As soon as the sun comes out we yearn to drink and dine al fresco. Head to one of the terraces below for rosé, tapas or a full English, all whilst soaking up some rays and getting to work on your base tan. It’s never too early…
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel x Bombay Sapphire
The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel has officially opened and they’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to bring the ultimate al fresco experience. The terrace is filled with botanical features including juniper, almond, angelica, coriander and lemon plants that will all be used in their signature cocktails. They have also taken inspiration from Bombay Sapphire’s own distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire to create a unique setting with comfy sofas and fire pits to keep warm when the sun has gone down. They will be putting the barbecue out on the terrace where all the meat, fish and vegetable dishes will be freshly grilled, so you can forget potentially undercooked sausages and make this the place to enjoy a BBQ with friends.
Historic Cobbled Courtyard
The Bleeding Heart Bistro has recently opened their terrace for lunch and dinner to take you away from busy Farringdon. The French style bistro has an eclectic menu full of traditional dishes to compliment their award winning wine list. Seats on the terrace are on a first come first serve basis so make sure you get there in time to get a spot (hopefully) in the sun
Where: Hatton Garden, Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.1 miles)
The Balcon's Terrace
The Balcon has recently opened the doors to their summer terrace with topiary trees and parasols. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, the head chef has carefully designed a menu especially for the new opening with some special dishes for the summer. The new menu includes some exciting dishes such as roasted goat’s cheese with pomegranate, honey and almonds and grilled harissa prawns paired with avocado and grapefruit. You can also just stay for a drink as there is an extensive cocktail menu with twenty-five premium gins to choose from all chosen by Enzo, the bar manager and the team.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Historic 5-star hotel in St James’s
Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, The Stafford’s beautiful private cobbled courtyard is a private oasis from the hustle and bustle of nearby Piccadilly. The hotel’s American Bar serves an all day menu from breakfast through to lunch, dinner and cocktails, all best enjoyed outside in the courtyard. The Handbook recommends their hand-carved English ham with fried eggs and hash browns with your morning coffee under blue skies and sunshine – idyllic.
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Views of Trafalgar Square
With an enviable location at the top of The Strand, Bronte, offers stunning views of London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. The elegant Terrace is decorated with foliage creating a sense of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Independent Bar and Restaurant
Boasting a fine looking roof terrace, No 32 The Old Town is the perfect neighbourhood spot for Clapham residents this summer. Serving breakfast and brunch alongside cleverly concocted cocktails, The Handbook recommends venturing here on a weekend. Try the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz cocktail to kick things off, while tucking into one of their all day brunch dishes such as blueberry ricotta pancakes or an avocado cheese toastie, content with the knowledge that you’re topping up the tan.
Where: No 32 The Old Town, The Pavement, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Clapham Common (0.2 miles)
Chiswick's Latest Addition
Another neighbourhood favourite, this South West London haunt is a home away from home in a former fire station. The previously forgotten courtyard space has been revived, offering the perfect setting for relaxed eating and drinking. Tuck into fresh food that focuses on well-sourced ingredients from breakfast and brunch to evening snacks and Sunday roasts.
Where: 197-199 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2DR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Turnham Green (0.4 miles)
Dinner and a Show
Penethorne’s is nestled in the newly refurbished New Wing at London landmark, Somerset House. Known for it’s impressive array of wonderful cocktails, it’s the perfect location for post-work drinks, especially come the summer when you can sit outside on their pretty courtyard, admiring not only the kick from your cocktail but also the grandeur and grace of Somerset House’s architecture. Try The Strand to warm up in the evening breeze – a mix of whiskey, cassis, homemade honey syrup, walnut bitters and ginger ale.
A Very British Terrace
The Churchill Bar’s Summer Terrace is the relaxing spot to escape to from the bustle of Oxford Street, and this year they’ve launched a Nautical Summer Terrace theme, alongside a range of new seasonal specials in celebration of the Royal Navy, and a menu inspired by Mediterranean flavours, such as the ‘Fruit de Mer’ seafood platter, juicy Tagliata with homemade Chimichurri sauce, Aromatic Scallops and Dressed Crab Salad. So, if you do like to be beside the seaside why not grab a taste of it at home in London.
Not only is the Lighterman located a stone’s throw from King’s Cross station, making it ideal for post-work drinks or a bite to eat before a cheeky weekend away, it’s canalside bar is situated directly on the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, making it the perfect pit-stop for a tipple or two this summer. We like to have a lazy lunch on the terrace, sharing our favourite summer snack – crispy squid with chilli and lime – and a portion of classic beer-battered fish and chips with house tartare and crushed peas. If you needed any more tempting, then they do frozen rosé.
Al Fresco Afternoon Tea
Boasting a fully retractable roof, Dalloway Terrace is ideal all year round. Open for breakfast, they serve an all-day menu, including a quaint afternoon tea inspired by Lady Bedford and the local Bloomsbury tradition of tea, ideal for special occasions. The terrace has just been transformed for summer complete with hanging blooms of blossom – Instagram prepare.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
The number one reason that we love the terrace at Bentley’s? There is no traffic. It’s tucked away between Regent Street and Piccadilly on Swallow Street, so you can still people watch, just without the fumes – which is nice. They’ve also now expanded the terrace to fit 60 seating and 120 standing, so plenty of space to sit back, with a glass of chilled wine and a plate full of oysters. The perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
London doesn’t always smell great, just a fact when it’s hot in the city, but the terrace at Dominique Ansel’s bakery in Victoria is filled with jasmine plants growing on trellises which perfumes the terrace to make it into the ideal summer spot to tuck into the likes of frozen s’mores, After the Rain mousse cake and raspberry coconut pavlovas.
BBQ Meets Terrace
When the sun’s out we want to BBQ. And if brisket bun, thick-cut pork rib, house slaw and chicken skewer wasn’t enough, Smokestak have just launched their summer terrace, so you can eat your BBQ al fresco.
Tapas and Sangria
Transport yourself from the banks of the Thames to somewhere a lot more exotic. Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside are bringing the laid-back vibes of the Spanish Isles to the capital for summer with their Anna de Codorníu Terrace, complete with bottomless brunch, afternoon tapas, live music, DJ sets and copious amounts of sangria.
Camino Bankside are launching a Mediterranean-inspired pop-up on their terrace. The Spanish Serves Bar is sponsored by Fever-Tree and will see olive trees, thyme and rosemary and lanterns, with an Ibizan white theme. Spanish style G&Ts and sherry- and vermouth-based serves will be available.
Somerset House Terrace, Presented by Peroni Ambra is popping up for the summer season. The riverside terrace will transport guests to rural Italy thanks to indoor vines and exclusively-created Peroni Ambra-infused cocktails, created by Master of Mixology, Simone Caporale and a cicchetti menu created by Master of Taste, Francesco Mazzei. Peroni Ambra combines Peroni Nastro Azzurro with Italian Chinotto – a rare and authentically Italian citrus fruit, grown and harvested in the region of Liguria, North West Italy to create a bittersweet yet balanced flavour.
The Instagram Favourite
We all saw the igloos back in winter but Coppa Club have made their terrace a little more warm weather appropriate so it’s out with the igloos, in with the cabanas. Seven cabanas are adorned with hanging wisteria and roses, and twinkly fairy lights so they’re as appropriate during the day as they are after dark. Brunch is served at weekends and the riverside bar will serve suitably summery cocktails – yes, Aperol Spritz features.
Riviera-Inspired Riverside Space
Mondrian London has just launched their Riviera-inspired summer terrace which boasts view of St. Pauls, breezy citrus trees and kitsch pickett fencing. A menu of seasonal American and British dishes includes truffle flatbread and grilled lobster with garlic butter, whilst Grey Goose have had their say on the drinks menu – La Poire Espresso Martini and the Transatlantic Travel.
D&D London’s #BlossomCity campaign is still underway and Nova Victoria’s Nordic restaurant Aster are celebrating by transforming their terrace into a lush urban oasis. A ‘Flower Hour’ menu sees suitably floral cocktails, like the Rose Soda and Lingonberry Love, available for £6.50 Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm and Thursday 5pm-close.
Balearic Island Terrace
If you want a sophisticated al fresco experience, aqua nueva is the terrace for you. Teaming up with Cîroc Vodka, the terrace is inspired by the relaxed vibes of the Balearic Islands, in particular Formentera, and features tropical prints and lush greenery for a cool, beachy atmosphere. If that doesn’t feel authentic enough, platters of octopus, goats cheese, tomato and aubergine and Cîroc sorbets will help whisk you away to the tropics.
Jerk and Rum Punch
Canary Wharf and Jamaica have never had that much in common…until now. The terrace Boisdale Canary Wharf will be decked out with beach shacks and more jerk chicken than you can shake a stick at. Appleton Estate Rum Punch, Red Stripe beer and mellow Bob Marley beats will almost have you thinking you’re in the Caribbean…almost.
Launching 3rd July
Where: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Canary Wharf DLR Station (0 miles)
Prosecco on Tap
The fountains in Granary Square make us wonder if it’s socially acceptable to jump through them to cool down but when we realise the answer is probably (unfortunately) no, Grain Store is the next best thing. Their terrace is a sun trap and an outdoor bar serves prosecco on tap, spritzers, slushies and ice cream sundaes. You can get your nostalgic fix that way.
The terrace at J Sheekey has always been a go-to and, this summer, they have teamed up with award-winning cartoonist, Kipper Williams, to inject a bit of playfulness into their menu design and artwork. New coastal-inspired dishes have also been added to the menu, including Moroccan spiced tiger prawns and Galician octopus and wine-based cocktails include a rose spritzer, made with Rose de Provence, St Germain elderflower, lemon and Peychaud’s bitters.
Covent Garden Views
The terrace at Covent Garden brasserie, Tuttons, looks out over the piazza so it’s fair to say you will have to battle your way for a table when the sun is shining. They recently launched their new spring menu, too, so tuck into the likes of pan fried sea bass fillet and Mediterranean vegetable tagliatelle whilst you tan.
Where: 11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Views of Tower Bridge
Le Pont de la Tour boasts one of the best views in the city. Gaze at Tower Bridge while you listen to live jazz and sip on refreshing St. Germain cocktails at their St Germain Jardin summer terrace. They are also running cocktail masterclasses if you like to play an active role.
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
Old Bengal Bar are transforming their terrace into a botanical haven for the summer. Bar Manager, Tomas Vykopal, has created a new cocktail menu which fits into D&D London’s Blossom City campaign. Floral flavours can be found in a Vermouth Punch, Rosé and Tonic and (yes, this is a real thing), frosé!
Until the end of September
For Gelato Lovers
As if Italian restaurant, Mercante, wasn’t Italian enough, they are teaming up with artisan gelato makers La Gelateria for the summer complete with old school pop-up gelato cart and quirky, ice cream-focused menus. Flavours available include basil and chill and rosemary and orange zest, although if you’d rather err on the side of caution you can of course opt for their award-winning Sicilian pistachio sorbet or the eternally popular milk chocolate.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Escape the City
Tucked away in Fitzrovia, Percy & Founders is the go-to spot for when you need to escape the city. Sneak off during the day or make it your sundowner destination for cocktails, bar snacks and a more extensive modern British/European inspired menu.
A 1920s Art Deco-Inspired Extravaganza
One of the best alfresco dining spaces in London, Hush’s courtyard, has transformed into the 1920s Art Deco-inspired extravaganza that is Hush Presents Riviera. Until 8th September guests can enjoy delicious food and cocktails against a backdrop of coastal-inspired sophistication that includes plenty of stripes, white table clothes, vintage bicycles, lemon trees, nautical artefacts and hurricane lamps filled with shells and candles.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
English Country Garden Terrace
When you combine Jason Atherton, London’s restauranteur of the moment, with award winning mixer company, Fever Tree plus Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2017, Jamie Jones, it’s safe to say the bar has been raised pretty high. They have transformed the terrace at Temple and Sons to reminisce an English country garden whilst rubbing shoulders with The Gherkin and Liverpool Street. There is an extensive cocktail menu consisting of 50 British gins plus a grown-up G&T slushy with fruity flavours.
British Indian gin fusions
The Sipsmith Summer Terrace at Michelin starred Trishna offers a carefully curated list of classic gin cocktails with Indian twists. Try the Trishna Fruit Cup, made with Sipsmith London Cup, ginger and verbena, Nimbu Pani (a salted lemonade) and seasonal fruits; or the Pink Gin Gola, made with turmeric-infused Sipsmith London Dry gin, mint, lime, tonic and pink peppercorn bitters; or perhaps the ‘Kesar Pista Fizz’ will take your fancy – it combines Sipsmith London Cup and prosecco with a house-made pistachio and saffron lemon sorbet.
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