Shoreditch might not be the first London neighbourhood that comes to mind when you’re trying to find somewhere to eat outside this summer. But it should be. There are loads of seriously great restaurants with outdoor seating options in this part of town, and these are eight of the best.
Facts: We have never had a bad meal at Rochelle Canteen. This British restaurant in Shoreditch is one of our all-time favourite spots and their garden also happens to be one of our all-time favourite outdoor dining situations. For the moment, they’re outdoor only so keep an eye on the weather for your booking.
Get the pie. We repeat, get the pie. The Marksman is a seriously great restaurant hidden beyond the assumption that it’s just another local Hackney boozer. It isn’t. They serve excellent British food - including those shed-a-tear-of-joy pies - and their little roof terrace is arguably one of London’s best outdoor seating options.
The food at Sager and Wilde is limited to snacks. It’s all about cheese, charcuterie, and wine, but if you manage to bag a table out on their Hackney Road terrace, it would be rude not to get one of their excellent toasties as well.
Casa Do Frango
Three words. Piri piri chicken. This Portuguese spot in Shoreditch has added an outdoor terrace. .
When we think of Padella we think of their cacio e pepe. And their notorious queues. But mostly, cacio e pepe. The second branch of this famous handmade pasta spot, Padella Shoreditch has outdoor seating and you’ll be able to join a virtual queue to help with social distancing.
If you’re looking for a pub meal in Shoreditch, The George and Vulture is out of the way enough to be relatively peaceful and, more importantly, Sodo make the pizzas here. At around a tenner a go, the pizzas are great value, as crispy as you like, and make for a social and sensible pub lunch spread out on the sizeable pavement area outside.
Dishoom is taking reservations for the first time, and the verandah at the Shoreditch branch makes it the perfect spot for a lazy weekend lunch or early evening meal. Order-wise you can’t go wrong here, but just make sure the chicken ruby curry and the lamb chops are on your table.
Over-ordering can be a problem at Oklava, a Shoreditch restaurant cooking modern Turkish food in a stylish setting. All things considered, their dining room is one of the nicest in London, but on a warm evening, grabbing a stool outside at the window counter is straight up one of the best places you can eat. Anywhere. And since much of the menu is absurdly good, having too much of it is what we call “a good problem.”