The hospitality industry has had a difficult time over the past year but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for many with restrictions easing further from 12 April. From today, in line with the roadmap out of lockdown, hospitality venues will be able to reopen their outdoor seating and terraces for tables of six. Hoorah!
With that in mind, we have rounded up the very best outdoor terraces in the UK. With demand for tables high, we would recommend making a booking ASAP to avoid disappointment.
The best outdoor terraces in the UK:
Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel has joined forces with Sipsmith to transform the hotel’s beautiful roof terrace in the heart of Soho into a vibrant ‘Zestival’ with lemons and oranges hanging from the canopy above, wooden crates overflowing with fresh fruit and seasonal flowers cascading from the water fountain. Expect an expertly crafted menu using the award-winning Sipsmith London Dry Gin, as well as their Zesty Orange, Lemon Drizzle and new Limited Edition Strawberry Smash Gin and food pairings to match.
Zestival runs from 14 April until 16 May and tickets can be purchased on designmynight.com
Granary Square Brasserie
With impressive views across Regent’s Canal and Granary Square’s floor-level fountains, Granary Square Brasserie’s terrace provides a chic haven to retreat to. To celebrate the re-opening, the brasserie is launching an array of merriments, including a beautiful, themed terrace, a series of showstopping, carnival-inspired live DJs and entertainment, and a limited-edition cocktail menu for guests to enjoy as the days get longer and lighter.
Located in the heart of the city, Coq d’Argent is offers stunning panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Southbank from it’s rooftop garden and terrace.
The Goring Hotel is bringing a splash of the Cornish coast to London for a “Summer of Lobster and Fizz”. Larger than Centre Court at Wimbledon, The Goring Garden is the biggest hotel garden in Central London and will be transformed by British beachwear brand, LOVE BRAND & Co. Fizz will be provided by the Delevingne sister’s Della Vite and there will be a menu of Cornish lobsters supplied by Just Shellfish, a lobster shop in the heart of Port Isaac, grilled on the BBQ.
Set on the banks of the River Thames in Hampton Court the Mitre’s riverside terrace is something of a riverside retreat and one of the best outdoor terraces in the UK. Adorned with Parisian style furniture, an outdoor kitchen, twinkly lights and the world’s only ‘Whispering Angel Boathouse’, arrive by foot, car or even boat to The Mitre’s vast terrace.
SMOKESTAK is reopening its Shoreditch home again with a bespoke new canopy for al fresco dining. Expect a barbecue-led menu including much-loved favourites and new spring dishes, from founder David Carter.
Claridge’s Bar Terrace will reopen in April serving classic Claridge’s cocktails such as The Flapper and Brook Street, as well as a new menu inspired by the Mediterranean. There really is nowhere quite like Claridge’s Bar.
The team behind the Nine Lives cocktail bar are returning with an alfresco incarnation; Nine Lives Alley. The Mexico City-inspired street scene, located on the cobbles of Holyrood Street in London Bridge, offers killer cocktails, crafts beers and chef El Tigre’s lauded Tigre Tacos.
With views of Tadao Ando’s ‘Silence’ fountain, The Terrace at Jean-Georges at The Connaught is the perfect place to people-watch in London. Tuck into Jean-Georges favourites such as Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza and Crispy Salmon Sushi whilst enjoying the sunshine.
The Woodsman’s beautiful terrace and garden is home to aromatic homegrown herbs, vegetables and their very own beehives (don’t worry, they’re at a safe distance from diners), and comfortably sits 40 diners on tables for up to six people, adhering to all COVID 19 guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety. The terrace will be open for lunch and early dinner from Thursdays-Sundays but be sure to make your bookings ahead of time.
For something a little different, head to Tinwood Estate at the foot of the South Downs National Park. Enjoy the finest English sparkling wines on the vast south-facing terrace overlooking the vines. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and estate or enjoy afternoon tea and sparkling wine, this is the perfect day trip.
For five weeks only, Henrock has created a one-off outdoor dining experience serving comfort food from the terrace overlooking Lake Windermere. Come for the views but stay for the food at Henrock where you will be able to tuck into an informal menu of international favourites; BBQ Korean Pork, Chilli Hot Dog and Beef Short Rib and even Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Waffles.
Dukes 92 in Manchester is famous for its terrace and truly comes to life in the summer. Located right next to the canal in Deansgate with stunning views, Dukes 92 is one of the most visited bars in Manchester for a reason.
Located on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds, with a wraparound outdoor terrace, Angelica is the best place in the city for panoramic views. Expect grand café vibes by day and cocktails in the early evening.
Rockwater Hove’s beachfront deck terrace is a little different to the rest but perfect for friends and family to watch the sunset while tucking into delicious, locally sourced food and beverages such as seafood platters, handmade pizzas, local charcuterie and cheese board.