Grab a seat outside and make the most of the evening sunshine. Terrace bars, open air sun traps and restaurants are in full swing for Summer, taking East London's alfresco drinking and dining scene to new heights.
For a cool (as a cucumber) experience, head along to the Culpeper pub where the rooftop has been transformed into a pickle-centric experience inspired by the herbalist and botanist Nichols Culpeper. The cucumber season is May to September, and whilst the resident 8ft gherkin will be a constant, the cucumbers around him will begin to flourish, and as the summer evolves, so will the number and scale of cucumbers! The theme of the rooftop will be drawn directly from the natural beauty of the pickle, from the striped decking, lighting and soft furnishings to the cocktail and food menu (booking recommended).
40 Commercial St, E1 6LP
Perched high above the capital with enviable views out over the City, London’s hottest new destination rooftop restaurant, bar and grand terrace, Aviary, has come home to roost. The Aviary nests on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, one of the capital’s most original five star hotels in one of its most dynamic districts.
22–25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Jin Bo Law
To experience views of the City and the River Thames head down to newly opened Jin Bo Law on top of the Dorsett City Hotel at Aldgate. The cocktail menu is Asian-inspired, including the Dragon Air, their take on a white Negroni – replacing gin with some very Eastern Baijiu and the Butterfly Punch, which is a traditional punch recipe which they’ve infused with some Jasmine tea.
14th floor, Dorsett City, 9 Aldgate High St, EC3N 1AH
Old Bengal Bar – Jungle Book Terrace
Located in a Grade II listed building originally owned by the East India company, the Old Bengal bar has turned its outdoor terrace into a tropical paradise, complete with Jungle Book themed cocktails! Take advantage of their happy hour and enjoy two draught beers or two cocktails for just £7 every weekday until 7pm!
16 New St, EC2M 4TR
Located on the 28th and 29th floors of 110 Bishopsgate (formerly the Heron Tower), Sushi Samba boasts the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe. If you are hungry, enjoy the unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine or simply enjoy sipping cocktails and soaking up the breathtaking views of London from the dizzy heights of the roof terrace.
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Shoreditch Sky Terrace
Located next to Shoreditch Town Hall, on top of the Courthouse hotel, the Shoreditch Sky Terrace is the perfect place for a sunset cocktail or BBQ dinner with friends. With panoramic views overlooking the City of London skyline, relax after work with an Aperol Spritz or party the night away at the weekend when some of London's biggest DJs take control of the decks.
335-337 Old St, EC1V 9AU
A food and drink market from Street Feast, Dinerama is London’s leading street food market. Featuring ten street food micro-diners; eight bars; three roof terraces; one raised mezzanine platform and a huge communal dining area, it’s an open air sun trap in summer. When it gets cold, Dinerama is roofed and winter proof.
19 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3EJ
Summer alfesco is a feature from the Summer edition of The CityScene. Pick up a hard copy outside our Marketing Suite at 54 Wilson Street, EC2A 2ER.