Best Terraces in London

Words by
Lee Cassanell

29th June 2022

The secret outdoor venues to soak up the Summer. 

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Bar 31

Serving up a host of delicious and expertly-crafted Cointreau cocktails, including frozen margaritas, alongside sharing plates and more, the new sun-soaked Cointreau terrace at Bar 31 makes the ideal spot for afterwork drinks in the city and alfresco celebrations - perfect for enjoying sun-filled days and long, balmy evenings in the capital this summer.



Located in The London Hotel, Whitcomb’s floral terrace, complete with its own loveseat swing, is the place to be to sip cocktails and dine alfresco from their French Mediterranean menu. Tucked-away in a corner of Leicester Square, it’s a sun-drenched hidden getaway from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap.


The Standard

Dubbed ‘the capital’s coolest hotel’, The Standard’s rooftop is hosting a ‘Sunday High series of Summer events featuring with some of the most exciting DJ’s, collectives and performers. Grab a refreshing cocktails on tap and enjoy a 360 view of the big city as you bop along to the beats.



Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Nusr-Et is serving up it’s signature dishes al fresco for the very first time. Their intimate rooftop with an abundance of foliage and greenery surrounding the secluded terrace, provides the perfect spot for after work sundowners or family and friends to gather for long drinks and leisurely summer suppers over plates brimming with Fried Baby Calamari and Salmon Tartare.


The Rooftop Bar & Grill

The perfect destination for lazy lunches, afternoon cocktails, balmy evenings and cosy nights alike, The Rooftop Bar & Grill boasts spectacular views of the City and East London from the stylish surroundings of their  heated outdoor terrace

From Easter through to late summer the Rooftop offers a slice of the Medi. Grilled meats & fish abound, alongside fresh and simple salads and southern French delicacies like olives, tapenade, and charcuterie, all washed down with ice-cold Provencal rose.



Unwind with drinks, a light bite or an all-out feast on the Pantechnicon’s botanical-filled outside terrace and glass-covered interior.

A casual, produce-led menu is influenced by Japanese and Nordic cooking and prepared with seasonal ingredients. Created by a team of Pantechnicon's head chefs, there’s also refined dishes that offer a taste of their Sachi and Eldr restaurants. At the bar, crafted cocktails and spritzes created by their masterful mixologists are made with house infusions, botanicals and exclusive spirits. There's also Danish and Japanese beer on tap, and a carefully sourced international wine list to boot.


J. Sheekey Express

Historic seafood restaurant, J. Sheekey, has transformed its terrace by launching eye-catching installation ‘J. Sheekey Express.

The restaurant invites guests into a world of glamour, heritage, and opulence in the very

heart of London. Diners will be taken on a luxurious journey along the British coastline and encouraged to indulge on the limited-edition cocktails and delicious treats such as Lindisfarne Oysters, Shrimp and Soft Shell Crab Burgers and a range of exceptional seafood platters.



The Dorchester Rooftop

With a splendid view of Hyde Park and exemplary dining and service, The Dorchester Rooftop is one of the most sought-after spots in town. 

Delve into their summer menu devised by Jean-Philippe Blondet, executive chef of Alain Ducasse and inspired by flavours of the Mediterranean. Octopus Baba ghanoush, Sea Bass Cerviche and Beef Tartare and just some of the culinary delights on offer and their Valensole Tequila Cocktail is the perfect tipple in the summer sun.



Wagtail Rooftop Bar

A new kid on the block, the Wagtail Rooftop Bar near Monument was designed to have a 360-degree view of the city and is an ideal vantage point to take in the majestic sights of The Shard, Tower Bridge and St Pauls.

Their Wagu Beef, Soft Shell Crab and Foraged Mushrooms Sliders will keep you sated and if you have an adventurous pallate, try their pickled beetroot cocktail or matcha and rum cocktails.



Il Giardino at The Berkeley

Celebrating Italian cooking and cuisine, this intimate and informal alfresco restaurant is covered with a canopy of foliage and lined with fragrant herb plants and olive trees.

With a relaxed menu accompanied by a list of Mediterranean wines and Italian-inspired aperitivos, small plates include asparagus and truffle, salmon crude with fennel and orange and baby squid.

Served by a team decked out in navy chinos and Grenson sneakers, you’ll feel like you’re dining al-fresco abroad in the middle of the city. 



Laurent-Perrier x Sea Containers 

Soak up the South Bank on the Laurent-Perrier x Sea Containers Surrealism-inspired Terrace. Coinciding with the landmark ‘Surrealism Beyond Borders’ exhibition at the Tate Modern, you’ll be surrounded by a variety of statement pieces which have been created to reflect the Surrealist movement, mirroring the work of famous surrealist artists such as Salvador and René Magritte.

Famous for their large sharing plates including ribs, roast chicken and seabass - plenty of light-bites are available but if you really want to push the boat out, order the Fruit De Mer, a Bottle of Champagne and live like a king for an hour or so south of the river.




The Allegra bar and terrace, located on the 7th floor of The Stratford, was designed by Space Copenhagen (the team behind Noma) and fuses cutting-edge style with cosy, old-world opulence.

Their signature cocktails, including Rhubarb Darjeeling, Orange Peppermint and Peach Honey will delight the tastebuds and quench the thirst whilst their terrace menu of Oysters, Pork Chops and an English Cheesboard will provide the ballast you need for those long, hazy afternoons in the sun.



Scott’s Terrace 

One of London’s five oldest restaurants, Scott’s has been serving fish and seafood dinners to the great and the good since 1851 and it claims to be the place Ian Fleming first overheard the request for a martini that was shaken, not stirred. 

This year it’s celebrating ‘Midsummer on Mount Street’ on their terrace teaming up with Krug Champagne and home décor brand de Gournay who’ve created an exotic print canopy for you to feast under. 

Expect seafood, lashings of it.



La Veranda by Patrón

This summer, Rosewood London is bringing a taste of Mexico to our iconic courtyard in collaboration with Patrón tequila. La Veranda is the perfect suntrap to spend long summer days sipping crafted Patrón cocktails surrounded by serene water features, colourful ceramics, and plentiful agave.

Discover dishes inspired by Rosewood’s Mexican properties, featuring tableside guacamole, decadent quesadillas, handmade tacos and more.