The sun is out. Spring has sprung unusually early. Fortunately, for those working on the estate, there are numerous options for a drink in the open air, soaking up some rays.

We've dusted off the shades and picked five of the best for you to try.

1. Big Easy

Stroll over to Crossrail Place, ascend elegantly to the roof garden and gently souse your dignity while gazing over the dock from this venue's wraparound terrace . Top tip: line your stomach with brisket.

2. The Parlour

Wharf workers relax outside The Parlour (keeping off the grass for no reason we can identify)

Once described by a former head barman as "essentially a meat market" this is the place to be seen necking a selection of sticky cocktails or quaffing a pint of lager. Top tip: If service at the bar is slow, grab a pint in Shake Shack next door.

3. 28 West

The inside's not bad, but why would you remain indoors in this weather?

Don't forget this Westferry Circus venue , located right round past Royal China and Gaucho. With ample overflow space outside it's a superb spot to watch the sun go down over The City

4. Boisdale Of Canary Wharf

The Cabot Square restaurant's terrace gets the sun in the evening before it dips behind Credit Suisse

Relax as Wharf workers bustle through Cabot Square below, but get in early as this sun trap is a certain draw for those already in the know thanks to its heady blend of hedonistic pleasures.

5. Columbia

Estate agency Oliver Jaques celebrates 30 years in business with a party at DoubleTree By Hilton London Docklands Riverside

This terrace on the Thames is reached by free ferry to DoubleTree By Hilton London Docklands Riverside (the most snappily named of hotels). While the food isn't up to much the keenly priced wine list and superb view of Canary Wharf is worth the trip.

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