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First CHANCE SALOONS

Clueless as to where you’ll be celebrating your liberation on 12 April? Follow these London leaders to the outside spaces they’ve sorely missed, says Joanna Taylor

Designer and creative consultant

Matilda Goad

I can’t wait to visit Joy. Last summer Stevie Parle arrived at the forgotten, once-loved home of Tom Dixon on the canal in North Kensington. The site with its vast terrace serves food cooked on its outdoor wood oven, while a row of pagodas creates intimate and more importantly, warm, spaces for outdoor dining.
Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, W10

Presenter

Clara Amfo

I’m really looking forward to going back to St John’s Lodge in Regent’s Park. I was introduced to it by Alice Levine and have daydreamed of going back there since my first visit. Once you step in, it’s hard to leave because it’s pretty enchanting. Perfectly maintained lawns, beautiful flowers and hidden away just enough to make it a not so secret garden. It’s ideal for a solo afternoon of reading, an overdue catch-up with a friend or a low-key date.
Regent’s Park, NW1

Actor

Taj Atwal

I absolutely love Brixton Market. There’s a place called Okan that does the most delicious, home-made comfort food from downtown Osaka. It’s absolutely tiny and you can watch the chefs make the food. You’d be lucky if you can grab a bench for six outside as there’s always a queue. They also have a zero food waste policy, so it’s a win-win!
Unit 39, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9

Chef

Ravneet Gill

There are so many places that I can’t wait to visit from 12 April, I couldn’t possibly choose just one. There is Llewelyn’s in Herne Hill which is right by the station and perfect on a sunny day. I just love Wild By Tart and they’ve decked out the courtyard for really lovely outdoor dining. I also love heading to Netil Market for the best pita at Pockets or equally incredible tacos from Sonora, plus I’m eagerly anticipating the opening of Mike’s in Peckham, which sounds great.

Actor

Alexandra Roach

On the 12th, as we all scramble to see our pals again I will be suggesting we keep it classy and central at the Double Standard terrace in The Standard hotel. It oozes style but with a sprinkling of convenience. Its hot dog is enough to push past the anxiety of having to actually leave the house. The menu suggests we pair one with a glass of Moët and after the year we’ve had… we’d be fools to say no. We deserve it, babes.
10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1

Author

Otegha Uwagba

The first place I’ll be visiting as soon as it’s safe to do so is Duck Soup in Soho. I intend to run to them with open arms and take up residence on one of their outdoor tables until I am forcibly removed. It’s my favourite London restaurant — the food is sublime, the cocktails pleasingly strong and the service is always on point. I can’t wait to return.
41 Dean Street, Soho, W1

Hair stylist

Charlotte Mensah

Babajani is without doubt my favourite spot. It’s right next to my salon, too. What’s not to love about a family-owned, Kurdish-meets-Caribbean eatery? The owners, Ghino and Khris, are personal friends of mine but above that, I just love what they’ve done with their space and more importantly, the communal spirit that burns so brightly in everything they do. Nothing beats Portobello Road in the sun and nothing beats their date jerk chicken Mesopotamian bowl with a San Pellegrino to wash it down. If it’s not me there, then it’s my clients. Trust me — Babajani is a must this summer.
322A Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W10

Actor and podcaster

Russell Tovey

The first place I’ll be visiting as soon as it’s safe to do so is Duck Soup in Soho. I intend to run to them with open arms and take up residence on one of their outdoor tables until I am forcibly removed. It’s my favourite London restaurant — the food is sublime, the cocktails pleasingly strong and the service is always on point. I can’t wait to return.
41 Dean Street, Soho, W1

Artist

Clym Evernden

Remember that scene in Jurassic World where the velociraptors are wide eyed and snorting, ready to be released from their constraints? That’s me right now in anticipation of hot-footing it to the terrace at Claridge’s Bar. I think it will offer the ultimate remedy after lockdown as it’s both comforting yet shimmers with a discreet and heavenly glamour, and I can’t wait to bask in front of a cocktail or two there.
Brook Street, Mayfair, W1

Entrepreneur

Alex Eagle

As a young child, where I lived backed on to Chiswick House and Gardens. The house is a Palladian villa built in the 18th century by the Earl of Burlington and the grounds created by William Kent are an early example of the English landscape garden. There is a lovely mixture of wild areas to explore and neatly mown grass. It felt magical when I was little and I still get a tingle when I visit.

Portland stone statues of Greek gods and animals decorate the manicured lawn in front of the house and hedge-lined paths connect one secret garden to another. My children love feeding the ducks, geese, herons, swans, moorhens and coots, taking great delight in naming them and tossing them bird seed. We’ll sit on the banks of the lake and enjoy an impromptu picnic. It connects my childhood with theirs and is top of my list.
Burlington Lane, Chiswick, W4

Actor

Bronagh Waugh

I love sitting outside the Royal Festival Hall or the National Theatre on a sunny day but I’m most looking forward to seeing my mates perform back at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. We could all do with a proper good belly laugh right now and I’ll even settle for no alcohol for the time being just to see my pals (I’m eight months pregnant!). I can’t wait to head to the Ham Yard Hotel (above) for a daytime meet-up before going on to The Yard in Soho to bump into old friends and stay out too late. If I’m feeling really fancy I’ll head to the rooftop for a treat and a view!
Ham Yard Hotel, One Ham Yard, Soho, W1; The Yard, 57 Rupert Street, Soho, W1