Gunpowder, London Bridge
Gunpowder has its own terrace, which overlooks Tower Bridge. At this Indian spot, guests can expect to order the likes of Nagaland House crispy pork ribs topped with spicy tamarind sauce, Karawari soft-shell crab and organic baby tandoori chicken in butter masala sauce, alongside refreshing Bow Barracks gimlets and Pani Puri margaritas.
4 Duchess Walk, London Bridge, SE1 2SD
Tavolino, London Bridge
Tavolino opened last July. The kitchen is headed up by Louis Korovilas, godson of Giorgio Locatelli and formerly head chef of Bancone. On the south bank of the Thames, Tavolino is split across two floors with floor-to-ceiling windows and comes with a 70-seater outdoor terrace with views of the City and Tower of London. Guests can order the likes of Tuscan fennel salami, lardo and parmesan bombolini and zucchini fritti. Each morning, Louis and his team will make their own pasta from scratch for dishes including silk handkerchief pasta sheets with walnut butter and Burford Brown yolk; tagliatelle, spicy ’nduja and pork ragu; and tomato, basil and Barilotto cheese made with buffalo milk in Salerno.
2 More London Riverside, London Bridge, SE1 2DB
Parrillan, King’s Cross
Harts Group has four spots at Coal Drops Yard: Parrillan, Barrafina, Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor. It’s Parrillan we’re especially interested in, as it comes with a large, partially covered terrace. The menu includes a selection of para picar – including pan con tomate, escalivada and anchovies de l’escala – and guests will be able to cook their own ingredients on the parrilla grills, including red prawns, Iberian pork and milk-fed lamb kidneys. There will also be rice dishes to share, including arroz negro with squid ink, buttifarra and artichoke, and arroz caldoso with lobster, langoustines and soupy rice. Best of all, the drinks menu sees the return of the dedicated G&T list – ideal for an outdoor celebration.
Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4PW
Julie’s, Holland Park
A London favourite since 1969, neighbourhood restaurant Julie’s has reopened with revamped menus. Its elegant outdoor terrace provides the perfect spot for guests to socialise in the sun while enjoying seasonal dishes developed by chef patron Shay Cooper. These include English burrata with salad of Isle of Wight tomatoes and purple basil; brill fillet with cucumber, dill and Morecambe Bay shrimps; and passionfruit syllabub with caramelised white chocolate ice-cream.
135 Portland Road, Notting Hill, W11 4LW
The Nest, Marylebone
The treehouse craze arrived in the capital in the form of this recent hotel opening in Marylebone. All rooms are perched high in the city skyline and feature big bay windows that look out to some of London’s most iconic landmarks. The Nest is a spacious and open rooftop terrace, with uninterrupted skyline views and ample space, making it well suited to social-distancing measures. Open from lunch through to dinner, dishes include wild mushroom frittata; waffles with berries and cream; and stone-baked flatbreads.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QS
The Standard, King’s Cross
The Standard’s beautiful sun-soaked garden terrace is set to reopen, too, alongside its cool ground-floor bar, Double Standard. One of the largest in the neighbourhood, the terrace is tucked behind the hotel. The space serves Aperol slushies and has a Moët Minis vending machine.
10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8EG
Dalloway Terrace, Fitzrovia
Thanks to Dalloway Terrace’s indoor/outdoor concept with retractable roof and walls, guests can enjoy the heated terrace year-round. The al fresco restaurant is newly decorated each season, so we’re expecting great things for its big reopening – this time last year, it was transformed into a whimsical overgrown greenhouse, complete with cascading roses, sweet peas and tulips to create a serene English garden feel, courtesy of McQueens Flowers – so expect more of the same.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN