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London's best new summer terraces for alfresco dining and drinking

London's restaurants and bars are sprucing up their terraces with makeovers and new menus. Here's our guide to the new places to try - we'll keep this updated throughout the summer. 

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Decimiño at The Standard

10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG

The rooftop space at this King's Cross hotel first opened last summer but this year it's got a new rooftop taco truck from chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias who runs the hotel' s 10th floor restaurant Decimo. On the menu you'll find chicken and pico de gallo tacos, guac and nachos along with fresh Maldon oysters. They're also serving up Spicy Tommy’s Margarita, Rum Punch and Espresso Martinis on tap and Mango Margarita slushies.

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The Italicus x Madison terrace

The Italicus x Madison terrace

One New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF

For a taste of Italy against the backdrop of one of London's most iconic views, head to this rooftop spot next to St Paul's. This summer they're teaming up with the Italian Aperitivo brand ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto so the terrace has been given an Amalfi makeover with lemon trees and a new spritz drinks list. The Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto comes with Prosecco and olives, or how about The Italian Sunset which features Italicus with pink strawberry gin, chinotto and Italian blood orange soda?

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Château Minuty at The Hari’s Garden Terrace

Château Minuty at The Hari’s Garden Terrace

20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQ

This garden terrace might be in the heart of Belgravia, but for the summer it's being tranformed into a St Tropez beach bar (from 28 April) as part of a takeover by the Côtes de Provence winery. Enjoy a chilled glass of rose alongside a menu of fresh fish, calamari, and charcuterie platters with olive tapenade. There's even a retractable glass roof over the Terrace should the weather not be quite up to the south of France standards.

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The blooming paradise terrace at Aqua Kyoto

The blooming paradise terrace at Aqua Kyoto

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR

Up above Regent Street the terrace at Aqua Kyoto has been festooned with silk hydrangeas for a spring into summer look. There's a new cocktail menu to match with drinks including a Sweet Escape combining Pampero rum with Chambord, Peach Schnapps, vanilla, passion fruit and lemon and the Geisha made with sake, vodka, lychee and rose. Pair that with one of their pretty bento boxes for a long leisurely lunch.

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Inverroche Gin Terrace at The Gantry

Inverroche Gin Terrace at The Gantry

40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, London, E20 1DB

Set against the backdrop of urban Stratford, the terrace at The Gantry is channelling nature with a wildflower garden planted with meadow flowers. They're even serving the drinks on seeded paper menus and coasters that guests are encouraged to take home and plant. South African gin brand, Inverroche, is leading the drinks list with a seasonal G&T menu and cocktails like Pollination made with Inverroche Amber Gin, Chambord, Lemon and Local Honey, topped with Ginger Ale. If the nights are a little chilly the two large open-air fire pits should help warm things up.

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Pergola Paraíso at Paddington

Pergola Paraíso at Paddington

4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY

If your funds don't stretch to partying in Tulum, then the summer iteration of Pergola Paddington will be the next best thing apparently. Pergola Paraiso is a Tulum-inspired beach club. There'll be pop-up restaurants from Crudo Cevicheria and Dos Mas Tacos along with Margaritas and Corona on tap. You can book cabanas for private parties or just hang out in one of their hammocks and there will be weekly ‘Dusk’ events featuring dancers, fire performers and DJs.

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The Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel

The Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel

South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Back for its third season this riverside terrace will be serving up a list of ice-cold beers, including Especial and gluten-free along with their 0,0% all of which will be on draught. There's a new San Miguel Sundown Spritz cocktail and a tapas menu including padron peppers, patatas bravas and garlic and chili prawns with flat bread.

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The Monkey 47 Jungle terrace at Harvey Nichols

The Monkey 47 Jungle terrace at Harvey Nichols

109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ

It's all huge palms and creepers at the Fifth Floor Terrace at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge which has been given a jungle makeover for the season to tie in with their partnership with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin. This is also the only place in the world where you can try the brand's new limited-edition Experimentum Series. We very much fancy the sound of the Black Forest Mojito made with Monkey 47 infused with cherry syrup.

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