With outdoor dining set to be hotter than ever this year (thanks, Covid), it’s time to elevate your alfresco experience at one of London’s more opulent offerings, from top hotels to Michelin-starred restaurants
Lead image: The Garden Terrace at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Photography: All photography has been provided by the venue
1 The Dorchester Rooftop, Mayfair
The Dorchester has launched its first ever alfresco rooftop. Opening on 12 April, just in time to celebrate the hotel’s 90th year on 20 April, the exclusive alfresco space makes the most of the longer days and sunsets across Hyde Park with culinary pop-ups overseen by executive chef Mario Perera and featuring The Dorchester’s talented chefs. From 12-25 April, The Grill at The Dorchester’s Tom Booton presents his land, sea and garden concept. Then, from 26 April-9 May, Jean-Philippe Blondet, executive chef of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, brings relaxed Parisian chic to the rooftop. Terrace umbrellas, heaters and blankets will be available. Reservations only. Minimum spend of £60pp. The Dorchester also has two private garden globes in its Spring Garden (booking required) and The Dorchester Terrace & Garden on the forecourt (walk-ins only).
53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA; dorchestercollection.com
2 Dinner on the Terrace by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, welcomes guests to Dinner on the Terrace by Heston Blumenthal from 12 April. The perfect spot to dine out post-lock down, you can enjoy unparalleled views of Hyde Park in bloom as you tuck into Dinner’s creative à la carte menu for lunch and dinner daily from 12pm-7pm. Blumenthal retains his Michelin magic at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal with two stars in the 2021 Michelin Guide. For those looking to stay a little longer, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering a Travel Again package with 20% off Best Available Rate until 31 December 2021 (prices from £520 per room per night).
66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA; dinnerbyheston.co.uk
3 Kerridge’s Garden Grill, Westminster
Kerridge’s Garden Grill, a temporary 46-cover terrace, arrives at Corinthia London on 12 April. Running until 16 May, the 46-cover terrace, located on a mezzanine level directly above The Garden (where André Garrett’s Mediterranean-inspired menu will be available daily), Kerridge’s Garden Grill will serve up seasonal dishes like grilled whole lobster, Cornish day boat turbot and a beef burger with Oglesheild cheese and pulled pork. The menu, by head chef Nick Beardshaw, will all be cooked on an open grill. You’ll also be able to choose from Laurent-Perrier Brut, Rosé and Grand Siècle by the glass, alongside a Marlow craft lager. ‘I love this new space,’ says Tom Kerridge, ‘it’s a bit of a secret garden, and Nick and I want it to feel like a fun barbecue with friends.’ Open daily from 12pm-9pm. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7321 3244.
10 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster WC2N 5AE; kerridgesbarandgrill.co.uk
The Berkeley is embracing that great British summer feel with new, rainbow-coloured beach huts inspired by iconic foodie seafronts like Whitstable, Southwold and Padstow. The five huts will sit proudly centre stage, while counter top and terrace dining offer extra seats for diners to feast on seaside fare and joyful retro classics. Enjoy platters of seafood abundant with dressed crab, lobster, king prawns, mussels and clams, as well as the likes of freshly shucked oysters, 5-star fish and chips and grilled sea trout, sea bass and lobster with fries. A breakfast menu will feature a ‘seaside benedict’, while lunch offers up plaice butties and brioche lobster rolls. Open daily 7.30am-10.30am from 12 April. To book email email@example.com or call 020 7107 8833.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL; the-berkeley.co.uk
5 The Mandrake Cabanas, Fitzrovia
The Mandrake Cabanas, which launched last year, are exclusive drinking and dining spaces set on the Fitzrovia hotel’s hidden terrace. There are 10 private cabanas complete with a TV screen to stream the hotel’s wellness workshops or artistic programmes, or your own choice of music or entertainment. There is table service for drinking and dining, with a menu of South American-inspired dishes from YOPO – the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant – and cocktails from Waeska bar. Reopening on 19 May. Available to book from midday until 10.30pm. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3146 7770.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1PG; themandrake.com
6 The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London, Holborn
The Macallan Manor House is Rosewood London’s seasonal immersive terrace. Located in the hotel’s iconic courtyard, the terrace, inspired by the Scottish Highlands and The Macallan Estate, has been transformed into a luxury riverside boathouse for summer. The courtyard terrace walls have been removed to let the sunshine flood in, and willows and flowers tumble down from the ceiling. The menu is curated by Holborn Dining Room’s Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin with everything from grazing dishes to rare-breed sirloin. The Rosewood London’s terrace will be open for six months.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
7 The Forecourt at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Mayfair
The Forecourt at Grosvenor House is getting a post-lockdown makeover in partnership with Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine. From 12 April the Park Lane hotspot will be transformed into a British courtyard decked out for dining and adorned with green lawns and fresh flowers boxes. Diners can enjoy a seasonal menu featuring combined classics from the hotel’s JW Steakhouse and Park Room restaurants, including Creekstone steak, seafood platters, salads, light pasta and flatbreads to share. Open daily 12pm-10pm until early September. Bookings subject to availability.
Park Street, Mayfair W1K 7TN; marriott.co.uk
8 On The Terrace at Four Seasons London Park Lane
On The Terrace, at one of London’s hottest addresses, provides the ideal backdrop for a leisurely afternoon or relaxed evening spent indulging in hearty modern dishes using the finest local ingredients. Enjoy seasonal dishes from executive chef Henry Brosi’s new all-day dining menu, including olive oil poached salmon with hummus, pepper, caper salsa and pepper confit, and 32-day aged rib eye with ravioli and wild mushrooms. Innovative cocktails by Bar Manager Ivan Arena are also on offer. Open daily until 11.30pm (due to reopen on 17 May).
Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7DR; fourseasons.com
9 The Terrace at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square are teaming up for this new summer dining spot in Mayfair. The Terrace is an alfresco dining extension of Lucky Cat and Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill. Diners can enjoy both modern Asian cuisine and New York-inspired classics in the elegant surroundings of Grosvenor Square, from signature bao buns to freshly shucked oysters and rare-breed steaks. Launching 14 April and running till 9 May. Open 12pm-8.45pm, Weds-Sun. Booking essential (book via gordonramsayrestaurants.com)
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6JP; marriott.co.uk
10 Scott’s, Mayfair
Scott’s, the famed celebrity haunt in Mayfair, has a chic little street-side terrace that’s the perfect place to see and be seen. Tucked under the Scott’s awning, which is often draped in wisteria or season’s on-point floral, you can take in the comings and goings of Mayfair’s elite, tripping in and out neighbouring stores like Louboutin, Celine and Balenciaga. Be sure to order the lobster and something sparkling. Reopening on 12 April with indoor dining from 17 May.
20 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2HE; scotts-restaurant.com
11 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 suntrap rooftop terrace is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy street below. The south-facing terrace, lined with delicate lavender and olive trees, is a lovely spot for lunch, dinner or a cocktail. Orrery has a Michelin Plate, but not a Michelin star, which is almost criminal in our books. Terrace reopening on 12 April.
55 Marylebone High Street W1U 5RB; orrery-restaurant.co.uk
12 Roka, Canary Wharf
Roka Canary Wharf has a lovely terrace overlooking Canada Square Park, which, in a normal summer, bursts into life with pop-ups and alfresco performances. The terrace reopens from 12 April, serving 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, all while taking in the bright lights of London’s sleekest office towers.
4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square E14 5FW; rokarestaurant.com
13 Angler Rooftop Terrace at South Place Hotel, Moorgate
Michelin-starred restaurant Angler, located at South Place Hotel, not only serves up some of the best seafood in London but also has a lovely, elegant outdoor terrace on the 7th floor. The Angler terrace reopens from 14 April, while indoor dining reopens from 17 May. South Place Hotel has a Secret Garden, a floral suntrap with waterfalls, palm trees and creeping vines, which reopens from 14 April, and there’s also the alfresco terrace at South Place Chop House.
3 South Place, Moorgate EC2M 2AF; southplacehotel.com / anglerrestaurant.com
Julie’s Restaurant in Holland Park, a London legend since 1969, reopened post Lockdown 1 with a leafy new alfresco terrace and revamped menus, including a new breakfast menu making this a fab all day-dining spot. Chef Patron Shay Cooper, previously awarded a Michelin star at his last two establishments (one of which was The Goring), does a sea bream ceviche that’s to die for. Terrace reopening from 12 April. Restaurant reopening fully from 17 May.
15 The Churchill Bar & Terrace, Marylebone
Churchill Bar’s award-winning alfresco terrace at Hyatt Regency London has some wonderful seasonal makeovers – fresh and verdant in the warmer months, and transformed with faux fur rugs and blankets come winter. The menu features cocktails and dishes that Sir Winston Churchill would certainly approve of – everything from gourmet burgers to indulgent brunches. The terrace reopens on 12 April.
Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 7BH; thechurchillbar.co.uk
16 Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, Marylebone
Located within one of the chicest new hotels around, the Nobu Bar and Terrace at Nobu Hotel London Portman Square offers leisurely alfresco dining while soaking up the vibrant energy of London’s Marylebone neighbourhood. Impressive cocktails with a local twist will be served alongside a refined menu of Nobu classics including seafood ceviche, Yellowtail jalapeño and everyone’s favourite, black miso cod. Opening on 12 April.
22 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 7BG; london-portman.nobuhotels.com
17 The Wellesley, Knightsbridge
The Wellesley’s private alfresco Cigar Terraces are an exceptional place to enjoy a fine cigar in London. Sitting on either side of the hotel’s entrance, the terraces have plush leather chairs, open fireplaces and a cleverly designed bespoke sculptural glass screen that offers privacy and respite from the bustling city. The Wellesley is home to Europe’s largest collection of cigars, valued at over £1.5million, each selected by an in-house cigar connoisseur. There’s also an expert bar team on hand to guide guests through a spectacular selection of rare whiskies, cognacs and Armagnacs.
11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7LY; marriott.co.uk/the-wellesley
18 Smith & Whistle at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly
The terrace at Smith & Whistle, located across from Green Park on Piccadilly, serves British classics with a contemporary twist. Launching on 17 May, you’ll be able to make the most of the afternoon sun and sample favourites including British mezze sharing plates, crispy battered cod and chips and a dry-aged beef burger. All dishes can be served with fine English wines, expertly crafted cocktails and draught and bottled beers sourced from British artisan brewers. Smith & Whistle also offers London’s first permanent list of ‘Dogtails’, designed to quench the thirst of pooches that have been on parade in Green Park! Open from 12pm-11pm daily.
Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 7BX; smithandwhistle.com
19 The Cadogan, Chelsea
The Bar & Terrace at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel in Chelsea, is a compact, chic spot with views over the verdant Cadogan Place Gardens. The menu features an array of traditional British bites with chef Adam Handling’s signature twist. Enjoy the likes of signature cheese donuts, zero-waste croquettes or a Highland Wagyu cheeseburger, accompanied by classic cocktails that nod to the hotel’s infamous past residents, such as writer Oscar Wilde and socialite Lillie Langtry. You can also opt for an alfresco afternoon tea, curated by Handling to evoke childhood memories with tomato jam on onion bread and lemon drizzle cake.
20 Solas at The Savoy, Strand
For the first time in The Savoy’s history, Savoy Court will be transformed into an exclusive short-season pop-up. Solas – Gaelic for light, joy and comfort – is a glamorous new outdoor dining concept just off the Strand, marking a new collaboration between The Savoy and Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The menu comprises superlative cocktails and dishes from a spectacular raw seafood bar, including oysters served in a Bowmore oyster luge and Blue Shrimp ceviche. The venue itself will feature an impressive five-metre-wide installation inspired by The Savoy’s 62 chandeliers and the black rocks of the Scottish coastline where Bowmore is crafted. Open seven days a week from 21 April-21 June 2021.
Strand WC2R 0EZ. Book via opentable.co.uk
21 Home House, Marylebone
Marylebone private members’ club Home House has an impressive garden space that offers a quiet oasis off Portman Square for a leisurely business breakfast, an afternoon rendezvous or dinner with friends. An extravagant Raj Tent in the centre of the garden offers warmth and comfort during those frostier April days, where guests can enjoy a quintessentially British garden menu or gourmet barbecue. Home House members can reserve their favourite table, while non-members can enjoy the garden when booking an overnight stay in one of the 23 bedrooms or suites. Home House, located across three Georgian town houses at 19, 20 and 21 Portman Square, also boasts two restaurants, five bars, opulent party and dining rooms, two outdoor balconies, and a boutique gym and spa.
20 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 6LW; homehouse.co.uk
22 Chameleon, Marylebone
Chameleon, a new restaurant and multi-experiential space set in one of London’s most dramatic venues – the Grade I listed One Marylebone – opens on 23 April. As well as fitness and wellness studios, a gallery space, a church hosting multi-sensory events, a flower market and a private space for ‘friends of the house’, the impressive venue will also offer alfresco dining in The Garden, where you can enjoy a Tel Avivian sharing-style menu. From 21 May, you can also dine in one of nine individually styled Greenhouses. To start, Chameleon will be open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday and brunch on the weekends, including a dog-friendly Meze Brunch.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; chameleon.london
23 The Wigmore Summer Terrace & Garden at The Langham, London
The Wigmore, the popular British tavern on Regent Street, has opened a beautiful Summer Terrace & Garden connected with The Langham’s courtyard to form one large dining space. The space has been transformed into the ultimate city garden with a newly erected pergola adorned with climbing vines and hanging baskets, and an outdoor bar area serves Hendricks G&Ts and cold beers on tap. Should the British weather take a turn for the worst, there are heat lamps and covered areas to escape the rain. The food includes well-loved classics as well some new specials overseen by Michel Roux Jr, including Wigmore favourites such as the XXL Stovetop three cheese toastie and the masala spiced scotch egg with dahl relish, as well as the new buttered lobster roll. Reservations and walk-ins welcome. Open until 12 September.
15 Langham Place, Regent Street W1B 3DE; the-wigmore.co.uk
24 The Garden Room at The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough is an indoor/outdoor covered terrace surrounded by lush greenery and open all year round with a fireplace, heaters and blankets to stave off the chill when the temperature drops. The hidden oasis, tucked away from the bustle of Hyde Park Corner, serves cocktails, spirits, fine wines and champagnes and light dishes until late (2am Mon-Sat and midnight on Sundays and bank holidays), as well as an impressive selection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars. Cognac lovers will appreciate the The Lanesborough Paradis – a collection of some of the rarest and finest Cognacs and Armagnacs in the world, some dating back to the 18th century.
Hyde Park Corner SW1X 7TA; oetkercollection.com
25 Ham Yard Hotel Roof Terrace, Soho
Ham Yard Hotel has a great rooftop terrace, which often hosts a fun summer collaboration. This year it’s Zestival, a collab between Sipsmith Gin and Ham Yard, offering an elevated gin-filled experience with lemons and oranges hanging from a canopy and seasonal flowers cascading from the water fountain. Mixologists have crafted a menu using Sipsmith London Dry Gin, as well as their Zesty Orange, Lemon Drizzle and new Limited Edition Strawberry Smash Gin, all served with a food pairing to match. Order the Zest-Tea Party, which is paired with a miniature afternoon tea, or create your own cocktail. 14 April-16 May. Book a 90-minute session for £22pp or go for the Lazy Sunday Sipping Sessions at £40pp with a charcuterie sharing platter and 45-minute acoustic music performance.
1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT; firmdalehotels.com
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