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Heated Outdoor Terraces

Date: 07.01.11 Category:

“Despite freezing temperatures, some of the most majestic places to eat and drink in London, remain outside.”

The Top Deck of The Yacht London offers a unique location where one can enjoy wonderful river views from beneath the warmth of a blanket, and alongside the café on the top floor of Harvey Nichols is a wonderful roof terrace serving drinks and snacks, with views over Knightsbridge. If you are after something a little more wild, you could privately hire the roof garden at Sanctum Soho Hotel which sparkles with its 24 hour bar and al fresco hydro spa. Or the outdoor forecourt at The Bluebird is currently home to their Winter Palace, an elegant place to enjoy a warming vodka. The beautiful courtyard at Hush is the ideal spot for a relaxed lunch, after-work drinks or dinner, and despite the summer months being but a distant memory, The Summerhouse is remaining open throughout the winter months on weekends. Embargo 59’s Roof Top Terrace, boasts the largest alfresco terrace on the King’s Road, and with chic contemporary styling, exposed brickwork, all-white seating and private bar, it promises the height of laid-back, hedonistic, al fresco elegance.

For those wanting to snuggle up or perhaps indulge in a sneaky cigarette or two, Aqua Kyoto offers cashmere blankets, warming Zacapa cocktails and hot, hand-held bowls of seasonal Japanese and Spanish cuisine every Monday evening on their terrace, located above Regent Street. The Cigar Terrace at Boisdale is furnished with sofas, armchairs, cushions, rugs, and Scottish cashmere blankets, making it the perfect place to wile away a romantic evening. And The Garden Room at The Lanesborough is the first and only luxury smoking venue in Knightsbridge, providing the best smoking room in London and housing an extensive collection of Cuban and Pre-Castro cigars.

And if you're suffering from Winter blues and crave a summer setting, members of Shoreditch House can congregate poolside and even take a dip in the heated water, or huddle around the roaring open fire to sit, eat and drink. And The Sanderson's picturesque courtyard garden is an oasis of greenery and tranquil flowing water. With ample seating visitors can sip a cocktail from the bar while enjoying Malay flavours from the kitchen.

The re-opening of The Roof Gardens on 17th January (following refurbishment), and the launch (in March) of the spectacular-sounding smoking terrace at Tramp, are also both spaces that will be worth wrapping up for.

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The Yacht London

The Yacht London

Private members' club

"Permanently moored, The Yacht London offers a top deck well-suited to sunny afternoons."

Temple Pier, London WC2R 2PN

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Fifth Floor

Fifth Floor

Restaurant with bar

"Champagne in the newly designed bar is perfect for both shopping sustenance, and to kick off a glamorous evening."

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

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Sanctum Soho Hotel

Hotel

"A roof garden in Central London with bar and al fresco hydro spa? Entertain here and your reputation will be made."

20 Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF

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Bluebird

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Bluebird

Restaurant

"The Bluebird's alfresco area is the ideal spot to soak up summer sun whilst enjoying brunch or an early evening drink amongst the..."

350 Kings Road, London SW3 5UU

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Hush

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Hush

Restaurant with bar

"Tucked away behind New Bond Street, Hush is a chic, buzzy spot for the memory bank."

Brook Street, London W1S 1EY

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The Summerhouse

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The Summerhouse

Restaurant

"The Summerhouse is a place to go when you need to feel respite from London and your hectic life."

60 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PD

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Embargo 59

Embargo 59

Nightclub

"The Embargos that was associated with Chelsea teenagers has had a Cuban makeover and is now Embargo 59, pulling back the same..."

533 Kings Road, Chelsea SW10 0TZ

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Aqua Kyoto

Aqua Kyoto

Restaurant

"With a buzzing bar (aqua spirit) and a roof terrace with table service and heaters, aqua kyoto is a great destination for drinks..."

240 Regent Street, London W1 3BR

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Boisdale

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Boisdale

Restaurant with bar

"Full of tradition and packed with character, Boisdale is an ever-popular haunt for those that like to live a little."

15 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LX

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The Lanesborough

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The Lanesborough

Hotel

"From Afternoon Tea by the fire or a sophisticated lunch, to a cocktail in the bar or a cigar in the Garden Room, The Lanesborough..."

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

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Shoreditch House

Shoreditch House

Private members' club

"Members want for nothing at this uber cool club and the private hire spaces (available to all) are also some of the coolest around."

Ebor Street, London E1 6AW

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The Sanderson

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The Sanderson

Hotel

"Sanderson is a five star luxury hotel offering a stylish bar and restaurant in a beautifully and intriguingly designed space."

50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG

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The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens

Nightclub

"As The Drifter once sang; Everything is alright up on the roof."

6th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

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Tramp

Tramp

Private members' club

"Nights here could easily make for a film script. I'd make my own if 'Lady and the Tramp' hadn't already been taken as a title."

40 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6DN

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