As much as we adore London’s cosy, traditional pubs seeped in history, there comes a time when an al-fresco Aperol spritz triumphs, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite London terraces, for a classier night of inebriation. Summer, we’re ready!
Harrod’s, the quintessential British shop, if you’re a tourist at least (if you’re a local, Sainsbury’s is probably more quintessentially British), and now they’ve got in on the terrace action, launching The Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace. The outdoor terrace, set on the fourth floor of the iconic building, facing South West to maximise sun, it’s ideal for enjoying a flute, or two (actually, just bring a bottle) of Perrier-Jouët Champagne in an elegant surroundings. What’s more, they’re perfectly paired with dishes from Harrod’s in-house chefs of which, and we were surprised by this stat too, there are 150!
Where: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
The Jones Family Kitchen houses a wow-worthy terrace that spills out into pedestrian-only space, Eccleston Yards. The courtyard is snug, located far from the madding crowd yet also offers a quick wander – three minutes to be exact – to Victoria station, meaning you can pop for a cocktail whenever cocktails call! La Vie En Rose has to be the order of the day when you’re lazing in this oasis; made using Absolut vodka, with rosé wine, lemon juice and soda, the cocktail comes from the talented bar team and sits perfectly alongside the moriesh truffle Mac and cheese. For a dose of birds over buses and a real relax, the Jones Family Kitchen terrace is where you should head to this summer.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF
Summer terraces and Veuve Clicquot – combine the two and you’ll rarely want for anything else, especially in the summer months! And, in a nod to this, Hotel Café Royal are on hand with their Green Bar on Air Street in partnership with the bubbly favourite. Donning vibrant, orange chairs synonymous to the Veuve Cliquot group, the terrace will smother you in all of the al-fresco vibes you need, offering up cocktails, champagne, sushi and light dishes to boot.
Since 1865 the remarkable Hotel Café Royal has been shaking and stirring to provide Londoners with some of the most eloquent of tipples and, paying homage to this, The Green Bar cocktail list delves into tastes that span over 100 years with the help of their summer pop-up. Whilst we don’t recommend trying them all, as you may then have a hangover that spans over 100 years, we do suggest a taste of the Margarita, formerly known as the Picador as the book Hotel Café Royal is basing the menu around houses the first ever recorded recipe!
The Green Bar Summer Terrace is open daily from 12pm until late, from 24 May to September 2019.
Where: 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)
East London’s largest sun terrace opened on a bustling bank holiday and caused quite the buzz. As the ultimate haunt for afternoon cocktails, evening drinks and late-night ravers to kickback and party all night long. Night Tales pulls out all the stops to get the summer vibes flowing, with current music and night air beats, alongside street vendors Nanny Bills, Mama Jerk and Sons of Slice – powering you with everyone’s favourite guilty pleasures.
Where: 14 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
It’s botanical, it’s hidden and it’s a real gem. The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has braced itself for the summer with an attractive RoofGarden that we can already imagine ourselves slurping a gin on! Nestled in Kings Cross, expect a brimming food menu with highlights of confit Gressingham chicken nuggets and a cured British meat board and a drink menu which, if you can see past the Champers, includes RoofGarden Cuba Libre’s and Aperol Spritz galore! There’s also a pizza oven and BBQ – summer sorted!
P.s. There’s currently a groovy Ketel One Vodka partnership on the go, promoting a botanical-heavy menu, so don’t miss it!
Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras International (0 miles)
From May 15th, The Churchill Bar unlocks its launch of ‘Casa de Cuba’ along with their transformed seasonal summer terrace. As an ode to Churchill’s first ever international excursion outside of Europe in 1895 where he observed the Cuban Independence War. The Churchill Bar is known for its beautiful designed terrace tucked away behind Oxford Street in Portman Square.
Head Bartender Daniele Bresciani and his team have curated a cuban sanctuary with their new cocktail menu allowing you an authentic taste of the Caribbean. The ‘Baptism of Fire’ uses Zacapa 23-year-old rum combined with a banana and chilli shrub which will add a fruity yet fiery spark to your day. Or enjoy a take on ‘Guantanamera’ which plays a homage to one of Cuban’s most well-known songs, inspired by a noble country woman.
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)
The award for the most opulent terrace around? Well, it’s simply got to be J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, a stalwart member of the Covent Garden clan that serve up sumptuous seafood like it’s going out of fashion! The terrace boasts pumping colours, marine in nature and stretches across its St Martin’s Court location. Audiences come from far and wide to delve into the dishes that include highlights of dressed crab, shellfish and the famous fish pie, all of which come as a result of 1800s oyster trader Josef Sheeky’s culinary prowess.
Where: 33-35 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, UK
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)
Nosy through the Carlton Room at 116 Pall Mall and you’ll pleasantly stumble across their delectable summer terrace; a real hidden gem cushioned between lush greenery away from the bustling streets. The terrace, which is a calming and al-fresco paradise kinda place, makes for a idyllic spot to enjoy birthday parties, host hen celebrations or even pop open the laptop for a spot of summer hot desking ‘al-desco’ style!
Located in the heart of the West End, 116 Pall Mall is an impressive and accessible central London venue, providing versatility, elegance and immaculate service it’s your terrace haunt this summer.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5ED, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.3 miles)
Cambridge – renowned for its olde world ways and famous thinkers, it’s also quite the picturesque spot come summer for a bit of a picnic and a stroll amongst the historic buildings. And, in knowing this, Michelin-starred Angler has based their sun-drench rooftop vibes around the British city in collab with artisanal gin producers, the Cambridge Distillery. Features much-adored embellishments from the outdoors, you can expect hanging plants and a fun foliage theme that interweaves its way across the wooden decking of the city haven.
Amongst it all, you can sit and enjoy a tipple from the limited-edition menu that triumphs various botanicals of a summer discovered in the Cambridge meadows. The unique theme will see drinks such as the refreshing Cambridge Dry gin and tonic served with Fever Tree Indian tonic and fresh mint making an appearance, alongside serves such as thyme and sage sour made with Cambridge dry gin, thyme, sage, lime, green Chartreuse and egg white.
To line tummies, a selection of snacks will be on hand to indulge in that play on the nostalgic; these include cuttlefish fritters with chip shop curry sauce and crispy pork brawn. They’re unique snacks to match a unique London environment that’s available until the end of August. Rock on summer!
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
What beats a rosé terrace? Nothing? Yep, you’re right. Nothing beats a terrace drenched in sun and rosé, especially when it’s Le Pont de la Tour; a prime French riverside restaurant sitting central. This year, they’ve collaborated with revered wine brand, Minuty Rosé, to launch their La Maison du Rosé terrace. You can expect florals galore and a lavish canopy under which you can feast your eyes on Rosé packages and Rosé brunches to boot, the latter of which starts on Saturday 11th May and includes three courses and a bottle of Rosé for groups of four. Hankering after more of a fishy dishy? Fruits de Mer platter with a bottle of Minuty to share will also be available from the 11th, you lucky things!
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
Overlooking St Paul’s, the happiest happenstance of being in The City is that you wind up at The Happenstance. Located on Paternoster Square, it’s ideally located for post-work city drinks, or watching the Extinction Rebellion folks gluing themselves to the London Stock Exchange…
Where: 10 Paternoster Sq., London EC4M 7DX, UK
Nearest station: City Thameslink (0.1 miles)
Sheesh, why didn’t I think of that? A pretty solid choice of terrace would have to be Thames-side Chokhi Dhani and, deal-breaker, it’s got a shisha terrace specially for summer. In fact, they take the whole shisha thing so seriously that they’ve got their own shisha sommelier!
Where: Chokhi Dhani, Nine Elms Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: Battersea Park (0.6 miles)
Think Spain and you’re conjuring images of tapas, outdoor seating and sun. Okay, so the sun’s out of their control, but Aqua Nueva have everything else pretty much sewn up thanks to their outdoor terrace. Technically we suspect it qualifies as a rooftop, but we’re going to include it anyway as the terrace really is the definitive summer experience.
Where: 30 Argyll Street, London W1F 7EB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
Disguising the city of London with ribbons of floral decor, palm trees and strings of lanterns, Pergola Paddington arrived this May to show that the summer months are most definitely en route. The hugely popular rooftop sees many of you raising glasses, donning sunnies and littering insta feeds with #summer snaps, and now we’ve heard the news that it has returned to add a tick to your summer bucket lists.
Spread across two carefully-curated floors, the top floor is fully alfresco with the lower floor this year also having part of the roof raised – allowing you to truly enjoy the sunset across the skyscrapers wherever you are. Plus, we know full well that it would be no roof terrace without an array of cocktails on offer, offering two-for-one on selected drinks during their ‘Sundowner Hours’. You’ll also be spoiled for choice with their four brand new food vendors. Babek Brothers will curb your kebab and halloumi cravings, whilst Honi Poké will offer super fresh and customisable bowls for those sticking to their summer bod’ diets.
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
Mews of Mayfair loves a hidden courtyard and boy do they have a summery, frosé filled trick up their sleeve for their warmer climes offering. Introducing the summer oasis; a space piled with plush palm trees, pop-up bars, music and Insta spots galore. Balearic Sundays will bring you frosésor endless Casamigos tequila cocktails which is just what everyone wants to hear is it not? You can pre-book tables – which we recommend because they’ll go thick and fast – so get ready to soak up some sun whilst it lasts…
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Everyone needs a dose of healthy hedonism from time to time, which is why we’re excited about The Allegory’s, from Drake & Morgan, recently launched terrace that’ll make all your al-fresco dreams come to life. Teaming up with The London Essence Company, the terrace will play host to a series of wellness and mindfulness sessions from including Zumba and bootcamp, boxing, yoga and DOGA – dog yoga, in case you hadn’t figured that out – and yep, it’s a thing! Woof, woof! Additional perks include a Zero Proof Masterclass by The London Essence Company teaching you how to create some refreshing drinks, and a goody bag containing a yoga mat and candle. How epic does this terrace sound?
Running until the 31st of July
Where: 1A Principal Place, Worship Street, London EC2A 2BA
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (0.2 miles)
With summer on the way, The American Bar’s private, cobbled courtyard is the perfect location for al fresco dining. Enjoy our bar menu, full of exciting Mediterranean inspired dishes, and when the sun shine take a joy with our brand-new BBQ Menu, featuring dishes such as grilled ribeye, and roasted Loch Duart salmon. Spend your afternoon indulging in exquisite food with a cocktail in hand – the perfect opportunity to try our newly launched cocktail list ‘The American Dream’ which features 16 specially-curated cocktails that take you on a journey through America’s history.
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Rosé – alongside G&T’s and Aperol Spritz it’s undoubtedly the refreshing drink of the summer. Luckily enough, you can enjoy the crisp flavours of the refreshing tipple on St Ermin Hotel’s terrace, as they partner with Château La Gordonne. Expect refreshing rosés and delicious Provençal dishes set amongst the hubbub of London.
Where: 2 Caxton Street, St James, SW1H 0QW
Ohhhh we do like to be beside the seaside…
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill has transformed their outdoor terrace into a botanical sea garden and it looks marvellous. The feast for the tastebuds and the eyes will see you enjoying Plymouth Gin interweaved throughout the detailed cocktail menu which will help you wash down sea treats of fresh oysters, mussels, cockles, whelks, clams and more. The boozalicious cocktail listings feature punches, spritzes, martinis and gin classics. Phwaor, summer we love you!
The fabulous terrace will open on the 22nd of May
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
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