Room With A View: A New Rooftop Bar Has Opened On Oxford Street

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It’s no secret that Londoners love to soak up the sun. We saw more flesh last weekend than we ever will in The Bunyadi (London’s first naked restaurant)…so what better way to get some rays than day drinking on a rooftop bar? Not only are you closer to the sun (because it totally works like that), but with food and drink at hand, there’s really no need to go inside!

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Replacing last year’s popular Roofnic, Notch is the swanky new bar on Oxford Street right opposite Marble Arch, where you can soak up the views (and the sun) in a rooftop swing, while sipping on summery cocktails and Japanese street food. Yep, Japanese street food. Food comes courtesy of a small shack manned by Mark Morrans (Kurobuta, Nobu Melbourne), who’s devised a menu which includes sea bass ceviche, fried chicken with marinated kimchee mayo and pulled beef with anticucho drenched short rib, anticucho mayo and pickled cucumber.

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But what’s food without drinks? Freshly mixed summer cocktails, including the Red Pigeon (tequila, campari, lime, pink grapefruit, sugar) and the Humming Bird (gin, elderflower, lavender, apple, lemon, sugar) are on hand, as well as the classics which are stored colourful tins resembling vintage tuna cans. All cocktails cost £8! Regardless of the weather, Notch will be open seven days a week, from 10am until 10pm, and has Wifi on site. So sit back, relax…and watch all the stressed out people down below with the gleeful smugness of someone sunning themselves in central London. Mwuahaha!

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Lucy Bloxham

Lucy Bloxham

To improve her employability Lucy decided to do a Masters in Shakespeare. Her favourite play is Much Ado About Nothing - appropriate considering she’s now been at university for almost five years... Growing up in Newcastle, Lucy always wanted to be a travel journalist. Someone needs to tell her that going to Zone 5 every now and again does not count.