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Patio Season in London, Ontario: Hidden Gems

  • By Brian Brennan

Picture it: you close your laptop, take off those sweatpants you’ve been lounging in for three days and put on something nice. Feeling good, you make a call for reservations on the patio at that little place that friend of a friend told you about months ago. That quiet spot with the to-die-for appetizers where they treat you like family. You’ve got nowhere else to be - no emails to answer, no draining Zoom meetings to attend. If the lockdown felt like it lasted forever, we have two glorious words for you: patio season. 

This summer may be a little different, but with some guidance on where to go for good eats, signature drinks and aesthetic ambiance, you’ll be sure to have a blast. New to London? We’ve got you. If you’re a local, you may be familiar with some of these hidden gem patios, but have you been to them all? Support one of your tried-and-trues or try something new!   

What’s your favourite hidden gem? Let us know by tagging us at @tourismlondon on Facebook and Instagram! Snap a pic of your idea of patio perfection and use #ExploreLdnOnt for the chance to be featured on our website.  Stay tuned for other Patio Season blog installments!

Union pub company

23 whaRNcliffE rd. S.

As they say nothing unites us like a great meal, whether it’s with family, friends or soon-to-be friends. If you’re looking for a place that believes food and drink is the greatest unifier (and also happens to have the best Wonton Nachos in town) it’s Union Pub Company. Enjoy 24 draft taps, house-designed craft cocktails, a menu of unique pub food and special events such as live music on their fully fenced, intimate patio. Start your restaurant tour at this hidden gem! 

iDlewyld inn & Spa

36 graNd Ave.

This charming Victorian mansion built in 1878 is a local landmark you won’t want to miss! Located in historic Old South, just minutes away from Wortley Village, you’ll be swept away in the romance and charm of the Idlewyld Inn & Spa’s secluded garden courtyard. With a locally inspired menu of contemporary and traditional favourites and decadent desserts, plus featured events such as their monthly Saturday Afternoon Tea, why wouldn’t you want to escape to this time capsule oasis? 

Taverna 13thirtyone

1331 Hyde park rd.


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There’s nothing like summertime at this beautiful London spot, located not far from Canterbury Park in Hyde Park. TAVERNA 13thirtyone believes that food always taste better when it’s made from scratch, especially when it comes to their mushroom ravioli! Surrounded by lovely potted trees and flower boxes, you can enjoy their patio 7 days a week, with Happy Hour from 2 PM – 5 PM. Relax with a specially crafted cocktail, beer from around the world or wine from their extensive, carefully curated list while they create a delicious house-made meal for you.

THe bungalow neighbourhood hub

910 WaTerloo st.


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A quaint place you’ll find tucked away in the heart of London’s Old North suburb is The Bungalow Neighbourhood Hub. From the Bungalow Beef Burger, a house made beef patty with bacon jam, swiss cheese and other glorious toppings, to pizza, build-your-own options and delicious rosemary fries, everyone at your table will be sure to be satisfied. Their shaded, cozy and fenced patio is the ideal place to enjoy a meal with a classic cocktail or craft beer. By the way, did you know Bungalow was featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!? Trust us, there’s good reason why they were!

Katana kafe and Grill

2530 blair blVd.

Where can you combine a love of food and exceptional views that overlook the main runway of the London International Airport? The patio at Katana Kafe and Grill is the answer - a hidden gem in the Forest City! In the summer, their outdoor patio gives a more intimate experience between you and roughly 90,000 lbs of metal! Enjoy their weekend breakfast, or how about a 10 oz AAA beef tenderloin, grilled salmon or a juicy burger to go along with a signature cocktail such as a Dark & Stormy, Horizon or Aviator Fuel as you sit, plan and daydream of your next adventure all while airplanes soar through the sky overhead. How exhilarating does this sound!

EatOa At anderson crafT ales

1030 elias st.


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EatOA is your friendly neighbourhood kitchen located inside Anderson Crafts Ales in charming Old East Village. Sip on a beermosa with your Sunday brunch or enjoy other food options like smash like a mac, sour cream n' onion fries or their donair bao buns. Finish off your EatOA experience with their dirt n’ worms dessert (yup, the childhood classic)! Pair a traditional ale from Anderson with a meal from EatOA and enjoy on their outdoor patio. With live music every Saturday from 1 PM - 4 PM, what more could you want!

Park it at thE market

900 king St.

This FREE seasonal outdoor market runs every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Queen's Park at The Market at Western Fair District. Comprised of local small business vendors and food trucks, Park it at the Market has something for everybody! Vendors offer everything from ice cream and fritters to produce and clothing. They will be hosting a variety of DJ's and live musicians throughout the summer, and guests can sit down at a picnic table or spread out their own picnic blanket. Relax and take in the atmosphere and tunes at one of London's most unique outdoor patios. As the full event is licensed, guests can enjoy a cold beverage while visiting and supporting their local vendors! On now until September 30th!

Michael's on the Thames

1 York St.

The experience of tableside cooking, the elegance of live jazz and so much more, Michael’s on the Thames offers a patio experience like no other. Tuesday – Saturday, you can enjoy an elevated dining experience (their famous Caesar salad is a must try!) for lunch or dinner on their shaded, private patio by the Thames River. Sip on an ice-cold glass of their signature sangria and appreciate some live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

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