Everyone loves a roof terrace especially when they’re least expected. If you want to take a break from your usual watering hole, these serene roof terraces are the perfect spots to sit back and enjoy your favourite cocktail. Urbanology has dug up some of the best of unique catering to ensure that the perfect roof terrace is out there for you.
One of London’s best kept secrets is Orrery’s rooftop terrace, in Marylebone. Following a recent refurbishment, the décor is reminiscent of the South of France. Delicate lavender bushes and olive trees elegantly line the terrace with St. Marylebone church gardens as the backdrop. This quaint Provençal garden terrace offers a tailored al fresco menu (predominantly French) with an extensive wine list. If you’re keen, please keep in mind that tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie
The Ivy Kensington Brasserie’s hidden outdoor terrace, tucked away behind the restaurant, provides the perfect setting for a spot of al fresco dining. The beautifully decorated terrace adds to the restaurant’s vibrant and chic atmosphere – entirely British in design. With the full menu and drinks list available, guests are welcome to dine daily, from 10AM to 10PM.
Named after the character created by Virginia Woolf, this quintessentially English space sits in the heart of historic Bloomsbury – London’s literary hub. The beautiful indoor-outdoor space is perfectly situated near the hustle and bustle of Oxford street yet secluded enough to offer a peaceful and charming atmosphere throughout the year. Whether it’s for light breakfasts or brunch, Dalloway Terrace offers all-day dining.
Part of the Firmdale Hotel franchise, Number Sixteen is a Mid-Victorian terraced townhouse slap bang in the middle of lively South Kensington. What makes this hotel so unique is its beautiful garden, which is accessed through the conservatory. The redesigned patio garden reopened in 2015, and is an idyllic setting for bistro-dining, drinking, relaxing or entertaining friends – especially over afternoon tea.
Amidst a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, Angler (headed by Executive Chef Tony Fleming) is a French-chic area that channels the essence of Provence: aesthetically and in cuisine. It’s West-facing location optimises those glorious sunsets and with retractable roof and heating, so you’re guaranteed to be comfortable whatever the weather. High summer seems to be the prime-time where gourmet BBQs and live DJs draw a spectacular buzz.
It’s impossible to find an outdoor terrace as rich in history as Boulestin. The courtyard, lit by original Victorian gas lamps, is the site of the last ever dual fought in England. To continue the theme, the smallest private courtyard in London has the entrance lined with panels from King Henry VIII’s Real Tennis courts. The enchanting hidden courtyard ensures a special outside dining experience, away from the hustle and bustle of St. James’s.
Blakes Courtyard, a luxurious retreat, offers peace and quiet as you enjoy breakfast, lunch or even a cheeky sundowner. This horticultural oasis has been designed by fashion designer Matthew Williamson and installation artist, Rebecca Louise Law. It’s brimming with tropical prints, hot pink feathers and Hendrick’s gin cocktails. The newly added conservatories are fitted with with stylish, yet comfortable, furnishings. A myriad of Bay trees and Buxos are designed to keep you cool during sizzling summer days and kept nice and cozy for the winter months.
Secret Garden at The South Place Hotel
Want to bask in a tropical climate without having to board a plane? Then the Secret Garden is the key. Tucked away on the first floor of the South Place Hotel is a surprise oasis with slate waterfalls and palm trees. The unique venue is sheltered from the elements to ensure you’re on holiday all year round, in the heart of bustling London too. A sixty-foot sculpture runs along the height of the interior wall, with a variety of bamboo and modest tropical theme offers a slice of tranquillity.