Al Fresco Living

I think it’s safe to say “Summer has arrived!” The sun is finally out so we need to be organised and plan ahead to make sure we fully utilise our time in the sun (after all British summer time usually lasts a generous 7 days at the most!)
So we have compiled a list of the hottest haunts to head to & hang out in the sun!


The Roof Gardens, Kensington
The Roof Gardens has been called a London landmark. The three gardens span 1.5 acres – Over summer there is a whole array of events happening – jazz on Tuesdays, “ BBQ on Friday and Saturday nights and magicians and roasts on Sundays, just to name a few. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge, but it’s usually best to call ahead to make sure they haven’t been booked out for a wedding or event.
99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA;

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
The Ivy Chelsea opened last summer and became a firm sunny favourite: and there is also the terrace at the new Ivy Brasserie on High Street Kensington, so you’re spoilt for choice. Bein part of The Ivy family, you’re in safe hands when it comes to food and drink. Cocktails and an all-day British menu are available in the alfresco space, which is adorned with fountains, climbing ivy and beautiful antique furniture abound, this the kind of place you will want to spend several hours.
197 King’s Road, Chelsea

Frank’s Cafe, Peckham
Frank’s Café is the hottest spot south of the river come summer. This cage is super cool and quirky it’s a multi-storey car park with cocktails and excellent sharing plates like buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese crème fraiche and smoked paprika and parmesan-roasted corn. Be prepared for the masses as the whole of Shoreditch tends to descend on this place so the bar queue is usually huge.
10th floor, Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST;

The Lido Café, Herne Hill
The Lido Café in Brockwell Park is a favourite spots for many in south London when the sun is out. A good-sized terrace faces the swimmers and the park’s leafy back drop transporting you away from Hustle and bustle of London! Modern-British food is served all-day, making this a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill SE24 0PA;


Roka, Canary Wharf
Roka Canary Wharf’s offers a tasting menu which is literally every foodies dream. As is the à la carte… try one of Roka’s sashimi platters and hot dishes are inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine. The terrace is a fantastic spot to dine come summer, it’s less rural more urban chic, overlooking Canada Square Park, you take in the bright lights of London’s sleekest office towers while soaking up the sounds of the Canary Wharf Summer Concerts.
4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square E14 5FW; 020 7636 5228;

Dalston Roof Park, Dalton
Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’ with views of the London’s trendy skyline. Membership for the season is £5, which grants you unlimited entry into the Roof Park’s events – film screenings, music, street food and more. This place is more denim jeans than linen trousers so if you want a chilled and laid back scene this is it! Cool music and cooler people! Frequented by the likes of Lilly Allen and Pro Green!
The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL;

Proud, Camden
This venue can Boast one of the most impressive list of past performers, including Jessie J, Calvin Harris and The Kooks to name a few, Quite simply this venue is Iconic. Last year, it launched the Secret Garden Bar, and after a huge £300,000 investment, the rooftop garden has been transformed with full decking, wooden pergolas with flower garlands, a landscaped rockery and a lavish water feature!
The Horse Hospital, The Stables Market, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH;

Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House
With a choice between a restaurant and a more relaxed deli-style café, this terrace at Somerset House is in an ideal spot for summer evening drinks. Relax with some food and drink and watch the river and the passers-by of London Town. On a sunny day this spot is an absolute gem. And you’ll also have the extra treat of having something to look at inside Somerset house too!
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R

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