Hi, it's definitely a false widow and in all likelihood it's a noble false widow, Steatoda nobilis. Find out more about the false widows here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html
Yeah, fingers crossed!
I'm actually finding them everywhere around my property, on the gates to my drive, around the waste bins, bottle bins, on the walls, fascia’s under the guttering’s of the garage, in the garage, around the conservatory, under window seals...
It's just not a nice thought when sitting out on the patio furniture of an evening with so many around...
They often live in close proximity to us, but aren't really interested in us, nor relish our presence. They seem to prefer areas with low human footfall & least interference (up off the ground, close to a bolt hole/cover around nooks & crannies). Females tend to set up a web & stick to it, give the patio furniture a periodic once over if it gives you peace of mind.
You're more likely to encounter wasps & bees when sitting outside.
Thanks for your advice and information - I had a bit of a shock last night cleaning my car, as I was drying around the inside of the boot, I noticed some messy cobwebs and soon enough, a fairly large false widow was walking along the boot rubber!! It must have set up home between the rubber seal and the boot hinges. Just what you need isn't it, false widows living in the car!!
I actually went around the house windows with pesticide last night along with the areas of the garage that are above my head. Just to try and lower the numbers of them a little. I seem to only find false widow spiders around the property this year, all other types seem to have dissapeared!
Below are a couple more pictures.... One in particular was absolutely massive!