Fancy something a little more exciting than a picnic of soggy sandwiches and packets of crisps? Look no further than the many cafes and bars that sit conveniently in and around London’s parks and green spaces. With a range of cuisines on offer, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
1. The Lido Café, Bar & Restaurant, Brockwell Park
Overlooking the restored Art Deco lido of Brockwell Park, The Lido Café is the ideal place to watch the world go by. A welcoming atmosphere is paired with deliciously indulgent food from breakfast to dinner, with the outdoor terrace being of particular attraction in the summer. Booking is advisable here due to the Lido’s popularity, but there are a few tables kept free for walk-ins.
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2. Le Délice in the Park, Lloyd Park
In the welcoming oasis of Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, is Le Délice, a café that serves classic lunchtime staples from salads to chips, baked potatoes to sandwiches. A real draw of this café is the selection of indulgent ice creams and ice lollies that come in a range of flavours (Cherry Brandy, anyone?). The perfect place to grab a bite to eat before heading out to top up on some Vitamin D.
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3. Roti Joupa, Clapham Common
Just a five minute stroll from Clapham common, Roti Joupa has been offering up the tastiest dishes Trinidadian cuisine has to offer for years. A friendly team and affordable pricing makes this a real hotspot, while their takeaway-oriented food ensures that you’ll bag the best picnic in town. A selection of cold drinks will satisfy any summer’s day craving.
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4. Urban Meadow Café, Kensington Gardens
Between both Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, Urban Meadow Café is in a prime location for those on the lookout for some fresh air. This ‘urban countryside’ café offers locally sourced, fresh ingredients transformed into a tempting range of full sized meals and tapas bites. Takeaway is available for those wanting to make the most of the local parks, but a multi-course dining experience is also on offer for those looking for a bit of luxury.
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5. Seto, Regent’s Park
This family run restaurant provides the very best of Japanese cuisine just around the corner from Regent’s Park. Ramens, broths, gyoza and fresh sashimi are all on offer, the ideal post-walk pick-me-up. It’s also excellent value, making for the perfect guilt free lunch.
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