By Katie Wilson
The capital is full of dreamy rooftops and terraces – if you know where to find them.
From Michelin star dining with a view to spectacular floral installations and the newest rooftops in the capital, these are the best outdoor terraces in London.
Best Outdoor Terraces And Rooftops In London
The Rooftop, One Hundred Shoreditch
The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch (formerly Ace Hotel) opened its doors in May 2022 – and The Boutique Handbook team were among the first to visit. Open until midnight, this Shoreditch gem not only looks beautiful, but serves some quality signature cocktails like the Lemongrass Magarita and oh-so-pretty One Hundred Punch, plus a selection of small plates. There is also an outdoor heated terrace for balmier nights.
Bar 31 Shangri-La The Shard
Did you know there is a new terrace at the bottom of London landmark The Shard? Bar 31 at the Shangri-La hotel has teamed up with Cointreau to launch a Summer Cocktail Terrace, and we approve. Perfect for alfresco drinks from the afternoon through to the evening, it’s open Wednesday to Sunday. As well as delicious cocktails – the Margot and signature Bar 31 Iced Tea were favourites – you can order frozen margaritas, wine and spirits and craft beers on tap. If you get peckish order one of their sharing platters or Pizettes, which are pizzas still big enough to share.
Book a table and find more information on Bar 31 Shangri-La The Shard at bar31.com
AMANO, Covent Garden
Another new rooftop terrace to know about in 2022 is the Skybar on the 7th floor of the AMANO hotel in Covent Garden. The hotel is the first UK outpost from the Berlin-based group. Not only is it central, but check out those skyline views. It’s drinks only for now, but food is coming in the autumn.
The Rooftop at The Standard, King’s Cross
There aren’t many rooftop bars in King’s Cross, but our favourite has to be The Rooftop at The Standard hotel. This beautiful adults-only terrace opened last summer and enjoys views over the London skyline and the famous St Pancras Clocktower. Visit on Sundays for a bottomless brunch.
Garden Bar at Mama Shelter, Shoreditch
The pretty courtyard at Mama Shelter hotel in Shoreditch is open for business and has a pop up in collaboration with Malfy Gin on until the end of July. Bringing a slice of the Amalfi coast to east London, expect a multitude of gin cocktails which are just £7 during happy hour (Mon-Fri 4-7pm). There is all-day food menu in the week and brunch, Sunday roasts and DJ sets at weekends, plus two private karaoke rooms you can hire out.
Book a table and find more information on Mama Shelter Shoreditch at mamashelter.com/london-shoreditch
The Garden Terrace at The Hari, Belgravia
This secret west London drinking spot is hidden in the five-star Hari hotel in Belgravia – and with a retractable roof and heating, it’s a place to visit all year round. A sun trap in summer and cosy retreat in winter, it looks magical lit up at night. If you’ve got a special event coming up, The Garden Terrace can also be hired exclusively.
Read more: The Hari hotel review
If you want Michelin star dining with a view, head to the beautiful rooftop terrace at Angler. Perched at the top of South Place Hotel, close to Moorgate station in the heart of the city, tuck into picture-perfect plates of sensational British seafood. Or indulge in a cocktail on the all-weather gin terrace, which has a retractable roof and heaters.
Read more: Angler restaurant review
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
One of the prettiest outdoor terraces in central London has to be Dalloway Terrace. A delight to visit at any time of year due to their magnificent floral installations which change with the season, this is a great spot for everything from cocktails to brunch – and a must-visit for afternoon tea.
Seabird at The Hoxton, Southwark
For cocktails with a panoramic view of the capital, Seabird on the 14th floor of The Hoxton hotel in Southwark is top of our list. You should especially head here if you love oysters and seafood platters. They even do a ‘Seabird Sunday’ session. It’s a pretty special place for a happy hour, which runs on weekdays from 3pm to 5pm.
Book a table at Seabird Rooftop Restaurant at The Hoxton Southwark. Find more information at thehoxton.com
PocketSquare Skyline Bar, Whitechapel
PocketSquare is a new Skyline Bar on the ninth floor of Hyatt Place London City East hotel. This alluring oasis is a sun trap which boasts incredible views over the city from an artfully designed terrace. It serves fancy small plates like Oxtail Sliders and Salmon and Tuna Mosaic and has just launched a new summer cocktail menu.
Book a table and find more information at pocketsquare.london
The Nest Rooftop Bar at Treehouse Hotel, Marylebone
Want to watch the sun go down from a central London rooftop location? Head to The Nest Rooftop Bar at the Treehouse Hotel. Enjoy 360-degree views as you sip cocktails and watch DJs spin the decks from their very own treehouse ‘fort’. There is a minimum spend of £50 for a two-hour reservation or £40 if you’re a guest at the hotel.
Jurema Terrace at The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
Surrounded by a hanging garden of jasmine and passionflower, the beautiful Jurema Terrace at The Mandrake hotel only opens in summer – and is a secret spot for cocktails away from the hustle and bustle of central London. The courtyard (pictured) is on the first floor of the hotel, while the glasshouse on the second floor can be booked out for private dining.
The MAINE Mayfair
Directly off Bond Street, you’ll find this pretty sun-filled spot which has opened its doors for the summer months. The MAINE Mayfair is a New England-inspired brasserie set in an 18th century townhouse. Expect a raw bar, charcuterie, small plates and wood-fired fish and meats. There is also a champagne and cocktail bar – and it’s dog friendly.
Maya at The Hoxton, Shoreditch
For Soho House vibes without the membership, book a table at Maya – a new Mexican restaurant from the Soho House team in partnership with The Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch. Although it’s name suggests it is part of the hotel, the entrance is actually through a separate door round the back. There’s both indoor and outdoor dining and it’s great for cocktails if you’re into Tequila and Mezcal.
Book a table at Maya at The Hoxton. Find more information at thehoxton.com/shoreditch
The Garden at Chameleon, Marylebone
If you’re looking for an alfresco brunch spot, this new Tel Avivian restaurant at the One Marylebone site in central London is definitely worth a visit. Serving up a sharing style meze menu from chef Elior Balbul, guests can dine in the impressive courtyard or in one of the nine specially built greenhouses, the largest of which can seat up to 30. Other experiences include immersive cinema nights, rotating art exhibitions and fitness and wellbeing sessions.
TT Liquor Roof Terrace, Shoreditch
London has a new hidden rooftop bar, but to find it you’ll need to look for the liquor store entrance downstairs. Walk through the shop and head upstairs to reach the secret terrace, which can only be seen if you’re going past on the London overground. Drinks are courtesy of TT Liquor, who run cocktail-making classes onsite. The ‘Spritz Menu’ includes cocktails such as Rags to Riches, Berlin Calling and a Venetian Twist. Fresh pizzas and charcuterie boards are also served.
Radio Rooftop, Covent Garden
As far as London rooftops go, Radio Rooftop is one of the originals and definitely the most vibey. With a terrace which wraps around the 10th floor of ME London hotel in Covent Garden you can spot The Shard, Big Ben, The London Eye and St Paul’s cathedral. Visit for breakfast, brunch – you can order a Lobster and Caviar omelette here – or just for drinks. They also have DJs spinning the decks until 1am at weekends.
The Terrace at The Albion, Islington
The Albion pub is a Georgian gem in the centre of Islington, just a stone’s throw from the Regent’s Canal. It’s from the same team behind the Princess of Shoreditch, Pig & Butcher and Smokehouse. The food here is top notch, but in summer the beautiful terrace with its twisted wisteria out in full bloom is worth heading to just for a pint.
The Boundary, Shoreditch
The Boundary in Shoreditch is one of our favourite rooftop restaurants in London serving tasty breakfasts, small plates and meat and fish from the grill. If you just want a drink, there is a beautiful al fresco terrace too which is the perfect spot for a sundowner. And trust us, the cocktails are good here.
Book a table at The Boundary. Find more information at boundary.london
12th Knot Rooftop Bar at Sea Containers, Southbank
For drinks with sunset views of the Thames and St Paul’s, 12th Knot at the top of the Sea Containers hotel on Southbank is where to head. You can’t book a table on the terrace as it’s first come, first serve – but you can reserve a table inside. We love the DJs and live music here, as well as the cocktails, sharing platters and small plates.
The Culpeper, Aldgate
A secret rooftop a short walk from Aldgate East station, you’ll find this gem atop The Culpeper pub. In fact, the rooftop is the whole reason this pub exists. Passionate about using underutilised spaces in London, it has been transformed into a kitchen garden as well as a drinking spot with a view. Grab a set lunch here for £35pp.
Book a table and find more information on The Culpeper at theculpeper.com
108 Brasserie, Marylebone
This chic bistro looks like it could be in Paris, but it’s in the heart of Marylebone just off the High Street. With a new menu featuring dishes such as Dukkah-spiced Spring Lamb and Blackened Miso Cod, 108 Brasserie is great for all day dining and weekend brunching. Book an alfresco table and watch the world go by.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, King’s Road
One of the most famous terraces in London, The Ivy Chelsea Garden on the King’s Road had to be included on this list. Famed all year round for its floral displays, this stunning space is open for alfresco dining seven days a week. The terrace is heated and covered over too, so you never have to worry about the weather.
Cinnamon Kitchen, Devonshire Square
Make the most of summer days at Cinnamon Kitchen’s all-weather terrace in Devonshire Square near Liverpool Street. Sip spiced-infused cocktails on the colourful Indian-inspired decking accompanied by delicious plates such as Old Dehli Style Chicken Curry and Tandoori Achari Cauliflower. There is also a bottomless brunch here at weekends.
Book a table and find more information on Cinnamon Kitchen at cinnamon-kitchen.com
The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair
Love people watching in Mayfair? The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught is the perfect spot. Menu highlights include Black Truffle Pizza, Burrata Salad and Crispy Salmon Sushi. You can also order a very fancy afternoon tea, with prices starting from £52.50pp.
The Courtyard at Wild by Tart, Victoria
Situated in the beautiful Ecclestone Yards behind Victoria station is Wild by Tart – and if you haven’t visited this hidden corner of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, you need to. Request a table in their botanical Courtyard, which is covered over so suitable for all weathers. The food is focused on charcoal grill and wood oven baked dishes. Delicious snacks, flatbreads and small plates are also available. Tables of eight or more dine from their Feasting Menu (£45pp). There is also a weekly market on every Sunday from 11am-5pm.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond and Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries are famed for their floral terraces, which often end up on most beautiful restaurant lists. There are two sites in London to visit – the original Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond, which has a glasshouse restaurant with food inspired by their kitchen garden or you can visit for a Garden Afternoon Tea. More centrally, book a table at one of the two pretty terraces at their Covent Garden branch.
Book a table and find more information on both restaurants at petershamnurseries.com
Hope & Anchor, Brixton
Looking for a pretty terrace south of the river? Check out Hope & Anchor between Brixton and Clapham. It’s renowned for its Burger Shack burgers and cocktails worthy of the ‘gram – but the main draw here is the fairy-lit garden with hanging floral installation which is fully covered and heated for all seasons. There are also 12 bookable huts, equipped with TVs and private heaters.
Book a table and find more information at hopeananchorbrixton.co.uk
Allegra at The Stratford, east London
This chic rooftop restaurant on the 7th floor of The Stratford hotel is from the team behind Chiltern Firehouse and St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – and is definitely worth heading to east London for. Set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and water features, it has spectacular views of the capital and is sheltered under a cedar-cantilevered roof. The food is fancy and sure to impress. If you dine outside expect a scaled back menu of restaurant dishes including oysters, charcuterie – and casual offerings such as their take on fried chicken and burgers. It’s also a great place to head for cocktails.
ULI, Notting Hill
With a fully retractable roof and blankets if it turns cold, this beautiful terrace can be found at ULI in Notting Hill. Enjoy healthy Asian cooking at this acclaimed restaurant, where all the dishes are made from scratch. Menu highlights include the Teriyaki Black Cod with Asparagus, Sea Bass Noodle Salad and ULI Coconut Curry.
HIDE, Green Park
Overlooking Hyde Park, this three-level restaurant from chef Ollie Dabbous has space for up to 70 guests on their heated outdoor terrace. The outside menu features favourites from the à la carte menu at HIDE Ground and cocktails from HIDE Below. New dishes to mark the reopening include Fresh Linguine with Brixham Crab and Bulgogi Glazed Iberico Pork with Spring Onion and White Miso. HIDE is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and half the tables will be held back for walk-ins.
The Pilgrm hotel, Paddington
The sun-trap terrace at The Pilgrm hotel in Paddington is giving us massive beach bar vibes. Open for breakfast, brunch or sundowner cocktails, it’s best to book a table but they also accept walk-ins. If it rains there’s not much shelter, but there are blankets to keep you warm if you need one.
Book a table and find more information at thepilgrm.com
The garden at Carousel in Marylebone has been given a makeover. Expect rotating pop ups from an ever-changing line-up of guest chefs. It’s advanced bookings only for the garden, but they will be holding back street side seats for walk-ins.
Book a table and find out more information at carousel-london.com
No.197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick
This former fire station turned chic bar on Chiswick High Road is not to be missed. Just a few minutes from Turnham Green Station, the hidden walled garden wouldn’t look out of place in Ibiza. Pop in for coffee, cocktails or weekend brunches.
The Roof Terrace at The Sloane, Chelsea
The Roof Terrace at The Sloane in Chelsea is now open for summer. This members’ club space is open to non-members who book a room at the Sloane Place hotel. Afternoon tea, cocktails and special performances such as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream form part of the summer line-up.
Book a table and find more information at sloaneplace.com
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