Top 10: Best New Outdoor Terraces in London 2019By Angelica Malin
Sunshine? Wine? Terraces? Yes, please. Tomorrow is going to be a scorcher – take advantage of the fleeting good weather in London and discover the best new outdoor terraces in London 2019:
The Lowdown: South Place Hotel is bringing a little piece of the South of France to London in their brand new ‘Rosé Riviera’. Designed with a vineyard in mind, the hotel has combined a striking display of pastel hues with the delicious notes of Minuty Rosé to create a summertime installation worthy of any picturesque Instagram feed.
The Secret Garden’s retracting roof will unveil a sun trap filled with beautiful florals and creeping vines reminiscent of Minuty’s vineyard. Have a glass in hand for the perfectly-paired summer outdoor cinema screenings series featuring the area, including Ridley Scott’s ‘A Good Year’, classic ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ and ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ which will be available to watch in July and August.
The Food + Drink: Enjoy a glass of 2019 Minuty Exclusive, a Limited Edition M de Minuty Rosé from France, alongside La Planche (£18), featuring cured meats, olives, cornichons, cream cheese stuffed peppers, breadsticks.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
The Lowdown: East London’s newest alfresco drinking, dining and event hot spot is Pitch Stratford. Located at Bridge Street, the space has been transformed into a leafy Moroccan riad, with street-food vendors, a tiki-inspired drinks menu, alongside an exciting schedule of music events, cinema screenings and supper-clubs throughout the summer months. During the week, resident DJs and house bands share the stage, and there’s also outdoor cinema sessions and live sports events. At the weekends, Pitch will host ticketed “Pitch Presents…” music nights, including headline sets from acts including Norman Jay MBE, Jazzy B and Carl Barat.
The Food + Drink: An exciting variety of dining options are available from a stellar line up of some of London’s best quality and emerging street-food vendors, handpicked by At The Table. Cocktails are based around the concept of alternative Tiki, using influences from around the world to give a new twist on some of the most popular and delicious classic serves. Beer is from local East London brewery Signature Brewing and of course cider and alcoholic ginger beer from Umbrella Brewing
Where: 2 Bridge Street, Stratford, London E15 3FF
The Lowdown: Indulge in some extra spice and inventive cocktails at Cinnamon Kitchen City’s new-look summer terrace, framed by giant palms. The all-weather terrace at Vivek Singh’s original Cinnamon Kitchen on Devonshire Square has been transformed, transporting diners far away from the concrete jungle of the City, to a tropical oasis. Giant palm trees, verdant plants, colourful daybeds and festival-style festoon lighting provide a stylish spot for a relaxed lunch and a magical setting for sundowners and some of the best Indian food in London.
The Food + Drink: A fabulous selection of perfectly spiced dishes from renowned Indian chef Vivek Singh is available on the new all-day menu, injecting fire and spice into the Square Mile. From innovative and delicious street food to sharing plates, including delicious vegetarian and vegan options, these grills, classic curries and biryanis sit alongside a tasting menu and express lunch, ready in less than 15 minutes. Cool off with creative cocktails from the zero-proof Peach and Chilli Iced Tea to the City Lights.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
The Lowdown: Kick back and sip on stylish tipples alongside modern European sharing plates in the sky. Perched high above the capital with unrivalled 360° views of London’s iconic skyline, Bōkan 39 offers an elevated drinking experience in the heart of Canary Wharf. Up on the 39th floor, discover a laid back, open air, all-weather rooftop bar and terrace; the ultimate hideaway from the buzz of the busy streets below. Soak up the summer sunshine on cushioned day beds, kick back with a cocktail in hand accompanied by the chilled DJ beats with the City skyline sprawled out in front of you. Drinks are inspired by areas rich Dockland history, made using ingredients from countries that set sail to the Docks to trade in the 1800s.
The Food + Drink: Sip on an array of libations and indulge in snacks and sharing plates whilst taking in show-stopping views of the City of London and beyond. The bar at Bōkan 38 champions locally distilled spirits, imaginative cocktails, a selection of craft beers and an extensive wine list. An inventive cocktail menu created by a team of London’s top bartenders pays homage to the history of Canary Wharf, with tipples inspired by the West India Docks, East India Docks and Royal Docks.
Where: Floor 39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
The Lowdown: Popping up for the duration of the summer and taking inspiration from the artistic nature of the surrounding area, the Laurent Perrier Sea Containers Terrace features contrasting bold and bright colours making it the perfect location for daytime drinks, after work tipples or brunch on the Southbank.
The Food + Drink: Alongside a menu of Laurent-Perrier champagnes and cocktails including the French Connexion (Crème de Violette, Gin, Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé) and the Sparkle (St Germain, Poire and Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée) a delectable food selection will also be on offer featuring dishes such as scallop carpaccio with spring onion and chilli dressing and grilled cobia, potato salad, olives with burnt shallot butter.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
The Lowdown: Fancy a drink by the water? MARTINI is gearing up to host an Italian summer in the heart of London at its new ‘Waterfront Fiero’ pop-up, which will welcome Londoners from 22nd May to 21st June in Merchant Square. Sip MARTINI Fiero & Tonics with Italian bites while basking on the bankside or taking to the water in your very own skippered Riva yacht.
The Food + Drink: Visitors at the pop-up can try the new drink of the summer, MARTINI Fiero & Tonic, which has a delicious, bittersweet orange flavour and a striking, red colour – all 100% natural, designed to be enjoyed with tonic water. You can also cruise down to Little Venice and back on a vintage Riva yacht, with an aperitivo picnic and MARTINI Fiero & Tonics on board. Also on offer is a new menu of authentic Italian pasta dishes and aperitivo bites created by Pasta e Basta. Get involved.
Where: From 22nd May to 21st June in Merchant Square, Paddington Basin
The Lowdown: Enjoy Bombay Sapphire’s latest limited edition gin, English Estate, overlooking London’s skyline at Spirit of Summer Terraces at Radio Rooftop. Launching in May and running all summer long, the Spirit of Summer Terraces at Radio Rooftop will see the creation of two distinct spaces – a Mexican Hacienda and an English Botanical Garden, both with incredible views over London.
The Food + Drink: Unique cocktail menus and delicious sharing platters on offer across the rooftop. Choose between a country garden in the sky with Bombay Sapphire Gin cocktails and Anglo-Indian fare, or a scene straight out of Mexico with cacti, woven seats and bright trinkets, Patron Tequila cocktails and delicious Latin American snacks.
Where: Radio Rooftop, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
The Lowdown: Experience the Summer in Bloom terrace at OXO Tower Bar this summer, which is now home to the French spritz. With an exclusive cocktail menu and workshops, guests can bask in the sun while overlooking scenic views of the River Thames and London skyline. From 21st May to 30th June, visitors to OXO Tower Bar can discover the elegant world of the French spritz through an exclusive cocktail menu created by St-Germain – the world’s first French elderflower liqueur – in collaboration with some of London’s finest bartenders.
The Food + Drink: The cocktails will be available on the flower-festooned rooftop terrace at OXO Tower Bar. Drinks include Diamond Spritz, a dry, complex cocktail from Chris Moore of Coupette, pairing tonic and pear cider from Normandy with layers of St Germain elderflower and fleshy fruit flavours, and T&B Martini, with Botanical Beer, apple juice and basil syrup.
Where: Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
The Lowdown: Savour the good life and enjoy all things rosé on an endless summer-inspired balcony at Le Méridien Piccadilly. The Au Soleil Balcony has teamed up with Mirabeau en Provence rosé to serve up an exclusive menu of its finest wines, refreshing Frosé popsicles, new Prêt-à-Porter cans and all-day alfresco food. Overlooking buzzing Piccadilly, the balcony has been transformed into a Provençal oasis complete with lemon blossom inspired floral backdrops, chic panama hats, shabby chic furniture, and retro beach umbrellas; a quaint homage to the glamour of summers in the 1960’s Côte d’Azur.
The Food + Drink: Guests can sample delicious seafood-inspired small plates including freshly seared tuna Niçoise salad and savoury Pissaladière tart with caramelised onions, anchovies and fresh herbs. A full lunch and dinner menu will be available to order on the balcony from the hotel’s Terrace On Piccadilly restaurant inside, offering classic brasserie style dishes with a contemporary twist, hero-ing seasonal, British produce. Featuring a handpicked selection of Mirabeau’s famed rosé cuvées, debut-making Prêt-à-Porter cannetes and Mirabeau Frosé Popsicles.
Where: The Au Soleil Balcony with Mirabeau Rosé at Le Meridien Piccadilly
The Lowdown: On 1stJune, Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, will come together with Moët & Chandon and L’Artisan Parfumeur to launch its summer rooftop terrace. The terrace will evoke sunny gardens in Provence, inviting guests to take advantage of the suntrap with a cocktail in hand and a curated menu of small seasonal plates to choose from, all inspired by the southern European region.
The Food + Drink: Guests can choose from a menu exclusive to the terrace of small seasonal dishes, including: chilled tomato gazpacho; Jerusalem artichoke risotto topped with artichoke crisp and parmesan, chicken liver parfait with apple chutney and buffalo mozzarella served alongside poached pear and truffle honey, and for something sweet, an elderflower pannacotta decorated with fresh strawberry and the celebrated Moët & Chandon rosé jelly.
Where: 55 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5RB