A slick French restaurant on Marylebone High Street, Orrery has a hidden terrace above the main thoroughfare. Taking inspiration from Provence, it is lined with lavender androsemary plants, and olive trees. Between the many cocktails worth falling off the wagon for, thethoughtful wine list and the heady scent, it’s an all-round sensory pleasure. The Narcisse cocktail made with 16 year Lagavulin whisky, Cointreau, and Moët & Chandon is a must.
Start a summer evening off the Italian way with an alfresco aperitivo. Sartoria have created a menuof aromatic cocktails based on the herbs used in the perfumes of Acqua di Parma, and the result isdelicious. Their take on the standard aperol spritz, Arancia di Capri, is Solerno blood orangeliqueur with lavender and vanilla infused Aperol and Prosecco, and comes highly recommended. To eat, there are Italian bar snacks, more stylishly referred to as ‘cicchetti’, of veal meatballs, and scallops with nduja and fig compote.
Take in London’s skyline on Selfridges’ garden-themed summer roof terrace. In this iconic setting, Piper-Heidsieck’s multi award-winning champagnes will be paired with Alto by San Carlo’s menu of fine Italian cuisine.
Mac & Wild
Set away from the main hubbub of Liverpool Street, Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild brings a tasteof the Highlands to its sunny courtyard with an oyster and whisky terrace. If you’re not keen on a cold whisky, continuing the Scottish theme, there are gin cocktails by Hendrick’s and Scottish craft beers. On Thursday evenings the co-founder Andy Waugh hosts oyster shucking masterclasses from 6pm. Haggis pops, venison scotch eggs and mixed venison and beef burgers can also be ordered.
Blakes is the original London boutique hotel and, more than thirty years after opening, it still feels like a discreet, well-kept secret. The raison d’être when Anouskha Hempel set up shop in the1980s was for the hotel to feel like a private home, albeit a very well-designed one. There is a new beehive on the roof so they now have a selection of cocktails using theirown honey. The Blakes Bees is a moreish mixture of Monkey 47 gin, a homemade infusion of St Germain and Monkey 47, homemade lavender syrup, and Crème de violette.
Bonhomie abounds at this bustling new Sicilian trattoria. It’s a handy, affordable option to know about at the end of all of the expensive places further up on Charlotte Street. As the sister restaurant to Gloria in Shoreditch it offers all the same Instagram opportunities and chirpy service. Pull up a table in the sun and get a dose of vitamin d, a limoncello spritz and top notch antipasti.
The fizz is flowing from lunchtime until 9pm at the Perrier Jouet champagne terrace on the top floor of Harrods, and given the crowds inside, it’s surprisingly peaceful out on the balcony. There is still plenty going on to occupy your attention though. The view of the surrounding Knightsbridge rooftops has all the charm of Mary Poppins. With a menu that enables you to sample the very best of the Food Hall downstairs, you’d be mad to miss the fresh seafood including crab crostini, lobster rolls and caviar.
There are fewer terraces better suited to watching the world go by than the Rib Room on the corner of Sloane Street. They have created a pretty floral haven out at the front, and thecomplimentary canapés come round between 5pm and 7pm, which is a nice touch. The Rib Room Spritzer – St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Patron Blanco, King’s Ginger liqueur, allspice and peach bitters topped with Prosecco – is one of many inspired, unusual cocktails on offer.