For a more vertiginous terrace, head to the recently opened Sushisamba in the City, where, 200 meters up, you’ll find a funky design coupled with peerless views of The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the Olympic Park. Assuage any acrophobia with a stiff Pisco-lashed, Cachaca-kissed South American style cocktail. Nearby in Shoreditch another new roof terrace rests atop The Golden Bee, a triple-tiered hive of activity featuring a ground-level honeycombed bar, a covered graffiti-adorned smoking area and a sofa-equipped rooftop bar.
For a new opening with some real balls, head to Ping in Earl’s Court, a table-tennis enhanced bar and pizzeria from the team behind Love Brunch and Bungalow 8. Alongside a hipster-driven design from I LOVE DUST, the firm responsible for MEATliquor’s dining room, Ping will be serving delicious drinks such as the Rhubarb Aperol Spritz.
Over in Fitzrovia, Peruvian eatery Lima has opened to rave reviews, and the restaurant features a downstairs dining room with a dusky, seductive feel and a bar doling out punchy and potent Pisco-based classic cocktails. On Audley Street in Mayfair, the co-founders of Zuma and Roka have opened Banca in the former premises of a NatWest Bank, alongside details like safety deposit boxes and the original vault door, the dining room features a long bar serving classic Italian aperitifs. Buck the trend of tranquillity and head out to celebrate. Tim Badham is the founder of Innerplace, London’s leading entertainment concierge service. www.innerplace.co.uk.