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When the weather is nice, you don't want to sit inside to enjoy a meal. Although London's been stereotyped as a place where the sun rarely shines, that's just not true - sure, there might be more overcast days or slightly more rain than in other places, but there are still plenty of nice days to sit outside and have a leisurely lunch. You just have to know where to look to find this mythical outdoor dining.
After wandering the streets of Kensington, stop into Bablyon and ask to be seated on the lovely terrace. Babylon serves a variety of international dishes and can be pricey although given the neighborhood this should be no surprise. 99 Kensington High Street,0871 075 1701.
Mayfair has a decent amount of restaurants offering outdoor dining, such as Isis Restaurant & Late Night Bar. Isis is a Lebanese restaurant offering tasty mezze and grills in a beautiful setting. After taking it all in from the outside patio, don't forget to watch the belly dancers touring the main restaurant. 50 Dover Street, Mayfair, 020 7409 0822.
Cecconi's is another Mayfair gem that's been recently refurbished and is a favorite among the locals. 5a Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, 0871 332 0863.
The Garden Cafe in Regent's Park is a perfect opportunity to enjoy tasty food and beautiful scenery. Located next to open air theater and a rose garden, it doesn't get much more "country" in London than this. You can get everything from a sandwich to pasta dishes at this cute little cafe. 4 Newburgh Street, 0871 075 2459