Let’s Go Outside
Looking for somewhere cool to enjoy cocktails al fresco? Check out our list of London’s hottest open air spots…
Best for escaping the crowds with an expertly mixed cocktail: Milk & Honey (rooftop), 61 Poland Street, W1F 7NU. T: 020 7065 6840.
Best for generous space and stunning views over London’s landmarks: Vista at The Trafalgar (rooftop) 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS. T: 020 7870 2900 (£5 entry charge).
Best for a touch of glamour near Oxford Street: Aqua Nueva (rooftop) 240 Regent Street, W1B 3RB. T: 020 7478 0540
Best for lounging in a hydro spa and living the rock and roll dream: Sanctum Hotel (rooftop), 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF. T: 020 7292 6100
Best for celebrating your designer purchases with an ice cold martini: The Terrace at Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols (rooftop) 109-125 Brompton Road, SW1X 7RJ. T: 020 7235 5000
Best for chilling out, lighting up and relaxing with a first-class cigar: Garden Room at The Lanesborough (garden), Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA. T: 020 7259 5599
Best for posh barbies, cocktails, shisha pipes and live music: 51 Buckingham Gate (courtyard) 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF. T: 020 7769 7766
Best for living the lush life in an inner City sanctuary: The Courtyard Garden at The Sanderson (courtyard), 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG. T: 020 7300 1400
City and Docklands
Best for glamour and greenery in the heart of the City: Coq D’Argent (rooftop), 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ. T: 020 7395 5000
Best for capturing the mood of a Portuguese summer: A Grelha at The Gun (terrace) 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, E14 9NS.
T: 020 7515 5222
Best for urban cool cats: Frank’s Café & Campari Bar (rooftop) 10th floor, Peckham Multi-storey carpark, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Best for incredible views over the river: Cocktail Bar Terrace (terrace), Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH. T: 020 7803 3888
Best for social drinking in a secluded garden: Lost Society (courtyard garden), 697 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JF. T: 020 7652 6526
Best for three great bars in one courtyard: VOC/Camino/Bar Pepito (courtyard), Varnishers Yard, Regent’s Quarter, N1 9FD
Best for watching narrowboats and ducks on the canal: (terrace) Rotunda, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG. T: 020 7014 2840
Best for heaps of colour, fish pond fountains and films on the roof: Queen of Hoxton (rootop), 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX. T: 020 7422 0958.
Best for East End cool meets West End style: Boundary Rooftop (rooftop), 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD. T: 020 7729 1051.
Best for gin lovers taking a stroll in the park: The Gin Bar at Serpentine Bar & Kitchen (van on the terrace) Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, W2 2NH. T 020 7706 8114
Best for the wow factor: Babylon at The Roof Gardens (1.5 acres of rooftop gardens) 6th floor, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA. T: 020 7368 3993
What’s your favourite al fresco drinking spot? Drop us a line and tell us about it.