Six of the best midsummer terraces

For fine cuisine and the last of the summer wine, cocktails and champagne…

The Laurent-Perrier champagne terrace at Sea Containers restaurant offers striking views over the river towards St Paul’s
The Laurent-Perrier champagne terrace at Sea Containers restaurant offers striking views over the river towards St Paul’s

Laurent-Perrier Sea Containers terrace

Summertime in the city is best spent sipping champagne by the Thames, and for striking views over the river towards St Paul’s Cathedral, head to the Laurent-Perrier champagne terrace at Sea Containers restaurant. The South Bank spot has a vibrant design in tune with its buzzy surroundings, and guests will find themselves in an oasis of tropical foliage, succulents and terrariums as they indulge in the modern summer classic Cuvée Rosé (£19 a glass, £120 a bottle). Those who want to watch the sun go down with a bottle on ice can also choose from the Ultra Brut (£120) or Laurent-Perrier Vintage (£125), which can be accompanied by the Sea Containers’ seafood platter, serving delights such as oysters, crab and octopus in a Bloody Mary dressing (£70). Other temptations include baked half lobster with garlic butter and leaf salad (market price); moules marinière (£16) and scallops carpaccio (£18). To finish, try the French Connection – a cocktail of crème de violette, gin and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé (£18). The terrace is open until September 30. 20 Upper Ground, London SE1. Reservations: 020-3747 1063.

Art Yard Bar & Kitchen rooftop terrace at The Bankside Hotel is collaborating with Hambledon vineyard
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen rooftop terrace at The Bankside Hotel is collaborating with Hambledon vineyard
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Art Yard Bar & Kitchen rooftop terrace

Just a short stroll along the river, Bankside has a new summer hotspot – the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen rooftop terrace at The Bankside Hotel – boasting cityscape views. The hotel has collaborated with Hambledon vineyard to provide a setting where guests can soak in the scene while enjoying a Classic Cuvée non-vintage (£7 a glass, £40 a bottle), Première Cuvée (£16 a glass, £85 a bottle) or tempting libations from the cocktail menu. Art Yard’s signature wood-fired pizzette can be served at the table – think chorizo with tomato and wild garlic pesto (£7.50) or Devon mussels with fennel relish and seashore vegetables (£7). Finish the evening decadently with a sundae – five scoops of ice cream, chocolate brownie chunks, fudge pieces, nuts and sauces (£12). 2 Blackfriars Road, London SE1. Reservations: 020-3943 2020.

Bar 31 Shangri-La terrace with Tanqueray Gin at The Shard is being transformed into a floral garden
Bar 31 Shangri-La terrace with Tanqueray Gin at The Shard is being transformed into a floral garden
There’s still time to visit the Piper-Heidsieck champagne garden at Selfridges, which closes on August 4
There’s still time to visit the Piper-Heidsieck champagne garden at Selfridges, which closes on August 4

Bar 31 Shangri-La terrace with Tanqueray Gin at The Shard

This outdoor bar at the foot of the city’s tallest building is being transformed into a floral garden, complete with wooden benches and tables dressed in crisp gingham, from July 24 to the end of September. Guests can enjoy cocktails from the special gin menu (from £10), offering the Royal Blush (blended with Tanqueray No Ten, rhubarb, lemonade and fresh raspberries) and the Lovage (a gin and tonic blended with coriander and juniper), while sating their hunger with a picnic box for two – available with half a roast chicken, Cornish yarg cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, freshly made sourdough bread from Bread Ahead, piccalilli and salad (£20). For those who enjoy a more immersive experience – and want to sharpen their mixologist skills – Bar 31 will also host a Tanqueray cocktail masterclass (August 14) with brand ambassador Jack Sotti (£25 per person). 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1. Reservations: 020-7234 8008 or info@bar31.com.

The AllBright terrace’s cocktail menu celebrates legendary women
The AllBright terrace’s cocktail menu celebrates legendary women
Veuve Clicquot terrace bar at Cliveden overlooks the country house hotel’s majestic National Trust estate
Veuve Clicquot terrace bar at Cliveden overlooks the country house hotel’s majestic National Trust estate

Piper-Heidsieck champagne garden at Selfridges

There’s still time to wine and dine at Selfridges’ rooftop garden. Recline on terrace sofas or in private huts while drinking in the London skyline and indulging in a chilled glass of fizz – Rosé Sauvage (£18 a flute, £85 a bottle), Brut (£15 a flute, £70 a bottle or £145 a magnum) or Rare Millésime 2002 champagne (£60 a flute, £250 a bottle). The cuisine includes mini burgers (£12.95) or, for something more hearty, try the fillet of beef medallions (£16.75). The venue closes its doors on August 4. 400 Oxford Street, London W1. Reservations: 020-7318 3287.

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AllBright terrace

Mayfair’s women-only members’ club has two sunny terraces – one is for its patrons, and the other, smaller rooftop is open to non-members on its health and wellness floor. Expect healthy fare including its classic West Hollywood salad – kale, cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, seeds, feta and boiled egg (£13) – or try a pick-me-up, such as its Always on the Run smoothie, blended with oat milk, nut butter, banana and dates (£5). The cocktail menu celebrates legendary women such as drag queen Marsha P Johnson, who is affiliated with the Allbright Old Fashioned (£12) – a mélange of chamomile-infused Woodford Reserve and maple syrup. Johnson, a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969, was instrumental in creating safe spaces for homeless LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. A woman very much worth raising one’s glass to. 24-26 Maddox Street, London W1. Reservations: 020-3817 3340.

Veuve Clicquot terrace bar, Cliveden country house hotel

Head to the Berkshire countryside by the Thames to enjoy a rooftop terrace overlooking Cliveden’s majestic National Trust estate. Open for the month of August, it will offer cocktails including the Profumo 23 (£24), a blend of gin, strawberry liqueur, orange curaçao, lychee and Veuve Clicquot rosé, and the Cliveden ’66 (£24, honouring the first house, which was built on the site in 1666), fusing Chase Vodka, Grand Marnier, rose liqueur and 24ct gold leaf with Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label champagne. Nibble on Nocellara olives; sundried tomato and basil arancini; caramelised onion and goat’s cheese bonbons; or smoked salmon and crème fraîche blini. Rooms can be booked from £445 in advance. Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF. Reservations: 01628-607 107.

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