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Article: On the town: Team LBD's top five alfresco hotspots

On the town: Team LBD's top five alfresco hotspots
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On the town: Team LBD's top five alfresco hotspots

If you're anything like Team LBD, you can't imagine anything worse than being all dressed up with nowhere to go. With this in mind, the beautiful sunshine has inspired us to compile a list of our top five alfresco hotspots to wear your little black dress to this weekend. Read on for Team LBD's insiders' guide to giving your LBD the outing it deserves!

The Jam Tree, Chelsea

541 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 2EB


WHAT Located on the exclusive Kings Road, this Made in Chelsea hotspot boasts a sun-soaked beer garden, BBQ and a stand-up comedy competition every Sunday. If you are in the mood for something a little different but don't want to compromise on style and sophistication, The Jam Tree is well worth a visit!

WEAR The Jam Tree has a slick city meets boho-cool vibe so dress for their beautiful beer garden in a slinky summer maxi dress and add colour-pop wedges.

Book your table online or call 020 3397 3739 to make a reservation. Opening hours are Sunday - Thursday 12.00 noon - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 2am (beer garden closes at 11pm).

Exclusive offer for LBD readers: Receive 50% off your Saturday Brunch food bill at The Jam Tree in Chelsea on Saturday 13th July 2013. To claim this special discount, please book in advance by emailing with 'Little Black Dress Brunch' as the subject line.

The Roof Gardens

99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA


WHAT London's only rooftop Private Members' Club is a luxurious destination perfect for a special occasion. The Club is open between 10pm and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can dance the night away to a soundtrack provided by the hottest DJs playing the best commercial dance music around.

WEAR The dress code is 'no effort, no entry' so ensure you make an impression at The Roof Gardens by stepping out in a party dress that looks nothing short of fabulous. Don't forget to complete your outfit with a pair of killer heels and some glittering jewelry to really make a statement.


Left to right: Lagom Lisbon Dress in Black £105; Gorgeous Couture Two-Tone Bailey Dress in Apple Green £166; Danilo Gabrielli Elegant Silk Bustier Dress £720.

Register online to apply for the guest list, or apply for an annual membership of the premier Private Members' Club. We recommend booking in for the sumptuous two-course BBQ in the rooftop Tudor Garden overlooking Kensington High Street from 7pm-10pm, or arriving early to avoid queues. Over 21s only.

The Restaurant Bar and Grill, Manchester

14 John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6JR


WHAT If you are seeking a luxurious alfresco dining experience, look no further than the terrace of The Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester. Offering a delectable food menu that is sure to tantalise your taste buds and an extensive, luxury cocktail list, The Restaurant Bar and Grill is one of the ultimate culinary destinations to visit this weekend.

WEAR The Restaurant Bar and Grill offers both casual and formal dining options. Play it safe and tick all the boxes by opting for understated sophistication in our subtle yet stylish summer dresses.


Let to right: James Lakeland Donald Frill Dress Was £139 Now £69; Tramp in Disguise Ashcloud Dress £135; Yanny London Lauren Dress £140.

Book a table online or contact the restaurant on 0161 839 1999 to make a reservation. The Restaurant Bar and Grill is open Monday to Saturday from 12.00 noon - 11.00pm, and Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm.


2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS


WHAT Now open for the summer months, The Trafalgar Hotel's unparalleled sky bar is the perfect cosmopolitan hotspot to enjoy sipping on cocktails and champagne whilst taking in breathtaking views of The London Eye, Big Ben and Nelson's Column. Take the time to sample Vista's recently launched cocktail-infused dining menu and savory cocktail menu, and allow Vista's mixologists and chefs to blur the lines between food and drink.

WEAR Vista's chic and contemporary ambiance demands an ensemble with a metropolitan edge. Team up a memorable number with understated accessories and low heels for the perfect ensemble.


Left to right: Geeks and Stitches Ripple Dress £134; Gorgeous Couture Catherine Swarovski Dress in Blush £244; Bill and Mar Pleione Marble Knee-Length Dress £84.

Make a reservation by calling +44 (0) 20 7870 2900 during office hours Monday - Friday, between 9am - 2pm. A minimum group size of six applies. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon - midnight, and Sunday 12.00 noon - 11pm.

The Terrace Brasserie, Edinburgh

The Royal Terrace Hotel, 18 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AQ


WHAT This intimate haven of tranquility offers you an escape from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh. Enjoy alfresco dining and feast on award-winning cuisine in the landscaped terrace gardens of The Royal Terrace Hotel. The mouth-watering à la carte menu and attentive service guarantee an unrivaled diving experience, from breakfast through to dinner.

WEAR Sophistication is the order of the day at The Terrace Brasserie, so dress for the occasion in a feminine, knee-length summer dress for a perfect combination of traditional elegance and modern charm.

Call The Royal Terrace Hotel on +44 (0) 131 557 3222 to make a reservation.

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