Summer is finally upon us and with the long days and glorious weather (fingers crossed) comes the perfect excuse for long, languorous dinners outdoors. In the spirit of summer, Corinthia London has been welcoming guests to its brand new Garden Lounge, an The Garden Lounge at Corinthia Londonexclusive outdoor area serving food, refreshments and a special cigar menu. Decorated with gold, cream and terracotta mosaics and dotted with terrarium plants, this is an idyllic setting for summer evenings. But for when you fancy venturing beyond the bounds of the hotel, we’ve found the best places to make the most of al fresco London. From post-shopping venues like Vintage Salt to museum spaces like the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen and Gallery Mess, these are our favourite outdoor dining destinations in London.
Set far above the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, up on the rooftop of Selfridges, Vintage Salt is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. Conjuring the Cornish seaside with light seasonal salads, grills and that most British of aperitifs, the classic G&T, all served up with some stunning skyline views, this might be just what the doctor ordered after an afternoon of shopping.
With one of the loftiest locations in London, SUSHISAMBA offers the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe. Perched up on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, the views here are jaw dropping, sweeping out over the city in all directions. Book a table on the 39th floor to enjoy a delicate blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine served up in an open-top dining space, crisscrossed with bamboo and strung with fairy lights.
The Roof Gardens
From one rooftop to another. One of the very best places to experience al fresco London, The Roof Gardens in Kensington offers beautiful themed gardens and a flock of resident flamingos, as well as contemporary British cuisine and fresh seafood on the terrace at Babylon restaurant.
You’d never doubt your London location with a view that encompasses St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the Bank of England, but the fine French fare at Coq d’Argent might briefly trick you into believing you were across the channel. A welcome retreat above the busy London streets, the leafy rooftop terrace at Coq d’Argent is a great choice for sunny summer days.