Tantalising new terraces and al fresco dining spaces in London, perfect for long summer days
Colour, flavour and style abound at Chicama, the sleek sister to Peruvian favourite, Pachamama in Marylebone. Tucked away on a quiet corner off the King's Road, Chicama dishes up meat-free meals with a bold, South American twist. Think gleaming sea bream ceviche, tangy green papaya salad and plump grilled prawns with a razor-sharp yazu kosho dressing. Beautifully presented cuisine can be enjoyed on the charming alfresco terrace, which is the perfect spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon in Chelsea.
383 King's Road, Chelsea SW10
Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone
Helmed by infamous hotelier André Balazs, the regaled Chiltern Firehouse matches elegance and sophistication with a mischievous dash of ‘anything goes’ attitude. Settle in on the secluded yet lively summer terrace for platters of fruit de mer, signature crab doughnuts and tender Ibérico pork. The stylish al fresco space is flanked by greenery with striped parasols overhead, ensuring complete discretion and privacy.
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA
Nobu Shoreditch fuses Nobu’s signature Japanese minimalism with east London’s concrete-cool aesthetic. Behind an enigmatic, dark façade, the five-star property boasts 143 rooms and a lower-ground Nobu restaurant, with a four-level stepped terrace. Visit this secluded al fresco dining space for a relaxed breakfast (try the matcha waffles) or late night cocktails, accompanied by live DJs. Evening specials include nightly happy hour from 5-7pm and 'Wagyu Wednesdays', serving sharp whisky cocktails and wagyu beef skewers. The sleek restaurant also operates bottomless brunch, which you can read about here.
10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH, nobuhotelshoreditch.com
The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
London’s style cognoscenti flock to The Mandrake, the five-star hotel that opened in 2017 to a fashionable fanfare reception. Flanked by hanging jasmine and passionflower, the Pinterest-perfect communal terrace is the ideal setting on a summer’s afternoon. Enjoy modern Spanish cuisine spanning velvety almond gazpacho; wild garlic gnocchi and hearty rabbit, matched with a considered wine list.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG
Mondrian London, Southbank
Enjoy alfresco sophistication on the Southbank at the Tom Dixon-designed Mondrian London. The five-star hotel has partnered with Laurent Perrier on a new-look summer terrace and champagne bar, furnished with signature dusty pink décor. Linger here on hot summer days, watching boats bob along the Thames – bliss.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Bloom Rooms by D&D
D&D London is once again dressing up its alfresco spaces for summer. Curved wooden ‘bloom rooms’ are popping up at Coq d’Argent, South Place Hotel Secret Garden and Plateau, adorned with fresh flowers and crawling ivy. The floral theme extends to the summer menus, serving vibrant small plates, salads and cocktails. Created in partnership with Moët & Chandon champagne, each immersive dome sits up to eight guests.
1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, Dalloway Terrace is a secluded, alfresco space in the heart of Bloomsbury. The restaurant and bar have been transformed once again by master florist Nikki Tibbles, this year with a bee-inspired interior. The bee-autiful space is abundant with colourful foliage and twinkling lights, complemented by bee-themed cocktails and afternoon tea.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Les Nénettes, Lower Clapton
Located on a bustling corner of Lower Clapton, near Dalston and Hackney Central stations, this charming East London eatery serves French cuisine amid rustic interiors. The restaurant is owned by three women, hence the name that translates from French to ‘the girls’. Menu highlights include crispy buffalo frogs legs with a rich blue cheese dip; plentiful plates of charcuterie and juicy duck magret de canard. It also serves brunch with a French twist, including omelette au fromage and croque madame. The wine is wonderfully quaffable, especially when enjoyed al fresco on a warm afternoon.
19 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NS, lesnenettes.co.uk
ROKA Summer Terrace Sessions, Canary Wharf
ROKA is bringing the sound and taste of Ibiza to Canary Wharf this summer. The high-end Japanese restaurant has partnered with CÎROC vodka on a series of sophisticated parties, held on the last Friday of every month. Kick-start the weekend in style in the recently revamped bar and lounge and enjoy an internationally-acclaimed roster of DJs, spinning disco, house and cosmic tunes, while sipping on CÎROC vodka cocktails including vodka martinis and berry-infused tipples.
1 June - 28 September, from £15 and include a CÎROC cocktail on arrival, rokarestaurant.com
The Beautiful Allotment, Shoreditch
The Beautiful Allotment is a charming pop-up space set in front of the Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road, created by the team behind Bourne & Hollingsworth building in Angel. Frolic amongst the palms and potting sheds while enjoying sustainable cocktails made from foraged ingredients and barbecued sharing platters. Drinks are delivered by wheelbarrows while a custom tractor is available to ferry large groups to and from the allotment. Greenhouse domes, communal tables and a tree house can be booked for larger groups.