Le Méridien Piccadilly
For a bit of French fancy, check out London’s Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel — where you can grab a deck chair on the Moët & Chandon Summer Terrace. Sit above the tourists treading the pavement, and sip back Moët & Chandon’s latest concoction: Ice Impérial — a fresh and fruity champagne specifically created to be served and enjoyed on ice.
If it’s another kind of bubbles you’re thirsting for, there’s a whole menu of sparkling cocktails to tickle your fancy — try the Rose Royale with locally grown raspberries, Chambord and Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial for a tarty number.
And if the sun tucks behind the clouds, step inside to the glass-covered terrace where you can still enjoy daylight without any of that rain malarkey. The design of the Summer Terrace takes inspiration from the Terrace Grill & Bar’s original use as home to the hotel’s swimming pool in the 1930s. With nautical touches like the striped deck chairs and life-saver rings, you’ll think you’re right by the beach.
Open seven days a week from 12pm-10:30pm, until 31 August.
21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH.
Rosewood London has transformed its alfresco drinking and dining terrace into The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace, so you can nab all the gin love you need while also getting your fill of vitamin D.
Inspired by the ten botanical ingredients at the heart of Bombay Sapphire, the six-week-long pop-up experience will encourage consumers to explore this journey through a specially crafted menu reflecting the locations from which the botanicals are sourced.
The menu consists of six twists on the classic Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic, from the Mediterranean (with ginger and almond juice) to Africa (with Moroccan liqueur) — this takes your favourite summer sipper to whole new levels.
Open daily from 12pm to late, will be sticking around until 29 August.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN.
The Gilbert Scott, one of London’s most beautiful bars — seriously — is letting the sun shine in and giving you a bubbly haven in the middle of King’s Cross. Nip down to the summertime terrace to take respite from the throngs of sunburned folk at the station and order yourself some Moët Ice Impérial — it’s champagne, served on ice!
If you’re after something a bit harder, try one of the special summer cocktails like the Hibiscus Caipirinha — who cares if the World Cup is over? And we hear they’re also dishing out the “infamous” Gilbert Scott Kendall Mint Choc ices.
For a touch of sophistication, alfresco-style, swing by for the afternoon tea (daily from 12pm-4pm). This sunny spot will be open throughout the summer — so fingers crossed, it will be a long one!
Open 11am-close, daily until end of summer.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR.