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16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in London to enjoy this summer

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

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Is there anything better than London in the sunshine? As soon as we’ve stopped melting into our office chairs we’ll be basking in those rays with cocktail glass in hand at one of London’s best outdoor restaurants or rooftops. With the weather being as glorious as it is, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor dining options in London, including shaded terraces, pretty courtyards and rooftops with some of the best views of the capital. Whether you’re in the mood for a three course meal or a quick vino pit stop, we’ve got you covered.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

1) The Maine Mayfair, Mayfair

A super stylish Mayfair offering, The Maine’s cosy, shaded terrace is perfect for brunch with friends or early evening dates. The exciting menu features everything from soft shell crab, oysters and fish tacos to chicken and waffles at the weekend, which you can wash down with three different types of Bloody Mary, if that’s what you’re in the market for. Oh, and did we mention it’s dog-friendly?

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

2) Sushi Samba, Bishopsgate

Panoramic London views don’t get much better than Sushi Samba Heron Tower. Ride the lift to the 38th floor to dine at one of the highest outdoor restaurant terraces in Europe. Inspired by cuisines of Japan, Brazil and Peru, choose from shrimp Tempura, Tiradito or Ezo Samba Rolls while enjoying a Lychee Cooler cocktail. The Covent Garden location, which features a wraparound terrace upstairs and Piazza Terrace downstairs, is also not to be missed.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

3) Madison, St Paul’s

From a New York-style brunch to a London’s finest dinner, Madison has you covered – and we mean that literally too, whether it’s rain or shine you can dine, drink and take in the impressive views (indoor seating with floor to ceiling windows is available). If you’re feeling extra decadent, they do a Deluxe Pornstar Martini (£24) complete with white chocolate wings and a splash of edible gold. Fancy!

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

3) Toklas, The Strand

We adore the interiors at Toklas, so their terrace was always going to be a divine spot to dine. The secluded, shaded space is surrounded by flourishing green foliage while polka dot chairs add pops of bright colour to the aesthetic. Just a three-minute walk from Somerset House, this is the ideal place to eat if you’re visiting the theatre or shopping in nearby Covent Garden.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

3) The Rooftop St. James, Trafalgar Square

If you love a sunset and stunning views of the London skyline, then this is the rooftop for you. A well-kept secret (we work right next to Trafalgar Square and never knew this existed until recently), feast on tasty small plates or sharers and wash it down with their intoxicating ‘Rooftop Sangria’ which is a mix of red wine, brandy and vermouth.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

4) Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Hyde Park

An elegant oasis next to Hyde Park, On The Terrace at the iconic Four Seasons has a mixture of fun things taking place this summer, including a live music offering alongside its fancy Dom Pérignon Pairing which allows you to pick one of three vintages alongside a sweet or savoury canapé. Oyster lovers will also appreciate that you can get two free when ordering a glass of Cloudy Bay or Whispering Angel. And if you need to cool down (who doesn’t rn?), there’s an ice cream parlour pop up where you can enjoy the likes of a Matcha Cookie filled with Earl Grey ice cream.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

6) Monkey 47 Terrace, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge

Outdoor terraces don’t come much cuter and compact than Monkey 47 at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge. A calming leafy oasis, nip in mid-shop or swing by if you’re looking for a peaceful meal or drink. Created in partnership with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, they’re serving up 10 delicious gin-inspired cocktail gems on the menu this summer.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

7) COYA, City of London

The COYA City restaurant’s terrace is on the smaller side, but that’s exactly why we love it given the bustling Bank surroundings. Enjoy the COYA sea bass ceviche, salmon tacos or chargrilled sea bream in banana leaf in the intimate space decked out with IG-worthy faux flowers and their signature colourful cushions. Partnering with perfume house Sana Jardin this summer, they’re also offering a range of indulgent limited-edition cocktails all inspired by the brand’s gorgeous scents.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

6) Pergola Paddington, Paddington

A huge space with a buzzy atmosphere, Pergola Paddington is ideal for birthday parties or getting a large group of friends together. This summer they’ve also introduced Pergola Paraíso, a bohemian inspired space lined with palm trees and white-washed tables. Food options include tacos, ceviche bowls and burgers. Advanced booking is advised as it can get very busy.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

5) Yuatcha, Broadgate Circle

Whispering Angel and outdoor dining fans will be all over this Yauatcha combo. This summer everyone’s favourite rosé brand has teamed up with the City location to give the terrace a pink floral makeover. But let’s not forget the food – dine on some of Yauatcha’s well-loved dishes including thee Scallop Shui Mai with prawn and tobiko caviar or the Wagyu beef puff with cumin.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

7) Lost in Brixton, Brixton

A sun-drenched rooftop located in Brixton Village, Lost in Brixton comes from the same brains behind Pergola Paddington. Think super chilled vibes as you knock back beers from Brixton Brewery, a chai colada cocktail or an ice cold frose.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

9) Alto by San Carlo, Oxford Street

A hidden gem on Selfridges rooftop, Alto by San Carlo is perfect for post-shopping eats. Feast on traditional Italian street food, pasta and pizza under blue skies and a canopy of Instagram-worthy foliage.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

12) La Goccia, Covent Garden

Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, the Italian restaurant at Petersham Nurseries boasts a gorgeous secluded courtyard surrounded by lemon trees while balmy evenings see it lit up by festoon bulbs. Enjoy seasonal plates of cicchetti prepared by chiefs in front of you while sipping on limoncello spritz and campari soda. Open from 11:30am to 10:30pm, it’s perfect for midday sun or cooler sunsets.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

10) Boundary, Shoreditch

Another charming rooftop and a prime spot for cocktail drinking, Boundary Shoreditch is open all-year round and offers seasonal menus, with this summer’s menu featuring sea bass, steak and fresh, simple salads.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

11) Il Giardino at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

The Garden at The Berkeley has been transformed into Il Giardino this summer, a celebration of Italian cuisine, offering a selection of divine dishes including sautéed octopus, sea bass and tagliolini with pistachio pesto. Nothing screams summer and the Amalfi Coast quite like the striped orange and white cushions, while the herb plants and olive trees encircling the tables add to the sunny holiday vibe.

food, 16 of the best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in london to enjoy this summer

12) Crazy Pizza, Marylebone + Knightsbridge

Cute and compact, Crazy Pizza’s terrace is also an Instagrammer’s dream. Taking inspiration from Italy’s glamorous open-air food spots you’ll be eating your Rustica or Tartufo in front of a backdrop of blooming bougainvillaea. The restaurant is also offering a brand new cocktail menu, including gems such as the Dolce and Banana with Martini Bitter and hibiscus cordial mixed with Martini Rosso, fresh orange juice and banana liquor.

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