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Annie PalmerAugust 10, 2015
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The Oxo Tower won Best Bar 2015 at the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards 2015. However, if you are looking for more rooftop terrace options. Look at our selection below of what London has on offer;

Generator Paris
Generator Paris has a unique design that emphasizes the importance of public areas as the social catalyst, which is so important to the brand’s philosophy. Designed once more by DesignAgency under the supervision of Generator’s Creative Director Anwar Mekhayech, the property includes a restaurant with garden-facing veranda, a spacious chill out area, and a spectacular rooftop terrace with sunset views of Montmartre and Sacré Coeur. The terrace captures the romance of the locale, with settings that offer a subtle cinematic Parisian experience.

STOREYS
Launched on 31 July, Storeys will take place on top of the Multi Storey Car Park at Television Centre in White City, which was home to the BBC for sixty years up until 2013. Storeys will be a summer terrace hotspot, featuring striking artwork, some of the UK’s best street food traders and killer cocktails in a vibrant, urban setting. Set over two levels and spanning an impressive 24,000 square feet, Storeys will offer sweeping panoramic views of West London from nine storeys high.

A60 at SIXTY SoHo
A60 new-look private rooftop bar – London-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studio further showcase their sophisticated, comfortable and functional approach to design as part of a collaboration with New York City restaurateur John McDonald. The gently landscaped space invites guests in with delicate blue and white hues, making you feel a world away from the city below with the panoramic views that the hotel is famous for. Sip on A60’s Sixty Daiquiri with a house-made grapefruit cordial, or select from the signature frozen “(S) lush Life” section, including Debutante’s Mule with shiso-infused vodka, lemon, apricot and ginger beer. A60 will also serve light bites. **Please note A60 is open to members and hotel guests only.

The Norman
The rooftop at the Norman provides an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Guests can enjoy the charm and beauty of Tel Aviv whilst relaxing in the infinity pool or indulge in a relaxing massage at the third floor Spa. Guests of the hotels Suites also have the option of in-room treatments to create their very own haven of relaxation.

West Thirty Six
The all-day townhouse, West Thirty Six boasts 2 outdoor terraces. The Tool Shed, where rakes, hoes and trowels cover the walls is home to fire-pit barbeque perfect for private parties. The terrace just off the Monkey Room on the first floor lets diners and drinkers relax on comfy striped cushioned seats and copper chairs as they soak up the sun.


Kristina FosterJuly 15, 2014
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At a place where the view supersedes the food and drink, you could stick a shed in The Shard and people would still take the elevator up to it. But the Shangri-La Hotel’s, Gong bar makes that 52 floor ascension infinitely more appealing. Dizziness is a common side-affect of a bar experience, but that is redefined with Gong’s unbelievable view of London. Just as the most beautiful Chinese temples are found at the top of mountains, Gong’s zen-like, modern Asian decor means that it can boast to be one of the highest and most stylish bars in London. Try one of their signature cocktails, vintage champagnes or ironically ask for a Shard-onnay and see if the bartender laughs.

Gong has been nominated this year for the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards in the best bars category. You can vote for them from the 19th of July 2014 here.


Kristina FosterJuly 15, 2014
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London needs as many rooftop bars as it can get during the summer, having only a small window to enjoy those blazing hot days and steamy nights. This is perhaps why the French Provincial restaurant, Orrery, Marylebone, does so well as we need people who understand sunshine to know the dynamics of rooftop sunning. Their roof terrace doubles up as a beautiful bar taking inspiration from the back gardens of Provence. It’s dotted with tea-lamps, olive trees, and of course those familiar lavender rows that we cannot help but associate with the smell of French sun. As the wine boxes cum plant-pots suggest, there is an array of amazing wines and of course champagne that you can sip and enjoy in the open air.

The Orrery Terrace Rooftop has been nominated this year for the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards in the best bar category. You can vote for them from the 19th of July 2014 here.


Kristina FosterJune 16, 2014
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At a brief glance, it is easy to mistake The Phoenix, with its plain wood and brick exterior, as a run-of-the-mill pub that sits unostentatiously on Smith Street, a small walk from the Kings Road. But as one of the Geronimo Inns chain’s newest successes, it achieves the stylish yet modern country pub feel that the brand is known for. The bar area is instantly more colorful. It almost resembles your parents’ living room, with slouchy couches and rustic bookshelves which make you want to bring a blanket and have an afternoon read. The wooden floors and tables, mismatched chairs, higgledy-piggledy vases and chalkboard menu all add to this homely atmosphere. The vibe is different from the usual trendy Chelsea gastro pub in that it actually feels more like a local haunt with people coming in for the odd pint rather than large after-work regroups.

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Yet in a separate section at the back of the venue, the restaurant, with its menu changing every week, makes it so that even the regulars refrain from ordering ‘the usual’. The food observes summer flavors that compliment the fresh and modern interior. It varies from light dishes such as chilled red pepper and tomato soup with Greek yoghurt or ham hock, goat’s cheese and broad bean salad to more substantial plates of steak frites or wild boar and apple sausages.

It is clear that the food is the usual British celebration, adhering to fresh produce and preparation. So far, it all recalls a feeling of coming home for a Sunday lunch, yet the drinks are surprisingly cosmopolitan. From Caipirinhas to Pisco Sours, the cocktail menu has a distinctly South American taste in honor of the World Cup as the drinks, like the menu, are constantly in revolution.

A cool environment for summer but surely just as welcoming in winter with the restaurant’s open fireplace roaring into life. Familiar yet exciting, The Phoenix offers the delights of home with a few foreign twists to give a relaxed but refreshing experience.



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