By Katie Wilson
The capital is full of dreamy terraces to visit this summer – if you know where to find them.
From Michelin star dining with a view to hotel pop ups, floral installations and the newest rooftops to check out in the capital whatever the occasion, these are the best outdoor terraces in London.
Best Outdoor Terraces In London
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.
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 Rooftop Restaurant at The Hoxton
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. Other highlights include the Octopus Roll and Prawn Croquetas.
Book a table at Seabird Rooftop Restaurant at The Hoxton Southwark. Find more information thehoxton.com
The Nest Rooftop Bar at Treehouse Hotel
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.
The Garden at Chameleon
If you’re looking for an al fresco 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 their very own flower garden from London florists Artistically Twisted, immersive cinema nights, rotating art exhibitions and fitness and wellbeing sessions.
TT Liquor Roof Terrace
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, which you would never know was a bar from the outside, and head up the stairs to reach this pretty space 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. Drinks from the ‘Spritz Menu’ include Rags to Riches, Berlin Calling (we wish) and a Venetian Twist. Fresh pizzas and charcuterie boards are also served.
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 brand 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 al fresco table and watch the world go by.
Malfy Gin Terrace at Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols has partnered with Malfy Gin to bring an Italian inspired Lemon Grove Terrace to the 5th floor of the Knightsbridge store.
It’s the perfect spot for a post-shopping G&T – or try one of the specially created Malfy cocktails, which start from just £9.
Brunch is served until 2pm. Other food offerings include Burger & Lobster, Mixed Grain Bowls and a Sparkling Afternoon Tea (£18pp).
The Beach Huts at The Berkeley
The Berkeley hotel is bringing the beach to Belgravia this summer with their latest pop up celebrating the Great British staycation.
Their five rainbow coloured beach huts are inspired by Britain’s most iconic foodie seafronts such as Whitstable, Southwold and Padstow, and each sit up to six people.
Menu highlights include made-to-share seafood platters, lobster rolls, and a ‘Seaside Benedict’ breakfast of smoked salmon and caviar flatbread. Terrace and countertop dining is also available if you can’t book a beach hut.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
One of the most famous terraces in London pre-lockdown, 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 back open for al fresco dining seven days a week. The terrace is heated and covered over too, so you don’t have to worry about the weather.
The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught
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
Bookings for the botanical Courtyard at Wild by Tart are back on – and who cares if it rains, as the roof is covered over.
With a focus on charcoal grill and wood oven baked dishes, dishes include Bream with Coconut, Ginger and Tumeric (£25) and the Iberico Pork Chop to share (£48). Delicious snacks, flatbreads and small plates are also available. Tables of eight or more dine from their Feasting Menu (£45pp).
Situated in the beautiful Ecclestone Yards behind Victoria station, if you haven’t visited this hidden corner of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, you need to. 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 petershamnurseries.com
Allegra at The Stratford
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 and al fresco drinks.
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.
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
The sun-trap terrace at The Pilgrm hotel in Paddington is giving us 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 thepilgrm.com
The garden at Carousel in Marylebone has been given a makeover.
Expect a summer of 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 streetside seats for walk-ins.
Book a table and find out more information at carousel-london.com
No.197 Chiswick Fire Station
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.