Top alfresco cocktail spots in London

Aqua Oxford Circus –

Rudi Carraro says: Situated in the hub of Soho by Oxford Circus, Aqua Spirit is the rooftop bar in London to be at. There are two large rooftop terraces hidden away with great views of the buzzing streets below. The bar works on a first come, first served basis during the spring and summer, so it’s best to get there early and get your Monte & Tonic order in quick!


Blue Bird Chelsea –

Rudi Carraro says: Situated in the middle of the King’s Road, Chelsea’s Blue Bird is the perfect meeting hub to gather with friends. Its outdoor area is bright and spacious, with pockets of grass and greenery spread through the bar, giving it an outdoors feel throughout.


Mandrake Hotel –

Rudi Carraro says: At the heart of the Mandrake hotel in Fitzrovia is the Jurema bar. This laid-back, cabana style bar is situated on the first-floor terrace, and boasts a sanctuary of hanging passion flower and jasmine plants with a wooden shack-style bar and raffia seating. It’s the perfect spot for transporting yourself out of London and enjoying a cocktail – why not give the Monte Mule a go?


Ham Yard Hotel –

Rudi Carraro says: Amongst the favourite hidden spots in Soho, Ham Yard Hotel’s fourth floor leafy rooftop garden makes for a peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below. Settle in amongst the olive, apple and pear trees and escape the city life below.


Polpo Kings Road –

Rudi Carraro says: This delicious venetian restaurant can be found in Duke of York’s Square, take yourself along for a Italian feast followed by an Amaro Montenegro to finish off the evening whilst taking in the buzzing atmosphere of the square


Mr Foggs Tavern, Covent Garden –

Rudi Carraro says: This old-style tavern themed around explorer Phileus Fogg is the perfect place to relax and enjoy their unique take on a classic Negroni.


Bar Swift –

Rudi Carraro says: This award-winning central London bar now has a beautiful outdoor seating area, ready for you to kick back and catch up with the friends you haven’t seen in a while. Pick your favourite cocktail and settle in for the night.