By Katie Wilson
Want to know the best outdoor terraces in London now we can finally go out again? Keep reading.
From limited edition champagne pop-ups, to restaurants which crown the capital’s finest rooftops, this is where you’ll find us this summer.
Best Outdoor Terraces In London
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 you 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 once restrictions are fully lifted.
Other experiences include their very own flower garden from London florists Artistically Twisted, immersive cinema nights, rotating art exhibitions and fitness and wellbeing sessions.
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.
The terrace is open now for al fresco bookings and indoor service will resume from May 17.
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 had to be included on this list.
Famed all year round for its floral displays, this stunning space is now taking al fresco bookings again.
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.
Bookings are being taken for tables of up to four people. More tables will be available for walk-ins on the day.
The Courtyard at Wild by Tart
Bookings for the botanical Courtyard at Wild by Tart are back on – and your table definitely won’t get cancelled as the roof is covered over.
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.
Wild by Tart are offering a reduced menu until the restaurant and event space fully reopens, but expect a mix of delicious snacks, small plates, flatbreads and desserts.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond and Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries are famed for their floral terraces, which often end up on most beautiful restaurant lists.
Their flagship site in Richmond is now taking bookings in the outdoor area of the Petersham Nurseries Cafe.
Guests can also book a table on the terrace at La Goccia 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 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.
More casual offering Happy Burger @ Allegra is popping up on their terraces from April – where you can order Beyond Meat burgers, as well as cheese burgers and fried chicken. Usual service will resume when the restaurant reopens fully on May 19.
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 now has space for up to 70 guests on their heated outdoor terrace.
The 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 just in time for the anticipated return of alfresco dining.
Expect a summer of rotating pop ups from an ever-changing line-up of guest chefs. For the month of May it’s Thomas Straker. Expect gnocchi, pizzas and fried chicken sandwiches.
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.
Reopening from April 29 for coffee, cocktails or weekend brunching.