last week i met a good friend and her mother, who was visiting from australia, at girl heaven, aka selfridges, for some shopping and lunch. i tracked the ladies, laden with bags, down knee-deep in the menswear section where they were choosing a token tie for the husband left behind in sydney after shopping themselves silly at the whistles sale.
spotting a few patches of blue sky amongst the ever-present cloud coverage, we decided to risk the elements and try out the roof terrace cafe. i’ve been meaning to stop by since its opening on may 31, having missed out on last summer’s spectacular lake and cocktail bar.
this year the organic daylesford cafe and a crazy golf course have taken up residence on the iconic rooftop, which re-opened to the public last season for the first time since world war two. back in the day, the roof gardens had a popular putt-putt golf course and this year’s spectacle pays homage to the tradition – albeit on acid.
whimsically decorated, the roof terrace is a hidden oasis high above the grind of central london and the tourist traps of oxford street. we chose an open-air table looking out across the vista of rooftops, which still had the entertaining view of some golfers attempting the course of london landmarks in stilettos.
with some of us (myself) heading back to the office after lunch, and others (them) wine-weary after a heady mother-daughter trip to mykonos, we opted for some very civilised tea, cloudy lemonade and ginger beer.
we ordered delicious salads and beef sandwiches from the all-organic menu, all fresh and delicious. you can have afternoon tea instead, with mouth-watering scones, bakewell tarts, and finger rolls washed down with tea or bubbles. gin, violet and elderflower, or pink lemonade (for the little ones) jellies are the perfect end to a gorgeous meal and a well-deserved sweet treat that is light enough to not put you into a food coma… there’s still plenty of shopping to do afterwards, you see.
my girlfriend and i have already made plans to return for a crazy golf double date imminently. the roof terrace is open until september 2, so there is still plenty of time to enjoy it. the daylesford cafe don’t take reservations, but you can book crazy golf, which is open from midday until 7pm, on the selfridges website.
choose a sunny day, shop ’til you drop before rewarding yourself with afternoon tea high above the bustle of oxford street.