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The Dorchester, it’s one of world’s most sought-after hotels and it’s the height of London’s dining scene. Literally, now.

The five star hotel has just announced that they’re adding a new bar and restaurant, and of course it’s on the roof. Rooftop dining has, quite literally, gone through the roof in recent years. Anywhere that’s anywhere has shifted around the air con units, elevator plant and about six inches of pigeon guano, and pitched some tables and chairs.

And what was a popular fad a year or more ago, has become a necessity in the Covid era!

The latest incarnation of the unlocking rules (‘cautious and irreversible’) will see us allowed back to hospitality outside from 12th April. And so the timing, which likely isn’t coincidental, is perfect.

Expect this to be the place to eat between 12th April and May 17th...

Because who isn’t going to want to go to The Dorchester for a meal, let alone enjoy one of the best views in London?

When the Berkeley opened their alfresco terrace (basically their back carpark) it was a huge hit. The Dorchester just scooped them, expect this to be the place to eat between 12th April and May 17th…

So what will an experience at the Dorchester Rooftop involve?  Well, apart from fantastic views of the lingering sunsets over Hyde Park.

The plan is to launch just in time to celebrate the hotel’s 90th year on April 20th, and it will showcase a series of culinary pop-ups overseen by executive chef Mario Perera and featuring The Dorchester’s chefs, celebrating British, French and Mediterranean cuisine.

The fab Tom Booton, who is presumably sick to death of being referred to by journalists as 'babyfaced', will be serving up a British summertime menu...

Between Monday 12th April and Sunday 25th head chef at The Grill at The Dorchester, the fab Tom Booton, who is presumably sick to death of being referred to by journalists as ‘babyfaced’, will be serving up a British summertime menu which will be “showcasing locally sourced produce for his land, sea and garden concept”. Sounds great.

Then between Monday 26th April and Sunday 9th May Jean-Philippe Blondet, executive chef of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, will bring a Parisian air to the restaurant.

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After this point, more pop-ups will appear throughout the summer. Hurrah!

The rooftop, which will be open for open daily for lunch and dinner from 12pm to 11pm between Sunday and Wednesday and between Thursday and Saturday it’ll be open until midnight. And being outdoors and London, of course they’ll have plenty of heaters, blankets and brollies!

We could not be more excited!

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