London always looks better in the sunshine, so we’ve done some digging and found you some sun-soaked (fingers crossed) rooftop restaurants and bars, along with our pick of pop-ups and landmark new openings. With the World Cup kicking off, you can also check out football screenings in premium Gaucho steakhouses around London.
1. Vista at The Trafalgar Book Vista at the Trafalgar
Vista at the Trafalgar
One of the hottest rooftop bars in London, Vista has unrivalled 360-degree panoramic views across Trafalgar Square and beyond. You can try some of the cosmopolitan grazing dishes and cocktails at this iconic sky bar whilst basking in the long-awaited summer sun.
2. Gaucho Book Gaucho
Famed for its second-to-none Argentinean steaks, Gaucho is hosting a series of World Cup screenings in its South American steakhouses across the capital. Epic Gaucho burgers and empanadas can be found on the group menus, and private screenings are available for bookings of 6 and above.
3. On the Roof with Q Book On the Roof with Q
On the Roof with Q
BBQ-smoking experts Q Grill Camden have now set up camp on top of Selfridges, making this secret on-the-roof hideaway one of the go-to destination spots of this summer. Partnering a sun-dappled rooftop with quirky cocktails, and smoking-hot steaks and nibbles, this open-air dining retreat allows you to escape the heated hassle of Oxford Street and enter a tranquil al fresco secret garden.
4. Jamie Oliver the Diner Book Jamie Oliver the Diner
Jame Oliver the Diner
Not content with a global empire of thriving Italian eateries, Jamie has now branched out into new dude-food realms with a 2-year pop-up diner concept in Piccadilly. Dirty barbecue ribs, meatloaf and T-bone steak make up the diner comfort food menu, and if you’re feeling brave, there are some quirky avocado fries. Also rocking the sustainable produce vibe, condiments like piccalilli are made by Rubies in the Rubble, who thriftily use goods that would normally be chucked out by some London markets.
Top-of-his-game chef Simon Rogan has seized the reins from previous Claridge’s chef Gordon Ramsay with new restaurant concept Fera, intent on winning back a Michelin star for Claridge’s after Ramsay lost it. Meaning ‘wild’ in Latin, Fera reflects Rogan’s fierce dedication to primal food from land and sea, which is usually washed up on all manner of slates and pebbles. Kudos to Rogan for shaking up the pomp and chintz of Claridge’s with some exciting foraged Noma-style ingredients at restaurant-of-the-moment Fera.