Drinks at the Dalloway Terrace

A few weeks ago, I was with my best friend Lizz and we stumbled upon the gorgeous and hidden Dalloway Terrace located behind the Bloomsbury Hotel. What we didn’t fully realise is that we were in for quite a lovely surprise…

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I had read a few articles about this clandestine al-fresco spot in the centre of London and knew I had to check it out for myself.  It was love at first site. Caution: Prepare yourself for serious balcony dècor envy.

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The magical Dalloway Terrace is located down the secluded Great Russell Street, just a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Court Road station. From the moment you step forth on terrace, it feels as through you are no longer in the middle of London. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the ideal spot to unwind with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
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I was truly inspired by the simple and chic outdoor décor, with marble topped circular tables, gold lanterns, hydrangeas, black and white rattan chairs, grey booths and colourful cushions to relax on. They reminded me of the outdoor furniture Melbourne my cousin has in his backyard back in Australia. Lush greenery with twinkly etherial fairy lights created an unforgettable ambiance that I would love to replicate on my own balcony at home. To say I was smitten with the space, is an understatement.

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The décor was stunning. However, I was also impressed by the attentive staff as well. They were so lovely and kind and made a conscious effort to top Lizz and I up with bubbles periodically. We did only go for drinks, but I have read fabulous reviews about the afternoon tea and brunch, which I definitely plan on trying sometime this summer.

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Lizz and I had a ball and chit chatted away in the sunshine with champagne in hand as Frank Sinatra tunes flowed in the background and transported us to another era.

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The bill was delivered cleverly in a Virginia Woolf ‘Mrs. Dalloway‘ novel, which I thought was a really cute touch. After toasting to our last glass of bubbly, we decided to say our goodbyes and stroll on home.

I loved the Dalloway Terrace so much, I had returned two times later that week – once for a business meeting and another  for an evening with a friend for some post-work tipples. There had been a special event booked on the terrace on one of the occasions, so we decided to duck underground to the stunning Bloomsbury Club Bar, which is just as special as the Terrace. If you have time to check out both, I highly recommend! 1950’s classics softly played in the background and we enjoyed the quiet, old-fashioned atmosphere as we caught up on wedding planning. It’s a charming spot for cocktails on a date or with a friend.

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The Dalloway Terrace has officially stolen my heart and will be a go-to during the summer. I’m excited to bring my mom and sister when they visit in a few months time. What are some of your favourite al- fresco spots to enjoy a drink in the sun? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Thanks for reading x

Dalloway Terrace |16-22 Great Russell St | London | WC1B 3NN

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-Mark Twain