Now that the sun has started showing its face it’s fair to say we’re officially over cosy pubs with open fires for the time being: all we really want to do is sit around al fresco, drinking something sexy and marvelling over how glorious London’s iconic skyline looks when basked in sunshine.
Whether you’re celebrating something special or just summer itself, live the dream on one of these glorious roof terraces.
Ever peered longingly at the blue skies from your office window and wished you could teleport yourself to Ibiza? Sorry, you can’t. But you
A dizzying 38 floors up (and so close to the peak of the gherkin that it almost feels like you can almost touch it), the roof garden of this Brazilian-Japanese-Peruvian inspired restaurant is a justifiably popular destination for special occasions. The focus of the terrace is a sparkly orange-leafed tree sculpture enclosed by a chic, circular bar where you can get cocktails as exquisite as the 360 degree views of the City. And if you get peckish, the sushi is amongst the best in town.
Sky Garden is exactly that: a garden in the sky; an exquisitely landscaped dome on top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper, with observation decks and an open air terrace.
Whether you head there for a cocktail-infused afternoon or it’s an evening celebration with some of their delicious food platters and a bottle of Cîroc Vodka to share, try to catch the sun setting – it’s pretty special. The best nights are the Live Music Nights, with tunes from hot live bands and DJs every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A night out in Soho, but not as you know it. Discovering the terrace on the fourth floor of the super-stylish Ham Yard Hotel is like stumbling upon a secret garden; a gorgeous, tranquil space watched over by two ancient olive trees and surrounded by apple and pear fruit trees. It doubles up as an events space - with Whitman benches, upholstered seating and a bar - and a vegetable garden, growing fresh produce for the hotel’s kitchen. They even have their own beehives producing honey used for cocktails at in the bar. The terrace is only for use by hotel guests or can be hired for private events, making it the perfect plan for extra-special occasions.
The Tanqueray No. TEN Terrace at St Martin’s Lane
If gin is your thing, then meet your favourite new hangout spot: the terrace at St Martin’s Lane. The Covent Garden hotel has teamed up with Tanqueray No. TEN to create hidden garden sanctuary for summer, where you can indulge in a G&T afternoon tea, try the delicious ceviche and gin paring menu or just kick back with a classic gin and tonic and forget you’re in the centre of town. They cocktails are pretty ace too: we love the the zesty Blood Orange Clover Club, a mix of Tanqueray No. TEN, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, blood orange syrup and egg white.