The definitive guide to London dining & events

...Outdoor Terraces

Date: 15.07.11 Category:

“Outlasting, outlandish and never outdated, but when the sun is shining, Londoners will always be… outdoors.”

Here are my picks for the hottest outdoor terraces to be seen on this summer.

If you can't escape the city this summer, the sprawling green space of the Roof Gardens will transport you to an Andalucían oasis or the English countryside in an instant. And while it may not be the tropical island paradise that you've been dreaming of, Paradise by way of Kensal Green has a leafy roof top and garden – perfect for a glass or two of rosé on a sunny afternoon.

For something completely out of the box (or salon, rather), Taylor Taylor London have recently opened an outdoor cutting terrace at their Cheshire Street salon where you can sip an Espresso Martini whilst being cut, coloured and blown dry – or away if it's windy…

And while we do all like to be beside the seaside, a riverside spot on a sunny afternoon makes for a worthy substitute. OXO Tower on the Southbank boasts a 250ft terrace with spectacular views across the Thames and just a little further downstream by Hammersmith Bridge is the River Café – renowned for its exquisite Italian cuisine and ideal for relaxed al fresco dining.

Overrun with sightseeing school groups over the summer, the only way to escape the fray of the West End is up. Perched high above Trafalgar Square, the views from Vista at the Trafalgar are a great talking point for a first date. And as far as the West End goes, there are certainly worse places for pre-dinner drinks than the large roof terrace at Aqua Kyoto. City slickers will appreciate swapping their 11th floor desk for an 11th floor table outside at SkyLounge, or riding the elevator to the roof terrace at Madison rather than the office. And for a relaxed client lunch, the buzzing atmosphere and city views from the Robata grill restaurant at Boundary Rooftop are bound to impress.

Smokers can relish in not having to engage in the crossed-arm foot-stamping ritual of the colder months on the Cigar Terrace at Boisdale of Belgravia, where you can unwind to the sounds of live jazz, blues and soul with a Cuban cigar and fine Scotch whisky. Another option (if you can get in) is the newly opened and beautifully designed smoking terrace and lounge bar at Tramp, the iconic private members' club on Jermyn Street.

Be sure to check the Deals page on LadyBlonde.com for special offers from some of the wonderful bars and restaurants mentioned above.

 

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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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Paradise by way of Kensal Green

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Paradise by way of Kensal Green

Pub

"Quirky, eclectic, shabby but chic, this hedonist's heaven, pulls huge crowds every week."

19 Kilburn Lane, London W10 4AE

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Taylor Taylor London

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Taylor Taylor London

A hair salon

"Taking your beauty into their hands, Taylor Taylor is regularly voted one Europe's leading salons."

137 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ‎

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OXO Tower Restaurant & Brasserie

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OXO Tower Restaurant & Brasserie

Restaurant

"With spectacular views, The Oxo Tower is a fantastic spot, serving some of the best food on the South Bank."

Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

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The River Café

The River Café

Restaurant

"It comes at a price but it is always spectacular; it's well worth waiting another month for that new jacket you wanted."

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA

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Vista at the Trafalgar

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Vista at the Trafalgar

Bar

"A stylish oasis above the chaos of Trafalgar Square, Vista is a hidden gem with a chic Mediterranean vibe."

The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS

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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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Skylounge

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Skylounge

Restaurant with bar

"Hidden up high, near The Tower of London, is Skylounge: a bar and restaurant with stunning rooftop gardens and views across the..."

7 Pepys Street, City of London , EC3N 4AF

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Madison

Madison

Restaurant with bar

"Offering views over St Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline, and with a relaxed but stylish vibe, this is a unique roof..."

One New Change, London EC4M 9AF

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Boundary

Boundary

Restaurant

"With a bakery, a restaurant, a rooftop and a hotel, Conran has created a masterpiece with no boundaries at all."

2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7DD

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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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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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