Looking for a drink or a bite to eat in the sun? Here’s a mix of London’s best summer terrace takeovers, longtime favorites and pop-ups for eating and drinking in the sun…
Leading Photo: Nine Lives
1 Citadelle Summer Terrace at OXO Tower, Bankside
The original French gin will take over London’s iconic rooftop destination this summer, delighting guests with a range of cocktails inspired by summer in south-west France. Overlooking the River Thames and adorned with citrus trees and nautical design elements, escape the busy streets below and be whisked away to distant shores in this summer pop-up.
Address: OXO Tower, OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH 2.
2 strips of Amalfi Terrace, Mayfair
A brand new summer terrace has opened in Mayfair’s iconic Brown Hart Gardens. Inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the design-led venue is a welcome offering to London’s food and dining scene, serving up pointed cocktails, authentic Italian pinsa and gourmet Italian street food in an idyllic setting.
Address: Above, Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6WP
Stripes Amalfi Terrace, Mayfair
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3 12th node Summer Terrace, Bankside
Sea Containers London celebrates the British summer with sweeping views across the city, bespoke summer drinks and decor inspired by the heart of the British countryside. Cocktails are tailored to Gray Goose’s newly launched Essence flavors, and to emphasize the rural theme, guests are treated to an ‘urban picnic’ of delights, including new and unique flavors such as smoked BBQ jackfruit sliders and ice cream with Guinness flavor.
Address: Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground SE1 9PD
4 GONG at Shangri La The Shard, London Bridge
One of London’s most iconic landmarks has teamed up with Canaïma Gin and Diplomático Rum to bring a tropical slice of Latin America to the city. The space has been transformed into an Amazon-style space with lush greenery and sweeping views across London, and will serve a range of new and exciting cocktails, as well as a special collaboration with award-winning bartender Simon Caporale.
Address: Level 52, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU
5 Laurent-Perrier on Nobu Terrace, Marylebone
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square has opened its Champagne and Sushi Terrace for the summer. The terrace, now open for lunch, pays homage to Nobu’s rich Japanese heritage with lush natural foliage and contemporary design. Signature dishes like the miso with black cod are paired with a selection of vintages and start at £43. Groups of four or more can sample the Nobu Signature Sharing Platters featuring the chef’s selection of hand-cut sushi maki and nigiri. Vegetarian options available upon request.
Address: 22 Portman Square W1H 7BG
Nobu Hotel Portman Square Terrace
– Nobu Hotel Portman Square
6 Homeboy, Embassy Garden
In the south-west of the capital, Irish bar Homeboy in Embassy Gardens (there’s another in Islington) has a terrace that runs the length of the venue, making it a perfect place for after-work drinks in the sun or a meetings with friends. The bar prides itself on first class Irish hospitality and can create a range of superb cocktails to enjoy alongside dishes from the extensive, hearty menu.
Address: Unit 6, Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7AY
7 The Lowback, Canary Wharf
Part of the Hawksmoor empire, The Lowback, a new(ish) bar for East London’s CBD, is the first new bar for the steakhouse since it opened its Spitalfields location. Located on Canary Wharf’s floating pavilion docks, the sprawling venue has a great terrace from which to take in the surrounding cityscape while sipping a martini, served in the chilly sub-zero weather.
Address: 1 Water Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5GX
8 Roku Gin Summer Terrace at Pantechnicon, Belgravia
Japanese-Scandinavian powerhouse Pantechnicon will soon be opening its summer terrace, which will offer visitors a taste of Japan. A menu will feature cocktail twists on kakigori, a traditional Japanese shaved-ice dessert made with Roku gin, as well as authentic street food dishes like octopus takoyaki, veganyaki and yuzuyaki – cardamom pancake balls with yuzu curd and strawberry – combine. Customers can enjoy all of this in front of a stunning bar setting inspired by artist Ikko Tanaka. Starts from June 30th to September 11th.
Address: 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia SW1X 8LB
9 Nine Lives, London Bridge
Tucked beneath the arches of London Bridge you’ll find Nine Lives, a welcoming neighborhood bar that’s transformed its outdoor seating area into something that has more sunny Cali vibes than gray London city vibes. Dubbed Nine Lives Alley, the bar’s outdoor space is paved and pedestrianized, so head downstairs to enjoy cocktails and tacos from Tigre Tacos, the bar’s street food kitchen.
Address: 8 Holyrood Street, London Bridge SE1 2EL
Nine Lives, London Bridge
10 Bermondsey Pantry, Bermondsey
After The Dairy in Clapham, Bermondsey Larder opened in 2020. The venue recently opened a new 40-seat terrace with live music and DJ sessions on weekends. The cuisine focuses on provenance and serves seasonal dishes. Summer highlights include roasted zucchini blossoms with goat’s cheese and salt marsh lamb with Nutbourne tomatoes and green olive vinaigrette. There’s also aperitivo hour from 5pm to 7pm – sunny cocktails like Aperol Spritz and Bee’s Knees served with homemade chips and crab mayonnaise.
Bermondsey Larder, South East London
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11 Princess Royal, Notting Hill
This recently opened pub, owned by hospitality group Cubitt House, has a stunning garden designed by award-winning designer Jinny Blom. While soaking up the sun you can enjoy the full Princess Royal menu and a pint of cask ale from the bar.
Address: 47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill W2 5AH
The Princess Royal Terrace, Notting Hill
– The Princess Royal
12 Whitcomb’s in the London Hotel, West End
Whitcomb’s Restaurant has opened its Summer Terrace in partnership with ST GERMAIN. Sip cocktails and dine al fresco from Whitcomb’s French-Mediterranean menu on the very flowery, very sun-drenched terrace tucked away in a hidden corner of Leicester Square. You can also swing on the two-seater on the terrace.
Address: 38 Leicester Square WC2H 7DX
Whitcomb’s in The Londoner, West End
13 The American Bar in Stafford London, St James’s
For a touch of sophisticated luxury, The American Bat at The Stafford London leads to a secluded cobbled terrace in the heart of St James’s. With a newly introduced American-inspired all-day dining menu created by Lisa Goodwin Allen, you can savor barbecue ribs or a lobster thermidor sub while sampling sublime concoctions from the revamped cocktail menu.
Address: 16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s, SW1A 1NJ
The American Bar at Stafford St James’s
– The American Bar at Stafford St. James’s
14 River, Battersea
The riverside terrace of Fiume, Francesco Mazzei’s Battersea restaurant, has been transformed into a southern Italian oasis this summer in collaboration with Ortigia Sicilia and Malfy Gin. Enjoy dishes that pay tribute to the coastal cuisine of Southern Italy right on the banks of the Thames at Battersea Power Station.
Address: Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, SW8 5BN
15 Tower Bridge Terrace, Tower Bridge
Proven French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour has teamed up with award-winning rosé brand Maison Mirabeau to open a southern France-inspired seafood and rosé terrace this summer. With one of the best views of London Bridge in existence, feast on gin cocktails and roses along with fresh seafood and seasonal French dishes while overlooking the River Thames. Open until September.
Address: 36D Shad Thames, Tower Bridge SE1 2YE
Tower Bridge Terrace, Tower Bridge
– The Tower Bridge
16 Somerset House Terrace, Strand
The Somerset House terrace featuring San Miguel is yet again one of central London’s best terrace pop-ups of the summer. The bar serves ice-cold beers, including non-alcoholic beers and gluten-free beers, and a so-called sunset spritz cocktail, as well as spectacular city views from the riverfront terrace. Tapas are available for nibbles, and on Fridays between 6pm and 7pm during the ‘sundown hour’ you can get two pints of San Miguel Especial and two tapas dishes for £20. Open until October.
Address: Somerset House, South Wing, WC2R 1LA
San Miguel X Somerset House Terrace
– Somerset House Terrace
17 Alex Webb at Number One Park Lane
The InterContinental’s Terrace Restaurant has launched its chef pop-up series, and first up is MasterChef the Professionals 2020 winner, Alex Webb. The chef dishes up dishes that are both delicate and comforting, and steeped in British nostalgia. These include sharing dishes like Devon Crab and Duck Scotch Egg, citrus-smoked salmon, and cold-water cod with champagne sauce. There’s also fairy cotton for dessert, which you can rip and shred to eat with strawberries and bits of meringue. Pair all of this with Hattingley Valley wines and the most delicious cider you’ve ever tasted. Alex’s menu is available until July 28th.
Address: 1 Park Lane, W1J 7QY
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