I know today probably isn’t the day to talk about rooftop dining/drinking- looking outside my window it could definitely be mid-November- BUT, during last week’s **heat wave** I was determined to make the most of what London has to offer and headed to Selfridges’ ‘Forest on the Roof’.
I have been meaning to visit Selfridges rooftop since I came to live in London but somehow it’s never happened- so I had 0 expectations. Heading in it was beautiful, branches and flowers lined the walls, as did mini hanging mirrors and fairy lights making it all very pretty- but once out on the rooftop I was a little disappointed- only a tiny proportion was outside, ‘The Terrace’, with the rest under a clear canopy/marquee structure. Luckily I managed to nab a table outside so didn’t let it dampen my spirits!
I ordered ‘The Gardner’, made up of Vodka, Midori, mango juice, matcha tea powder, and fennel which looked as much like a green juice as it did a cocktail and tasted fab, whilst my friend ordered the ‘Water Mellow’ – Gin, Aperol, Noilly Prat, watermellon juice and homemade citrus syrup– which looked delicious, but I’m not a fan of watermelon so can’t vouch for it’s taste!
We both ordered the Caesar Salad, and, just in case that didn’t hit the spot, we got a portion of chips to share, they both went down a treat! I’d definitely pop up again for the salad alone and when it comes to a dish as common as Caesar salad that’s an achievement.
All in all, we both really enjoyed our evening, but next time I will do things a little differently! I should try to be more organised if nothing else! The beach huts looked fab to sit in, but were occupied well before I arrived, and the restaurant definitely has a much better offering when it comes to the menu selections however the wait time was much longer to match.
I guess having the option for drinks and snacks outside makes for a quicker turn around, or is great if you’re after a pit stop mid-shop, but the experience would have been even better had we been able to choose from the full menu- of both cocktails and food. After all, sitting in a marquee kinda defeats the point of visiting a rooftop, no?
Have you visited any of Selfridges’ rooftop offerings? I can’t wait to visit again once it gets it’s winter dress up!