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Incredible London terraces for summer drinking and dining

We rounded up a selection of the ‘must-visit’ terraces across the city this year, with recent launches and great collaborations, ideal for those looking to enjoy a summer evening alfresco or a sun-drenched lunchtime tipple.

Les Platanes

Discover the chic and stylish terrace at Les Platanes, the welcoming, contemporary Bistrot de Luxe from Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov. Located in a nineteenth century townhouse on Bruton Place, a small cobbled street behind Berkeley Square, Les Platanes’ guests will find exquisite French cooking in a casual yet refined bistro, perfect for a leisurely lunch outside in the sunshine.

Les Platanes, 26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6NG

hicce, Coal Drops Yard

As the King’s Cross restaurant prepares for its first summer, hicce X Wolf & Badger have used their prime alfresco space to open a living botanical terrace in partnership with Ketel One Botanical. The outdoor bar overlooks the courtyard at Coal Drops Yard and Heatherwick Studio’s showpiece ‘kissing’ roofs and features a variety of delicious spritz’s as well as hicce’s signature cocktail on tap.

Unit 102, hicce x Wolf & Badger, Stable St, N1C 4DQ

No.5 Social, Mayfair

Escape the hustle and bustle of Regent Street and discover the elegant terrace at No.5 Social, the new restaurant from Jason Atherton. Enjoy Chef Kostas Papathanasiou’s seasonally driven dishes featuring British ingredients at their prime and indulge in one of the restaurant’s delicious cocktails in the idyllic alfresco setting.

5 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE

Angler’s Cambridge Distillery terrace

Michelin-starred Angler’s rooftop terrace has launched a picturesque summer bar in collaboration with international award-winning gin producers, Cambridge Distillery. This quintessentially British terrace brings Cambridge countryside charm to the city, offering refreshing gin cocktails amidst a haven of blooming summer foliage. Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team, William and Lucy Lowe, Cambridge Distillery started out with the couple creating a laboratory in their living room. Inspired by walks through the meadows surrounding Cambridge, the gins seek to capture the taste of the English seasons and use fresh botanicals grown in and around the distillery. Angler’s Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, has curated a bespoke menu of nostalgic English bar snacks designed to pair perfectly with the refreshing, gin-based drinks. These include Cuttlefish fritters with chip shop curry sauce and Crispy pork brawn with Gentleman’s relish.

3 South Pl, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF

Sanderson’s Veuve Clicquot Courtyard Garden

This May, Long Bar at Sanderson hotel has thrown open the doors to its Courtyard Garden to welcome guests into a tropical summertime oasis, in partnership with Veuve Clicquot Rosé.

Open until the end of this summer, Sanderson’s Long Bar has come alive with an abundance of tropical flowers, banana leaves and palm plants. Parrots and butterflies are perched amongst the foliage, softly lit by an atmospheric pink glow while guests enjoy a chilled glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé paired with a selection of tropical bar snacks, including Seared Tuna with wasabi mayo and caviar and Scallop Ceviche with papaya salsa and yuzu.

50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG

The Den, St Martins Lane

Just in time for summer, St Martins Lane hotel will be transforming The Den and its exclusive outdoor terrace into a tropical jungle oasis in partnership with Veuve Clicquot’s much-loved Yellow Label and artisan ice cream creators Ruby Violet. Launched earlier this month, the hotel has become a palm-filled, sunny paradise in the heart of Covent Garden. For a refreshing drink, Veuve Clicquot will be served by the glass and by the bottle, perfectly complemented by luscious additions to The Den’s menu including Nduja Sliders with goat’s curd and rocket, and Tuna tartare with avocado and wonton.

45 St Martin’s Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4HX

Berners Terrace X Bombay Sapphire at Sanderson hotel

Sanderson is opening its Berners Terrace this summer in partnership with Bombay Sapphire gin to create a taste of the English summer, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street.  Launching on the 8th June, Berners Terrace will serve a selection of English countryside inspired cocktails for £12 each, all with a bright but delicate Bombay English Estate gin base.  Beautiful, seasonal flora and fauna will decorate the terrace, emulating a quintessentially English summer garden, offering Londoners a haven from the city’s hustle and bustle.  Berners Terrace cocktail list will include brilliantly British cocktails, such as Hampshire Tonic, made with Bombay English Estate gin, rose, lavender, tonic water, or theEnglish Summer Time, consisting of Kaffir lime leaves infused with Bombay English Estate gin, Cherry Marnier, lemon, cranberry and egg white.

50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG

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