What’s needed is a place to withdraw; to relax in the shade and enjoy dinner al fresco. These rare, coveted spots can be difficult to track down, so here’s our pick of the West End’s Hidden Restaurant Terrace & Couryards. Just be discreet…
1. Terrace at the Royal Automobile Club (The Members-only one)
Founded in 1897, the RAC aimed at encouraging the development of motoring in Britain. Today, with over 100 years of tradition & two locations between St James’ & Surrey, it is one of London’s finest Members-only clubs. The Pall Mall club’s finest restaurant is The Great Gallery, with a menu focusing on fresh and seasonal produce. The shady terrace is a perfect place for an al fresco dinner with a wine list handpicked by the Club’s Sommeliers.
Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, SW1Y.
2. Terrace at the Stafford London – Kempinski (The quiet one)
Hidden in the heart of St James, the Stafford by Kempinski offers a charming outdoor space to its guests. The new Court Yard and the Blue Ball Yard are genuine havens of tranquility in the heart of the West End. Enjoy an early dinner by the American Bar or a late lunch in the shaded tables of the hotel’s terrace.
St James’ Place, SW1A.
3. Terrace at Hush (The classic one)
Hush lets its guests enjoy a full Brasserie Menu in their courtyard, with table service running day & night. Chic & elegant, the Mayfair venue has recently been refurbished by Alex Michaelis (Soho House Group, Tom’s Kitchen). Worth noting -there are over 70 wines are available by the glass.
8 Lancashire Court, W1S.
4. Terrace at the Sanderson (The funky one)
The Courtyard Garden at the Sanderson London will transport you to a plush, candle-lit universe where guests come to escape the stresses of their vibrant week. Flowering trees, water fountains and a reflecting pool set the atmosphere around the tables, sofas and hanging chairs where one is welcome to simply sit, relax, and order a cocktail or a full meal if you prefer. 50 Berners St., W1T.
5. Quo Vadis (The one in Soho)
Sam & Eddie Hart’s Quo Vadis, hidden in the heart of Soho, is known for classic British food & drinks, and menus are created exclusively using seasonal British produce. Guests can enjoy the Summer Terrace and escape the West End’s heat under square parasols for as long as the weather allows. Dean St., W1D.