A British summer might not bring guaranteed sunshine, but, when we do get some hot weather in the capital, here are the best bars to head to for eating, drinking and catching some rays…
Pergola on the Roof
After successful runs last summer and at Christmas, Pergola on the Roof is returning to the roof of the old BBC car park in White City (opening May 3). The site can hold 600 people at any one time and the 13-person day beds are definitely worth booking ahead for. Along with two bars, food is being served up by Breddos Tacos, burger masters Patty & Bun and Salt ‘n’ Sauce, from seafood specialists Bonnie Gull. Pergola is also opening a second site in Paddington on May 24. All the information you need is here.
Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar, Selfridges
This bar and eatery aims to bring a burst of America’s west coast to Oxford Street. Complete with boardwalk, palm trees and a retractable roof, the Roof Deck is open daily from 11am (12pm on Sundays), serving up salads, seafood and other Latin-inspired treats. Drinks, including cucumber and chili margaritas, are poured at the restaurant bar and at a second bar, the Outdoor Terrace, which has its own separate entrance. The Roof Deck is open now and bookings can be made here.
The Culpeper, Commercial Street
A busy pub in the heart of London with a fantastic roof terrace offering views of the Gherkin and the City’s other shiny skyscrapers. The terrace is home to a kitchen garden that provides ample ingredients for the pub’s grub and a greenhouse bar, meaning drinkers don’t have to trek back downstairs to get their next tipple. For more information, go here.
Rumpus Room, Southbank
Take in St Paul’s and many more wonders of the London skyline from the terrace of the Rumpus Room at the Mondrian Hotel. The spectacular view from the Southbank goes particularly well with a cocktail or three. Try a Victorian Old Fashioned, which includes gin, Scotch and a drop of absinthe, or an Agaverias, a mix of rosé, tequila and ginger bitters. Book your spot here.
Giant Robot, Canary Wharf
From the good people at Street Feast, this huge roof garden is home to food stands helmed by the likes of Taiwanese steamed bun purveyors Yum Buns, Thunderbird chicken shop and Little José (above), from the brilliant Spanish chef José Pizzaro. Three bars (including a 38-tap beer bar) and panoramic views are also on the menu. To find out more, go here.