Alfresco Diners

RooftopWith at least five days of consistent sun under our belts in London, could it be time to take ‘dining alfresco’ seriously?

Of course, there are those who don’t need as much as five full days of sun to get their legs out, sunny’s on and a seat outside an eatery or coffee shop of some kind (I have spotted them running for shelter, as the rain drenches their croissants and washes their newspapers away!). That said, even for the more cautious amongst us, things are looking pretty good. I recently decided to take a trip to my local Grand Union in Kennington, I’d heard they had a roof terrace that looks over the park, with fairy lights and outdoor heaters to boot – they do.


Even more than bright sunny days, I love the balmy nights that often follow.  I got to Grand Union at 8pm and luckily the extreme heat of the day had subsided a little. We were seated on the terrace with no shelter, so a lunchtime al fresco meal would have been out of the question. Grand Union is clearly a popular joint –  the crowds of people seated on the rooftop were testament to that. They had obviously had the same idea as us and looked set to stay until closing – some actually did! After all, sitting on a roof top, watching the sun go down, whilst sipping on cocktails is not a bad way to spend an evening.

Kennington Roof Terrace


Grand Union has a vintage, quirky feel throughout. Floral wallpaper, tassle lampshades, leather Chesterfields – you get the picture. For some, the decor may be a little stuffy, especially with the sun streaming in. However, this style of decor will come into it’s own during the winter months. The roof terrace is a completely different story and is more modern and streamlined.

Grand Union Interior


An unusual fusion of pub and diner food makes eating at Grand Union a casual affair. My pizza with goats cheese was tasty and the onion rings that I ordered on a whim were good too. Most noteworthy was the hot dog that my companion had – it was huge and drenched in sauce!  She loved it.  For those with a huge appetite you can order a double, but be warned one hotdog is probably enough. The menu at Grand Union is pretty standard, but what they do, they do well (we tried the garlic bread and it was darn good for being just garlic bread!).  For those who are looking for somewhere to drink with, a quick bite whilst basking in the sun, Grand Union is a pretty good choice.


‘Look cool’ must have been on the staff job description at Grand Union, Kennington. Our waitress had a gorgeous, funky fro and looked the part in a black string top and jeans. Despite the crowds and the fact that she seemed to be the only waitress available, she was as cool as a cucumber and even kept her patience as we questioned her about her hair styling techniques!

Interested in dining alfresco at Grand Union?

We are giving away one free ticket (admits you and three of your friends) to enjoy the Spirit of Summer at Grand Union Brixton!

Grand Union Brixton have teamed up with Rekorderlig to host the #SpiritofSummer between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th August. GU Brixton’s ‘Pleasure Garden’ will be transformed into a beautiful Swedish wonderland, with interactive experiences inspired by the colours, shadows and aromas of a Scandanavian summer. There will be a kaleidoscope photo area, light prisms and authentic Swedish food.Joel Persson, the brand’s world famous bartender will also be on hand to guide guests on a taste tour of Rekorderlig’s Swedish cocktails, exclusively designed for Grand Union.

Just email us at: and let us know what you like most about the summer! Easy. The winner will be chosen on Monday 4th August. 

*Tickets to #SpiritofSummer cost £10 and include a Rekorderlig Cider, three new flavour samples, three Swedish canapes, and an exclusive gift and photo memory of the night. Tickets are available from Events are open to over 18s only.