Found at the top of the South Place Hotel in the City, this unique outdoor, rooftop space in the heart of the City offers an inventive, continental menu using locally sourced ingredients. It is open 7 days a week from noon till 10pm. Surrounded by lavender, herbs and olive trees, this quirky roof-top terrace is a very popular destination for City goers, especially since this terrace is West-facing so great for sundowners.
A quirky Asian dining restaurant, with alfresco dining facing Tower Bridge, the best view in the Capital. An extensive menu covers all the favourite dishes from each Asian region. A wide range of Chinese teas are also available. A specific noodle bar allows creative noodle dishes by choice.
This amazing speciality fish restaurant offers a quirky alfresco garden terrace which is open for both lunch and dinner from Monday-Saturday. Saturday openings are rare in the City so take this opportunity to visit this restaurant. The menu is mainly fish, offering the best of the seaside in the City, with a Crustacea bar in the main restaurant. There are a few vegetarian and non-fish options if you have diners with you who do not prefer fish.
Found adjacent to the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York Square, this hidden gem serves British cuisine with some French specialities. The room is spilt in two, with the front room having floor to ceiling windows overlooking an impressive lawn. The back room is great for private parties. The listed interior provides an authentic look to the restaurant with exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings. There are some quirky artworks around the restaurant being part of the Gallery, look out for the ‘Shoe.’ The ambience at night with soft lighting and floral displays is perfect for a romantic dinner. During the day enjoy a leisurely lunch or a spot of afternoon tea, after having visited the magnificent Gallery next door. The menu is seasonal using only the finest ingredients. The cured salmon with shaved radish was amazing and if you are a ‘fish and chip’ addict, the Mess provides a great dish which was fresh and flavoursome. For a healthier option try the Superfood salad. Staff were friendly and attentive and there is an amazingly large alfresco dining area. Best place to soak in the atmosphere of Kings Road and the heart of Chelsea. Note the restaurant closes early on Sunday.
Found on the fourth floor, the Harrods terrace offers rooftop views of Knightsbridge and beyond. There is a small menu offering breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea, all expertly prepared by Harrods world class kitchens.
Found in the ever so magnificent Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, this great space of British style brasserie dining offers something unique with several different areas to sit in depending upon if you are just drinking, snacking or having a full meal. I loved the oyster and seafood counter. There is a quirky delicatessen which has a great selection and also serves fresh coffee and pastries. The bar runs along one side of the room with plenty of high stools. The dining room’s red leather seating against the dark wood panels makes it look grand and inviting. There is a lovely courtyard where seating is very comfortable and catered for both the summer and winter months. A different setting in the daytime and at night the candles come out making it an ideal place for romantic dinner dates. Sitting in the courtyard you can also admire the grandeur of the Edwardian Grade II listed building. The cocktails to try are ‘Fire Side Sour’ and ‘Countryside Collins.’ Food wise there is a good selection of cold starters and mains as well as hot dishes. The crustacean selection offers lobster, prawns and crab which are something to try. From the charcuterie, the chorizo and salami selection served with wafer thin toast was very tasty. For mains, for any seafood lover, the grilled lobster was amazing and highly recommended. There is always room for dessert and one which is very unique is the Pimms jelly and green apple sorbet. The staff are ever so friendly and can suggest items on the menu suited to your palate.
Found in the cosy neighbourhood of Primrose Hill, adjacent to the Regent’s Canal, this restaurant is owned by the Head Chef and offers exquisite contemporary cuisine in a relaxed alfresco setting within an enclosed, bright, terrace. The restaurant itself has a Grade II listed horse tunnel within it, providing a unique dining venue for group dining.
A boutique hotel in the heart of Bloomsbury offers two premier alfresco dining options in the heart of London. The Terrace and the Wood Deck both overlook the tranquil gardens of the Bedford Estate. The Terrace is an ideal spot to enjoy alfresco meals at any time of the day. In the evenings the Terrace is transformed into a Cigar Lounge which stocks an array of cigars in a humidor cabinet and features a fine selection of cognacs to match. The Wood Deck during the summer months offers regular barbeques with fabulous cocktails. In the winter, it transforms into a magical Ski Lodge with pine trees, reindeers, snowmen and ski racks with an Xmas selection of 12 flavoured vodkas. Please note that both venues may be closed due to private functions so check with the hotel before going.
Found at the Wharf at The Tower of London overlooks the Thames and Tower Bridge and offers a fantastic dining experience. There is a large outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and a quirky cocktail list which reflects Great Britain's past.
This truly hidden gem is found on the rooftop of Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone, which has a quirky, glorious collection of fine antiques. It has been recently refurbished and is under new ownership. The contemporary café has an extensive roof terrace which has unrivalled views across London’s rooftops. Found on a quiet market street in Marylebone, this café offers fair priced fresh meals and freshly baked cakes and pastries. It is only open till 6pm from Tuesdays – Saturdays. A definite must if you want to experience a relaxed atmosphere with premium views of the Capital.
Part of the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall, the delightful outdoor terrace provides a secluded haven to enjoy alfresco dining. Away from the hustle and bustle of London life, the Victorian hotel’s exterior provides a stunning backdrop. Formerly the Head Quarters of the Secret Service during the first World War.
A hidden gem in the heart of Belgravia. This terrace is a part of the Jumeriah Lowndes Hotel and is only open in the summer months from April-September. Found behind the bustling streets of Belgravia in a courtyard setting, the terrace is a remarkably peaceful haven. Spacious seating and a barbeque providing freshly prepared grilled seafood and meats along with classic cocktails and a champagne bar, this is a perfect setting for a relaxing meal after a shopping spree in Knightsbridge.
Located off the quiet streets of Maida Vale, the Waterway has one of London’s greatest outdoor terraces with comfortable seating for over 100 patrons. It overlooks the Grand Union Canal and serves classic British cuisine.
This hidden gem is tucked away within the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Kensington. Umami, taken from Japanese, is regarded as the fifth taste, after sweet, salt, sour and bitter. It is a pleasantly strong, savoury taste derived from natural ingredients which makes the food taste delicious. At Umami London there is a great selection of dishes from Malaysia and a few from neighbouring Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. The restaurants concept of ‘sharing portion’ dishes and ‘tasting portion’ dishes is a perfect way to enjoy a selection when in a group and ideal for an individual who can also sample a variety of dishes. The no-fuss menu has a good variety for all courses, from starters, salads, soups, mains and desserts.
Try the signature Tempura Lychee, with exotic flavours in every bite, something totally quirky not found anywhere else in London. The Malaysian inspired Duck Kerabu salad with crispy fried duck and green mango had an amazing sweet and sour flavour, again totally unique.
For a different take on the classic deep fried Calamari, try the pan-fried version here at Umami where green peppercorn is used to create an intense spicy flavour. Note this dish is s-p-i-c-y so not for the fainthearted! For the mains, the Thai Coconut Prawns which has a delicious coconut cream sauce and the Malaysian Seabass (Siakap Garing), fried crisply to perfection are highly recommended. Make sure to sample the Malaysian dessert Kuhi Dada which is coconut and palm sugar crepes. Umami’s cuisine is a true reflection of its name, flavoursome food in every mouthful! The contemporary décor in this feng-shui inspired room with natural light coming in from the bay windows and background jazz music makes it the perfect location for couples, families and groups. In the summer months there is also the option to dine outside in the hotel’s private tranquil garden under a massive canopy.