Best Outdoor London Rooftops And Restaurants To Look Forward To
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Best Outdoor London Rooftops And Restaurants To Look Forward To

May 18, 2020 Share

Here’s where you can find us as soon as lockdown ends

It finally looks like there may be a light at the end of the Covid-lockdown tunnel. Although the government has been, perhaps purposefully, vague about their reopening strategy, we are hearing very credible rumours that the hospitality industry may begin to open up in the next month or two. 

Not only would this be a blessing as we can finally begin to see each other once again, it would allow us to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants and bars that have been anxiously awaiting to open their doors. Here at DDW, we are as excited as ever to delve into those new spaces and enjoy fresh drinks and beautiful food (for once not cooked or prepared at home!). 

On the top of our must-visit list are the venues with terraces and outdoor areas; not just for their fun/cool factor but also to maintain social distancing measures easily. We have compiled a list of the very best – take a look, wanderlust and mark your calendars for some amazing summer fun coming up:

Best Outdoor London Rooftops And Restaurants

Terraces &  Gardens

Beautiful English gardens, magnificent outdoor terraces and bountiful opportunities to enjoy the good life; there are some incredible venues dotted around the capital… raise your glass to there gems:

Dalloway Terrace

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The Instagrammers favourite jaunt features a delightfully fresh bistro menu, complete with delicious cocktails and freshly prepared juices and smoothies. As a bonus – the eye-candy foliage is changed seasonally to ensure you always have a fresh pic for the ‘gram.

Petersham Nurseries

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A beautiful classic. Come for the greenery, stay for the food, drinks and tea. Don’t be surprised if you see a few recognisable faces lunching here on any given day.

Chucs Serpentine

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The brainchild of PR-magnate Charles Finch, Chucs has expanded across London like an empire of boutique Italian eateries. They specialise in classic dishes and drinks – wash down that perfect brunch Carbonara with a fresh Bellini.

Chiltern Firehouse

Marylebone London Rooftops And Restaurants
If there’s ever been a venue to reshape and impact London’s social scene – it is definitely Chiltern. The terrace is tucked away in Marylebone and without fail will play host to the world’s jet-set. The hotel just received permission for an extension onto the front facing pavement ensuring that those outdoor seats will be the hottest ones in town.

La Famiglia

A Chelsea classic
A Chelsea classic. The outdoor garden is legendary, everyone from Princess Diana to Prince have dinned here. Charm and the Italian spirit ooze elegance from this generational family-run restaurant.

The Chelsea Ivy Garden

Chelsea Ivy
Holding court in the centre of the King’s Road is the Sloane mecca of the Chelsea Ivy. Garden seats are prime destination for consuming magnums of Whispering Angel rosé or book indoors for a more private power-breakfast with your banker.


See and be seen; this is the mantra of the Annabel’s Garden. Run into Royalty and eurotrash alike, there’s no other place like it in London. Always other-the-top it’s engineered for highbrow fun… it even has a giant 2 tonne retractable glass roof to ensure not even the weather can stop your good times.

Pools & Rooftops

Perhaps it’s just our imagination but London has definitely gotten warmer over the years. Whether or not it’s Global Warming, the cold months seem shorter each year and savvy hospitality operators have taken notice. Rooftop bars and even open air swimming pools are starting to appear all over the capital. 

Live your best life poolside here this summer:

Soho House 180 Strand

Soho House 180 Strand
The latest instalment from Nick Jones’ ever expanding Soho House brand; 180 Strand introduces a rooftop pool, bar, restaurant and workspaces to central London. Situated around the corner from Somerset House we anticipate many a fashion week party at this beautiful new club.

Soho House White City

Soho House White City
The largest Soho House in the world features a drop-dead-gorgeous swimming pool and bar. Help yourself to a spicy margarita and some delectable oven-baked pizza before you go for a dip.


The only cool venue in the Square Mile. The rooftop is a prime destination for people-watching and tanning. Spanning up a lunch table here requires some serious social creds.

Lido at The Curtain Hotel

Lido at The Curtain Hotel London Rooftops And Restaurants
DDW membership means you have access to the exclusive member’s club inside East-London’s Curtain Hotel. Do some laps in the mosaic pool before relaxing with some lunch and good book on the terrace.

The Pool at The Berkeley Hotel

The Pool at The Berkeley Hotel London Rooftops And Restaurants
True timeless elegance. Drop in for a full body massage and relax poolside by the Capri-inspired lemon-tree filled terrace. Drink of choice? Cucumber water with a dash of vodka please.

Shoreditch House

The epic East-London club has been renovated during the lockdown. We can’t wait to see what additions the Soho House group have made to this already almost-perfect venue.

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