And here we are in September with the dreary days of autumn - think sudden downpours, scattered leaves and the need for scarves - just around the corner. But thanks to the tropical storm Cristobal, it’s not all doom and gloom! The Met Office predicts that the sun is back for one final hurrah: temperatures could reach 12C (77F) by the end of the week. Result!
Haute Time has the low-down on five salubrious rooftop spots where you caj see out the last of summer in style...
Kudos to Terence Conran and all involved with The Boundary. Aware that in Britain, summer isn’t always synonymous with sunshine, they’ve added a sturdy steel, timber and glad pergola to their attractive rooftop bar. Translation? We get to enjoy views of London landmarks – whatever the weather. Open seven days a week from 12pm until 11pm weekdays and 10am until 11pm weekends, The Boundary serves up char grilled steaks, fish, simple salads, Mediterranean tapas and, our favourite, the Boundary Pan Bagnat: a nicoise inspired sandwich with beet patty, goat cheese, roast vegetables and salad.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2
2. Kensington Roof Gardens
Originally designed in the 1930s, Kensington Roof Gardens compromises three beautifully themed gardens – the Spanish, Tudor and England Woodland – spanning across 1.5 acres and located 100ft above Kensington High Street. Arranged around the central Clubhouse, the gardens house over 70 full sized trees and a flowing stream with fish and wildlife – including four famous pink flamingos - that has to be seen to be believed.
99 Kensington High Street, W8
3. Shoreditch House
The Shard may get more press but Shoreditch House’s roof garden – with its new poolside and pantry bar, more changing rooms, comfortable furniture and volcanic blue tiling for the pool deck – is the sky high hotspot worth knowing about this September. What’s more when the weather reverts to type (ie starts raining) the roof can be closed to keep customers deliciously warm and dry. The downside? You need to be a member of Shoreditch House to access the rooftop.
Ebor Street, Shoreditch, E1
4. Soho Sky Terrace
Situated on the top of the CourtHouse Hotel, the The Soho Sky Terrace is fast becoming our favourite rooftop hangout. Refreshing cocktails, light bites and mellow grooves against a backdrop of the Soho skyline – makes for a spectacular experience. Drop in for a (well deserved) after work drink or spend a lazy weekend afternoon lounging around in style, soaking up the last of the summer sun.
19-21 Great Marlborough Street, W1
SushiSamba - perched atop of Heron Tower - boasts the highest outdoor terrace in London. Expect glorious views of next door neighbour, The Gherkin, as well as blockbuster sights such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thames. Bottom line: SushiSamba is a serious destination bar that’s too good to leave solely to the City slickers.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2