No, not the football kind although hopefully that will come later, but to the terraces of those lucky restaurants ready to serve come April 12th. But book early.

Normality is a glass of wine or beer with food while  sitting outside in the early Spring sunshine.

And with the nation being allowed to enjoy a taste of normality again, April 12th will be a busy day for those places that can offer outside seating.

And don’t think you can just rock up, demand will be high so book now.

Here are some top places that need to be on your ‘must contact’ list.

The Happenstance

Head to The Happenstance in the heart of the City on Paternoster Square, home to a beautiful all-weather terrace overlooking London’s most iconic landmark.

Catch up with friends and family whilst you sip on signature cocktails and enjoy an array of moreish dishes from delicious sharing boards, to fresh salads and fully-loaded burgers.

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am-11pm. 

10 Paternoster Square


T: 020 7618 9520

The Sipping Room, West India Quay

Venture East to The Sipping Room, transporting you to a place far removed from the concrete jungle. Relax and unwind on the expansive Thames-side terrace and enjoy creative cocktails from the dedicated outdoor bar like the Good Night Out; a refreshing mix of Tanqueray 10 gin, Crème de Mure, lemon, champagne & gold shimmer or why not try the London Spritz; Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower, apple, sprigs of mint and lashings of soda. Cosy blankets and hot water bottles are also available for those particularly chilly nights.  Open Wednesday – Sunday,11am-11pm.

West India Quay

16 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf

E14 4AX

T: 020 3907 0320

Drake & Morgan King’s Cross

Perched on Pancras Square, a few moments from King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations, this central London bar and restaurant boasts an extensive all-weather terrace alongside seasonal menus, tempting cocktails and fine wines.

The perfect pit stop after an afternoon of shopping at Coal Drops Yard or to grab a bite while you wait for your train! Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

6 Pancras Road, Kings Cross


T: 020 3826 4870

The Refinery Bankside

Located on Southwark Street, in the heart of London’s Bankside and just behind the Tate Modern. The Refinery offers a stunning al fresco terrace where you can enjoy everything from an early morning coffee and breakfast through to dinner and late night cocktails. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

110 Southwark St


T: 020 7921 2920

Devonshire Terrace

Moments from Liverpool Street Station, Devonshire Terrace is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of City life.

Drink and dine alfresco with family and friends on the sophisticated yet welcoming terrace, with its beautiful glass domed roof to protect you from the elements.

The perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, leisurely lunch or swift brunch. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm.

Devonshire Terrace, Spitalfields


T: 020 7256 3233

The Parlour

Located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square, a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf station, The Parlour is a gorgeous bar & restaurant perfect for all-day drinking, dining and unwinding.

This alfresco terrace, complete with its own bar and overlooking Canada Square Park, is the ideal location to enjoy an afternoon with friends over good food, fine wine and creative cocktails. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

The Park Pavilion

40 Canada Square Park

E14 5FW

T: 020 7715 9551