Update: Following the Government's latest announcement regarding a national lockdown, all restaurants, bars and cafés at the Park are closed. However many are offering takeaway and delivery services. Please check directly with each establishment. More information about the latest coronavirus updates can be found here.
With London currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning households can no longer mix indoors, you may find yourself with a few plans that need adapting over the next couple of weeks. Up to six people from mixed households can still meet up outside, and with the Park itself in full autumn splendour at the moment we happen to think there’s no better place to enjoy an al fresco meet up! To help you plan your day, we’ve put together a list of some of the best cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Last Drop
If you like your coffee with a side of views, there’s no better place to be than The Last Drop! Its outdoor seating offers vistas of both Tessa Jowell Boulevard and the London Aquatics Centre, making your time there the most picturesque panini you’ll ever enjoy.
Originally an award-winning restaurant located on an old Dutch barge, the team at Barge East have adapted over the last year and now also offer seating in their beautiful edible garden. Overlooking the canal by Hackney Wick and beautifully lit with fairy lights, this heated and covered seating area offers plenty of atmosphere in which to enjoy their delicious small plates and drinks.
Whether grabbing a quick bite of breakfast or enjoying a leisurely catch up over some coffee and cake, Signorelli’s have a range of handmade bread, cakes and pastries to tempt you at any time of day. There are two branches of this popular Italian bakery, with Signorelli IQL perfectly placed for a takeaway to talk on a walk round the Park while Signorelli East Village has plenty of outdoor seating to make the most of.
Another East Village gem and with its awning providing a little shelter from the unpredictable autumn weather, Mother Kelly’s is a great spot for a drink and a catch up! Their range specialises in craft beers and lagers, although there are wines and cocktails too.
Canalside at Here East
Choose from a number of restaurants and cafés, all overlooking the pretty canal and most with umbrellas or awnings to protect you from the elements. From morning until the evening (following the 10pm curfew, of course) you’ll find something tasty to try, including: organic plant-based meals and snacks from MOTHER; fun brunch, lunch and dinners at The Breakfast Club; quality Italian cuisine (and aperitifs, of course) at Gotto; and flavour-packed chicken at Randy’s Wing Bar.
Just along from the London Aquatics Centre, International Quarter London (IQL) boasts a host of top restaurants and cafés to suit every taste. The majority of these offer outdoor seating, including Tonkotsu ramen bar (perfect for warming up during the winter months), the aforementioned Signorelli’s and FIGO, a restaurant combining the best of both traditional and modern Italian cooking.