The best outdoor restaurants and rooftops in London

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Is there anything better than London in the sunshine? Once we stop melting in our office chairs, we’ll enjoy those rays with cocktail glass in hand at one of London’s top restaurants or rooftops. As great as the weather is, we’ve rounded up some of London’s best outdoor dining options, including shaded terraces, beautiful courtyards and rooftops with some of the best views of the capital. Whether you’re in the mood for a three-course meal or a quick wine stop, we’ve got you covered.

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Maine Mayfair, Mayfair

A very elegant Mayfair show, The Maine’s shady and cozy terrace is perfect for brunch with friends or early evening dates. The exciting menu features everything from soft-shell crab and oysters and fish tacos to weekend chicken and waffles, which you can tuck into with three different Bloody Marys, if that’s what you’re looking for in the market. Oh, and did we mention it’s dog friendly?

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Sushi Samba, Bishops Gate

Panoramic London views don’t get much better than the Sushi Samba Heron Tower. Take the elevator to the 38th floor to dine on one of Europe’s highest outdoor restaurant terraces. Inspired by the cuisines of Japan, Brazil and Peru, choose from Prawn Tempura, Tiradito or Izu Samba Rolls while enjoying a Lychee Cooler cocktail. The location of Covent Garden, which features a wraparound terrace on the upper level and a Piazza terrace on the lower level, is not to be missed.

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Roof St James, Trafalgar Square

If you love sunsets and stunning views of the London skyline, this is the rooftop for you. A well-kept secret (we work right next door to Trafalgar Square and never knew this existed until recently), enjoy delicious small plates or participants and wash them down with a ‘Rooftop Sangria’ which is a mixture of red wine, brandy and wine. Vermouth.

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Hyde Park

An elegant oasis next to Hyde Park, on the terrace at the iconic Four Seasons has a mix of fun things going on this summer, including live music along with luxurious Dom Perignon Pairing that lets you choose one of three wines alongside dessert . or delicious appetizers. Oyster lovers will also appreciate that you can get two for free when you order a glass of Cloudy Bay or Whispering Angel. And if you need to cool off (who doesn’t?), there’s a pop-up ice cream parlour where you can enjoy the likes of a matcha cookie filled with Earl Gray ice cream.

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Youcha, Broadgate Circle

Angel Whisperers and outdoor dining enthusiasts will be all over the Yuacha range. Everyone’s favorite pink brand this summer teamed up with the town site to bring a floral touch to your porch. But let’s not forget the food – dine on some well-loved weacha dishes including scallop shui mai with shrimp caviar and tobiko or Wagyu beef with cumin.

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Pergola Paddington, Paddington

A huge space with a bustling atmosphere, Pergola Paddington is perfect for birthday parties or getting a large group of friends together. This summer they’ve also introduced Pergola Pariso, a bohemian-inspired space lined with palm trees and whitewashed tables. Dining options include tacos, ceviche bowls and burgers. Advance reservation is recommended as it can be obtained very Busy.

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Lost in Brixton, Brixton

Located in the village of Brixton, Lost in Brixton comes from the same minds behind Pergola Paddington. Think of super-cool vibes as you sip on a Brixton Brewery beer, a chai colada or an iced turquoise cocktail.

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La Jochia, Covent Garden

Located in the heart of Covent Garden, the Italian restaurant at Petersham Nurseries features a gorgeous secluded courtyard surrounded by lemon trees while quiet evenings are lit with festoon lamps. Enjoy seasonal dishes of cicchetti prepared by the Chiefs in front of you while sipping on Limoncello Spritz and Campari soda. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., perfect for a midday sun or cool sunset.

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Alto San Carlo, Oxford Street

A hidden gem on the rooftop of Selfridges, Alto by San Carlo is an ideal stop after shopping. Enjoy traditional Italian street food, pasta and pizza under the blue sky and an Instagram-worthy canopy of foliage.

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Another charming rooftop and prime spot for cocktails, Boundary Shoreditch is open year-round and offers seasonal menus, with this summer’s menu featuring sea bass, steak, and fresh and simple salads.

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Il Giardino at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

Transformed into Il Giardino this summer, The Garden at The Berkeley is a celebration of Italian cuisine, serving a divine selection of dishes including fried octopus, sea bass, and tagliolini with pistachio pesto. Nothing screams summer and the Amalfi Coast like orange and white striped pillows, while herb plants and olive trees surrounding the tables add to the sunny holiday vibe.

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Crazy Pizza, Marylebone + Knightsbridge

Crazy Pizza’s cute and compact balcony is also an Instagrammers dream. Inspired by Italy’s luscious outdoor dining venues, you’ll eat Rustica or Tartufo against a backdrop of blooming bougainvilleas. The restaurant also offers a brand new cocktail menu, including gems like Dolce and Banana with Martini Bitter and hibiscus mixed with Martini Rosso, fresh orange juice, and banana syrup.

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