This chic rooftop (or rooftops shall I say – they have x2) pulls in a diverse crowd as it’s just off Oxford Street. The food is very average, so it’s more of a drinking spot but should you get peckish, they do have snacks available. Each terrace can hold up to 100 ppl.
I love this tiny cocktail bar by Tony Conigliaro as it’s so relaxed yet chic with big windows which open out onto bustling Old Compton St – bringing in welcome breeze in the summer months; you can make reservations, so make sure to request these spots when you do.
Cool minimalist modern sister restaurant to Portland. They’ve got some seating on the kerb so you can munch away. When I went, I had monkfish with young carrots, yuzu and dandelion which was delightful.
I’ve only ever dined in the main restaurant inside The Boundary but it has a famed rooftop which is really pretty – strangely I’ve never made it up here to eat. Need to change that asap. There’s a proper dining area and a drinks bit; you can book to eat but not to drink.
Tried most of their pizzas which are all pretty rad – don’t go expecting any kind of service. It’s a pub / bar that just happens to serve pizzas. Come summer, it gets incredibly packed outside, so if you hate crowds, then this ain’t your spot. Mixed bag of hipsters and tourists.
This chilled Clapton pub has got a bit of a Victorian feel about. In the back you’ll find a fab beer garden to while aways those summer days and nights – basic pub food, so stick to a bowl of chips vs a proper meal.
I first went here a number of years ago when my good friend used to host film screenings on the rooftop. They hold regular events here, usually have a food pop-up and a bar so check out what’s on via their social media pages before heading down. You have to pay a one off £5 entry and ‘become a friend’ on their website to gain entry. Open from May and from 5pm onwards usually.
This covered street food market by Street Feast has a rooftop bit where you can eat, drink and be merry. Sometimes you have to pay a cover charge, so just check their website / Facebook before you head down.
This Michelin Pub of The Year 2017 is about 8 mins walk from Hoxton station and is possibly my favourite rooftop in London – intimate, casual and pretty. Best for 1 on 1 catch ups as it’s not a massive space. They may ask you to order a snack – get the superb beef + barley buns.
Located off High St Ken on a residential road, this gastropub serves up good Modern Euro fare in a cosy chic space. The indoor space is split into a drinking den and a more formal dining area. Outside, there are a few tables facing the road where you can imbibe and munch away.
Good bar snacks & excellent drinks coming out of André Balazs celeb haunt. I haven’t tried the main fare so can only recommend the snacks – the chicken sticks are fab, FYI. There’s a lovely large outdoor terrace that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day.
This restaurant by Stevie Parle decked out by Tom Dixon serves up food inspired by flavours from all around the globe. They have a massive terrace where you can chill with a glass of vino and some food when the sun’s blazin’.
I hardly ever suggest places I haven’t visited but I’ll make an exception as a) I’ve been to the space before but not as Pergola On The Roof b) it’s got food stalls my mouth trusts like Breddos Tacos and x2 bars. Oh and the folks here had the good sense to open up a sister site in culinary wasteland Paddington.
This little slice of Portugal smack bang in London Bridge has a small space outside it reserves mostly for diners but there are a few barrels I believe you can perch at and drink with no obligation to order food.
Nice bright refined venue. They’ve got big windows which they swing open when the sun decides to treat us to some heat. However, the food is somewhat mediocre food, so best for drinks but you’ll probs need to get some nibbles to justify your seat.
This Chelsea mainstay has a wonderfully buzzy terrace and really comes into its own during the summer especially during Wimbledon when they always put on some display. You will have to queue, so try and get there early. You can eat, drink or do both. Food is decent.
This cool antique, modern mash up space is very lovely to look at. I had some bar food here yonks ago but wasn’t that impressed. If in the area though, I’d deffo give it a whirl again. It’s got quite a large terrace out front.
The restaurant at The Young Vic is a destination in itself. If you’re going to the theatre definitely eat here and if you’re in the area it’s worth checking out. There’s a bar upstairs with a rooftop terrace – I think it’s drinks only but if you ask nicely they may let you eat here.
This hip street market has lots of outdoor areas you can pitch up at. Have a wonder round the food stalls inside, grab some booze and then head back outside again. There are also stand alone restaurants like Bar Douro where you can dine outside – best to book in advance.
This small street food market, an offshoot of Borough Market is always rammed and hectic come the weekend but I still really like it. If you get here early enough you can grab one of the outdoor seating areas but you’ll need to buy booze / food from the stall owners that operate it.
Peckham Bazaar has poshed up quite a bit on the inside since I last visited based on the pics I’ve seen when I just googled it right now. When I went the food (‘Pan Balkan’ – their description, not mine) was tasty and well priced. They have a few dining spots outside.
Restaurant by the Casse-Croûte lot. You won’t find it unless you go searching. Randomly located next to tennis courts & children’s playground is this very chic restaurant with a small outdoor space for eating / drinking (post a tennis rally if you’re feeling energetic). The moelleux is wondrous – try it
Decent ramen noodle ba (chain) serving up other Japanese bites. They have outdoor seating in the square bit, so if you don’t want to be cooked up inside slurping on some ramen when it’s blazing outside, you don’t have to.
This great value small brekkie spot by Downhills Park has a small terrace. For any tennis fans, there are courts inside the park which you don’t need to book – so you can work up a sweat and then reward yourself with hash browns afterwards – bliss!
This gentrified pub has a small beer garden out back and if you get the munchies, try the cheesy chips with beef brisket if it’s on the menu – you won’t be disappointed, though your waistline may object.
This is from the same guys behind Pamela in Dalston. It’s a bar, brewery and a club in Seven Sisters. It’s also got a massive courtyard where you can knock back the old G&T they have on tap (actually delicious, coming from someone who ain’t a massive fan of premixed drinks). Only been here at night, so not sure how buzzy it is in the day. Full of trendies.
This decadent Grand Cafe restaurant opposite King’s Cross station has a terrace. Food is OK – you go for the looks really. So, whilst it’s really more of a dining spot than a drinking den, I doubt they’ll shoo you away.
This cool, modern neighbourhood cafe has a tiny courtyard in the back – it doesn’t get loads of sunshine but if you fancy being somewhere nice in the neighbourhood and want to sit outside, this would be a good option.
This lovely restaurant in Old Street is pretty compact. They serve seasonal British produce but with plates from Europe, with a strong influence from Italy. Upper Street ain’t the most picturesque street in the world but if it’s hot and you want to dine outside, you have the option.
I went here a few years ago and had a foul cocktail and it put me off for the longest time. Then I went again fairly recently for a party and the snacks and cocktails were bang on and I noticed they had a lovely courtyard out back. I’d like to return again for a proper meal / drinks.
This neighbourhood resto on a residential street serves up solid fare and is located in a converted garage. Come sunshine, they completely open out the doors, so make sure to request to sit right at the front when you reserve, so you can get hit by some glorious rays.
Gastro pub in Hampstead with large beer garden. Went to here for a friend’s birthday a few years ago. Lovely outdoor beer garden – excellent for the summer months. Didn’t try the food but would definitely go back for a drink if in the area You can book for groups of x8 or more people.
Primeur’s sibling. The focus is on seafood. It has a massive courtyard but sadly you can’t eat here but you can drink loadsa vino whilst you wait for your table or even post dinner. Like Primeur, it has massive doors, so try and grab a seat at the front for some faux al fresco vibes.
Hip neighbourhood bar/bistro in Kensal Rise, food is a little hit and miss. There’s a lovely raised outdoor space where you can eat and or drink. I also think they have a wee beer garden in the back but I’ve never been!