We all miss that London night out – getting glammed up, the anticipation, an over priced tuk-tuk ride, that favourite restaurant, a cheeky nightcap with someone you shouldn’t be with. London is roaring back to life!
We have gathered for you a collection of our favourite restaurants, rooftops, pop ups and more to make the most of that long awaited London night out.
Your London night out – look the part
Something for the gents – Luxe accessories, shirts, blazers, shoes and much more. One of the finest (and most forward thinking) establishments on Jermyn Street, Charles Tyrwhitt has grown from shirts and ties to everything a man can want for a London night out. Think breathable, soft to the touch, colourful, and ever so elegant blazers, loafers and even luxury face masks. Their new linen collection is great for summer: comfortable and never out of style.
Just look at the detail on this Italian check jersey jacket cut from fabric woven in Italy, this lightweight cotton jacket embodies a London night out in style with its check pattern and soft construction that feels gorgeous.
Goat is synonymous with understated luxury, great for a London night out. Jane Lewis’ label began in 2001 as a cashmere range for the fashion cognoscenti and has since developed into a full ready-to-wear collection. Goat clothing is created for real women who want to look and feel their best without fuss or ostentation. Unsurprisingly, the discreet celebrity following epitomises the modern successful woman: hard working, effortlessly stylish. Victoria Beckham, Lana del Rey, Gwyneth Paltrow and The Duchess of Cambridge are among the brand’s quiet celebrity clientele.
Your London night out – Pop Ups to book quickly
Roku Japanese Gin Garden at Nobu Portman Square
Now this is a partnership. Two titans of Japanese gastronomy are treating Londoners to an authentic taste of Haru (Japanese spring) until 31 July. House of Suntory’s Roku Gin (a really balanced gin with six traditional botanicals) is the star of the show here with each cocktail featuring ingredients harvested at the peak of their flavour, from the Sakura flower harvested in the spring to green tea in the summer.
Designed to bring the spirit of the seasons alive, the cocktail menu will include a Shun Martini where you can choose from Roku Gin or Toki Whiskey and two different flavour combinations – raspberry and Sakura or green tea and peach. The one that took our eye is the Smokey Tobacco Toki with Toki Whiskey combined with tobacco liquor, Sakura syrup, Noilly Pratt, Chocolate bitters and smoky ginger ale. Wow.
The ingredients are specifically prepared, and each treated differently – a testament to the House of Suntory’s commitment to Monozukuri craftmanship. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can try the full Nobu Restaurant menu from Nigiri & Sashimi to classic Bento Boxes.
Solas at The Savoy
The first outdoor dining experience in The Savoy’s 132 year history, Savoy Court (still the only road in the UK where you drive on the right) will be transformed into an exclusive ultra glam covered outdoor dining experience for just 8 weeks until 21 June 2021.
Solas marks The Savoy and Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky’s new collaboration; the bringing together of two institutions combining 374 years of experience. Expect a raw seafood bar style menu that includes three oyster selections served in a Bowmore oyster luge, along with a choice of whisky, lobster rolls, gravadlax and more.
The Dorchester Rooftop
The first rooftop in the 90 year history of The Dorchester, this amazing space has the feeling of a country club with some stunning views. This is the kind of place you want to linger so there is also a bar so some post lunch/dinner drinks. Expect lots of variety as The Dorchester Rooftop will host a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups led by executive chef Mario Perera with residencies by Tom Booton, Jean-Philippe Blondet and more. Sri Lankan born Mario Perera will also be showcasing home grown family recipes in a Sri Lankan pop up and much more to come. Expect live bands, DJs and a series of themed pop ups from talented chefs long into summer months.
Dining Domes at Queen’s House, Greenwich
How about your own luxurious dining dome set against the spectacular Queen’s House in Greenwich? Until 31 May 2020, you can enjoy a lunch, Royal afternoon tea or dinner in the dining domes while soaking up the views of the impressive city skyline and the River Thames.
Fans of the salacious Netflix show Bridgerton can get their own glimpse of regency living and feel like the Duke and Duchess of Hastings as the Queen’s House was one of the main locations used for the series. The Queen’s House Dining Domes will be open every Thursday-Saturday only until 31 May 2020.
Your London night out – Terraces & Rooftops
The Rooftop at Trafalgar St. James
Open till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, The Rooftop at Trafalgar St. James has awesome views of London’s skyline. Perched over Trafalgar Square, you can while away the day and night with brunch, lunch, dinner or even just drinks. Taking inspiration from Japan, Korea and beyond, the food menu has tempting small plates and grilled bits including a Wagyu burger, gyozas and sashimi.
There is also a signature cocktail list full of originals as well as the classics. Daisy is a fresh combination of tequila, mandarin liqueur, pink grapefruit, lime, agave and soda. For purists, there is a comprehensive tequila and mezcal list which features one of our faves, Don Julio 1942.
London Bridge Rooftop
Open daily from midday till late, those on a London night out can enjoy after-work drinks, sunset cocktails, burgers, cheeky lunchtime pints, DJs and more at this gem of a rooftop. Perched on top of the sixth floor, expect views of London landmarks day and night including The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye and The Tower of London. London Bridge Rooftop will also be showing the Euros and Olympics this Summer!
Bar 31 Aperol Terrazza
Staying in London Bridge and running until September, this aperitivo experience champions the spritz, the drink of summer 2021. Be transported to the coast of Italy with a menu that boasts a selection of bespoke spritz beverages crafted from Italian aperitifs and liqueurs such as Aperol and Campari, as well as an antipasti offering with cicchetti and proper pizette.
You can make a proper day of it too with a deluxe spa treatment and/or access to Shangri-La at The Shard’s leisure facilities including the infinity Sky Pool and Sky Gym located on the 52nd floor with an exclusive Spring into 2021 Leisure Pass.
La Terrazza di Eataly
Inspired by the great Italian Summer, La Terrazza will be open all year round for an alfresco meal or drinks, complete with a retractable roof and heaters. Expect a menu of seasonal dishes, wines and a cocktail menu in collaboration with Aperol. Each dish on the menu uses the best of this 42,000 square foot Italian food mecca including the butcher, the fishmonger, the cured meat counter as well as fresh mozzarella and Italian cheeses made on site in their cheese laboratory. Don’t forget the classic pasta dishes and pizza al padellino – pan pizza baked in small, round pans for a thick soft crust typical of Eataly’s hometown Torino.
Look out for more restaurants and bars opening as the weeks go by and after your terrace experience, check out more than 5,000 products alongside 2,000 wine labels in London’s biggest cellar.
The Distillery Bar Terrace
The Distillery Bankside is located on the site of Stevenson & Howell’s Fragrance Factory, which distilled essential oils and manufactured essences, flavourings and garnishes during the 1800s. The bar pays homage to its heritage by serving signature cocktails using home-made syrups, aromatics, infusions and bitters, all hand crafted by the bar’s expert bartenders.
There are over 100 different gins, encompassing fine old classics, vintage favourites, its own brand and new gins from artisan distilleries springing up all over London. The Distillery ‘Drunch’ is on every Saturday and Sunday until 16 May 2021 so hurry if you want sharing platters and bottomless drinks.
Harvey Nichols Terrace
Malfy Gin has taken over the famous Knightsbridge terrace on the Fifth Floor. Malfy Gin’s Lemon Grove Terrace is all decked out with lemon trees, gin cocktails and an Italian infused menu. The lemon grove is installed until 27th June but you can still visit the terrace after that too. Our favourite dish was a creamy oozing burrata adorned with broccoli, pine nuts and of course zesty preserved lemon.
Your London night out – Restaurants of the moment
Galvin at Windows
Celebrating 15 years on the 28th floor of London Hilton Park Lane, Galvin at Windows is one of the hottest places to visit. Chef Marc Hardiman will be launching some exciting menu concepts to celebrate the best of British. You won’t forget your experience after meeting charming General Manager Peter Avis, who has recently been elected a Fellow at the Institute of Hospitality, one of the highest accolades in the business.
Bar des Prés
Opening on 22 May, the first international venture for acclaimed French chef Cyril Lignac will offer Franco/East Asian creations across two floors in the heart of Mayfair. Elegant seafood will sit on the menu alongside refined meat dishes including: scallops with caramelised miso; ‘Galette Craquette’ (crunchy crab galette) and French patisserie classics such as his take on French toast, chocolate tart and a vanilla and pecan praline mille-feuille.
The wine list will offer nearly 250 French wines and the cocktail menu will feature some originals like the Mayfair Sour with Yamazaki whisky, lemon juice, ginger syrup, coconut batida and tonka bean.
The legendary Circus in Covent Garden, will reopen with a big bang on 20 May. With outrageous pop-up circus acts to thrill and entertain, exceptional food and signature cocktails. Between courses of pan-Asian dishes (think lime and cranberry miso salmon / agedashi tofu with konbu dashi), enjoy breath-taking aerial acts, firebreathers and mind-bending contortionists. Brunch fans can also rejoice as the popular Circus London Brunch Away With The Circus will return every Saturday from 22 May.
45 Park Lane
Celebrating 10 years, 45 Park Lane is home to CUT at 45 Park Lane restaurant, the world famous Negroni trolley at BAR45 and also a canvas for an evolving collection of work by contemporary British artists with regular exhibitions.
From 17 May-28 June, abstract artist Nat Bowen presents her latest ‘Chromadelic’ exhibition, taking influence from the colours and shapes of the 60s and 70s. Don’t miss the ‘Pink Diamond’, painted to mark the hotel’s 10th birthday, with natural rose petal pigment and genuine pink diamond dust set within 69 layers of resin. This will be accompanied by a Pink Diamond cocktail which will be on the menu of BAR45 from May 17. This martini style stunner includes Bombay Brumble gin, sake infused with rhubarb, lemon juice, a little sugar and Peychaud’s bitters.
Le Relais de Venise
People worldwide have tried and failed to imitate the no menu formula of steak, fries and secret sauce. It really is that simple and that delicious. No menu. Just decide how you would like your steak done, choose some wine and revel in every unadulterated seductive mouthful of meat. The sauce recipe is a family secret and even the chefs in London don’t know what is inside as sauce is prepared at one kitchen in Paris. It’s hard to describe but the butter base carries a complex combination of herbs and spices.
Madhu’s at The Dilly
The Dilly, London’s newest independent 5* hotel will be of the biggest Central London hotel openings of 2021 including Madhu’s, an Indian restaurant that will open as a pop up this Summer in The Dilly’s iconic Oak Room. From 6 June 2021, Madhu’s Mayfair will showcase Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist is taking over The Dilly’s Oak Room for a limited time.
Who doesn’t love to shop, eat and sip cocktails all under the same roof? Over at Cha Cha x Sister Jane, it’s a scene. Located at Sister Jane Townhouse, a stone’s throw from Portobello Road and on the edgier side of W10, this yummy collaboration is awesome. Expect proper cocktails (the Margarita is a wow), brunch and a lot more. They also have a gorgeous rooftop terrace and tables outside for people watching.
Your London night out – out out!
This distinctly fabulous private members’ club in the heart of Mayfair is definitely the place to be ‘out out’! Maddox Club is open Thursday-Saturday but can also be hired privately. We are excited about the newly refurbished Green Room, an invitation only speakeasy that opens late and closes even later…Imagine a 1920s feel with high backed lovers seats for two, booths and tables. The Green Room also has its own bar and opens out to a patio which is ideal for cigars and shisha.
Your London night out – For something different
Sixes Cricket Club
Forget crazy golf and darts and experience the world’s first cricket simulator night out. Suitable for all the family (they even do kids parties), Sixes Cricket Club fuses fun, cutting edge elite sports technology with food and drinks from the geniuses behind top restaurant group Mac & Wild. Expect a proper British gastro experience from the whole menu including their Sixes burger which is an aged Yorkshire beef patty topped with smoked onion jam, cheese, crispy onions, pickles and a burger sauce.
There is also a double century worthy, Ashes winning cocktail list with a load of classics and even some experimental creations like an Eton Mess with strawberry Pampero Especial rum, ginger foam and brûléed meringue. Their brand new Fitzrovia venue opens on 26 May and they also have their original in Fulham, which is open for for outdoor drinks, dinner and CRICKET!
Your London night out – shopping!
The London Fashion Weekender Package with the Waldorf Hilton
Along with acclaimed designer, Paul Costelloe and the exclusive Covent Garden Black Card, the package is an ideal shopping staycation at The Waldorf Hilton. You are welcomed to an Executive Room with a bottle of champagne and be given a set of designer face masks from Paul Costelloe as well as a Waldorf Hilton Shopper Bag, with each booking including one chauffeured trip to one of the city’s many shopping hotspots.
The Waldorf Astoria also provides access to book one-of-a-kind in-store experiences only available in the Covent Garden area, such as discovering Dior’s Backstage Universe where you can learn the most cutting-edge techniques hot off the runway, visiting the ‘Make it Tiffany’ engraving bar at the Tiffany & Co style studio where you can personalise various trinkets or learning the art of finding your perfect scent, in the famous Penhaligons Wellington Street store.
£329 (for two)
Your London night out – Feel your best before and after stepping out that door
Sensica Sensilight PRO
Enjoy smooth and hair free legs (and other body parts!) for your London night out. The Sensilight PRO has been created to give you the same results at home as those achieved in a spa. The Sensilight PRO allows you to achieve permanent hair removal from the comfort of your own home using the signature Sensica light-based technology. As its cordless, you have full freedom of movement and the battery life gives up to 600 flashes between charges which can cover a full body in one charge.
From Current Body
Price | £265
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre Sensitive Skin
A French pharmacy favourite, Embryolisse brings some highly prized je ne sais quoi to your skincare collection. The brand’s bestselling Lait-Crème Concentre has become the stuff of legend, to those obsessed with its nourishing, priming and dew-boosting properties, and now they’ve crafted its calming counterpart: the Lait-Crème Concentre Sensitive Skin.
From Cult Beauty
Price | £24.99 – 100ml
Kjaer Weis The Quadrant Eyeshadow Palette
The Kjaer Weis The Quadrant is the first eyeshadow palette from Kjaer Weis, the original, conscious luxury cosmetic brand, with four shades available in two colourways – the Wanderer (four neutrals to create endless looks) and Spellbound. These soft-to-the-touch colours are infused with organic extracts for seamless blending and easily slot into the Kjaer Weis Iconic Edition Case.
Price | £33 for the eyeshadow quadrant and £18 for the case
The stress of daily life takes its toll in many ways and one of the ways stress manifests itself is by losing hair. This is where Monpure comes to the rescue. Specialists in hair loss and thinning treatments we love the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and the Strengthening Essence Conditioner to give you a healthy scalp and glorious locks every time you venture outside the house – ready to face the world again.
Price | £72 for the duo
Imagery courtesy of the brands featured. Leading image courtesy of Shangri-La at The Shard, London.