Now that our weather has decided to grace us with summer, London bars and restaurants have been sweeping their terraces and dusting off their outdoor furniture to open up a host of news areas to eat and drink over the next few months.
So after your show has finished and you want to impress or just enjoy your sundowners with a view, my favourite places include:
Boundary includes three restaurants and bars; 12 individually designed guest bedrooms, plus five suites; a small British food store; and a bakery.
The rooftop has a weatherproof pergola so that the bar and restaurant can stay open all summer, whatever the weather. With 360 degree views, heaters and comfy areas to sit, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind or try some of the fantastic food there.
Nearest station – Shoreditch High Street
This venue is for the younger, hipper crowd and in the summer it hosts the hugely successful Rooftop Film Club, which plays cult classics. This is the ultimate in outdoor film with blankets and headphones so you aren’t disturbed. Whilst you are there you can order BBQ treats and drinks from their rooftop bar. If you don’t want to watch one of the films, you can still sit up there and enjoy the view.
Nearest station – Shoreditch High Street
The Golden Bee Shoreditch is a very glamorous affair with luxury mixed with comfort. Located on Old Street amongst the buzz of Shoreditch, you can enjoy rooftop drinks on a stylish terrace with views over East London. It is a true oasis in the sky with lounge seating and tables, fairy lights, a fire-pit along with heaters so you can stay out till the early hours. There are also two 60 inch TV screens for watching sport events. The fabulous party vibe is boosted by the additional outdoor bar, offering service in the sun while you gaze out across the City skyline.
Nearest tube – Old Street
Skylounge outdoor terrace and roof gardens boasts 360° views across the London City including the tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Gherkin. Resident DJs play on certain evenings. Tables outside are allocated on a first come first served basis, although you can make reservations for tables in the bar (subject to availability). They also serve bar snacks and bbq food.
Nearest Station – Tower Hill or Fenchurch Street
The Attic bar is a luxurious cocktail and champagne bar on the 48th floor of Pan Peninsula in London’s Docklands. The location in the UK’s tallest residential building gives 360-degree panoramic views of the capital, including Canary Wharf and the River Thames.
The Attic is the perfect venue in which to hold your corporate or private event or just to eat, drink and socialize.
Nearest station – South Quay DLR station
Overlooking the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, Madison Restaurant, Tapas & Cocktail Bar offers sensational panoramic views from one of Europe’s largest public open air roof terraces.
Relax at the cocktail bar or have dinner in the spacious dining room with dishes for all palates.
Nearest station – St Paul’s
Located on the 10th floor and accessible via a dedicated express lift, Radio offers incredible panoramic views of London’s skyline including St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. It is a stylish bar with impressive cocktails that will have you thinking of reasons to come back again. It is London at its best and will wow any client.
Nearest station – Temple
Distance from ExCeL – 30 minutes
Situated on the first-floor in the Royal Festival Hall complex, Skylon offers a spectacular panorama across the Thames. The perfect place to entertain in either the formal dining restaurant or the informal brasserie style grill. If you are just after a relaxing place to enjoy fine wine and cocktails, then the bar is a destination in its own right.
Nearest station – London Waterloo
Coq d’Argent serves classic French food in its spectacular rooftop setting at No.1 Poultry in the City of London. In addition to the main restaurant, the brasserie offers a less formal menu at lunchtime, while the outdoor terraces and gardens provide a relaxing place to enjoy your drinks or meal.
Nearest station – Bank
Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, SushiSamba delivers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music and striking design to the City of London. It offers two outdoor terraces with incredible views of the city and a perfect place to enjoy their food or just drinks from the bar.
Nearest station – Liverpool Street