When there are a few golden rays to soak up, the lounger-strewn suntrap roof terraces and bars at former department store Dickins & Jones are a ‘hot town, summer in the city' must. These days, the shop assistants have been replaced by slick operators flogging bottles of chilled rosé, designer beers and Veuve Clicquot at £14.50 a stem. Chill out alfresco on fine days or cosy up in Aqua's kimono silk-lined booths round its pagoda bar if the weather turns bad. Cocktails are pick-and-mix reflections of Aqua's Spanish and Japanese restaurants – hence Aqua Kyoto (Tanqueray, saké, sherry, apple, elderflower and yuzu) served with Minorcan cheese, quince and grapes, or iron lotus (vodka, papaya, lime, chilli, Aperol and blood orange). The clientele tends towards off-duty suits, Made in Chelsea accents and Cheryl Cole tributes.
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