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This London Café Is an Exclusive, Members-Only Coffee Bar

This London Café Is an Exclusive, Members-Only Coffee Bar

We want to know what happens when this place starts filling up and the nearby Starbucks slowly empties out.

Doing work at a coffee shop is harder than it looks. But London thinks it has found the solution to that problem. Welcome to SL28, London’s first members-only third wave coffee shop, according to a feature on Sprudge.

The café is located inside Net.Works., a co-working space in Holloway, and you have to be a member of that space to have access to the coffee shop. But it really isn’t that bad: for £10 ($14.90 USD) per month, you can skip the Starbucks lines and work all day in the space if you’d like. Plus, with your membership, you get three free coffees per month, which isn’t a bad deal, if you ask us. We just wish SL28 would open stateside. The space itself is modern, well-lit, and features scattered books and unique seating. It’s like a cross between a Williamsburg restaurant and a Silicon Valley break room.

If you work at Net.Works., you may find yourself wanting to take advantage of the unlimited £5 batch brew ($7.43 USD), which allows you unlimited access to black coffee all day. There’s also a selection of baked goods from Aux Pains de Papy available for purchase.

14th highest, 8th floor
Londonist's Ruth Hargreaves recommends the rooftop OXO Tower Restaurant, open since 1996 and sitting pretty on the eighth floor of this riverside building. It may not be the tallest but it is one of the oldest on the list, plus it commands impressive views down the River Thames and across to the City of London.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH

OXO Tower Restaurant


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Best London restaurants and bars with heated outdoor terraces to enjoy come rain or shine

We’ve searched high and low and spoken to those in the know, to find a delightful mix of terraces to eat and drink at in London, plucking suggestions from every corner of the city.

From cool hang-outs in the East to a 50s style Italian terrace in the West, we’ve put together a mix of our favourite haunts and brand-new openings so that there’s something for everyone.

Best terrace restaurants in West London


Carousel is a restaurant with a difference. An award-winning space with roots deep in the creative industries, this charming eatery is home to guest chef collaborations, workshops, exhibitions, events – and looks gorgeous while doing it.

We love the outside terrace, with its relaxed vibe and overhead greenery, it’s a great place to chat away the day with friends. Menu highlights include pork skewers with Bramley apple honey and frozen cheesecake with strawberries and pine.

Address: 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB

The Hawk's Nest

Calling all West Londoners - we highly recommend booking a table at the Hawks Nest, which come summer will be no doubt like gold dust at this cool outdoor dining space and cocktail bar. Formerly a goods yard in Shepherds Bush Market, The Hawks Nest serves up sourdough pizzas and Italian street food, plus an inventive agave based cocktail menu, including Passionfruit Mezcalitas, or their twist on a classic Margarita Picante.

The garden terrace can accommodate gatherings of six people, all socially distanced thanks to the layout, with a capacity of up to 180 people. Plus they have those all important heaters and umbrellas for those less sunny days, so you can still enjoy evenings enjoying long overdue catch-ups with friends.

Address: The Hawk’s Nest, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush Market, London W12 8DF

Harry's Dolce Vita

This Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge gives authentic Mediterranean food a glamorous makeover thanks to its stylish 50s theme. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by glinting gold features and dark polished wood, but stay outside and you can enjoy the sweetly striped terrace and the sun on your face. Harry’s Dolce Vita’s concept revolves around “good old fashioned fun” so it sounds like a great place to go with friends.

Address: 27-31, Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1BB

The Chelsea Courtyard, Chelsea

Just off the busy Kings Road, this pretty bistro has a partly covered courtyard that is opening especially for summer with a new, tropical overhaul.

This lush, botanical escape is brimming with plants and foliage, making it a gorgeous place to sit back and enjoy the carefully curated menu. With homemade food, speciality cocktails, a carefully crafted wine list, Caravan coffees and freshly squeezed juices, The Chelsea Courtyard isn’t a case of style over substance.

Address: 151 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT

Manicomio, Chelsea

Located in the middle of Duke of York Square in Chelsea, Manicomio boasts a massive 60-seater terrace, as well as a conservatory and a private garden. The terrace, bestrewn with flowers, offers a view of the square which makes it fantastic for people watching.

The conservatory is able to seat 30 and features a glass ceiling (and although we don’t like those in a metaphorical sense, we love them in a physical one) and glass wall that looks out onto the private garden. Alongside its café and bar, Manicomio also boasts a more formal restaurant at the same location with an impressive wine list and delicious Italian dishes.

Address: 83-85 Duke Of York Square, London SW3 4LY

Pomona's Restaurant & Bar

We’ll take any excuse to walk the colourful streets of Notting Hill, and this California-inspired restaurant is a pretty good one. Its airy design and healthy menu is supposed to reflect the habits of those that live in the sunshine state, and let us tell you, getting the tube West is a hell of a lot easier than a plane across the Atlantic.

Address: 47 Hereford Rd, London W2 5AH

If you enjoyed the Darkest Hour, take a trip to the The Churchill Bar and Terrace in Marylebone, which is inspired by both the man himself and his wife Clementine. The venue prides itself on its large selection of spirits and homemade tonics, and sells its very own Sacred Churchill Craft Gin.

Come summer, it’s even more worth a visit because of the lovely nautical themed terrace which is based on Churchill’s travels with the Admiralty yacht HMS Enchantress. The terrace features vintage finds from nautical compasses to anchors, boat oars and sea shells collected from the shores of Malta, Gibraltar and Capri.

Address: Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, Marylebone, London W1H 7BH

Best terrace restaurants in East London

Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch

Looking to sip delicious cocktails in one of the most beautiful outdoor terraces in East London? Then make a beeline to Nobu Shoreditch, the restaurant famed for its exclusivity and delectable foodie concoctions.

The world-famous hotel group serves a whole array of tempting tipples in their outdoor terrace and bar, including a special gin-based menu every Wednesday, when it holds Jin Wednesdays from 6pm-11pm. Sample cocktails including the delightfully fruity Midsummer Spritz and The Forgotten Garden, and feast on BBQ specialities such as chicken wings with a crunchy garlic sauce.

Inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of dining beneath the blossoming Sakura, the hotel’s terrace has been transformed into a pink-hued escape.

In Japanese culture, the Sakura season represents the ephemeral nature of human existence, and millions of people from all over the world travel to drink, dance and dine beneath the blossom. Who wouldn’t be on board with that?

Address: 10-50 Willow St, Hackney, London EC2A 4BH

Night Tales, Hackney

Hackney institution Night Tales is the perfect place for summer nights. Full of fun, food and dancing, the venue is one of the only places in the area to stay open until 3am and offer a atmospheric terrace to throw some shapes.

To keep your energy levels high, the outdoors space is also home to a collection of street food vendors including Mama’s Jerk, Nanny Bill’s and Sons Of Slice. Night Tales is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so don’t get caught short if you’re looking for a mid-week frolic.

Address: 14 Bohemia Pl, London E8 1DU

Coppa Club, Tower Bridge

Fancy dinner with a view? Then the iconic Tower Bridge location of Coppa Club is perfect for you. With a view of Tower Bridge on one side and the Shard on the other, it makes for an ideal dinner date spot, or an atmospheric find to show your friends. The terrace allows for outdoor dining all year round, as heated igloos take the place of the Wisteria donned tables during the colder months, keeping you cosy. We also love that fairy lights keep the terrace illuminated, making your dining experience feel like a fairy-tale.

The dinner menu, accompanied by an extensive drink menu, offers a variety of options. Whether you prefer a classic Margarita pizza, a roasted leek and feta tart (YUM), or a vegan burger, you’re guaranteed good food, great service, and one of the best views in London.

Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH

Les Nénettes

Looking for a little bit of oh la la in Clapton? This adorable, petit restaurant says it’s “full of Frenchness” and we know exactly what it means. The monochrome decor could only described as très chic and the menu boasts some of the most mouthwatering classics we can think of courtesy of our cousins on the other side of the channel.

Address: 19 Lower Clapton Rd, Clapton, London E5 0NS

Best terrace restaurants in Central London

Tredwells, Covent Garden

Tredwells is an exclusive dining experience created by esteemed chefs, Chantelle Nicholson and Marcus Wareing, who have designed a menu inspired by the globe but concentrated on showing off some of the best British produce there is.

This year the summer terrace has been given a zingy twist, themed to reflect a new addition to the Floris Private Collection, Neroli Voyage, a citrus marine fragrance that tells the story of discovery across the Ligurian Sea. As well as lashings of greenery decorated with bright oranges, the terrace’s cocktail menu has also been updated to reflect the theme.

Address: 4A Upper St Martin’s Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NY

The Coral Garden

When it comes to outdoor brunching, Bloomsbury is the place to be, thanks to The Bloomsbury Hotel’s plethora of gorgeous restaurants. The boutique establishment (that’s dripping in enough desirable Art Deco decor inspiration to have you creating a new Pinterest board on the spot) boasts not only the Dalloway Terrace, but The Coral Garden which is a perfect, casual setting for an alfresco coffee or lunch.

Despite being literally moments from Tottenham Court road, this enclosed terrace feels calm and relaxed situated on a quiet, typically London street. The menu, served by some of the finest waiting staff you’ll ever experience, features staple breakfast fare such as smoked salmon with crème fraîche and bacon sandwiches, but done with a fanciful flair.

And if a breeze has you hankering for a spot inside, take a trip to the terrace’s completely pink, The Coral Room. Living up to its name, this luxe bar and lounge boasts scallop-edged pastel sofas and majestic chandeliers, set against a background of rich, rose-coloured walls. From pre 10.30am Irish porridge to tenderstem broccoli tossed with kale, cashew nuts and roasted squash for lunch, you really can’t go wrong.

Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN


Carb-lovers (so, all of us then): there’s a new spot in Soho that you need to try. Pastaio is a cool, down-to-earth Italian with a concept that revolves around fresh pasta. The decor is paired-back and the tables are for sharing, creating an atmosphere that feels fuss free and puts full focus on the food. The chefs say they only work with the best British produce to create a menu that’s got us salivating already.

Not only are we keen to try the anti-pasti selection, which features treats such as watermelon, yellow tomato, feta, aleppo chilli and mint salad, but we’ve also got an eye on the prosecco slushy with strawberry and Cinzano vermouth, too.

Address: 19 Ganton St, Soho, London W1F 9BN

The Dalloway Terrace

There are so many reasons to be won over by Dalloway Terrace. Not only is the pastel floral backdrop the stuff of Instagram dreams but its position, tucked neatly off Bloomsbury square, is the old haunt of a feminist writer and literary favourite of ours, Virginia Woolf. What’s more, the terrace itself is named after her book, Mrs Dalloway, giving the venue a romantic, poetic feel from the moment you hear about it.

And there’s no qualms of style over substance at this pretty-as-a-picture spot. The menu, cocktails and service are all something to write home about, too. With well done classics like fish and chips, sharing options like an impeccably tender rack of lamb and undeniable lobster and crayfish mac’n’cheese, there’s a delicious spectrum of food that hits the balance of moreish and luxe.

Address: 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN

Best terrace restaurants in South London

Sea Containers, Embankment

In-vogue restaurant Sea Containers’ waterside spot makes it an ideal place to spend a Saturday afternoon in the sun, preferably sipping champagne from the comforts of the Laurent-Perrier Terrace.

This year’s terrace takes inspiration from the artistic nature of the vibrant area around it, having undergone a make over of contrasting bold and bright colours to create those summer vibes.

Alongside a menu of Laurent-Perrier champagnes and cocktails including the French Connexion (Crème de Violette, gin, Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé) and the Sparkle (St Germain, Poire and Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée), there’s also a selection of food such as scallop carpaccio with spring onion and chilli dressing and grilled cobia, potato salad, olives with burnt shallot butter.

The best restaurant terraces in London

Lockdown is finally ending, and with that comes the much-anticipated return of some of our favourite restaurants. Though some Covid restrictions remain, our social lives get a welcome boost courtesy of some rather lovely outdoor terraces. It&rsquos no secret that the hospitality industry has taken a hit over the past year, and as a result, mass closures and redundancies have become unfortunate casualties. In support of some of our favourite restaurants across the capital, it&rsquos time to grab your most fabulous coat and peruse our pick of London&rsquos finest outdoor terraces.

Central London has its fair share of excellent dining options. Off Regent Street, Bentley&rsquos Oyster Bar & Grill has been serving oysters and champagne to the masses for over 100 years. Its terrace is heated and fully weatherproof, serving the chef patron Richard Corrigan&rsquos full menu, including the signature fish pie.

The star magnet Scott&rsquos has an excellent terrace, from where you can dine on the finest fish and seasonal game, or a variety of decadent à la carte meats. Just around the bend, the sustainably focused Fallow offers a dash of street side enlightenment to the Georgian bricks of Heddon Street. Headed up by the chefs Will Murray and Jack Croft, indulge in &lsquoroot to stem&rsquo and &lsquonose to tail&rsquo dishes that champion ingredients usually discarded by restaurants, including chicken scratchings, veal tail and cod&rsquos head. Elsewhere in Mayfair, Hide, the brainchild of the chef Ollie Dabbous, makes a dramatic return with a slick new dining terrace (new menus included). Expect foie gras, lots of caviar, dishy scallops and fresh artichokes. Venetian-inspired classic Italian dishes in elegant settings and cocktail galore await on Cecconi&rsquos glitzy Mayfair terrace. Handmade pasta, seafood and exceptional Negronis&hellip What more could you ask for?

Sussex Bar & Restaurant is joining forces with Noilly Prat to bring an oyster and vermouth bar to the colourful streets of Soho. Maldon oysters shucked to order, seasonal cocktails and asparagus dippers are just a few of the highlights. Nearby Folie opts for Rivera chic on 13 April with a new spring menu of dishes created by the executive chef Christophe Marleix and the delicious cocktails the place is lauded for.

Marylebone&rsquos Taka reopens with an outdoor terrace in the heart of Marylebone High Street. The Japanese small-plate menu, curated by the executive chef Taiji Maruyama, marries Japanese techniques and local British produce with everything from Loch Duart salmon tataki, nasu dengaku (miso-glazed Aubergine), popcorn shrimp tempura and the kagoshima A5 wagyu sando gracing the menu. Its neighbour Opso also wades in on the Marylebone terrace scene. Athenian opulence comes courtesy of homemade delicacies, traditional Greek recipes and a raw bar. Greek sparkling wines, Rosé and signature cocktails also take centre stage.

Just around the corner, the plant-flecked Hoppers offers summer-ready alfresco tables, where you can expect a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of delicious Sri Lankan dishes. A flurry of beautifully lit and intimate private greenhouses will pop up outside Marylebone newbie Chameleon, which offers a menu devoted to Tel Avivan gastro-sharing led by the critically acclaimed chef Elior Balbul.

Those desperate for a Parisian afternoon tea should make a run for French tea emporium Mariage Frères. Luxury iced teas, pretty tea-infused cocktails and devilishly good cakes are guaranteed not to disappoint. For pizza and pasta, and a fun-filled night, Big Mamma&rsquos Circolo Popolare is the glamorous hideout of your dreams. Serving all sorts of goodness in the small but sweet outdoor dining space, including an incredible buratta, carbonara pizza, fritto misto and tiramisu to die for.

Fortnum&rsquos Bar & Restaurant at the Royal Exchange awaits on 12 April with a new outdoor space serving a selection of oysters and champagne, alongside an à la carte menu of traditional seasonal treats &ndash including that knockout asparagus menu, too.

In King&rsquos Cross&rsquo very trendy and fashion-concious Coal Drops Yard, Hicce reopens with two terraces. Tempura parsnip, curry sauce, raisins, green chilli and almonds, and monkfish with radicchio, hazelnuts and naturgium, along with some neat Vermouth direct from a Tuk Tuk parked out front, make this spot ideal for end-of-lockdown dining.

In the heart of Bloomsbury, Dalloway Terrace, lodged inside the chic Bloomsbury Hotel, has seasonally decorated interiors &ndash currently by the famed florist McQueens &ndash that draw in the crowds, as do the brasserie-style bites and sumptuous breakfasts.

Hotel terraces

In celebration of its 90th year, The Dorchester reopens with a first: a rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking the grandiose expanse of Hyde Park. The chef Mario Perera rules the space with a host of culinary popups featuring a British summertime menu by Tom Booton and a modern French dining soirée by Jean-Philippe Blondet. Champagne and cigars are, naturally, part of the set-up. If you&rsquod prefer something on the ground, the hotel&rsquos globes have returned to the Spring Terrace, where guests can enjoy private dining in partnership with Veuve Clicquot &ndash the three-course menu celebrates the best of British: Scottish diver scallops ceviche, blue lobster and Wye Valley asparagus, the Dorchester coulibiac and much more.

The Dorchester Collection sister hotel 45 Park Lane restaurant Cut is another alfresco terrace well worth checking out. From 12 April, &lsquoCut Out&rsquo will serve dishes from Wolfgang Puck&rsquos Cut and cocktails from Bar 45. Highlights? Modern American fare along with Cornish Sole à la Meunière, Korean-style lamb rack and bulgogi, and Porthilly rock oysters with Cut hot sauce. The Negronis are very good, too.

Just on Hyde Park Corner, The Lanesborough unveils its twinkly Garden Terrace. The hide-out has a cigar promenade serving drinks and light snacks where an expert team of sommeliers are on hand with recommendations from the extensive collection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars. The brand new Nobu Portman Square will reveal its Portman Square Terrace to diners in April. Enjoy an impressive line-up of cocktails with a local twist, served alongside a refined menu of Nobu classics, including seafood ceviche and everyone&rsquos favourite, black cod miso.

Claridge&rsquos, Mayfair&rsquos iconic art deco grand dame has two terraces to shout about: one from The Claridge&rsquos Bar and the other from Davies & Brook. On the bar terrace, expect a breezy Mediterranean affair of pizzas, pastas and salads. On the other side of the hotel, the celebrated chef Daniel Humm&rsquos Davies & Brook terrace is deluxe snacks galore. Feast on a bacon-wrapped hot dog with black truffle mayo, celeriac relish in a toasted brioche bun gouge on CFC, Claridge&rsquos answer to KFC or go all-out with a posh lobster roll. The Connaught&rsquos glitzy restaurant Jean-Georges at the Connaught has let loose its terrace for dreamy breakfasts, whirlwind lunches and decadent dinners. Farm-to-table, fresh-from-the-market-style Asian fare meets European dishes are served along with Connaught classics, from fish and chips to traditional afternoon tea and cakes from Nicholas Rouzaud. Up in Belgravia, The Berkeley, sister hotel to the Connaught and Claridge&rsquos, takes its cue from the colourful rainbow seafronts of Whitstable and Southwold, with the unveiling of its new beach huts. An ode to the joys of a traditional Blighty staycation, expect retro seaside classics: lobster grilled whole, freshly shucked oysters and five-star scampi.

In between the river and Trafalgar Square, the Corinthia London&rsquos charming garden terrace is currently dubbed the secret dining spot to know. Expect all-day Mediterranean feasting courtesy of the executive chef André Garrett &ndash the red prawn crudo with lemon and rosemary, lobster linguine and &rsquoNduja pizzette with spiced salami, olive and mozzarella are musts. Holborn favourite Rosewood London&rsquos the Macallan Manor House is set to return on 12 April. Think a dose of Scotland meets the drams of the Macallan estate. All-day eats feature grilled octopus alongside native breed chorizo and aioli, potato, comté and caramelised onion pie and Paris-Brest, salted caramel, praline and hazelnut for dessert.

Set in Chelsea&rsquos deep red brick heart, the Bar & Terrace at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, reopens with an afternoon menu curated by the chef Adam Handling. Afternoon tea, traditional British bites (the zero waste croquettes and Highland wagyu cheeseburger are exceptional. The Hari&rsquos garden terrace is a slice of the Amalfi Coast, transforming the hotel&rsquos inner courtyard where you&rsquoll sip countless Aperols and gorge on small Italian plates surrounded by sweeping bougainvillea vines. Though a little later, 17 May will see the legendary hotel The Goring open its doors once again. Cornish Lobster is on the menu in the glorious Goring Garden, which will be adorned with Love Brand & Co beachwear prints.

In Southwark, Seabird, regally sat atop the swish Hoxton Hotel, is a heavenly spot for a sundowner, with a top-floor terrace that looks out onto the Thames and numerous London landmarks. The head chef Javier Duarte has refreshed the menu combining old favourites with fresh new creations. Star dishes include Seabird&rsquos signature octopus roll &ndash chargrilled octopus with padron peppers and smoked aioli in a brioche roll &ndash a whole John Dory cooked on the charcoal grill served with mojo verde, and a pretty mean basque cheesecake.

The Mitre, Hampton Court&rsquos buzzing new waterside hotel has unveiled its sparkly spring and summer terrace. The open-fire barbecue is a must &ndash as is a glass from the world&rsquos only &lsquoWhispering Angel Boathouse&rsquo.

Wild by Tart&rsquos 24-seated fully insulated courtyard will be open for guests to dine all day. The menu will be a continuation of their sustainable and seasonal approach to cooking, with a focus on their charcoal grills and wood ovens. The Knightsbridge hangout Harry&rsquos Dolce Vita makes a return with Italian menus, drinks and the odd floral façade next month &ndash pull up a chair and order a linguine Amalfi style. Han&rsquos Bar & Grill, part of the iconic 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel, sports a picturesque terrace on the bustling Pavilion Road. Cue healthy breakfasts, family brunches, late-morning coffees and early-evening cocktails, dinner and more. Belgravia&rsquos Pantechnicon roof garden and front terrace reopens on 12 April. Gulp your way through a delicious Nordic cocktail menu (the brunch menu is also especially good) or start your day with a Japanese-inspired breakfast and fresh coffee at the Parisian export Café Kitsuné.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden will fire up the ovens again to satisfy all your brasserie cravings with an eclectic mix of classics with a modern twist. Notting Hill star Gold now has two lovely terraces, a courtyard and a handful of coveted tables on Portobello Road. Book in advance and don&rsquot leave without trying the wood roasted half Cornish red chicken with nduja, tomatoes and parma ham on toast.

Pergola Paddington comes back with a terrace draped in all shades of the French Riviera. The Provençal-inspired sandy affair comes decked out with beach huts, plus a Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden Terrace promises to give you a hint of Hamptons chic &ndash over the top, but it&rsquos west London after all. In Hammersmith, The Prince has a glorious converted English garden atop the lovely pub. Pop up favourites Filth & Co, Boludo, Rudie&rsquos and Nonna Madonna will continue to serve burgers, latin street food and Neapolitan pizzas. Shepherds Bush haunt The Hawk&rsquos Nest &rsquos hidden garden is the place to head for El Rayo cocktails and one of the best vegan pizza menus out there today.

Modern British Thames-side brasserie, Sam&rsquos Riverside, owned by Sam Harrison, comes armed with a 30-seat terrace, protective umbrellas, heaters and windbreakers, too. The fish, oysters and grilled lobster are highlights, as is the outstanding traditional Sunday roast. Further down the river, the celebrated Italian River Café, continues its quest to deliver the finest slice of Tuscany &ndash pastas, mouth-watering primi, secondi and gelati.

Way out in Richmond, the beautiful Petersham Nurseries is where to go to savour elegant Italian-inspired menus surrounded by winding lanes of deliciously fragrant florals. If you don&rsquot have time for a full-blown meal, a tea and cake will be sure to satisfy.

For delectable British-Afghan cuisine, head to Cue Point, which is taking up a residency at Chiswick Pavilion from 15 April to become London&rsquos very first drive-thru BBQ. Feast on oak-smoked brisket, lamb barbecoa, buffalo wings and Afghan chutney, all served on a large naan &ndash ideal for eating out on the scenic lawn.

Other west London dining spots from Julie&rsquos (go for the Sunday lunch) in Holland Park, Bluebird in Chelsea and the Belgravia institution La Poule au Pot also plan to reopen mid April.

In the east

On Broadgate, sushi lovers will delight in Yauatcha City&rsquos two spacious wraparound terraces. Dim sum is a rite of passage here, but for something different, try the weekend brunch menu stocked with edamame truffle dumplings, a Mongolian lamb clay pot and more. Nearby Coya Angel Court&rsquos aperitivos, fresh Peruvian sashimi, ceviche and tiraditos will keep you going way into the small hours.

On Farringdon Road, outdoor dining makes a comeback at The Quality Chop House. The chef Shaun Searley will be there to tempt you with his much-celebrated lunch and dinner menu, Tuesday to Saturday and for Sunday lunch.

On the river by the Tower, Coppa Club&rsquos famous igloos are back. Woven wicker chairs, bamboo lanterns, linen throws and wholesome eats, plus a light-drenched conservatory with retractable roof, make for a night to remember.

Further east, the Michelin-starred Brat&rsquos daily menu of native seasonal fare sourced from some of the UK&rsquos best producers continues terrace-side. New dishes and Brat favourites, from roasted game rice to fried pork chops with anchovy, give the Redchurch Street stalwart a bit of post-lockdown punch. Just down the road, The Smoking Goat&rsquos now-covered outdoor set-up is awash with a range of comfort foods inspired by our fair isle&rsquos rural roots.

High in the sky, Sushi Samba Heron Tower spreads over two magnificent outdoor terraces with cityscape views stretching from Tower Bridge to St Pauls Cathedral. Aside from the panoramas, Brazilian-Japanese bites of sashimi and ceviche can be enjoyed within the glow of the gigantic illuminated tree sculpture. Over in Spitalfields, the newly opened Galvin Bistrot & Bar will tame all your steak tartare, lobster and confit of duck cravings.

The Shoreditch outpost of Homeslice is now fully equipped with a heated terrace on which you can enjoy 20-inch pizzas topped with mozzarella from Naples and ventricina salami from Italia&rsquos Abruzzo region. Out in Stratford, Allegra&rsquos rooftop terrace perched high above the capital in the Stratford Hotel offers elevated views and small plates inspired by Mother Nature. Don&rsquot miss the head chef Patrick Powell&rsquos pistachio choux filled with liver parfait and preserved kumquat.

The Peckham go-to Levan has a heated outdoor shack that is fabulous for a post-work feast of hearty dishes such as chestnut agnolotti with truffle and old spot pork belly with rainbow chard and plum.

In Elephant and Castle, Mercato Metropolitano&rsquos 40 food and drink vendors are ready to welcome you and your stomachs back with a flurry of Italian, Japanese, German and Argentine dishes.

Further up riverside, Borough Market&rsquos Stoney Street has had a plush makeover and is now a chic wine bar with romantic candle-lit tables. Natural wines and small plates from the resident chef Tom Cenci&rsquos new menu will keep the spark going for any upcoming date nights. For Tel Aviv-style fare, visit Bala Baya. Inspired by the sights and sounds of the city, all fresh and sustainable dishes make up the sharing-plate menu, which includes heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, goat&rsquos cheese and za&rsquoatar pita crout.

Lost in Brixton is all about championing locals, so expect appearances from Wings & Tings, Jalisco Brixton, Okan Japanese restaurant and the Joint. Robin and Sarah Gill&rsquos modern neighbourhood restaurant Bermondsey Larder will be reopening on 14 April with a new outdoor dining spot. Lauded menu treats range from Farmer Tom Jones&rsquo lamb with Jerusalem artichoke, pulled aubergine and mushroom flatbreads and a split mackerel and sea salad.

On the river just by Tower Bridge, Gunpowder will open the terrace at its restaurant on Duchess Walk. Think mustard malai broccoli, chaat and Norfolk Potatoes and of course, the (famous) Gunpowder lamb chops. For a slice of Portugal, London Bridge&rsquos Bar Douro is where you want to go. The restaurant and wine bar has now extended its outdoor terrace to bring us all the joys and delights of authentic Portuguese fare. Try the croquteas de alheira, grilled octopus and sweet potato and Presa Iberica with kale and migas, finished off with a classic pastel de nata.

Private Member&rsquos clubs

The Mayfair favourite Harry&rsquos Bar and neighbour The George dishes out à la carte menus to the fine folk of Mount Street from 12 April. Seasonal bites, events and beautiful interiors await eager returning members. Annabel&rsquos garden (retractable Wimbledon-style roof included) also opens back up to members with a new garden menu. World-class chefs, sommeliers and mixologists will dazzle with everything from wild sea bass to flaky dover sole, Cornish crab salads and some very indulgent desserts.

Find Filipino Pan de Coco and Rich Adobo Buns at London’s Most Innovative New Bakery

Two brothers — trained in immigration and criminal law, and insurance underwriting, respectively — have opened one of London’s most innovative and impressive new cafe-bakeries. David and Nigel Motley, the British-Filipino siblings behind Kape and Pan, the now-closed, cult-followed central London brand (which moved from SOAS University to the Central Saint Giles development off Shaftesbury Avenue earlier this year), have a new flagship home: Kapihan, which means coffee house in Tagalog, on the edge of Battersea Park in south west London opened last month.

Kapihan’s unique brand of what they call the application of “European techniques to Filipino and Asian classics” produces a collection of immaculate breads and Viennoiserie, both sweet and savoury pastries. All efforts are now focused on Kapihan, but neither of the brothers have yet ruled out a return for Kape and Pan in the future.

Its location in the reception of the Google offices in central London didn’t work. As well as the offices being serviced with subsidised food, David said the was a lack of interest. “We had a pop up lease for the year, we filled eight months but decided it was yielding too little. It is the wrong concept for an office lobby. the office workers and that particular area of London is not really ready/interested in our speciality coffee with Asian bakes.” Favourites, like the kimchi croissant, will make an appearance at Kapihan at the weekend.

Though the brothers are the principle owners, their partners, Plams Motley and Rosemary Motley are integral to the business and the bakery all four have different roles and responsibilities and speciality skillsets with regard to the range of bakes. David said that he and Plams wife are responsible for “the more native delicacies that do not require rise” while Nigel and Rosemary begin baking — those that do — at 1am each morning.

Nigel, David, and Plams Motley outside Kapihan Michaël Protin

“It has taken a fair few years for Nigel and Rosemary to develop the croissant, brioche and pan de sal recipes, other recipes like adobo and pan de coco fillings we have developed from family recipes and elevated them further,” David told Eater at the cafe, shortly after it had opened. The cafe will also serve speciality coffee from the Philippines, in an overall bid to “show the best of the country to everyone,”

“Our approach is always to be simple, natural — sourdough, no colourings — local, use artisanal Filipino produce to give a taste of the Philippines, [with a] zero waste mind set.

“I guess you could say we apply European techniques to Filipino and Asian classics,” he said.

The counter top was designed and crafted by Fred Dobson of Tatara Workshop from a single Ash tree, according to a specialised Japanese technique, which uses a kanna (or plane). (Dobson designed the counter at Popham’s in Islington.)

Details of the bar top Michaël Protin

Filipino artworks hang on the walls of the bright space.

The “chocolate churro” incorporates the “wild, fruity, boozy” Malagos chocolate, for which Kapihan is the exclusive U.K. and European ambassador. It also includes cinnamon sugar.

Kapihan’s chocolate croissant

Pan de coco uses a very rich sourdough brioche base. “Traditionally it’s a simple white bread but we infuse with real leaf pandan extract,” David said. “The sweet cream filling is usually minced up into a paste, but we enjoy texture so instead use young coconut strings (macapuno) and marinate in a sweet cream.”

Michael Prötin/Eater London

Finally, the savoury highlight: pan de adobo. A mix of pork belly and shoulder is cooked with soy, vinegar, garlic, and bay leaf and stuffed inside the standard pan de sal — literally “salt bread” — which is a little sweet itself. It is an exercise in richness, tang, and umami.

5. Sunday

What says breakfast like a Sunday morning? When you open a café called Sunday, it leaves customers in no doubt that the menu is all about leisurely breakfasts and lazy brunches, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at this laid-back café. The great thing about Sunday is the mix of naughty cakes and cream-filled pancakes and healthy options like avocados, poached eggs, and fresh berries. If you really love breakfast, start with the poached eggs and salmon, and then have yourself a breakfast dessert with the most amazing cream-filled cookies and French fancies. It’s the ultimate Sunday-morning meal.

Pro Tip: Pick up a copy of the café’s recipe book Brunch the Sunday Way, and you can make your favorites at home. You’ll find all the recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and photos. It’s perfect for when you’re back home and still want to enjoy those amazing Sunday breakfast foods.

Afternoon Tea

We are very proud to offer two very different experiences at Hotel Cafe Royal. The first being our award winning traditional afternoon tea served in the Oscar Wilde Lounge and the second coming courtesy of Michelin starred chef, Albert Adrià who has designed a contemporary alternative to the traditional afternoon tea experience.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

The Oscar Wilde Lounge is a space where great minds came together to change the world. It is in this very room that Oscar Wilde fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas, Aubrey Beardsley debated with Whistler, David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust and Mick Jagger, the Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor danced the night away.

Dating back to 1865 and formerly known as the Grill Room, the gilded Oscar Wilde Lounge was renamed in honour of our most famous patron becoming the Oscar Wilde Lounge whilst it&rsquos bigger, lighter sister, the Domino, is named after the game ladies would play when retiring from dinner in the Grill Room.

Today, these dramatic settings are home to Hotel Café Royal's award-winning afternoon tea service, presented masterfully by our skilled and creative culinary team led by our award winning Executive Head Pastry chef Michael Kwan.

Re-opening 12th June on Friday, Saturday and Sundays for Traditional Afternoon Tea.

Sweet Afternoon Bubbles Experience

Cakes & Bubbles by the &lsquoWorld&rsquos Best Pastry Chef&rsquo, Albert Adrià, offers a parade of exceptional desserts and pastries alongside a wide selection of Champagne and sparkling wines. Enjoy a truly unique contemporary take on the afternoon tea experience. We are now delivering sweet treats to your home, click here to to view our menu and order.

Cakes & Bubbles is currently available for delivery or collection. If staying at the hotel in-room dining is availble duing your stay. The Cakes & Bubbles experience is available 2pm to 6pm daily with signature desserts available throughout the day.

Cafe Royal Urban Resort

Our urban resort programme is available for couples and families, packed full with events and activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy whilst staying at Hotel Cafe Royal. The programme includes a selection of masterclasses which range from wreath making to champagne and mocktail making, a cinema lounge and toy room along with baking experiences for our junior guests.

'Sweet Treats' Afternoon Tea and Spa

Combining two award-winning indulgences under one roof, enjoy our afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne and a 90 minute aromatherapy facial or massage at Akasha Holistic Wellbeing. This package includes 90 minutes access to the spa facilities.

Nashville’s Secret Spots and Private Clubs

There’s something about hidden rooms and members-only clubs that elicits intrigue. Whether we’re looking to swim, sip cocktails, or witness the art of magic, Nashville has quite a few hotspots to indulge us. We’ve rounded up some of the city’s trendiest establishments — some private and some open to the public — where you can enjoy membership benefits or merely a delightful air of mystery.

Secret codes and hidden rooms, such as this one at Henley, leave us intrigued. Image: Angelina Howard

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Members-Only Spots

Nashville is home to some exclusive private clubs that are so popular their membership list fills up before you can blink (we’re looking at you, The Standard Club!). From pool clubs to cigar lounges, it’s all about the venue and the perks that come with it.

The Register

200 2nd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 925-3878
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The Register is Nashville’s newest social club, hitting the scene in October and bringing a luxury-filled membership experience and networking hotspot to the heart of Nashville. With four levels devoted to both work and relaxation, The Register has everything from a 6,000-square-foot event space to a rooftop cocktail bar (which will be accessible to the public when it opens in spring, 2021) with gorgeous city views. It’s the third floor that offers the members-only perks, however, with a private bar, lounge, specialty coffee bar, boardroom, personal workstations, and exclusive corporate opportunities. There are onsite “Experience Specialists” to serve as a sort of concierge for all of your needs, including booking travel and reservations and securing event tickets. The club membership even comes with a mobile app for easy access and communication.

Introducing Nashville’s newest private social club, The Register, located on Second Avenue downtown. Image: The Register

Bar: Cigar Especial

701 4th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 915-2514
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to. 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
VIP Member hours: 24/7

Located a stone’s throw from The Gulch, Bar: Cigar Especial is a cigar lover’s heaven. An inviting, brick-walled space with plush leather couches, the downstairs lounge is open to the public for cigars and custom-crafted cocktails, while the upstairs is for members only. The iconic, 󈨀s-era vibe channels your inner Don Draper. “You walk into 100 cigar bars, and you get 100 different vibes,” says Managing Partner Tony Block. “We’re not pretentious. We have a very classic style, and we make classic drinks, and that’s kind of our thing. We lead with cigars.”

The members-only third floor is where the magic happens, with 60 cigar lockers, three rooms for members to conduct business or kick back, and a full kitchen that serves everything from hamburgers to bone-in ribeyes. For $800 a year, the membership includes a cigar locker, nonalcoholic refreshments, and 24/7 access via an outdoor keypad. There are some tasty side benefits, too. Chef-trained, Tony is known to surprise members with festive feasts, recently bringing in Muffalettas from New Orleans and brats from Sheboygan, WI. Not to mention the 30 pounds of crawfish he flew in for Fat Tuesday, which he appropriately paired with Hurricane cocktails. Whiskey and bourbon distillers are known to drop in for tastings, and occasionally, cigar manufacturers stick a cigar in each member’s locker. Benefits, indeed.

With a downstairs that’s open to the public and a third floor reserved for members only, Bar: Cigar Especial draws in cigar connoisseurs from around the globe. Image: Bar: Cigar Especial

The Swim Club at the Dive Motel

1414 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 650-9103
Hours: Monday through Sunday, noon to sundown

The Dive Motel makes a splash in more ways than one. It’s not only a 23-room motel with a disco vibe the Swim Club is a 21-and-over pool club where you can enjoy an all-access pass to lounging and all things swim-related. Owner and designer Lyon Porter explains that his inspiration for the concept stems from necessity. “Nashville is God’s sweaty armpit all summer,” he jokes. “I had to have a pool, and this seemed like the most fun way to get through the summer that I could think of!” Their hot tub is worth a dip, too.

A Pool Club membership guarantees you an exclusive, poolside spot that even the pandemic can’t steal, complete with access to the Dive Bar and Lounge, which serves drinks and food all day and late into the night. Until recently, pool members and motel guests were the only ones allowed at the pool due to COVID restrictions, but they reopened to the public on September 12. The bar area and pool deck now have limited seating, and pool passes are $15 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and $20 on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Dive Motel’s Swim Club offers the perfect private summer retreat — and a decidedly retro vibe. Image: Ben Fitchett

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Hidden Gems

Even some of Nashville’s public hotspots have hidden perks. For some establishments, it’s more about the mystery than the membership.

The Rabbit Hole at Henley

2023 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 340-6378
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight

You may be familiar with Henley, Midtown’s “modern American brasserie” in the Kimpton Aertson hotel. But did you know there’s a secret chef’s table inside the kitchen called the Rabbit Hole? Tucked away from the rest of the restaurant, the intimate setting with dark walls and rich velvet curtains exudes enchantment. As if that won’t pique your curiosity, the room is also hidden behind a bookcase, offering a completely private space to enjoy a meal.

The evening’s menu is confidential, and no two menus are ever the same, so each dinner is a new adventure. It’s an ever-changing, multi-course tasting experience that pairs seasonally driven Southern ingredients and modern technique, alongside impeccably handcrafted cocktails. Though the Rabbit Hole isn’t back to accepting reservations just yet, they expect to do so before the end of the fall.

We can’t wait for the Rabbit Hole to reopen this fall. Image: Henley

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House of Cards

119 3rd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 730-8326
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Just when you thought private dining couldn’t get any cooler, House of Cards bestows the art of magic and illusion upon Music City. From card tricks to sleight of hand, the establishment takes us to a whole new (and enigmatic) level of dining, with an elevated menu that ranges from caviar and cocktails to filet mignon and cigars.

Discreetly located beneath the Johnny Cash Museum, guests are accompanied to the underground venue by way of a secret tunnel. The entire facility is shrouded in mystery, with rare vintage magic posters and even a handcuff device owned and created by Harry Houdini himself. Fans of David Lynch will appreciate the Twin Peaks-esque hallway that leads to the restrooms. A ticket accompanies each dinner entrée, giving entry into the quaint in-house theater, where skilled magicians perform riveting illusions that leave you baffled and on the edge of your seat.

The House of Cards menu is classic, with appetizers such as a delicious roasted pork belly and Indian-spiced scallops, along with hearty entrées like duck leg confit. Handcrafted cocktails are aptly named with fun titles like “Disappearing Act” and “Levitation.” If you’re looking to bring the whole family, the Sunday brunch is both delicious and entertaining for all ages.

With magic around every corner (and down every hallway, too), House of Cards is a memorable dining experience that leaves you bewildered. Image: House of Cards

Red Phone Booth

136 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 915-3876
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight

Though the Red Phone Booth has cigar lockers and cigar members, the establishment itself is not a private membership club. It’s actually the fun and secretive entry feature that lands it on our list of hidden gems. There’s something utterly beguiling about stepping into a London phone booth and dialing a secret code for building access. And while the secret code isn’t all that secret (you can email the folks at Red Phone Booth to obtain it), it opens up the door to a prohibition-style world that takes you back to the days of speakeasies and turn-of-the-century cocktails. Owner Stephen de Haan says, “We welcome guests in and talk about the fact that we’re turning back time 100 years. We bring in 300-pound blocks of ice and chip out every ice cube. We specialize in turn-of-the-century cocktails, squeezing every juice fresh — cranberry, lemon, lime, you name it. There are lots of wonderful craft bars out there, but what we hang our hat on is the fact that we do these cocktails from the golden age of cocktails, the late 1800s and early 1900s, precisely and perfectly every single time.”

With sultry, jazzy music to create the perfect barroom ambiance, guests can enjoy a menu that’s updated daily and specializes in classic pizzas. Cigar enthusiasts can enjoy the humidor and extensive cigar selection, and cigar members can take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to reserve a couch for entertaining clients and friends.

Turn-of-the-century cocktails and a humidor draw in guests to Red Phone Booth. Image: Red Phone Booth

We hope you enjoy discovering Nashville’s hidden hotspots!

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From branded cups and napkins to stencils of your logo for chocolate powder - we can make your coffee service extra special. A popular request for events, Ristretto provide printed 4oz and 8oz quality cups for hot and cold beverages. We also offer customisable coffee bars branded with your company's logo and signature colour to keep you in the spotlight.

Custom Bars

Clients can choose from Ristretto’s range of stylish, mobile coffee bars built for high-end espresso service. Without the inconvenience of a mains water connection, all bars contain their own on-board water storage, so you can situate your bar wherever you desire. Water is pumped through a filter system, producing purified quality water.

Wooden bars

With a sophisticated design, our wooden bars are brilliant for giving off a spacious air in small spaces. Its beautiful panels of solid cherry, walnut and oak will attract customers with its homely and intimate presence. They are fully demountable and can be taken apart and put together easily at events.

Illuminated Bars

If you are seeking a vibrant atmosphere, our illuminated bars light up in sixteen eye-catching colours, providing a snazzy touch to your event. Whether it is branded with your company’s logo or with a full wrap-around custom adhesive, these exclusive bars give you the freedom to make it your very own.

Art Deco

Our curved art deco bars turn heads with their elegant style. It is made from stainless steel and glass with sleek classic lines redolent of the twenties and thirties. Its contemporary look will grace your event with a bit of prestige, and the front panel of this bar can be branded to give it a personal touch.

Nitro Cold Brew

Looking like a pint of Guiness, cold brew coffee is produced from a device much like a beer tap to produce a delicious unique cold brewed coffee with a light foamy head. A sleek tabletop device means these drinks can be produced professionally on stand.

Brew Bars

Our brew bars provide a selection of stunning single origin filter coffee from our roaster, Alchemy Coffee. Pour-over brewing provides a no-steam and noiseless service, and is perfect for accentuating Ristretto coffees' intricate aromas and flavours. Catering to all types of events, our brew bars are a peaceful alternative to espresso machines for quiet-natured venues, such as art galleries.


Why not lure customers from far with the aroma of delicious cookies freshly baked at your event. Available in three irresistible flavours, attendees can indulge in a sweet treat to keep them motivated if they are feeling peckish. Our cookies are the perfect addition to a lovely cup of Ristretto coffee!


Whether your attendees need a boost of energy or a shot of nutrition, our tasty smoothie recipes will keep them revived at your event. On the spot, we prepare fruit-packed smoothies with fresh ingredients to provide a healthy and refreshing alternative or addition to coffee.