Here is our pick of the best al fresco spots to cool down on Charlotte Street – a bustling West End neighbourhood and renowned dining district, surrounded by historic townhouses and overlooked by the iconic BT Tower. With additional seating in place, sit out on extended terraces on this iconic street that won’t always be available – so best to take advantage now. Drink, eat and bask in the warm summer glow:

1. For a Taste of Sicily: Norma 

The Lowdown: Headed up by Salt Yard’s former Chef Director Ben Tish, Norma showcases the fresh and vibrant flavours found on the island of Sicily, imbued with Arabic influences and North African spices. Taking in the buzz of Fitzrovia, bask outdoors with an array of snacks and small plates such as the fried courgette flowers served with Cornish crab and saffron and chilli aioli; and pea, ricotta and summer truffle arancini. Or, choose from a selection of pasta and larger mains, each with an emphasis centred around fresh, seasonal produce.

Where: 8 Charlotte St, London W1T 2LS

2. For a Slice of the Mediterranean: Ampeli 

The Lowdown: Founded by Jenny Pagoni and Oren Goldfeld (ex-Nopi), Greek-inspired restaurant Ampeli transports you to the Mediterranean with its stand out menu, featuring a variety of fresh sharing dishes and Greek wines. Tuck into an array of vibrant snacks and plates including Wild Bass Ceviche with Avocado Mousse; Ouzo-dressed Salt Cod Croquettes and Grilled Pork Chops with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – all while watching the world go by on the idyllic terrace, sipping a glass of the finest Greek wine and finishing on a plate of traditional Loukoumades – little bite-sized fluffy cinnamon doughnuts served with chocolate sauce or Mountain Tea syrup.

Where: 18 Charlotte St, London W1T 2LZ

Photo Credit: Steven Joyce 

3. For a Michelin-Starred Meal: The Ninth 

The Lowdown: Led by chef Jun Tanaka, The Ninth is a Michelin-starred contemporary neighbourhood restaurant focusing on simple, refined Mediterranean-style cooking using the finest seasonal ingredients to deliver vibrant and honest flavours. The array of French classics are designed for sharing, uplifted with Jun’s signature twist and a focus on the finest seasonal produce and vibrant honest flavours. Choose from plates of fresh seafood and vegetable sides with a unique twist such as Huelva White Prawns & White Vinaigrette; Burrata, Tomato Consommé, Panzanella & Black Olive Oil or Red Mullet Tempura – washed down with a glass of rosé.

Where: 22 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NB