During the sunnier months, nothing beats an aperitif in the sun in one of London’s best terraces. Here are the city’s best roof terraces to enjoy the sunshine outdoors…
8 Hoxton Square’s Mediterranean Shack
8 Hoxton Square has opened its Mediterranean Shack, at the summer edition of Pergola on the Roof in White City. The roof terrace serves seasonal Mediterranean-inspired dishes among the Long Island inspired aesthetic of Pergola. Perfect for long summer evenings in the sun. Until 1 Oct; 8 Hoxton Square’s Mediterranean Shack; Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ.
Skylight Rooftop Bar at Tobacco Dock
Opening on 25 May, Skylight is the new roof terrace bar at Tobacco Dock. Set to be a hit, with views over the city and Canary Wharf, the bar will include street food pop-ups and the classic English summer pastime of croquet. Sounds ideal. Tobacco Quay, Pennington St, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF
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The Roof Deck, Selfridges
After the success of wasTED London, The Roof Deck is the new pop-up on the Selfridges rooftop. This Californian restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy frozen cocktails, delicious grills and loads of avocados. 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB.
One of the latest rooftop bars to arrive in London, Aviary in Moorgate does delicious food and cocktails. As its name might suggest, the bar is bird-themed, but you won’t need wings to see the London skyline here as iconic buildings such as the gherkin and cheese grater are within sight from their amazing roof terrace. 10th Floor Montcalm Royal, London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX.
The fusion restaurant – Japanese, Peruvian, Brazilian – takes parts from three different cultures and merges them together to create something a little different. But it’s the views that are impressive. On the 38th and 39th floor of the Heron Tower, the sights over London are pretty much unparalleled (aside from perhaps The Shard). Soon to be opening in Covent Garden too. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY.
Skylounge DoubleTree by Hilton
Set near the Tower of London, Skylounge has great views across some of London’s famous historic features including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Shard and the glittering river Thames below. If it’s impressive views you are after, Skylounge is the rooftop bar for you. 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF.
Other London Terraces
Mercante x La Gelatiera Summer terrace
Mercante, the Italian Mayfair restaurant and artisan gelato makers, La Gelatiera, have partnered to bring Londoners a little taste of Italian sunshine for the summer season with the launch of their summer terrace. Sheraton Grand London, Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX.
Dalloway Terrace has reopened in full bloom with a blossom filled terrace, a new summer menu, Dalloway Film Club, and a collaboration with Hendrick’s Gin with a menu of gin based cocktails to enjoy in the sunshine. Visit the terrace for great brunch (with plenty of floral photo opportunities), as well as Lululemon yoga classes and evening film screenings. For more details click here.
Barrafina, Covent Garden
Barrafina, the Spanish tapas place is perfect for enjoying delicious sharing plates in the sun. With three locations around London, you have plenty of choices. The Barrafina brothers also opened the trendy taco restaurant, El Pastor, near Borough Market late last year. Read more about El Pastor here.
One of London’s most glamorous and notorious spots in London isn’t just about celebrity spotting and crab doughnuts. The restaurant and hotel have a beautiful terrace, perfect for afternoon cocktails. The steak tartar is also worth travelling for. 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA.
Sea Containers Summer Terrace
Set on the banks of the River Thames, the Summer Terrace at The Mondrian Hotel is the perfect spot for all day dining in the sun. Designed by Tom Dixon, the interiors are sure to impress too. Opening from 22 May through until September. 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD.