In London, there’s all too often an urge to hurtle down Oxford Street to shop, get those I’ve-been-there photos at the Tower, Millennium Bridge, Buckingham Palace. But better is to take a moment to live the experience, sharing company, good food and a stunning view – and give yourself a break.
On Charing Cross Road, high above Leicester Square is the lush, botanical Garden Rooftop bar and restaurant. Floor to ceiling windows, which open wide as the city heats up in summer, give every seat in the house its own unique view, with the Eye, the Shard, the Cheesegrater peeping out behind trailing foliage and abundant window boxes.
Its bottomless weekend brunch is an incredible way to set up for a day of shopping in Covent Garden then catching a matinee in Theatreland. Come evening, its Saturday Supper Club weaves an adventure of cocktails and bubbles, DJs, live entertainers and a two-course Italian menu.