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As the British summer season approaches, The Dorchester, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, is primed to reopen its acclaimed rooftop retreat. Offering panoramic views over Hyde Park and London’s skyline, this secret garden-inspired haven, nestled atop The Dorchester, is a sought-after oasis within the bustling cityscape.
Open from June 29 to September 3, 2023, this rooftop paradise exudes an ambience reminiscent of an English garden concealed from the outside world. With the harmonious blend of live acoustic performances and the soothing murmur of nature sounds, guests can immerse themselves in a serene haven adorned with lush foliage, pot gardens, and fairy-lit decking under the shade of spacious terrace umbrellas.
An Epicurean Journey Under the Sky at The Dorchester Rooftop
Guided by Martyn Nail, The Dorchester’s Culinary Director, the rooftop offers a summer-inspired gastronomic journey. The menu, designed around the concept of shared brunch-style dining, boasts a selection of dishes that blend luxury and comfort.
Food lovers can anticipate an array of delicacies like sea-fresh oysters, a variety of seafood platters, grilled Cornish lobster fregola, and more indulgent offerings like the rich côte de boeuf and creamy truffle risotto. For those with a penchant for sweets, summer berry cheesecake and The Dorchester’s exclusive 68% chocolate parfait are among the delightful treats on offer. The menu also features lighter bites such as ponzu mayo-dressed tempura prawns, rooftop sliders, and truffle-infused eclairs.
Sip the Summer Breeze at The Dorchester Rooftop
Pairing perfectly with the sun-drenched days and warm evenings, a cocktail menu rich in herbs and botanicals awaits visitors. Standout drinks include the ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Prairie Breeze’, each garnished with striking floral accents.
The rooftop restaurant and bar will operate from Thursday to Saturday, serving lunch and dinner, while Sundays will feature an enticing lunch service.
A History of Gastronomic Wonders at The Dorchester Rooftop
In previous years, The Dorchester Rooftop has hosted an impressive lineup of chef residencies and culinary pop-ups. These included Tom Booton’s British summertime menu and The Grill, Mario Perera’s Sri Lankan specialities, and Jean-Philippe Blondet’s Mediterranean-themed delights in 2022.
This tradition of culinary excellence extends beyond the rooftop at The Dorchester. The hotel’s illustrious dining establishments range from the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse to China Tang, The Grill by Tom Booton, and the timeless afternoon tea.
With the reopening of The Dorchester Rooftop, the hotel continues to elevate its gastronomic reputation, creating a summer experience that offers guests breathtaking views, exceptional dining, and a captivating ambience. ◼
© This article was first published online in July 2023 – World Travel Magazine.