Don’t let the weather fool you into thinking the summer is over. Whether you are battling with the rain or enjoying a dash of sunshine, enjoy some of the best restaurants in London with this handpicked selection of new summer pop-up rooftop bars and terraces. Whether you fancy a drink with a colleague or are looking to refresh your food palette with a new blend of tastes, the selection will be sure to provide you with a new experience to enjoy.
Formerly Notch Rooftop, this utilitarian nature reserve features Scandinavian-inspired surrounds with a greenhouse streetfood restaurant and Negronis on tap (via a bespoke, coin-operated cocktail tap which an even be ordered in advance).
The designers, DENLDN, have mixed log tables, heated concrete seats and ercol chairs with a smörgåsbord of leafy green plants. Its vibe is ‘organic and soulful’ with plenty of different areas to explore. Made from upcycled windows and overgrown with foliage, the RetrEat is sheltered from the elements where you can tuck into an international streetfood menu featuring the likes of miso aubergine tacos, fried chicken waffles and Canadian-style poutine. Sisu serves food and drink between noon and 10pm every day until late September.
Pergola on the Roof
After an incredible year of success in which Pergola on the Roof transformed their enormous rooftop from the original Mediterranean-inspired pergola to a Nordic winter forest, Pergola on the Roof once again opens its doors to the public, this time to reveal a taste of Long Island living. Expect a picturesque vision of New York’s The Hamptons, with the unique space completely redesigned and inspired by the summer destination of the USA’s East Coast – think calming white-washed wood and decking.
100ft above West-London’s skyline, Pergola on the Roof features a selection of London’s best-loved restaurants who have come together for this lavish summer scene, serving up a range of their signature and bespoke dishes. Returning after a successful 2016, burger legend Patty & Bun resumes its usual spot joined by Breddos Tacos, who will be dishing out fresh tacos; 8 Hoxton Square, who will be serving the best of what’s in season whilst drawing its inspiration from the Mediterranean and Salt ‘n’ Sauce, a spin-off brand of Bonnie Gull, dishing up their take on fish and chips, seafood dishes and ‘whippy’ ice-cream.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday (opening times vary).
Television Centre is soon to be redeveloped and will house a new branch of private members’ club Soho House, consisting of a 47-room hotel and restaurant as well as a roof-top pool and an outpost of Chelsea’s Bluebird restaurant.
The Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar
Selfridges and restaurateur, Des McDonald, have collaborated for a seventh season on the iconic rooftop restaurant. Perched upon Selfridges’ rooftop, Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar offers the perfect, carefree Cali hideaway this spring and summer. Inspired by West Coast cool, enter via the boardwalk, lined with timber beams and tropical palms.
A fully retractable roof ensures you can escape the British spring showers and also revel in the summer sunshine with frozen cocktails. On warm, balmy evenings, enjoy the terrace with its relaxed seating and views of London’s beautiful skyline or hideaway in the exclusive cabana, sheltered with hanging drapes and decorated with twinkling lights.
Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar opens at 11am daily, with an all-day dining menu focused on healthy salads, grains, fresh fish and seafood with a Latin influence. The menu has been created by Executive Chef, Steve Tonkin (previously Executive Chef for the Soho House Group), alongside Head Chef, Baran Baltaci (formerly Senior Sous Chef at The Ivy).
The design draws inspiration from West Coast living and the golden beaches of Cali, with warm timber beams at the entrance, low hanging wicker lighting throughout and sanded parquet flooring, evoking beach bar vibes. Green succulents and palms decorate the restaurant and terracotta pots planted with tropical foliage and suspended planters provide an outdoor hideaway on the terrace.
A Taste of Cornwall
A three-month long celebration of the sea, amongst the lush foliage and flowers of the hotel’s gardens and bringing the best produce, the best fish, the best wines, the best lobsters and the best local chefs up the M5.
The Goring’s Michelin-starred Chef, Shay Cooper, is working with Rick Stein and his son, executive chef Jack Stein, creating a scrumptious, Cornish-inspired menu, bursting with lobster, crab and the freshest fish imaginable. All served in the sunshine with a glass of rosé. The veranda will be transformed into a Cornish fish restaurant with a stylish, yet relaxed summer vibe. And the beach? That is being taken care of too…
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