich dressing; and the chef’s inimitable “burgers” with a cumin-spiced beef or pork filling. Plenty of space, to order all of this, on the awning-covered terrace on Cosmo Place.

13 Cosmo Pl, Holborn
London WC1N 3AP, UK

8. Café Deco

43 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7DB, UK

In a most unpredictable year, it was striking that Anna Tobias’ debut restaurant — in partnership with the team behind Bermondsey’s 40 Maltby Street — was unilaterally predicted to be a hit. And so it was. Through lockdown, it was a traiteur, wry sandwich shop, and wine merchant, and now it’s a fully fledged restaurant competing with the city’s very best. The covered terrace is a coveted people-watching spot.

43 Store St, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7DB, UK

9. Spitalfields Market

56 Brushfield St, Shadwell, London E1 6AA, UK

The covered market in Spitalfields features countless food traders. The best of those are John and Yi Lee’s Dumpling Shack, the purveyor of delicious shengjianbao, crispy fried spring onion pancakes, dan dan noodles, and prawn wontons. Elsewhere, check out another outlet of Bleecker Burger, Pleasant Lady Jian Bing, and Monty’s Jewish deli for one of London’s great reubens.

56 Brushfield St, Shadwell
London E1 6AA, UK

10. Kaffeine

66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ, UK

This Fitzrovia institution’s covered awning has long been a place to gather with one of the best flat whites in the city, as locals, cyclists, and celebrities journey in over the morning; it’s even more satisfying when sheltering from the rain.

66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia
London W1W 7QJ, UK

11. Bloomberg Arcade

Bloomberg Arcade, London, UK

The three picks of the City’s architectural restaurant thoroughfare are as follows: Japanese udon specialists Koya, JKS Restaurant’s Indian barbecue spot Brigadiers, and Bleecker for one of the city’s finest cheeseburgers. The Arcade is totally covered and each restaurant has its own terrace.

Bloomberg Arcade
London, UK

12. The River Café

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9HA, UK

One of London’s great restaurants, perhaps its finest Italian restaurant, is in possession of the city’s truly great garden terraces, which overlooks ... the River Thames. Stylish parasols here are the only protection from the elements, so check the weather before booking. #DrizzleProof

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith
London W6 9HA, UK

13. Pizzeria Pellone London

42 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5RL, UK

One of London’s best Neapolitan pizzerias: Pellone respects the classics with care, but the more adventurous and modern “Pizze Le Pizze Gourmet” section is perhaps what sets it apart: the white pizza with mortadella with pistachio pesto and the “Toto” — a base topped with mozzarella, yellow tomatoes, Italian sausage, and provolone are fine places to start. A cosy outside section is covered by the restaurant’s rain-resistant awning.

42 Lavender Hill, Battersea
London SW11 5RL, UK

14. Fish, Wings and Tings Brixton

Brixton Village, Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, Coldharbour, London SW9 8PR, UK

Inside the covered Brixton Market, find one of London’s best places for Trinidadian dal puri roti, filled with curried mutton, or vegetables — pumpkin, string beans, chickpeas and potatoes — and kuchela (a delicious hot, spiced green mango condiment). Elsewhere, there’s Jamaican jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and coconut curry prawns, served with rice, peas, mango chutney, and coleslaw.

Brixton Village, Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, Coldharbour
London SW9 8PR, UK

15. Llewelyn's

293-295 Railton Rd, London SE24 0JP, UK

Awnings and umbrellas aplenty on this Herne Hill pavement, stood to attention to protect bijou but unfussy plates from the elements — perhaps a classic whole sole with sauce vierge, or an assembly of mushroom, courgette, and Pecorino. The brown butter panisse with aioli is an extremely necessary side order.

293-295 Railton Rd
London SE24 0JP, UK

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16. Sumi Restaurant

157 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, UK

Endo Kazutoshi’s new —casual— Westbourne Grove paean to sushi is perhaps the sleekest, most elegant rendition of “casual” to open in London in a good while, and the only one to offer caviar as a side. Much like his revered tasting menu restaurant in White City, everything pivots on impeccable quality nigiri and sashimi — the richest of which are offered aburi style for a whisper of char as a counterpoint. But there’s also A4 wagyu, and temaki for a sense of fun.

157 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RS, UK

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