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London’s Best Rooftop Bars & Alfresco Terraces

Lead image: Coppa Club

Summer in London is one of those wonderful things – a rare glimpse of the sun and everybody gets alfresco fever! The parks are full, the shorts are on and every pub garden is packed. The Resident has put together a list of 47 of the best rooftop bars and terraces for lazy outdoor pursuits… 

central LONDON’S TOP TERRACES

1 Orrery, Marylebone
This luxury French restaurant, part of the D&D London group, is located on the first floor of a converted stable block, overlooking St Marylebone Church gardens. With plush interiors featuring vintage mirrors, mahogany wood and leather upholstery, Orrery exudes elegance, as you might expect for a restaurant named after an intricate cosmological model. The rooftop terrace has had a makeover for summer 2017 as part of D&D London’s Think Pink campaign to cover London’s terraces in colourful flowers with summer menus to match.
55 Marylebone High Street W1U 5RB; orrery-restaurant.co.uk

2 The Gardening Society, John Lewis
John Lewis’ rooftop restaurant and terrace, The Gardening Society, is a go-to destination in the summer. As well as plenty of alfresco spots for a post-work drink, you’ll also find Britain’s smallest rooftop pub, The Gardener’s Arms, as well as private dining summerhouses with separate front gardens, perfect for groups and rainy days! Drinks experts Background Bars are serving up a selection of cocktails such as Green Society (Havana Club 3YO rum, Escubac, matcha green tea sugar, garden mint, soda) and Rosy Rose (Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Grand Marnier, grapefruit, rosemary, agave, lime). Until the end of September you can also dine with The Elephant, a Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant that is currently the rooftop’s resident pop-up. 
300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com 

3 Dalloway Terrace, Fitzrovia
Head for Dalloway Terrace, one of London’s most instagrammed terraces, before 20 August for a Perrier-Jouët and Nourish Skincare multi-sensory champagne and scent pairing experience. A Champagne Flight of three 100ml glasses of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs NV, and Perrier-Jouët ‘Belle Epoque’ 2007, will be individually accompanied by a bespoke scented ribbon developed by Nourish which compliments the unique flavour notes in each cuvee (£45). Dalloway Terrace will also be serving an exclusive Perrier-Jouët menu – offering a selection of four Perrier-Jouët Champagnes by the glass or bottle alongside a Champagne cocktail menu. There’s  also a new afternoon tea menu for summer, as well as a selection of new low alcohol cocktails.
16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com

4 Coppa Club, Tower Hill
Coppa Club’s riverside terrace features seven standalone ‘cabanas’ and a huge hexagonal bar – perfect for alfresco dining in London. The custom-made timber cabanas offer knock-out views of London’s iconic Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and The Shard. With wisteria and roses growing up the pergola structures, the Mediterranean-style cabanas are furnished with outdoor sofas, wicker armchairs, festoon lighting, space heaters and individual Sonos speakers. Three of the cabanas can be reserved for private use with space for 8-10 people (two have a number of smaller tables for groups of 2-6 and the other two cabanas are reserved for walk-ins). As well as plenty of very pale rosé, the riverside bar will serve a summer cocktail menu featuring a Britz Spritz (Kamm & Sons British aperitif, elderflower, prosecco and soda) and a classic Aperol Spritz. There’s also a brunch menu for lazy weekend sessions.
Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk

5 The Formentera Terrace at aqua nueva
Contemporary Spanish restaurant aqua nueva will transport you to the Balearic Islands as Ibiza’s hippy sister, Formentera, comes to London. In partnership with Cîroc Vodka, aqua nueva’s Formentera Terrace brings the island’s relaxed vibe to its Regent Street rooftop for the summer season. Architect Mehrnoosh Khadivi has designed an oasis overlooking London’s urban jungle, channeling the chilled out atmosphere Formentera with greenery and floral displays against the sandy tones of rattan screens and colourful planters. A new addition to the terrace this year is the alcoholic dessert bar offering two flavours of Cîroc Vodka sorbets.
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) W1B 3BR; aquanueva.co.uk

6 The Terrace at Oxo
Eight floors up at the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is a fantastic Thames-side terrace serving cocktails and bar snacks. Enjoy an Aperol Spritz while taking in the setting sun, or try a Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz with Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur and soda water. At the weekend they also serve brunch.
Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; harveynichols.com 

7 The Ivy Tower Bridge
The Ivy Tower Bridge, which opened in July, offers accessible, sophisticated all-day dining with a Parisian-style alfresco terrace that seats 50 and directly overlooks the Thames and Tower Bridge. The modern British menu is all-encompassing including breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, weekend brunch, light snacks, cocktails and dinner. Should the weather turn, you can retreat indoors and still enjoy the same lovely views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2AA; theivytowerbridge.com

8 Aster, Victoria 
As part of a campaign to cover London and its summer terraces in colourful flowers, D&D’s restaurants, including the swish new Aster in Victoria, have all recently released fun summer menus to match their new colourful alfresco dining spaces. Check out Aster’s new Flower Hour menu, offering a wide variety of flower-inspired cocktails (we highly recommend the Lingonberry Love), or indulge in the new Nordic afternoon tea.
150 Victoria Street SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com

9 GQ Bar at Rosewood London
GQ Bar at Rosewood London is a great summer hangout. The all-day menu of bar bites includes an exclusive GQ Bar Burger with chargrilled wagyu, caramelised onions, watercress and peppercorn umami in a brioche bun, complete with garlic-salted fries. Favourites from Holborn Dining Room include Monkshill farm scotch egg, rabbit and bacon en croute, and grilled octopus with native breed chorizo and aioli. You can also enjoy an alfresco breakfast. Choose from spelt pancakes with blueberry compote and mascarpone; smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toasted brioche, and more. The bar also serves up a mean GQ Bar Manhattan. Open 7am-11.30pm (Sunday 10.30pm) till September.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; holborndiningroom.com

10 Boulestin, Green Park
If French cuisine and a bit of fresh air is the order of the day, you really can’t go past Boulestin’s hidden courtyard without stopping in. Opening again soon as the weather warms up, this elegant courtyard is a great place to catch a bit of R&R and a fine-dining experience just moments away from St James’s Street. In terms of food, think seasonal menus featuring French dishes like gratin and confit duck accompanied by an excellent wine list.
 5 Saint James’s Street, Green Park SW1A 1EF; boulestin.com

11 The Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly
The Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly has both indoor and terrace seating – one of the only outdoor spaces on Piccadilly. Last summer, Le Meridien Piccadilly partnered with its sister hotel Le Meirdien Nice to create a French Riviera pop-up bar inspired by the 70s, decked out with a promenade lined with parasols, palm trees and deck chairs, as well as a traditional village square complete with petanque. Let’s hope it makes a return.
21 Piccadilly W1J 0BH; 020 7734 8000; lemeridienpiccadilly.co.uk

12 Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House
With a choice between a restaurant and a more relaxed deli-style café, this terrace at Somerset House is in a great spot for summer evening drinks. Relax with some food and drink and watch the river and the general comings and goings of London. On a sunny day this spot is an absolute gem. Of course there’s always something to have a look at inside Somerset House too.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; tomskitchen.co.uk

13 Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Hyde Park
When the sun comes out, Londoners take to the parks. The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen is in the middle of Hyde Park, right next to the Serpentine Lake and the views are spectacular. Not only does it offer clear views the swans and boats, but it is also a great spot for people watching – picnic makers, roller bladers and dog walkers alike. There’s a Gin Bar, great cocktails a hot dog BBQ, a wood fire pizza oven and a whole range of British classics to tuck into.
Serpentine Road, Hyde Park W2 2UH; benugo.com

14  The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Belgravia
The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is set to reopen on Saturday 29 April 2017 for both guests and visitors. For the second year, the alfresco restaurant and bar is partnering with Bombay Sapphire to offer a ‘ginspired’ selection of cocktails in a botanical setting. Planting for The Terrace garden will take inspiration from the gardens at Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire’s distillery in rural Hampshire, featuring juniper, almond, angelica, coriander and lemon (all ingredients in Bombay Sapphire). Executive Chef Martin Gabler’s BBQ menu offers a selection of gourmet beef burgers and sandwiches, marinated meats and fresh seafood, alongside colourful salads and summery desserts. Open until mid-September from 12noon-10pm (7pm on Sundays), weather-permitting.
21 Lowndes Street, Belgravia SW1X 9ES; 020 7858 7223; lowndesdining.co.uk/theterrace

15 The Roof Deck Restaurant and Bar, Selfridges 
The Roof Deck is a Californian-style dining space atop Selfridges serving everything from great guacamole to flavoursome grills, as well as summery cocktails and afternoon tea. The roof is retractable, so if those sunny skies refuse to show, you can still relish a dining experience high above the busy bustling Oxford Street. Make your way to the roof via the express lift in the Fragrance Hall on G.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com

WEST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES

16 Pergola on the Roof, Television Centre
Pergola on the Roof was huge hit last year. Set 170-feet-high up, underneath a beautiful canopy of evergreen ivy, wisteria and bougainvillea, set against white washed walls, it was designed as a vision of the Mediterranean. The central bar stocks an array of rose, whites, reds, bubbles, ciders, beers and cocktails, plus there’s a roaming drinks trolley should you find a trip to the bar too bothersome! The street food stalls serve up the likes of rotisserie chicken, pork belly, ribs, burgers and more. Opening 3 May 2017 until 1 October.
Multi-Storey Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Lane W12 7RJ; pergolaontheroof.co.uk 

The very pretty Pergola On The Roof

The very pretty Pergola On The Roof

17 The Roof Gardens, Kensington
Since its opening in 1938, The Roof Gardens has been a London landmark. The three gardens span 1.5 acres – there’s the Spanish Garden, the Tudor Garden and the English Woodland, each distinct and spectacular in its own way. In these gardens, which are home to ducks, fish and even flamingos, it is easy to forget the busy streets just 100 ft below. Over summer there is a whole array of events happening – jazz on Tuesdays, BBQs on Friday and Saturday nights and magicians and roasts on Sundays, just to name a few. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge, but it’s usually best to call ahead to make sure they haven’t been booked out for a wedding or event.
99 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; virginlimitededition.com

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Kensington Roof Garden’s Spanish Garden

 

18 The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
The Ivy Chelsea opened last summer and became a firm sunny favourite: Now, the new terrace has also been unveiled at the new Ivy Brasserie on High Street Kensington, so you’re spoilt for choice. The beautifully decorated terrace and orangery is as stylish as a garden could get, and being part of The Ivy family, you’re in safe hands when it comes to food and drink. Cocktails and an all-day British menu are available in the alfresco space, which is adorned with fountains, climbing ivy and beautiful antique furniture abound, this the kind of place you will want to spend several hours.
197 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EQ; theivychelseagarden.com

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The Ivy Chelsea’s garden

19 Yashin Ocean House terrace, South Kensington
Housed on Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, modern Japanese restaurant Yashin Ocean House has a lovely terrace that’s perfect for a spot of people watching in the summer. Enjoy Yashin’s inventive head-to-tail sharing menu alfresco, together with a refreshing range of sparkling sakes and signature cocktails. Check out the omakase sashimi too, which comes with a dry ice flourish!
117-119 Old Brompton Road SW7 3RN; yashinocean.com

Yashin Ocean House terrace

Yashin Ocean House terrace

20 Dock Kitchen, Kensal Green
An old Victorian Wharf building in the Portobello Dock complex was converted into this restaurant as part of an urban regeneration project, and the results are one of the best restaurants in the area. The views out over Grand Union canal are a great accompaniment to this globe-spanning menu, featuring Sri Lankan, Indian, Korean and British cuisine.
 Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU; dockkitchen.co.uk

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Dock Kitchen’s summery terrace

21 No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is a destination bar that pays homage to the history and community at the centre of the building, and a bar that aims to feel like a home to the locals. They’ve re-imagined the space entirely (the historic building had previously been an All Bar One) and focused on the community aspect of integrity and openness. ‘There was a little courtyard space at the back that was underused and just posed as a smoking solution, and the building previously cut off two thirds of the way down so we created an open kitchen for a sense of honesty and theatre, but it also means that when you walk in you can see from front to back and your eye is drawn to the courtyard,’ says Mel Marriott, Managing Director of the Darwin & Wallace pub group.
197 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR; 020 3857 4669; no197chiswickfirestation.com

Chiswick Fire Station gorgeous rear courtyard

Chiswick Fire Station gorgeous rear courtyard

SOUTH LONDON’S TOP TERRACES

22 Frank’s Cafe, Peckham
Frank’s Café is the hottest spot south of the river come summer. Open from 19 May 2016 until September, it the country’s coolest multi-storey car park with cocktails (make it a Negroni or Aperol Spritz) and excellent sharing plates like buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese crème fraiche and smoked paprika and parmesan-roasted corn on the cob.  Enjoy the Bold Tendencies installations on the way up to the top floor and buy two rounds at once – the whole of Shoreditch tends to descend on this place so the bar queue is usually huge.
10th floor, Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; frankscafe.org.uk

Franks Cafe, Peckham (photo by Oskar Proctor)

Frank’s Cafe, Peckham (photo by Oskar Proctor)

23 Street Feast at Hawker House
Street Feast has been keeping the population of East London fed and watered for a few years now with Dinorama in Shoreditch and Dalston Yard. The opening of the Model Market at Lewisham sent south east Londoners into raptures, and then along came Hawker House and the Giant Robot. Originally opened as a warehouse venue to get us through the dark, dreary winter months, in 2016 it expanded into the great outdoors, and is now home to a huge courtyard festival of food and craft beer that those in striking distance of Canada Water station on the Overground or Jubilee.
Canada Street, Canada Water SE16 7PJ; streetfeast.com

Hawker House

Hawker House

24 Cordoníu’s Terrace on the Thames, Rotherhithe
Every other Thursday throughout August and September, you can sign up for a masterclass as part of Cordoníu’s Fizz School at the Anna de Cordoníu’s Terrace on the Thames in Rotherhithe. You can also sign up for their Paella Masterclasses where you will test your cooking skill sand create your own paella (offered every other Wednesday throughout August and September). Both of the classes are taught on the sun-drenched terrace of the Columbia Wharf building overlooking the river Thames. Classes start 16 August and run until 28 September and have starting times of 6pm. Fizz School Masterclass costs £29pp and the Paella Masterclasses costs £34pp.
DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5HW; doubletree3.hilton.com

25 Bussey Beer Garden
Peckham does pretty well for rooftop bars. As well as the legendary Frank’s Cafe atop the Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, the Rooftop Film Club atop the Bussey Building has a pretty nifty bar too. And now The London Beer Factory has launched its very own pop-up bar, also atop the Bussey Building (it’s a big building). Located on D-Roof, the Bussey Beer Garden offers a range of craft beers from south east London-based The London Beer Factory and other breweries from across the UK and around the world – there are 15 keg lines to choose from in total. Soak it all up with street food eats from either The Joint (Brixton’s beautifully barbecued pulled pork wraps and burgers) or Babek Brothers’ gourmet kebabs. Open every Friday and Saturday throughout July and August 2017 from 12noon-11pm.
133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; thelondonbeerfactory.com

Beer gardens in Peckham: Bussey Beer Garden by The London Beer Factory

Bussey Beer Garden by The London Beer Factory

26 Plymouth Gin Dock, Rivington Greenwich
Where better to create a nautical-themed outdoor terrace than Maritime Greenwich? Last year, Plymouth Gin teamed up with Rivington Greenwich to do just that, and it’s back for summer 2017! The Rivington is big into gin, with over 130 varieties. Do swing by at the weekend to sample the six different types of Bloody Marys… (available Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 11.30am-4pm).
178 Greenwich High Road SE10 8NN; 020 8293 9270; rivingtongreenwich.co.uk

Plymouth Gin Dock, The Rivington Greenwich

Plymouth Gin Dock, The Rivington Greenwich

27 Brew, Putney
All-day breakfast, wood fired pizzas after 5pm, an outdoor cinema on Wednesday nights and a top notch wine list to boot  – Brew in Putney is shaping up as a summer go-to. As the fourth Brew café in south west London, the Putney location is the first to open in the evenings and has a lovely outdoor terrace area – currently it’s sheltered by a retractable roof and has a heating system to keep you warm while it’s still a little chilly, but come summer the roof will be back and the terrace soaking up the sun. Sit outside for an early morning juice, a late Bloody Mary-fueled brunch, afternoon coffee and cake, or an evening of wine and pizza.
162-164 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1LY; brew-cafe.com

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Brew’s pretty terrace

28 The Rumpus Room, South Bank
Rumpus Room at Mondrian London has had a complete refurbishment for 2017. Located on the 12th floor of the Thames-side hotel, the bar has an innovative new look, curated by designer Jacu Strauss (previously of Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio), that encompasses the hotel’s Transatlantic essence. Taking inspiration from 1920s glamour with splashes of hot pink and peacock blue, the inclusion of foliage set against the floor-to-ceiling windows mimics the heady summers in the Hamptons. Find your way to the rooftop bar via the neon signs and hall of mirrors, and enjoy an alfresco cocktail before retreating to the safety of the indoor restaurant – still boasting those killer views – for dinner. Open till 1am Tues-Weds and 2am Thurs-Sat.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; morganshotelgroup.com

London's best a;fresco terraces: The Rumpus Rooms

The Rumpus Rooms

29 The Lido Café, Herne Hill
The Lido Café in Brockwell Park is one of our favourite spots in south London when the sun is out. A good-sized terrace faces the swimmers and the park’s leafy trees beyond, transporting you away from London and into a more rural environment. Modern-British food is served all-day, making this a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill SE24 0PA; thelidocafe.co.uk

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The Lido Cafe

30 Craft London, Greenwich Peninsula
Stevie Parle opened the acclaimed Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove six years ago, added Rotorino in Hackney last year and now he has crossed the river, putting Greenwich Peninsula on the culinary map with his new café, restaurant and bar, Craft London. ‘It’s an amazing building and a wonderful space,’ he says. ‘I particularly love the light here and we have a fabulous view of the river and the O2 from the third floor bar. There are great new places in Peckham and Bermondsey and London Bridge and now we are putting Greenwich Peninsula on the map too,’ says Stevie.
Craft London, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk

31 The Sail Loft, Greenwich
Peaceful waterside dining is a pretty rare find in London, but you’ll find it at The Sail Loft in Greenwich. This new Fuller’s pub serves up a brilliant brunch, with the likes of black pudding hash with fried hen’s egg, plus roasted field mushroom, spinach, butternut squash and sourdough on the menu. If the weather turns, head indoors where you can still enjoy a view of the Thames from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
11 Victoria Parade Greenwich SE10 9FR; 020 8222 9310; sailloftgreenwich.co.uk

The Sail Loft is a lovely riverside pub

The Sail Loft is a lovely riverside pub

EAST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES

32 Roka, Canary Wharf
Roka Canary Wharf’s tasting menu is the stuff of dreams. As is the à la carte… try one of Roka’s legendary sushi and sashimi platters and hot dishes inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine. The black miso cod is divine and you simply must sample the wagyu nigiri, it’s to die for. The sake sommelier will make sure you have something suitable to wash it down with. The terrace is a fantastic spot to dine come summer, overlooking Canada Square Park, you take in the bright lights of London’s sleekest office towers while soaking up the sounds of the Canary Wharf Summer Concerts.
4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square E14 5FW; 020 7636 5228; rokarestaurant.com 

Roka, Canary Wharf, has a fabulously relaxed terrace

Roka, Canary Wharf, has a fabulously relaxed terrace

33 The Water Poet, Shoreditch
We’re not the only ones to think that The Water Poet’s beer garden is among the best in London, and with ivy-covered walls, weathered benches and a buzzing atmosphere it’s easy to see why. And we haven’t even mentioned the menu and drinks list yet! This quirky pub has something for everyone – just make sure you don’t get lost wandering through all their many rooms trying to find the deck.
9-11 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX; waterpoet.co.uk

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The Water Poet’s garden

34 Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch
The Boundary rooftop combines grape producing vines and wild herbs to create a rooftop garden space that is open all year thanks to the weatherproof pergola and open fire. In terms of eating, you can expect Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres, bar snacks and steaks off the grill. When the weather’s good there may be a wait on tables, and it doesn’t take bookings on small tables so either get together a group and plan ahead or expect to join the well-dressed queue of punters. The views over the roofs of Shoreditch are worth it, though.
2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7DD; theboundary.co.uk

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Boundary’s Rooftop

35 The Culpeper, Spitalfields
Having grown most of its own herbs and vegetables on the roof for some time now, Culpeper is no stranger to making the most of its urban environment. This summer its team will be opening their rooftop garden to the public and it is set to be a great spot. Already an excellent place for the list of natural wines and the menu offerings, such as pancetta with snails, wild garlic and Jerusalem artichokes, the fact that you will soon be able to eat and drink these things in a garden above the city only makes things better.
40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP; theculpeper.com

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36 Dishoom, Shoreditch
The ever popular Dishoom, modelled off an old Irani café in Bombay, has a great verandah area perfect for sunlight, reading a book off the shelves or working your way through the delicious menu.  The retractable walls and roof make this area a safe bet all year round and in any weather, but this place is popular so get in early – we suggest going for breakfast, the bacon naans are a favourite.
7 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE; dishoom.com

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The veranda at Dishoom, Shoreditch,

37 Angler, Moorgate
Michelin-starred restaurant Angler, in the South Place Hotel not only serves up some of the best seafood in London but also has a lovely, elegant outdoor terrace. Rattan chairs and green shrubs create a Provençal style in the middle of the city, so with a setting like that, it only seems right to crack into the rosé.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF; anglerrestaurant.com

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Angler

38 Coq d’Argent, Bank
One of the most infamous rooftops in the City, Coq d’Argent’s covered and heated terrace takes many guises throughout the year, from winter wonderland with fur rugs and mugs of steaming cider to sun trap, where icy cocktails cool wound-up workers.
No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk

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Coq d’Argent’s rooftop terrace

39 Dalston Roof Park, Dalston
Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’ with views of the London skyline, this multifaceted project will re-open on the 1 May. Membership for the season is £5, which grants you unlimited entry into the Roof Park’s events – film screenings, music, street food and more. Its Facebook page will keep you up to date with what it’s got planned.
The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL; bootstrapcompany.co.uk

Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Roof Park

40 Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace, Canary Wharf
Boisdale of Canary Wharf has transformed its popular outdoor space into a 130-metre Jamaica Garden Terrace. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Grace Foods, the Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace is reminiscent of the rain-forest fringed shores of the famous parish of Portland, Jamaica, with lush tropical plants and cascading palm trees. Imbibe the Jamaican rum punch specially created for the occasion by Boisdale mixologists and indulge in a range of fruit juices provided by Grace Kennedy Foods, with the kick courtesy of Appleton Rum. The Jamaica Garden Terrace will also be home to a rich, tasty selection of meats from the Jamaican Jerk BBQ grill including pork, chicken and specials such as lobster and shrimp. Open till the end of August.
Cabot Place, Canary Wharf E14 4QT; boisdale.co.uk

Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace, Canary Wharf

Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace, Canary Wharf

41 The Tea Merchant, Canary Wharf
After a major refurbishment, The Tea Merchant opened a few months ago, quickly establishing itself as a place to enjoy great fresh food, cask ales, wines, eclectic beers and spirits, and simply unwind. The Tea Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf’s tranquil dockside terraces with 90 alfresco covers and heated parasols, all overlooking the North Quay. It’s a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf.
25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Canary Wharf E14 4DH; teamerchantcanarywharf.co.uk 

The Tea Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf's tranquil dockside terraces

The Tea Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf’s tranquil dockside terraces

NORTH LONDON’s TOP TERRACES

42 SkyLounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
SkyLounge, situated atop of the DoubleTree by Hilton London – Tower of London, has both indoor and terrace seating with views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks like The Gherkin, Tower of London and The Shard from the 12th floor. Order innovative dishes and signature cocktails while the DJ sets the mood.
7 Pepys Street EC3N 4AF; doubletree3.hilton.com

SkyLounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London

SkyLounge at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London

43 SushiSamba, The City
One of the coolest restaurants in town, SushiSamba offers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, it has one of the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the City. The indoor-outdoor elements featured throughout the space, most notably, the designed structural orange tree on the west terrace.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com

SUSHISAMBA's outdoor terrace

SUSHISAMBA’s outdoor terrace

44 Proud, Camden
Boasting an impressive list of past performers, including Jessie J, Calvin Harris and The Kooks to name a few, Proud in Camden is something of an icon. Last year, it launched the Secret Garden Bar, and this year, after a huge £300,000 investment, the rooftop garden has been transformed with full decking, wooden pergolas with flower garlands, a landscaped rockery and a striking water feature to evoke the quaintness of an English country garden. While away a hazy afternoon with some of the best acoustic live sets in London, cooling cocktails and 100% Sussex beef burgers courtesy of the Burger Bear pop-up.
 The Horse Hospital, The Stables Market, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; proudcamden.com 

Proud Camden's new rooftop garden is open now!

Proud Camden’s new rooftop garden is open now!

45 The Castle, Islington
This gastro-pub offers a great menu and drinks list to be enjoyed on its spacious rooft terrace – an excellent place to catch some rays on a sunny day in the centre of busy Islington. The specials menu changes daily and it has a pub quiz on Tuesdays, which is only £1 entry.
 54 Pentonville Road, Islington N1 9HF; geronimo-inns.co.uk

The Castle, Islington

The Castle, Islington

46 The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
This Clerkenwell staple has something for just about any time of the day – a healthy breakfast, a decadent brunch, lunch with friends, afternoon tea, dinner, or a bite to eat after the theatre. The outdoor area seats 32 people and is a great place to watch the world go by.
47-48 Saint John’s Square, Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ; themodernpantry.co.uk

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47 Big Chill House, King’s Cross
Kitsch and colourful furniture decks out this rooftop bar, which claims to bring a taste of Shoreditch to King’s Cross. Atop a Victorian pub with a quirky interior, this rooftop bar is an excellent place for an elevated drink. The menu ranges from craft beer, cider and wine to cocktails like the Big Tea Party – Absolut, Beefeater, El Jimador, Appleton white, Triple sec, apple juice, lemon juice, bitters and blackcurrant jam. It does food, too, and brunch for the morning after.
257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross N1 9NL; wearebigchill.com

Big Chill House, King's Cross

Big Chill House, King’s Cross



 

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