Ah the summer terrace, sibling to the rooftop, often under looked, but wrongly so. These terraces are inspired by admiralty, paradise, tequila and Frida Kahlo, all serving up summer cocktails and seasonal menus, perfect for sunny evenings and those with vertigo.
Trishna’s summer terrace has launched in collaboration with Tanqueray Gin and the non-alcoholic botanical spirit Seedlip. The exclusive menu will include The Falooda Spritz inspired by the Indian dessert which mixes Tanqueray 10, rose, wild strawberry puree, prosecco and lemon sorbet. Or if you’re taking it easy then go for the Verandah Sour which brings together Seedlip Garden, lemon, chamomile, sorrel, lemongrass vinegar and burnt milk.
Available Until September
Where: 15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DG
Silent Pool Gin, Gin Mare and The London Essence Co have teamed up to transform The Happenstance’s terrace. The drinking spot on Paternoster Square will be abloom with flowers and botanical cocktails like the Jasmine Blossom made from Silent Pool Gin, lemon, homemade jasmine syrup, bitter orange and elderflower tonic and the Brio with Gin Mare, grapefruit juice, wildflower honey syrup and grapefruit and rosemary tonic.
Where: 10 Paternoster Sq., London EC4M 7DX, UK
Nearest station: City Thameslink (0.1 miles)
Chokhi Dhani is celebrating its first summer in London with a shisha riverside terrace. Yep they have so much shisha that they even have a shisha sommelier. Whether you have no idea what to do or shisha ‘is your vibe’ Sam will be able to help you choose a flavour, with everything from strawberry and apple on the menu to red gummi bears and pistachio breeze. And when it’s really hot check out the frozen flavours. Order in a cocktail, a round of the tapas-styled street food and get ready for a chilled out afternoon by the Thames.
Where: Chokhi Dhani, Nine Elms Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: Battersea Park (0.6 miles)
Bringing Mexico to Mayfair
Hush is bringing the vibrant colours of Mexico to Mayfair this summer with their Hacienda courtyard. Ready for all the Instagrams, the courtyard will be decorated with fans, cacti and a canopy of bougainvillea. If you’re not clued up on your plants, they’re little white flowers surrounded by bright bracts, a type of leaf, which can be hot pink, orange and purple, I wasn’t captain of my nature quiz team at school for nothing. Recently launched in the UK, Rooster Rojo is an award-winning Tequila, which will be used in the four new cocktails on offer, including the Frozen Rooster made from Rooster Rojo, lime juice, Aperol, fresh grapefruit, strawberries and rose wine with a sugar rim. Drink, whilst snacking on baja shrimp tostadas and grilled seabass.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Pop- Up Gin Terrace
Nothing says summer in London like alfresco drinks, those drinks being gin based and that alfresco spot a roof terrace by the Thames. Oh and look at that, Craft London has ticked them all off with their new pop-up terrace which is in collaboration with Oxley Gin, the London-based cold distilled gin brand. Served over ice, the gin serves will be garnished with ingredients forage by the Craft London team and will include the Oxley Spritz made from Oxley, rouge, honey syrup and Prosecco and the Oxley Gimlet made with Oxley, grapefruit sherbet and Italicus.
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Aqua Nueva is collaborating with Veuve Clicquot for their new vibrant, colourful summer terrace. With vibrant decor in line with the restaurant’s Spanish roots, summer flowers and fruity drinks, the outdoor spot is the ideal place to take in a July sunset. There are five colour-inspired cocktails and the option to move the evening to the restaurant afterwards.
Where: 30 Argyll Street, London W1F 7EB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
Bar and Restaurant Hybrid
FEAST has just unveiled a new alfresco bar and terrace in time for summer. There is a 360 degree dining space with communal seating, allowing diners to bask in the sun as they enjoy drinks and some delicious bar fare. Morty & Bob’s have created a special summer menu, with options like burrata with pea shoots, weekly salads, calamari with saffron aioli and more.
Where: White City Place 201 Wood Lane W12 7TU
This summer, Greyhound Café’s outdoor terrace is decorated with swathes of traditional yellow Thai marigolds and is serving up a fantastic cocktails selection. Their menu spotlights both Thai heritage and new beverages will be developed in partnership with Thai spirit distillery Mekhong, using the eponymous rum spirit as the base. The furniture design is in keeping with Greyhound traditional style with monochrome patterned chairs and chalk designs, typical of the post-70s era of ‘Siwilai
Where: 37 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LZ
Why is the Rum Gone?
The Den at St Martins Lane is bringing the tropics to London as they partner up with BARCARDÍ Añejo Cuatro rum The terrace will be filled with palm trees, ferns and the BARCARDÍ print vinyl on the walls. Drinks will include the Cuatro Air Mail comprising of BACARDĺ Cuatro rum, Champagne, honey, lime and a dash of orange and the afternoon-tea will have new additions like Piña Colada Cake, coconut dacquoise, pineapple confit, coconut mousse with BACARDĺ Cuatro and Mai Tai Baba Almond Cake, infused with orange bitters & BACARDĺ Carta Negra rum, Cointreau and lime cream.
Open now until – 30th September
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Yauatcha City X Tanquery Tea Garden
This summer Yautcha City is being joined by Tanqueray No. TEN to launch a Tanqueray Tea Garden on their East terrace. It’ll be transformed into a Chinese tea garden with green foliage, red paper lanterns and glowing candles. To drink you’ll find G&Teas including a Tanqueray No. TEN and Classical Beauty made with Classical Beauty blue tea, Fever-Tree tonic and strawberry. Whilst to eat there are venison puffs, salt and pepper anchovies and golden truffle croquette.
Where: Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
The Peroni Ambra Terrace
Following on from the success of last year, the Peroni Ambra has returned to the Somerset House Terrace Bar where they’ll be serving their new drink an Italian inspired aperitivo Peroni Ambra made from original, Italian brewed Peroni cut with the bitter-sweet sharpness of Italian chinotto fruit. To eat you’ll find sharing platters of Italian meat and a carefully selected Formaggi selection are served with Chinotto infused Focaccia Genovese, pickles and chilli jam. With its views out over the Thames you know it’s going to be popular when the sun is shining.
Where: Strand, WC2R 1LA
The Jones Family Kitchen has opened in Eccleston Yards. The historic courtyard has recently been restored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and The Jones Family Kitchen is the first restaurant opening there and you can bet they are going to have outside seating. You’ll be able to drink your cocktails with the sun on your face, which is always rather good.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF
Laurent Perrier Terrace
The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant has teamed up with Laurent-Perrier for their summer terrace. Alongside Champagne cocktails and the world-famous Grand Siécle Champagne they’ll be serving the Cuvée Rosé which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. To eat you’ll find canapés such as home cured salmon with Avruga caviar and walnut sable, Sussex crumble cheese croquettes with apricot and ginger chutney and smoked Gressingham duck, blackberries and celeriac purée.
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
London Essence Terrace
St Ermin’s summer terrace is not just a terrace on the pavement, instead their terrace overlooks the gardened courtyard away from the fumes. Teaming up with London Essence Company for the terrace, you’ll find their classic tonics and mixers added to Gin Mare, Monkey 47, Chase Orange Marmalade and Snow Queen, tequila and mezcal. Alongside the drinking there’ll be live coverage of Wimbledon, the World Cup, Royal Wedding and they’ll be hosting floristry courses.
Where: 2 Caxton Street, St James, SW1H 0QW
The Physic Garden
Taking things back to botanicals, Granary Square Brasserie has teamed up with Fever Tree to transform their terrace into a Physic Garden. The installation will use old-age practices of growing and blending herbs and plants for curative benefits and the ‘apothecary’ team has created six new innovative cocktails including the Honey & Sage made from Fever-Tree Sicilian lemon tonic, Warner Edwards Honeybee gin, Honeywater and muddled sage, garnished with sage leaves and a Falls Farm honey dipper. Later this month they’ll launch the House of Apothecary a new series of curated gin blending dinners for thos who want to try and create their own gin.
Open Now with House of Apothecary launching on the 23rd May
Where: Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB
South of France
This year, Orrery’s summer terrace will be collaborating with Neom Organics to launch a bespoke cocktail menu inspired by their new fragrance, Energy Burst. The drinks will use ingredients found in essential oils in the new fragrance like lime, grapefruit and rosemary. Diffusers will also be dotted throughout the terrace and Energy Burst candles will give a twinkling atmosphere. Take a seat on one of the sofas surrounded by lavender, olive trees, camomile and rosemary and forget your in London…squint enough and you could be in the south of France.
Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Regent's Park (0.4 miles)
The Return of the Igloos
The igloos have melted and transformed into Paradise pods. Yep the igloos which we all went crazy for in the winter are back. Decorated in their new Tulum (Mayan) theme, there is plenty of bold colour and foliage thanks to luscious palms and cacti. Lounge away on a beanbag in private pod while admiring the stunning skyline and river (Coppa Club is by Tower Bridge and The City with its majestic skyscrapers) and enjoy a slap-up meal or just head there for some post work drinks, purchased from their outside beach bar.
Reservations Open Now
Where: Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, Tower Hill, EC3R 6AH
1800 Tequila Terrace
1800 ® Tequila is joining forces with Oxo Tower to for a tequila fuelled summer terrace. They’ll be taking classics like The Negroni, margaritas and espresso martinis and giving them a tequila twist, as well as creating their own 1800 Summer Blush. Weekends will see them serving up a Mexican brunch with 1800 cocktails such as the 1800 Bloody Maria and there’ll be weekly masterclasses where you’ll be able to try 1800 alongside a modern Mexican menu.
Open Now until Monday 4th June
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, SE1 9PH
Sanderson are teaming up with Peroni AMBRA and Martini Riserva Speciale to launch their summer edition of Berners Terrace. Celebrating all things Italian, they’ll be serving up Martini Riserva Speciale cocktails, Peroni AMBRA with orange peel twists and snacks like crispy gnocchi and grilled octopus with roast lemon. To add to the feel the terrace will be filled with fruiting trees, seasonal plants including foxgloves and terracotta pots overflowing with white bacopa.
Opens May 21st – 30th September
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
A Tribute To Frida Kahlo
Coinciding with the V&A’s exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is reopening their summer terrace with a tribute to Frida Kahlo. Mexican inspired floral displays and bright colours will create the look, taking you from London to sunnier climates. Alongside the annual barbecue-style menu, there’ll also be a separate Mexican themed menu of fish tacos, nachos, chicken fajita quesadillas and to drink you’ll find Patron Perfect Margaritas and Citronge Paloma.
Open Now – Mid September.
Where: 21 Lowndes Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9ES
A Journey Through the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea
This year, The Churchill Bar & Terrace is taking inspiration from Winston Churchill’s travels with the Admiralty yacht HMS Enchantress for their nautical themed summer terrace. Special cocktails will include The Winkle, a nod to the Winkle Club in 1900 by Hasting’s fishermen to provide help to the underprivileged and for every Winkle cocktail served, £1 will be donated to the Winkle Club. To accompany will be dishes such as fruit de mer platters, aromatic scallops and dressed crab salad with avocado and mango dressing.
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)
The Enchanted Garden
If you’re looking for a moment’s respite in Covent Garden, then head to Petersham Nurseries where the Floral Court has been transformed into an Enchanted Garden. Enter through a hidden walkway – a tunnel of blossom and find yourself emerged in colourful, wild and romantic displays of seasonal plants and flowers. Visit at night and fairy lights and candles will give it a romantic air…take your date.
Where: Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, Covent Garden, WC2E 9FB
Views of the Thames
Set to backdrop of Battersea Power Station, No 29 Power Station West’s floral pergola is the perfect spot for views of the Thames. Sure it’s not quite the French Riviera, but you can’t beat London on a sunny evening with a chilled glass of rosé wine in hand.
Where: 29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW8 4NN
A Japanese Garden
Aqua Kyoto has splashed some of its Japanese themed allure to its terrace, with foliage that mixes the culture’s charm with English country garden. Good news for the gin lovers too, as the terrace celebrates the launch of new limited edition gin Tanqueray Lovage. Nostalgia will be rife amongst gin enthusiasts too, as the gin features notes from Charles Tanqueray’s original 1839 recipe. All that’s left to say, is let the good times beGIN.
Where: 30 Argyll Street, London W1F 7EB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
The Secret Herb Garden
No matter how much we adore London, sometimes we all need to sip on a Fever-Tree G&T and take in the sights from afar. For this reason, the Royal Horseguards Hotel has hit the nail on the head with the introduction of its Secret Herb Garden. As the former home of M16 founder Sir Mansfield Cummings, you too can spy on the London eye and the South Bank, from the cover of a botanical terrace. Palette-pleasers include Summer spritzes, herb-inspired cocktails and tapas.
Where: 2 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.2 miles)
A Spritz or Two
Nothing says Summer much like spritzes on the terrace, a message Percy & Founders are keen to promote with their al fresco atmosphere. Rummaging about in Pearson Square, you’ll discover this oasis off the beaten track, with an outside dining area ideal for all-day dining and a Summer drink. There’s also a Summer menu, curated by Executive Chef Tom Kelleher sure to tingle the tastebuds for a post-meal cocktail, or chilled glass of rosé.
Where: 1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, W1W 7EY
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Side streets are often easy to miss, intricately placed amongst bustling London walkways. However, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill are the exception to the rule. Swallow Street sees their summer terrace in action with room for lunch and dinner, heaters, blankets and parasols…because let’s face it, we never know what the weather is going to do! Bentley’s remains one of London’s best seafood restaurants, perfect for an oyster or two.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
If you’re looking to mix the sea and the sky to enjoy a summer’s day, Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, Angler, is launching of its summer bar in partnership with award-winning pioneers in English sparkling wine, Nyetimber. With vibrant summer florals decorating the terrace, the exclusive terrace menu will feature four Nyetimber wines, and bar snacks curated by Angler’s Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, designed to pair perfectly with the Nyetimber serves. These include Iberian ham croquettes, Taleggio, and Crispy Cornish squid. And if you’re in a group setting, you get the opportunity to enjoy a ‘Nyetimber Tasting on the Angler Terrace’ where you can book ahead to enjoy four tasting glasses of Nyetimber with a selection of Foulkes’ sharing bites. Cheers to the summer!
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF