The Handbook
The Handbook

Summer is in full swing which means one thing: Aperol season is here.

We’ve handpicked the most authentic Italian restaurants rooftop bars and Soho stalwarts serving up the best orange-hued aperitif in the capital. Here’s where to book now…

Cecconi’s

Italian it might feel but this iconic restaurant has gone global with outposts all over the world from Istanbul to West Hollywood. In London, try out their Mayfair restaurant for white table clothes and excellent people watching or their restaurant inside The Ned for boozy brunches, wood-fired pizzas and ‘grammable interiors.

One rule: order an Aperol no matter which one you book into – these guys know what they’re doing.

Mayfair and City of London

www.cecconiscityoflondon.com

 

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Bar Italia

The Soho institution needs little introduction – it’s the closest thing you’ll come to the balmy summer streets of Rome here in Blighty.

The bar’s signature green neon signage continues to draw in the crowds for late night watering sessions and we highly recommend their Aperol offering.

The closest you'll come to the balmy summer streets of Rome here in old Blighty.

Bar Italia, 22 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4RF

www.baritaliasoho.co.uk

Bar Elba

No Roman holiday booked this year? Make the most of London’s many rooftop bars and the glorious sunshine we’re having by booking in at Waterloo’s Bar Elba.

Sip on seriously good Aperols, indulge in their Eat Out To Help Out deals and make the most of two for one on all cocktails 3pm – 6pm  Monday – Thursday.

All whilst watching the sun set over London town.

Bar Elba, Rooftop Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, Bishop’s, London SE1 8UL

www.bar-elba.co.uk

Macellaio

We’ve been going to this authentic Italian restaurant since it was a little known neighbourhood joint on Exmouth Market. The brand now boasts five of them and it’s kind of one of those hidden gems we’re reluctant to share, but alas, that is our job and here we are.

With outposts in Fitzrovia, South Ken, Exmouth Market, Union Street and Battersea (oh, and Milan itself), it’s fast becoming one of London’s go-to Italians. Book in for exceptional steaks butchered infront of you, rich focaccia and of course, authentic spritzers.

 

Fitzrovia, South Kensington, Exmouth Market, Union Street and Battersea

www.macellaiorc.com

Lina Stores

Greek Street institution Lina Stores has been serving relaxed Italian fair to Londoners since 1944 in its famous pistachio-hued deli.

In recent years, they opened a restaurant serving classic pasta dishes and antipasti, from the Slow Roasted Pork Belly Sandwich to the Truffle Mortadella.

Finish the evening off with one of their much-loved, sweet ricotta-stuffed cannoli and (another) Aperol.

Lina Stores, 51 GREEK ST SOHO, LONDON W1D 4EH

WWW.LINASTORES.CO.UK

Bar Termini


A real gem of a location for an aperitivo, Bar Termini serves a tapestry of divine drinks created by top Mixologist Tony Conigliaro – there’s even a Campari terrace dedicated to all things spritz.

Opt for a crowd pleasing Aperol (and one of the best in the capital) or go classic with the heady house Negroni.

Bar Termini Centrale, 7 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JE

www.bar-termini-soho.com