Now socialising is back on the cards, it’s time to go high
If you’re anything like us, the immediate excitement of lockdown restrictions easing – and pubs reopening, shops throwing wide their doors, hair appointments back on the menu – has been quickly followed by a touch of overwhelm.
With all these new options and a taste of freedom, how do we decide what to do?
And once we’ve settled on some social plans, where on earth can we book, that’s cool, Covid-safe, and still has availability?
Take your pick then book a table for yourself and five pals, making the most not only of the joy of outdoor dining, but incredible views from up high.
Seabird sits on the 14th floor of the Hoxton hotel
Feel free as a bird at, well, Seabird, the rooftop terrace on the 14th floor of The Hoxton hotel in Southwark.
Sleek and sophisticated
One of the selling points at new City bar Sabine, on the seventh floor of the Leonardo Royal Hotel, is the sight of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Tucked away in this garden oasis, you’ll also be able to enjoy bar-friendly bites and impressive sharing plates — from burrata with white peach and pistachio, to grilled octopus.
Cocktails such as the Whizz Fizz, made with rhubarb and ginger Edinburgh Gin, elderflower cordial and crème de cassis, will help bring summer vibes. sabinelondon.co.uk
Radio Rooftop, Holborn
Radio Rooftop, ME London Hotel’s buzzy bar with live music and DJ sets, is bringing back its ‘bubbles’, bookable until May 31. This spring will see the bar partner with Chateau Léoube and Grey Goose x Bombay Bramble to bring guests three themed private pods to enjoy. Elsewhere on the roof, have fun ticking off some of the capital’s iconic sights, from Big Ben to the London Eye. radiorooftop.com
The Dorchester, Mayfair
Take in views over Hyde Park
Five-star hotel The Dorchester has just launched its first ever rooftop bar and restaurant. Timed to celebrate its 90th anniversary, The Dorchester Rooftop will showcase a series of culinary pop-ups from the in-house chefs, focusing on British, French and Mediterranean cuisine, with views across Hyde Park a bonus. dorchestercollection.com
The Treehouse Hotel, Marylebone
Who doesn’t dream of a treehouse? (Picture: Simon Brown)
Settle in at the rooftop bar with a 360-degree-view at the Treehouse Hotel in central London. Home to a living biophilic wall and lush greenery, it also has a killer cocktail list — Deconstructed Mojito, anyone? — and a menu that runs the gamut from roasted cauliflower bites to red miso baked cod. treehousehotels.com
Lost In Brixton, Brixton
Get lost within the rooftop paradise that’s Lost In Brixton, the ideal spot to catch up with pals over Latin American-inspired cocktails and local craft beers.
The venue will champion its neighbouring restaurants, showcasing food from within the Village itself, including Rudie’s Jerk Shack, The Joint and Black Bear Burger. lostinbrixton.com
Handy apps for finding places to eat and drink:
Boozr is a directory of bars and pubs that lets you search by keywords — including ‘beer garden’ — and you can see if any of your mates are heading there, too. Available via Google Play and the Apple app store, boozr.app
The nifty Onezone directs you to the coolest places to eat and drink in London. You can book a table at the place you want straight away, and also filter by terms such as ‘al fresco’. Available via the Apple app store, onezone.app
The OneTable app allows you to search for restaurants by postcode, splits the results by type of cuisine, and shows you what time slots they have available. Available via Google Play and Apple app store, opentable.co.uk/m/mobile-apps
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