This summer, Selfridges rooftop is playing host to a new series of dining pop ups, dubbed “On The Roof With…”. The project kicks off with Q Grill, who invite customers to dine high above the streets of London, surrounded by lush herbaceous borders and the chimney tops of Oxford Street, over the next 18 weeks. I took my sister and her friend to lunch at On the Roof with Q on Friday. Access to the rooftop is via the dedicated lift in Selfridges:
Designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, the venue has been inspired by grand Victorian greenhouses, reinterpreted with a contemporary twist, and set amongst foliage. All-weather dining is made possible by the retractable roof and diners can enjoy some of the best views over London’s iconic skyline as they eat meals produced by a top team from Q Grill in Camden (read more here).
The all-day menu features high quality seasonal produce, with favourites from the Camden restaurant listed alongside lighter, healthier dishes that are perfect for summer, such as fresh seafood and super food salads.
On the Roof with Q is the perfect al fresco dining experience to kick off the summer, and also features a pop up juice bar from New York health brand The Juicery.
The main menu in the restaurant is broad, with lots of meat and fish dishes, each priced upwards of £15. We chose lighter options from the sandwich menu – though sorely tempted by the grilled cheese and maple bacon sandwich, Ellen and I went for the pretzel bun with salt beef, fried egg and deep-fried pickles (£9.50), with a house slaw on the side. Liv ordered a smoked chicken, blue cheese & apple salad (£8).
The verdict all round was that it was a great spot for lunch – the skyline views, the tasty menu, the designer setting and the impeccable service all made for a lovely lunch; my only negative is that perhaps the pricing is a little toppy.
On the Roof with Q is open till late too – till 11pm Wednesday to Saturday – making it the perfect late night watering hole with a view.
On the Roof with Q
Selfridges rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB