By Mark Captain

The magic of the outdoors is exciting where ever you are in the world. Imagine sunshine, fine food, breath taking views, lingering sunsets and good company. Our Luxury Chapter guide hand picks these rooftops and terraces to enjoy the great outdoors.


Bar 31 Summer terrace at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard

Open till the end of September at the iconic Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, this Tanqueray residency at Bar 31  is somewhere to experience a new citrus inspired gin cocktail menu at the Shard’s number one neighbourhood bar, which has been transformed into a floral garden complete with paper lanterns, wild flowers, warm glowing lights and greenery. Try a Royal Blush cocktail made with Tanqueray No. TEN, rhubarb, lemonade and fresh raspberries or a Lovage cocktail which mixes Tanqueray Lovage with Fever-Tree Tonic, coriander and Juniper berries. You can choose from a range of botanicals and garnishes to bring out the aromas of the gin.

To complement the new Tanqueray gin cocktails, you can also feast on a summery picnic box for two. Featuring half a roast chicken, Cornish Yarg Cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, sourdough bread from Bread Ahead, piccalilli, salad and a homemade hummus.

The Residence

Located on the sixth floor of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, The Residence is an exclusive pop-up bar open from Thursday-Saturday all Summer. One of London’s best kept pop up secrets, The Residence boasts panoramic views of the most iconic sights and architecture the city has to offer including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard.

The menu includes summer-inspired cocktails created by talented head bartender Harry Nikolaou like The Daisy, a twist on the classic margarita and The Colada, a minimalistic and somewhat healthy Pina colada with rum, coconut water, pineapple, lime and spices. A selection of signature dishes from Asian restaurant Mei Ume are available, including steamed dim sum and the signature spicy tuna uramaki with truffle karashi and parmesan flakes.

To book, email or call 0203 297 3799.

The Glasshouse at the Gherkin

From 15 July to 1 September, Searcys at The Gherkin will be transformed into a luscious botanical glasshouse, created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. The Glasshouse at the Gherkinwill bring a summer botanical experience to the top of one of London’s iconic skyscrapers.

Bringing nature to life in the heart of the City, the entire Iris bar on level 40 will become an oasis of greenery, the perfect summer bar in which to watch the sun set over the Thames.Expect champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët, a botanical gin cocktail menu, a seasonal menu celebrating the best of British produce, exclusive private dining experiences and live entertainment – all while enjoying panoramic views from one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.

Bedales of Borough Market Terrace

Bedales of Borough, the impressive three-story wine emporium that launched in 2012 has recently undergone an extensive renovation incorporating a spectacular new market terrace. Overlooking the world famous Borough Market, the terrace houses a new temperature controlled wine cellar and open kitchen and space for 60 people.

Founded by Rob Dann & Jamie Watts, the pair behind the legendary BOB’s Lobster in London Bridge, the terrace offers 400 lines of wines to choose from.


Private ‘Altana’ at Belmond Hotel Cirpriani, Venice

Belmond Hotel Cipriani elevates its glamorous party credentials with the opening of its own exclusive Altana (wooden rooftop) bar – inspired by Venice’s authentic 13th Century rooftops and the city’s love of enjoying life up on high. Private parties of up to 10 can picnic at dusk as you sip Bellinis on a twinkling terrace with the most sensational panoramic views of San Marco and the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore.

The roof at PUBLIC, New York 

The ROOF at PUBLIC, New York is a vibrant and energetic bar that appears to be floating in the sky, with jaw dropping 360-degree panoramic views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows and a spectacular outdoor terrace offering the best views of New York City. It’s an ideal place to meet for sunset cocktails, while after dark, it transforms into a very sexy late-night hotspot, hosting the best local and international DJs.

The Roof at The Shanghai EDITION

 The Shanghai EDITION features two outdoor roof spaces that re-opened for the season for May 2019.Located on the 29th floor and surrounded by a stunning ivy-covered trellis, ROOF is an open-air lounge area featuring one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Pudong from the Bund, the bar serves a range of classic and innovative libations prepared by EDITION’s expert mixologist.

Dinings and The Rooftop at The Norman, Tel Aviv

World-renowned restaurant, Dinings, is located on the third floor rooftop at The Norman is a unique blend of traditional Izakaya-style Japanese Tapas and modern European cuisine, presented with incomparable flair in a graceful setting. You can sit on the stunning open terrace with a panoramic view over Tel Aviv UNESCO world heritage site, the White City, which boasts over 4,000 buildings built in a unique form of the Bauhaus or International Style against a backdrop of skyscrapers and the sea.

Crystal Box at Daios Cove, Crete


The Crystal Box is a bar with its own contemporary and comfortable outside lounge, offering a spectacular panorama of Daios Cove’s stunning private bay. You can also relax in its cool, stylish and elegant interior, and see those incredible views from another perspective: framed through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. The colourful cocktail menu is the result of a collaboration between Daios Cove and Athens-based cocktail masters, The Clumsies (awarded 8th in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018) with an array of locally-inspired offerings enriched local herbs adding a new twist to some old time classic recipes, for that authentic Cretan experience.

The rooftop at Grand Hotel Miramar, Malaga

Located atop Malaga’s most iconic luxury Gran Hotel Miramar, the hotel’s stylish rooftop deli and bar is an enchanting getaway above the ancient city. The sky high hideaway serves a refined menu of sophisticated Spanish cuisine, with sleek contemporary decor and al fresco seating, and an unrivalled view of the Bay of Malaga. An assortment of delicatessen tapas showcases some of Andalucía’s finest produce and seasonal whilst drinks include a refreshing selection of cocktails and a premium list of Spanish wines.

Mondrian Los Angeles

The Mondrian Los Angeles encapsulates everything the legendary hedonistic Strip stands for – excitement, invincibility and glamour. Located on the hotel’s rooftop, Skybar is an open-air, ivy-covered pavilion surrounding the rooftop pool, with wide open windows offering incredible views of Downtown Los Angeles. A high-energy poolside lounge by day, the Skybar provides chilled drinks and cool waters for its guests, and when the sun sets, Skybar becomes one of West Hollywood’s hottest nightlife spots, transforming into a hip hangout venue with world-class DJs.

Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

The Petit Ermitage hotel exudes a luxurious bohemian vibes, with every detail displayed lovingly selected to fit the quirky hotel style. The hotel’s enchanting private rooftop is the perfect spot for total relaxation and is home to the Butterfly Bar, the garden sanctuary and the heated saltwater pool – available for use by guests, morning, noon and night. The therapeutic effects of the saltwater are complemented with the occasional essence of pure damask roses, which can be enjoyed with a glass or two or bubbly for added glamour.