Lead image: Pergola Paddington
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 58 of the best rooftop bars and terraces for outdoor grazing and cocktails
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. Orrery’s rooftop terrace is a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy street below. Elegantly lined with delicate lavender and olive trees, be transported to Southern France whilst enjoying a drink and light meal in the sunshine or under the stars! 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.
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. The rooftop hosts a different residency each season but without a doubt you will find plenty of alfresco spots for a post-work drink or dinner. Last summer The Gardening Society played host to The Elephant, a Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant where we enjoyed casual fine dining and the exquisite flavours of the English coast. We are eagerly awaiting to see what is coming to The Gardening Society this summer.
300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com
3 Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Dalloway Terrace has been transformed once again this spring with a bee-inspired interior to highlight the importance of bees. The terrace has been reimagined by master florist Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, and is adorned with an abundance of wild English flowers creating a kaleidoscope of colour, with oversized bees laced within the blossom. A new Honey Bee-themed afternoon tea is available alongside a new seasonal menu by Executive Head Chef Byron Moussouris. Try the aptly named Bee’s Knees cocktail, with Hayman’s Gin, Fresh Pressed Lemon and London Honey (£12, with £2 being donated to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust).
16-22 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury 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 aqua nueva, Soho
Last summer Contemporary Spanish restaurant aqua nueva transported us to the Balearic Islands as Ibiza’s hippy sister, Formentera, came to London. In partnership with Cîroc Vodka, aqua nueva’s Formentera Terrace brought the island’s relaxed vibe to its Regent Street rooftop for the summer season. Architect Mehrnoosh Khadivi designed an oasis overlooking London’s urban jungle, channelling the chilled out atmosphere with greenery and floral displays against the sandy tones of rattan screens and colourful planters. We are anticipating this summer to be just as exciting.
5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) W1B 3BR; aquanueva.co.uk
6 The Terrace at Oxo, South Bank
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 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 SE1 2AA; theivytowerbridge.com
8 Rosewood London, Holborn
The Terrace at Rosewood London enables you to savour unique food and drink offerings reflecting the flavours and ingredients of each British season in a luxurious garden setting. Dine al fresco with seasonal brunch and dinner menus, created by Executive Head Chef, Calum Franklin. Enjoy brunch favourites, including Chai spiced French toast and the signature Shrimp Burger, or simply start your evening with The Terrace Sharing Platter and a chilled glass of Champagne. Choose from a menu of fine wines, craft beers and new gin cocktails from London’s largest Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room. With over 500 gins available and 27 different tonics, it’s the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the British weather with a classic G&T.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
9 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 without stopping in. Boulestin’s enchanting hidden courtyard is lit by original Victorian gas lamps, for a special outside dining experience, away from the hustle and bustle of St James’s. 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
10 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; terracegrillandbar.com
11 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; somersethouse.org.uk
12 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, rollerbladers 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
13 The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Belgravia
The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is set to open to early May. Last year, the alfresco restaurant and bar is partnered with Bombay Sapphire to offer a ‘ginspired’ selection of cocktails in a botanical setting. Planting for The Terrace garden took 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). We cannot wait to see what this terrace has in store this year.
21 Lowndes Street, Belgravia SW1X 9ES; lowndesdining.co.uk
14 alto by San Carlo at Selfridges
Last year it was Il Tetto Restaurant & Bar at Selfridges’ Roof Deck, and this year it’ll be alto by San Carlo, bringing their world-renowned Italian style to the roof. The eagerly anticipated alto by San Carlo will offer a day-to-night menu of seasonal Italian dishes made using only the finest ingredients. Expect spectacular seafood and an expertly curated wine list in a stunning Italian garden setting. Alfresco dining and bar also available on the terrace. Enter via the express lift in Fragrance on G.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
15 Devonshire Terrace, the City
Devonshire Terrace is an expansive, chic terrace with a glass atrium roof for weather-proof mock-alfresco dining and drinking. Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station, this Drake & Morgan pub has had a makeover just in time for spring. The courtyard terrace is dressed with tonal textiles, tropical foliage and signature Drake & Morgan soft furnishings, while inside it’s fresh and modern with soft moss, fir and olive greens set against a neutral palette of leather, marble and timber. Be one of the first to experience the new look and menu at special soft launch prices; from 9-13 April, get 50% off food and drink, then from 16-20 April, get 25% off food and drink (valid on reservations only, email email@example.com to book).
Devonshire Square EC2M 4WY; devonshireterrace.co.uk
16 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
17 Greyhound Café, Fitzrovia
On 12 April, Greyhound Café, will launch their outdoor terrace just in time to celebrate Thai New Year. Greyhound’s expansive terrace will be transformed with swathes of traditional yellow Thai marigolds and technicolour bunting. To celebrate the New Year and the peak of Thailand’s hot season, street parties spring up across Thailand, with revelers dousing one another in water to bring good fortune. Greyhound will be bringing the custom to London with a splash, celebrating with a week of non-stop revelry complete with specially created sharing dishes, festival cocktail buckets, and even a water pistol or two. The Water Festival will take place from 12th-19th April, with the special menu available until 29 April.
37 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NB; greyhoundcafe.uk
18 Vijay’s Bar & Lounge Lokhandwala
With atmospheric dark walls, rich fabrics and opulent detail, Vijay’s Lounge & Bar provides a haven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets below. This cosy, by reservation only bar, leads on to a hidden outdoor terrace, an ideal spot for alfresco drinking in the warm summer months ahead. With Colonial-themed décor dine on Indian tapas and cocktails framed by an eye-catching bronze chandelier, while details such as oil paintings and a striking silver elephant, nod towards the venue’s Indian culture.
93 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury W1T 4PY; lokhandwala.co.uk
19 The Jones Family Kitchen, Belgravia
Born in Shoreditch, the Jones Family Project has spread their wings with their latest venture in Belgravia. The new sister venue, the Jones Family Kitchen, opens in Eccelston Yards, this May. Anticipating the British spring, the Jones Family Kitchen spills out into the courtyard onto a roomy terrace, becoming an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the streets nearby and the perfect place to explore their fabulous steaks and list of classic and experimental cocktails. Keep an eye on their Twitter for updates.
7-8 Eccleston Yards, 21 Belgravia SW1W 9NF; jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk
20 Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment, the City
There’s a new luxury hotel opening in June on the Albert Embankment, Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment. But what we are excited about is the Rooftop Terrace, with open fires, soft blue and copper hues and a show-stopping bar as the centrepiece. Located on the 14th floor, enjoy alfresco dining with an exciting International food concept alongside inspiring panoramic views of the River Thames.
10-11 Albert Embankment SE1 7TP; ihg.com
21 Brigadiers, the City
Brigadiers, an Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern, is opening at Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London in May 2018. Inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise, Brigadiers will feature a collection of rooms, each with their own unique identity and experience, including a terrace. Enjoy a monthly changing list of 10 beers on tap, showcasing a range of styles from across the globe and bar bites with a twist such as chaat masala pork scratchings with smoked roe & fennel raita.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, the City EC4N 8AR; brigadierslondon.com
22 Tibits, Mayfair
Tibits, one of London’s original vegetarian and vegan restaurant groups, is launching their new seasonal spring menu. Enjoy their new menu packed full of locally grown, fresh produce on the sun terrace at the Mayfair location. The new menu ranges from light lunch bites to hearty, flavourful dinner options, with dishes including the Onde al Limone with asparagus and Raw Vegetable Pad Thai. The drinks offering has also been expanded for spring, with the introduction of the totally vegan Prosecco, meaning everyone can now enjoy the staple Italian fizz.
12-14 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4DA; tibits.ch
WEST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
23 Pergola Paddington
Pergola Paddington returns as a sunny summery paradise – a secret hideaway in the heart of West London’s busiest business district. Adorned with heavy green foliage, set against the backdrop of Paddington’s urban surrounds, the two floors of this vibrant space will be carefully curated for summer, creating a botanical alfresco dining destination like no other. Open Wednesday to Sunday until there will be no excuse not to soak up Pergola Paddington’s relaxed festival feel. Lounge around on one of their giant day beds, sip on bespoke cocktails or eat from one of the best independent eateries. This summer, the food line-up will see the return of burger legends Patty & Bun and Mexican fast food specialists DF Mexico, as well as new additions including shredded duck restaurant Canard and Vietnamese barbecue masters MAM. Open from 26 April 2018 until 1 October.
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY; pergolalondon.com
24 The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
Since The Ivy Chelsea opened it has become a firm sunny favourite. 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
25 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.
117-119 Old Brompton Road SW7 3RN; yashinocean.com
26 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. Enjoy the courtyard with friends and let the lovely weather provide the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking.
197 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR; no197chiswickfirestation.com
27 The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden at Paddington Central
The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden launched at Paddington Central on 21 March – otherwise known as World Planting Day. The project has converted the Paddington Pioneer docked on Grand Union Canal into a floating floral oasis adorned in wildflowers and grasses, offering a series of green-fingered pop-ups, workshops and talks in conjunction with local horticultural specialists, Clifton Nurseries. Then, at night, it becomes The Neon Garden, with an ultra-modern frameless ‘glasshouse’, akin to a greenhouse, complete with Philippe Starck furniture. The super Instagrammable Floating Meadow and Neon Garden are open until the end of April.
SOUTH LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
28 The BBQ Club at Southbank Centre
After a jam-packed, sell-out season at The Lodge, the capital’s favourite pop-up creator, Jimmy Garcia, is taking The BBQ Club to London’s Southbank Centre, bigger and better than ever! The split-level, riverside summer eatery features a walk-up BBQ Bar showcasing mouth-watering dishes straight from the grill and the BBQ Club rooftop restaurant. The upstairs BBQ Club interactive six-course tasting menu will include dishes like Char Ma Lass, with miso-glazed charred baby aubergines, pomegranate molasses and yoghurt. The walk-up BBQ Bar will be serving fresh and speedy dishes such as a delectable monkfish burger with tarragon mayonnaise and dill pickled cucumber. Fancy something to wash it all down with? Enjoy the bar situated stunningly at the river’s edge, serving a dazzling selection of G&Ts, beers and ciders, so even those that aren’t dining can still enjoy watching the light fade over the London skyline with a drink in hand.
78 Waterloo Bridge SE1 9PX; thebbqclub.com
29 Frank’s Cafe, Peckham
Frank’s Café is the hottest spot south of the river come summer. Coming back for Summer 2018, its 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. The whole of Shoreditch tends to descend on this place so the bar queue is usually huge.
Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; frankscafe.org.uk
30 Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers
Sea Containers restaurant at Mondrian London is opening its Midsummer Terrace, in collaboration with Champagne Laurent-Perrier, on 2 May. Popping-up for the duration of the summer, the floral terrace, adorned with soft pink wildflowers and dusky pink furnishings, will be wrapped around the Thames-side restaurant, with views of the river and St Pauls. Alongside the relaxed drinking and dining area, the terrace will also host a separate Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar, celebrating 50 years of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé with a menu themed around the iconic rosé Champagne, featuring a variety of fresh seafood dishes such as Strawberry and Champagne Cured Seabass. In the evening, the terrace will be illuminated with candles and heated lamps, with Laurent-Perrier throws to keep you warm. Open till late September for lunch and dinner. The Champagne Bar will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; seacontainersrestaurant.com
31 Street Feast at Hawker House, Canada Water
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 in Canada Water and the Giant Robot at Canary Wharf. 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 for those in striking distance of Canada Water station on the Overground or Jubilee.
Canada Street, Canada Water SE16 7PJ; streetfeast.com
32 Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton has shed its winter roof ready for the summer season. South London’s go-to alfresco drinking and dining destination has an ever-growing selection of street food vendors and bars serving everything from gyoza to jerk chicken, the venue is perfect to while away the summertime. Look out for special events, from yoga brunches to vintage kilo sales, film clubs, family discos and big music nights.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
33 Rivington Botanical Gin Garden, Greenwich
With a burst of colour, fragrance and greenery, Rivington Greenwich is playing host to a botanical gin garden in collaboration with Beefeater London Dry Gin. The garden is covered by a beautiful fruit tree canopy and filled with hanging vines, warm lighting and freestanding orange and lemon trees. With heaters and rugs on hand to keep you warm, the Botanical Gin Garden is their answer still chilly weather. The Gin Garden cocktail menu will be available to order in the restaurant and garden until the end of April, when it’ll be transformed once again for the summer season.
178 Greenwich High Road SE10 8NN; rivingtongreenwich.co.uk
34 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; rumpusroomlondon.com
35 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
36 Craft London, Greenwich Peninsula
Craft London is a New British restaurant, café, and cocktail bar by Stevie Parle, of Dock Kitchen, and Rotorino. Enjoy the 360-degree view from the lovely terrace at the bar and even better drinks. Like the restaurant and café, the cocktails are created using seasonal ingredients. The interior is crammed with the best of Britain from Scottish tweed, British limestone and London designed furniture and lighting.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk
37 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 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; sailloftgreenwich.co.uk
38 Cinnamon Kitchen, Battersea
Cinnamon Kitchen is bringing fire and spice to Battersea Power Station with minimalist industrial décor and a large outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Thames. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian dishes, many unique to Battersea, like the Clove smoked Lamb Rump with Fennel and nutmeg sauce. Enjoy imaginative cocktails by award-winning mixologist Tony Conigliaro like The Coconut Kir and Assam Manhattan, and bar bites inspired by the dishes found on the Mumbai Jaipur Pink City Express train route.
Circus West Village, 2 Arches Lane SW11 8AB; cinnamon-kitchen.com
39 No 29 Power Station West, Battersea
Go explore Battersea’s new neighbourhood at Circus West Village, by the iconic Battersea Power Station. And while you’re there, be sure to make a stop at No 29 Power Station West, part of the neighbourhood bar group, Darwin & Wallace. The riverside terrace is sporting a new pergola, decorated delicately with the green buds of spring. Dine on seasonal, locally sourced food, craft beers including Five Points Pale and cocktails including house favourites Pear Bellini and Passionfruit Caipirinha. Breakfast and brunch favourites include sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado and crispy bacon, or ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit. If the weather’s really playing ball, then there’s only one way to arrive – by boat. The new Battersea Power Station River Bus Pier puts the venue within 15 minutes of Embankment Pier on the Thames Clipper.
29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station SW8 4NN; no29powerstationwest.co.uk
EAST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
40 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; rokarestaurant.com
41 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 E1 6BX; waterpoet.co.uk
42 Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Wapping
Skylight at Tobacco Dock will be kicking off another spectacular sun-filled season on 3rd May 2018. Skylight became one of London’s most popular and imaginative rooftop destinations after its smashing launch in 2017 and is now a firm fixture on any summer hotlist. This year sees the return of Skylight’s urban lawn club setting and with it, a whole host of new additions, improvements and surprises. Soaring above London’s most unique event venue, Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, croquet, pétanque, screens, DJs and an unrivalled view of London’s iconic skyline. Whether battling it out on the croquet lawn, cheering on a World Cup game or Wimbledon match on the big screen, chilling with a post-work spritz or soaking up a no-filter sunset, Skylight has a summer experience for everyone. Thu-Fri 5pm–11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm–11pm.
Wapping Lane, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
43 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, Shoreditch E2 7DD; theboundary.co.uk
44 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 E1 6LP; theculpeper.com
45 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 E2 7JE; dishoom.com
46 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 EC2M 2AF; anglerrestaurant.com
47 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 EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk
48 Dalston Roof Park
Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’ with views of the London skyline, we are excited for its re-opening this summer. 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 E8 3DL; bootstrapcompany.co.uk
49 Boisdale Garden Terrace, Canary Wharf
Last summer, Boisdale of Canary Wharf 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 was decked out as rain-forest fringed shores of the famous parish of Portland, Jamaica, with lush tropical plants and cascading palm trees. Imbibe the Jamaican rum punch was specially created for the occasion by Boisdale. The Jamaica Garden Terrace was also home to a rich, tasty selection of meats from the Jamaican Jerk BBQ grill including pork, chicken and specials such as lobster and shrimp. We are eager to see what this summer will bring for Boisdale of Canary Wharf.
Cabot Place, Canary Wharf E14 4QT; boisdale.co.uk
50 The Merchant, Canary Wharf
The Merchant has established itself as a place to enjoy great fresh food, cask ales, wines, eclectic beers and spirits, and simply unwind. The 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
51 Pitch, Stratford
Stratford is cool now. The Olympics have packed up and moved on, the sporting legacy is questionable, but the canals and outdoor spaces speak for themselves. Pitch on Bridge Terrace off Stratford High Street has just opened ready for the Easter weekend, offering some of London’s best street food (gourmet hot dogs, souvlaki, Venezuelan food, vegan dishes), colourful, design-led (and weather-proofed!) spaces to hang out in, a craft-focused bar, Sunday DJ brunches, plus a schedule of activities and events from themed outdoor film screenings to evening classes and party nights. It’ll be a great spot to watch the World Cup, too. Open from Fri-Sun in April, Thu-Sun in May and every day in June and July. Open till autumn.
2 Bridge Terrace, Stratford E15 3FF; pitchstratford.com
52 The Duke of Richmond, Hackney
This summer Tom Oldroyd is opening The Duke of Richmond a restaurant and pub. The pub will open seven days a week, with reservations taken for the dining room. Both the pub and dining room menus will have a strong French accent, whilst using the very best of seasonal British produce. With outdoor seating on the terrace, this is sure to be the ideal East London summer drinking spot.
316 Queensbridge Road E8 3NH; thedukeofrichmond.com
53 Savage Garden at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
Savage Garden is a new dramatic sky-high destination bar opening in the City in June. Sitting 12 storeys above the city below, the all-day bar and cocktail lounge, located atop the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London, boasts 360-degree views over the City of London, taking in The Shard, Tower of London, The Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral. Inside, the interiors are brutal yet sultry with savaged surfaces contrasting with plush velvet finishes. Outside, a large all-weather north-facing terrace is set-up for all seasons, from lunching alfresco and sundowner cocktails in the summer to hot toddies and fireworks come autumn, courtesy of Savage Garden’s retractable roof. A second south gin terrace is the perfect place to while away warmer days. Hard liquor meets savage tinctures in captivating cocktails, as well as a menu of small plates for lunch and dinner.
7 Pepys Street EC3N 4AF; doubletree3.hilton.com
NORTH LONDON’s TOP TERRACES
54 Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
Granary Square Brasserie redefines all-day dining for residents and visitors alike, as a place to meet, hang out, eat and drink, any time of the day. The terrace takes in views across Regent’s Canal and Granary Square’s floor-level fountains. Enjoy the new spring cocktail menu with creations such as Platform 9 ¾, a colour-changing cocktail influenced by the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the Summer holiday-inspired Kentish Belle, served with a raspberry and tarragon ice cream cone.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4AB; granarysquarebrasserie.com
55 The Lord Palmerston, Tufnell Park
After an extensive renovation, The Lord Palmerston re-opens its doors; with a new look that combines the historic beauty of the pub with fresh and contemporary features. This neighbourhood favourite celebrates the best things in life: hearty British fare and London’s finest craft beer, all enjoyed in a relaxing environment. The traditional pub has been given a new lease of life with an all-weather terrace complete with finer, cosy features. This is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining or relaxed afternoon drinks.
33 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park NW5 1HU; thelordpalmerston.co.uk
56 The Castle, Islington
This gastro-pub at the top of Pentonville Road offers a great menu and drinks list to be enjoyed on its spacious roof terrace – possibly the finest roof terrace in all of Angel. A relaxing retreat in trendy, bustling Islington, The Castle is great come rain or shine, with comfy sofas indoors, real ales, great beers, a good wine list (chosen by their master of wine, no less). There’s sport on the tele, a daily changing specials menu and a pub quiz on Tuesdays, which is only £2 entry.
54 Pentonville Road, Islington N1 9HF; geronimo-inns.co.uk
57 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 Modern Pantry’s alfresco terrace in St John’s Square seats 32 people and is a great place to watch the world go by. There’s also a small bar serving an eclectic selection of wines and unusual cocktails to accompany your food.
47-48 Saint John’s Square, Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ; themodernpantry.co.uk
58 Big Chill, 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; bigchillbar.com