Where to Dine Alfresco in Soho this Winter
With dining alfresco being the biggest trend this year what better place to enjoy the fresh air than on the buzzing streets of Soho
The Great British summer is now firmly behind us, there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy some al fresco eating and drinking on cosy winter evenings. So, don your shades and grab your coat because Soho isn’t going anywhere.
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A grand total of 17 of our roads are currently car free with many restaurants, bars and cafes adding tables outside their venues to make sure you can still dine out and feel safe in the open air. Greek Street, Frith Street, Dean Street and Old Compton Street are amongst the new pedestrianised areas paving the way for a greener Soho.
If coffee is on the agenda, you’re absolutely in luck. One of the capitals most famous cafés, Bar Italia, has extended its terrace out onto Frith Street to make sure even the sleepiest of Londoners get their morning espresso.
With its prime position on Soho’s notorious Old Compton Street, Café Boheme is the perfect spot to partake in the ancient sport of people watching. Come for breakfast or dine later on small plates, sipping on cocktails and wine while you listen to jazz. Tables tend to get taken quickly so get down early to avoid disappointment.
On the corner of Newburgh Street, you’ll find one of Soho’s tiniest restaurants – The Ugly Dumpling. This popular spot has added extra tables to its outdoor seating area to ensure Londoners can still get their dumpling fix noon till night (well until ten anyway) Indulge in playful takes on classic dim sum from cheeseburger to halloumi & courgette, or from pecan pie to Nutella.
Greek Street’s Lina Stores is one of the many restaurants to take full advantage of the new road closures by adding a number of al fresco tables. Marvel at the iconic exteriors while you tuck into plates of handmade pasta. Pillowy agnolotti stuffed with ricotta and silky pappardelle with braised lamb ragù are amongst some of the hits at this Soho favourite.
The already accustomed Berwick Street has boasted outdoor drinking and dining for quite some time already and has thrived over this period of change. Many new restaurants have joined in adding tables while some seasoned al fresco sites have chosen to extend their dining areas. My Place, Red Dog and The Duck & Rice are amongst those to do so with the trend following suit along the length of the street.
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