If you're anything like as capricious as the British summer, it helps to have a little black book of handy indoor and alfresco dining spots at your disposal. That way you can don your sunnies and head outdoors with a spritz and a salad or, if you need to, duck indoors with a perfectly cooked steak and a glass of Rioja.
Handily for us Londoners, we have Harvey Nichols at our disposal. The Knightsbridge store - and its riverside OXO Tower outpost - has a full collection of places to eat and drink this summer, whatever the weather. Here's our guide to where to go, and when.
When the sun is shining
Step out on the terrace by the Fifth Floor Café and you'll find it's currently been transformed into a little stretch of the Amalfi Coast. The MALFY Lemon Grove is bedecked with lemons and ready to serve you a selection of MALFY gin cocktails. If you can't make it to Italy this summer, this is the next best thing.
Stuck at home over the past year it's been easy to forget how beautiful a city London really is. Happily, the terraces and dining room at the OXO Tower have the view to remind you, looking out over the Thames and across to St Paul's. Both outside terraces have been weatherproofed to withstand anything the British summer can throw at you. Whether you're tucking into roast salmon and Jersey Royals in the brasserie, truffled burrata in the restaurant or sipping a Melba Daiquiri in the bar, you'll have a backdrop to die for.
When rain is promised
Flooded with light (but protected from the rain) this rooftop café has a fabulous all-day menu from brunch dishes and lunchtime salads through to a perfect afternoon tea.
If you're hankering for Nantucket beach days but stuck in London, then a lobster roll at Burger & Lobster on the Fifth Floor is what you need.
Keema pau buns, chilli chicken wraps and asparagus choma grilled on the robata - they're all on offer at the brand new Madhu's2Go on the Fifth Floor.
Duck out of any rainstorm and into Zelman Meats on the Fifth Floor and settle down with one of the three top-drawer meat cuts on offer at any time.
Slip on to a stool at this longstanding London bar with classic and Champagne cocktails to choose from. Peckish? There are charcuterie platters and quick bites on offer too.
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