Alfresco April openings in London

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April has arrived and we can soon start to enjoy some alfresco socialising. Here is a round up of some spots that are opening in London…

On Monday 12th AprilArenella, a recently launched outdoor restaurant located on The Chapel Bar’s terrace, is reopening with a new spring menu in line with the long-awaited easing of lockdown restrictions. 

From Monday to Friday, Arenella will open its doors for dinner service, from 5pm- 11pm, where guests will be able to enjoy the start of lighter evenings in an alfresco setting. The charming space adorned with heaters and a covered roof is beautifully boarded by plants and hedges; an ideal spot for catch ups with long lost friends, afterwork hang outs and romantic midweek date nights. 

The hugely popular Saturday and Sunday bottomless lunch offering will also resume, bringing back booze filled frivolity every weekend for locals and visitors alike. Taking place from 12pm-9pm, diners will be able to experience an enticing 2 -course meal comprising seasonal Southern Italian inspired fare and a choice of free-flowing spritzes or Prosecco, all for £35pp over the course of 2 hours. For £55pp, customers will be able to upgrade to a luxury Champagne lunch, with unlimited glasses of Autréau also on offer.
29 Penton St, The Angel, London N1 9PX

Launched just before lockdown in December, Sussex Pass showcases the finest produce in Sussex and Kent while supporting local makers, growers and communities. Situated in Wadhurst village, in the picturesque heart of the Weald, Sussex Pass is reopening on Wednesday 14th April with a brand new terrace and garden, a perfect location for locals, visitors and staycationers to taste the county’s incredible food and wine and celebrate the passion of the producers who reside there.

Capturing the intimate, exclusive feel of the indoor restaurant, the new back heated terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a brunch with fizz and friends, or a special dinner in the late Spring Sussex sunshine.

For those looking for a new kind of eating and dining experience, Sussex Pass has created a garden space complete with a Big Green Egg barbeque. Priced at £20 per person, guests who book full size Egg for a two- hour slot, will be given a selection of beautiful locally sourced meat and fish, pre-prepared and ready to cook on the Barbeque, along with complementary sides and vegetables. Those looking to really impress, a whole lobster can be added for £40 or a 1kg ribeye for £42, and vegetarians are also catered for. For any budding chefs, or for those who can’t host a barbeque at home, this is the perfect option for a summer of alfresco eating and drinking.

Sussex Pass also boasts a new English Sparkling and a gin list featuring over 50 Sussex guns served with artisanal Sussex tonics.
White Hart, High St, Wadhurst TN5 6AP

Also reopening on the 12th April is popular characterful pub The Clifton, located in St Johns Wood. As well as an indulgent food menu including Sunday Roasts, The Clifton also plays host to a diverse array of local and craft beers on tap and they also brew their own beer. The pub has expanded its outdoor seating options for 2021, with both front and side terraces available to book for groups of up to 6 people.

Steeped in history, The Clifton has been a fixture of the local community for centuries and in May 2017 brothers Ben and Ed Robson reinstated this beloved pub, bringing a new look and a refreshed attitude to pub drinking and dining to St Johns Wood. Situated on a tree-lined residential street, the pub’s London brick Georgian façade belies a grand and fascinating history, it was even a regular for King Edward VII. The Clifton has a large inside space including a light-strewn and plant-filled conservatory as well as an outdoor patio.
96 Clifton Hill, London NW8 0JT

Nestled in the heart of leafy Hampstead, The Duke of Hamilton has become a stalwart of the area’s eating and drinking scene since its 2018 relaunch. A favourite with the locals, it has been missed during the lockdown. Owners Ben and Ed Robson are proud to announce that they will be reopening their outside areas at The Duke on the 12th April.

The Duke of Hamilton has both a front terrace and a beautiful walled garden to the back of the pub. The perfect spots for a catch-up over a large glass of something chilled.

The Duke Of Hamilton, just a two-minute walk towards the heath from the tube station, takes pride in its ever-changing drinks menu. The extensive wine list sits alongside a range of local and craft beers that The Duke has become known for, including the pubs very own brew – whilst smart G&T’s, classic cocktails and homemade sodas complete the perfect pub-garden experience.
23-25 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD