It’s all about making the most of that elusive summer sun this week, with news of some new rooftop feasting, a Moroccan-style terrace, and even a pop-up beach in Camden. But this is England after all, so there’s also a couple of eateries that are firmly in the indoors category to cosy up in when normal rainy service is resumed.
1. Morden & Lea Book Morden & Lea
The latest from award-winning TV chef Mark Sargeant, Morden & Lea is proudly British, from its menu down to its name. Named after the first men to map Soho, the menu is all about modern takes on British fare, with breast and leg of chicken with potato pancakes, and rib of beef with dripping chips amongst the hearty options.
2. Mo Café & Terrace Book Mo Café & Terrace
Little sister to the highly regarded Momo, Mo Café & Terrace replicates a traditional Moroccan souk just off Regent Street. Inside, expect lavish rugs and North African furnishings, or retreat to the sanctuary of the cosy terrace. As for the food, the Moroccan twist to afternoon tea, with falafel wraps joining classic scones, is inspired.
3. The Sun & 13 Cantons Book The Sun & 13 Cantons
Craft beer, curry, Soho. If you ask us, that’s the recipe for a great pub. The Sun & 13 Cantons have added a few extra ingredients to their North Indian cuisine and top-notch ale combo, including sets from top DJs, and an ultra-cool interior. We’re sold.
4. Camden Beach
London’s not known for glistening sands or pebbly beaches, but the seaside has made an appearance in the capital, with the Roundhouse roof terrace transformed into a haven of sun, sand and pop-up dining. There may not be any sea, but with deckchairs, beach huts, ping pong and food, who needs it?
5. Storeys Rooftop Street Food Market
Dining atop a car park is all the rage it seems, and now those on the western side of the capital can get involved, with a new street food market opening above the former BBC HQ. Food, drinks, live music, rooftop film screenings and even yoga classes should be enough to get even the most vertiginous of Londoners excited.