Join the al fresco fever with a cocktail in hand on one of our favourite outdoor terraces in London. We promise there are no chicer spots to soak up the rays this summer…
Words Georgie Rutherford
Our pick of outdoor terraces in London
Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Oxo has teamed up with 1800 Tequila, the world’s first super premium tequila, to launch the 1800 Terrace. Set to be a haven of al fresco dining this spring, guests can sip on exclusive 1800 cocktails while taking in the stunning panoramic London skyline views. The terrace will also be a top brunch destination offering a bespoke Mexican brunch menu and 1800 breakfast cocktails such as the spicy 1800 Bloody Maria – a tequila twist on the brunch favourite.
Granary Square Brasserie
Granary Square Brasserie has partnered with Fever Tree to transform its terrace into a Physic Garden. The installation takes inspiration from traditional physic gardens, and the practices of growing and blending herbs, to create innovative new G & T serves for visitors to try this summer. If that’s not enough, you can learn how to blend and mix your own botanical gin concoctions at the House of Apothecary before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner.
Kick back and relax on Orerry’s summer terrace, perched atop the roof of the converted stable block that houses the restaurant and evokes a sunny garden in the South of France. Orrery has collaborated with Neom Organics from 1 May until the 17 June, with the terrace garden inspired by their new Energy Burst perfume with uplifting notes of zesty lemon, rosemary and grapefruit. Orrery’s bar team have also created a collection of cocktails inspired by their essential oils and topped with some bubbles!
Jumeirah Carlton Tower has partnered with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to bring Londoners a taste of summer at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant’s al fresco terrace. Here, visitors and guests alike will be able to indulge in a glass of Champagne, whilst overlooking exclusive Cadogan Place Gardens.
This month saw Chicama launch its glorious summer terrace where you can enjoy a Peruvian-inspired feast, alongside a Pisco Sour, al fresco. A selection of snacks and starters, to include tapioca marshmallows, miso aubergine with sour cream and pecans, and popcorn monkfish cheeks is the perfect way to begin the Chicama experience.
John Lewis Oxford Street
Inspired by the capital’s love of music and sound, The Gardening Society at John Lewis Oxford Street presents Summer of Sound On The Roof. The newly landscaped roof will feature live gigs, DJ sets and acoustic music against the breath-taking panoramic backdrop of the capital’s skyline. Music lovers can soak up the sunshine and kick back with the best in high-fi entertainment, whilst enjoying food from award-winning fried chicken specialists, Butchies, and drinks courtesy of Fever Tree’s Gin & Tonic Garden.
Devonshire Terrace is set to be the hottest spot to drink and dine this summer. Just a hop and a skip from Liverpool Street Station, this expansive outdoor terrace is dressed with tonal textiles, tropical foliage and sumptuous sofas and armchairs, offering the perfect escape for office workers and day-trippers looking to enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy their botanical cocktail menu featuring classic and experimental cocktails characterised by the use of herbs, spices, berries and vegetables found in an English country garden.
Following the success of last year, Peroni will once again be recreating the terrace at Somerset House with its newest drink – an Italian inspired aperitivo Peroni Ambra. The Terrace Bar will provide a sunlit sanctuary in the heart of London, reminiscent of breezy afternoons in North West Italy. Wish the afternoon away in a relaxed atmosphere whilst treating yourself to a delicious sourdough pizza fresh from the oven.
Harry’s Dolce Vita
Harry’s Dolce Vita, located in Knightsbridge offers a beautiful outdoor terrace inspired by the glamour of 1950’s Italy perfect for alfresco dining this summer. Executive Chef Diego Cardoso has created a selection of summer special desserts and cocktails which will feature on their a la carte, including a ‘Sgroppino’ cocktail, featuring prosecco, limoncello and lemon & lime sorbet and ‘Oops I dropped the cornetto’ dessert, made with homemade lemon infused Gelato Fior di Latte with a wafer cone dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in toasted hazelnuts. The ‘Cornetto’ is dropped on dark chocolate and pistachio soil with raspberries, basil, fresh mint and edible flowers.