Chandeliers, floral installations & cigar menus... when it comes to luxurious alfresco hospitality, these hotels do it best.
As if The Savoy's first foray into alfresco dining was gonna be anything other than luxuriously epic. When you embody Art Deco and Edwardian elegance, you gotta exude that from the inside to the out. The opening of Solas on April 21st will mark the beginning of a season's long fling between London's most iconic hotel and Islay's oldest whisky; Bowmore, and oh boy - it's gonna be an affair to remember.
A menu of cocktails worthy of The Savoy's mixology infamy, as well as rare Bowmore expressions, will be served up to wash down the plates served from the raw seafood bar, all of which you can enjoy beneath the 5-meter wide chandelier inspired by the 62 found within the hotel, sending streams of light from the suspended shards of crystal, decanters and stoppers. We told ya. As if they'd do an alfresco terrace by halves.
The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ - Monday-Thursday, 4pm-10pm & Friday-Sunday, 12pm-10pm
Created in collaboration with - you guessed it, Macallan Whisky - the space, which takes inspo from the banks of the River Spey and The Macallan Estate, can be found in the courtyard of Rosewood London, and it's been given a new season glow up. The new-look terrace is inspired by summers in Scotland (yes, they're a thing), with a transformation into a luxury riverside boathouse. We're talking luscious grass, soft wildflowers, and delicate Scottish heathers, with an entrance flanked with beautiful willow trees creating a lush canopy for your arrival.
The walls have been removed to let the sunshine flood in so you can dine in that sexy dappled light. Very chic. We'll be cracking on with the whisky cocktails (it'd be rude not to) and we've got our eye on the Double S; a rich mix of The Macallan 12, Guarana Belsazar, Verjus and Drambuie. They've also created two innovative gastronomic experiences that encapsulate the essence aroma and flavour of the capital, using Macallan, of course.
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN - Open 12pm-10pm, Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm on Sundays
A sexy Michelin-starred chef commanding the menu; an award-winning bar team mixing the drinks; and a terrace draped in hanging flowers and peppered with patio heaters. The crew at The Langham have alfresco hospitality NAILED. This is The Wigmore - the epic reimagining of the Great British pub attached to the side of the hotel on Regent Street. It's the mash-up of cocktail bar/restaurant/pub garden you've been waiting 4 months for.
Come for the drinks, shaken up by the legendary Artesian crew, stay for the XXL cheese toasties. Yeah - they know what the people want. And because this is a pub, you can expect some pretty banging pints waiting to be pulled, including The Wigmore’s very own craft house “Saison”, brewed in partnership with Yonder Brewing. Bottoms up.
1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA - Terrace and Garden open Wednesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00
This might just be one of London's greatest kept secrets. Well, until now. Sorry babe - some things are too good not to share. When we're looking for peace (and a glass of rosé) in the West End, we head to The Corinthia and hit up their mosaiced outdoor oasis hidden off the lobby. The Garden is a little pocket of outdoor space protected from the elements by the hotel's sky-reaching walls and the addition of umbrellas and patio heaters. The sofas by the roaring brick fireplace are where you wanna sit. If it's too cold, the team will hook you up with blankets and their signature whisky flight.
If you're staying for food, wood-fired pizzas, seafood and raw salads are what you should order, and for those partial to a post-dinner smoke, introduce yourself to Adam Lacja, the Garden's Cigar Sommelier. He presides over a walk-in humidor filled with the finest pre-embargo Cuban cigars. That's some pretty bad-ass boujiness right there.
Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD, United Kingdom - Open for breakfast: 7 - 11am and lunch/dinner: noon - midnight
The seasonal glow-up from London's hottest terrace is here. The Dalloway Terrace has transformed into a Springtime hideaway in partnership with Belvedere Vodka. They've once again turned to the floral legends at McQueens to create this glossy corner of botanicals. Turns out we're not the only ones who got heavily into dried flowers over lockdown (they look cute and you can't kill 'em) - they've decked the place with dried wheat, cornflowers, daisies and pampas grass, all influenced by the rolling hills of the British countryside.
With British countryside comes British weather, but ya don't need to let that come between you and their new playful seasonal serves. They've got heaters & blankets to keep ya warm, and a retractable roof for when the sun comes out to play, so nothing can stop you getting up close and personal with the chic new cocktail menu. We're digging the sound of the Strawberry Sgroppino made with Belvedere, Italicus, Strawberry Sorbet, Balsamic Vinegar, Moet & Chandon Brut Impérial. Gorge.
16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN - Open daily from midday: 11pm, Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 11pm Thursday – Sunday.