The idea of sitting outside in the cold that is London during winter seems horrible, but with the right setting, good food and appropriate heating, these rooftops are the best places to be this coming cold season.
Dalloway Terrace changes its decor and menu seasonly to give customers the best experience possible. This autumn the terrace has been transformed into a beautiful woodland surrounded with red and green leaves, and sparkling fairy lights ensuring that you will achieve that perfect Instagram picture.
Dalloway Terrace will change its appearance again this winter, and we’re eagerly awaiting to see what theme they will choose. Whether you visit Dalloway to drink or dine, it’s guaranteed that you’ll will have the most divine experience.
16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Alto at Selfridges
Looking like a cafe straight out of Florence, Italy, Alto by renowned restaurant group San Carlo is the perfect break from a day spent shopping. Located on the rooftop of the iconic Selfridges department store in the heart of Oxford Street, Alto is accessible via the express lift on the ground floor.
The main colour theme is Tuscan red, olive green and the blue of the sky. Other than the retractable roof to deal with unpredictable English weather, the place is distinctly Italian, from the smell from the pots filled with herbs to the food that is meant to be shared. Alto is truly an urban oasis in Central London.
400 Oxford Street, The Rooftop, London W1A 1AB
With view of the Thames and the sky, the all day restaurant Coppa Club gives you a dining experience like no other. You will be able to enjoy your meal in heated igloos, so it is the perfect place for you to soak up the exceptional view when it is too cold, as London’s winters usually are. The place has a relaxed menu, from nibbles, to a juicy rib-eye steak. Having been a huge success since it was introduced in 2017, these igloos are a difficult place to get booked in, so plan ahead!
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
A decorative and ambitious combination of traditional church-building style and Renaissance design, this rooftop bar in Jean Nouvel’s One New Change shopping complex is the best place to see St Paul’s. A glass lift takes you up from the ground floor, sweeping up the side of St Paul’s east elevation. Madison looks out towards the city, giving you the best views of the cathedral, London Eye and Tate Modern. Taking in London’s skyline, you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and choose from a wide-range menu created by executive chef Nick Cuadrado. Visit this rooftop with some friends after work, unwind and enjoy the view. Madison is, understandably, with its prime location, a post-5pm hotspot, so you might want to get there during the day for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London, EC4M 9AF
The Ivy Chelsea Gardens
This list wouldn’t be complete without The Ivy Chelsea Gardens, one of the most difficult places to get reservation in London. Rightfully so, the beautiful space designed by Cecil Beaton is a cross between a Sunday brunch French brasserie and an English country garden. While the plants and atmosphere makes it perfect for a summer day out, the twinkling lights and huge fire pit makes it a picturesque spot during the winter. If you want to enjoy the good food and get a snap of this garden, plan ahead for your visit and call in for a booking.
195 -197 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
Words: Ngoc Minh Thu Le
Subbing: Ruby Naldrett