Rooftop Bars London
Picture the scene: You, your closest mates, an ice-cold drink and one of London's leading rooftop bars. A formidable combination indeed; but where exactly are these top al-fresco spots to be found? Our guide to the best rooftop bars in London reveals all, whether that's for Champagne capers, or some of the best rooftop parties in the business.
The season of boat parties and daytime drinking is always just around the corner, whether it's seizing those short blue skies or taking advantage of the summer months. Whatever the weather, there's plenty of parties on the river Thames in London that are worth a go. Think BBQ foods, Pimms o'clock and sailing past London's epic skyline.
Found in a darling Georgian town house in the heart of Farrindgon, those with hankerings for sunshine pickings and drinks upon a London roof terrace won't be hard pushed to enjoy this neat treat. A babe in botanicals found atop the Bird of Smithfield, this petite rooftop bar is a meandering of cocktails and faux grass alike.
An East London favourite for rooftop tinkerings, the Queen of Hoxton's summer pop-up bar will have you knocking back lush cocktails and Cuban inspired food alike. With its smattering of colour here, cutesy plants there and a roaring selection of party nights throughout the summer, these are sweet East London digs for a rooftop bar in London.
An ever so swish private members club in the heart of Moorgate, Eight is a rooftop bar in London with finesse and charm to its name. From high-end bottles of the good stuff to renowned evenings and charming London views, this rooftop haunt is a smasher in the summer.
Super swish, decadent and charming all at once, The Roof Gardens in Kensington is no ordinary drinking experience. Get glammed up and head over to Kensington High Street to find London's only rooftop private members club. They bring out all kinds of tasty BBQ treats in the summer, serve up delightful cocktails and party hard until 3am at the weekends.
If you head up to the top of the Ham Yard Hotel, you'll discover a secret rooftop terrace. Here, artisan gin pioneers Sipsmith will be opening up a pop-up bar to keep you warm during the winter months. They've conjured up a menu of toasty gin-based tipples for you to sip on as you take in the spectacular skyline views - think hot G&Ts and steaming gin juleps.
This heated rooftop haven is the perfect escape from those busy London streets. Get cosy on these timber benches and soak up those summer rays with your favourite mates, watch the sun set with a hot date (because you're oh so romantic) or just chill with a pint, a tasty tipple or some fine wine for a night to remember.
Why limit yourself to one roof terrace when you could have two? That’s the trail of thought at Broadway House; the effortlessly chic private members club on Fulham Road. Lap up those rays in some style as you meander between the chic members lounge and one of the aforementioned terraces.
Shoreditch House is a dynamic private members house which comes complete with a 16 metre heated swimming pool, bar, kitchen and lounge. It's a popular choice for anybody looking to work, socialise and relax in chilled surroundings and can be found just minutes away from Old Street station. Always bustling come rain or shine, Shoreditch House is one of the most striking members clubs in town.
If it's stunning views of St Paul's, a tasty tapas menu and creative cocktail card that you're after, Madison's is an absolute must. Their roof terrace is among the most spacious in the continent, but it's head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the views on offer. Come by when the sun is setting for a cocktail or bite to eat and you'll see what we mean.
Tuck into a cocktail or two atop the Trafalgar Hotel while you survey the Square in all its splendour. Neatly styled and offering up relaxing vibes, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that you were right in the midst of one of the most iconic sights in the world.
Pull up a chair and get comfy at the spectacular Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar. It's situated atop the iconic Tower 42 and offers fantastic views of London alongside its delectable tapas and hearty spread of champagnes, wines and cocktails. Got a hot date lined up? We'd like to nudge you in the direction of Vertigo 42, you can thank us later!
An urban outdoor oasis with stunning views of London's skylines, the faux grass flooring, lush greenery and deckchairs of Dalston Roof Park create a chilled and friendly atmosphere ideal for whiling away a warm, summer evening. Best of all, a £3 donation gets you membership for the whole summer which includes all of their great film screenings, music events and street food stalls.
It's one of the most talked about rooftop bars in South London and it's with good measure, what with its incredible space and top notch selection of party nights. A summer pop-up with some seriously sweet views of the city, this indie favourite is awash with punters once the sun comes both up and down.
Formerly only open to its members; Netil360 overlooks one of East London's most fashionable neibourhoods, and promises skyline views, hot tubs and a creative-as-you-like events roster. Atop the Netil House building by Broadway Market and London Fields, expect a non-pretentious atmosphere and comfy seating to boot.
Radio Rooftop Bar, situated on the 10th floor of the ME hotel on The Strand, and boasts a terrace cocktail bar that sits at the top of London's newest boutique hotels. With spectacular views overlooking such iconic buildings as Tower Bridge, The Shard London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral as well as the Southbank and Covent Garden's theatre district; this London rooftop bar is certainly an elegant and stylish place to enjoy a cocktail and a Mediterranean inspired bite to eat.
Coq D'Argent serves up classic French fare in a truly striking setting. Head outside to explore their terrace and gardens while gazing up at London's iconic skyscrapers. The terrace offers a perfect retreat from the frenetic outside world and is perfect for a date, business meeting or just wiling away the hours with a drink in tow.
Sip a tasty cocktail and take in the stunning views of East London whilst sat in the Sail of the high end Shoreditch rooftop bar. Boundary is a stylish roof top bar and the perfect escape for a lazy sunny afternoon or evening.
Perhaps somewhat off the radar of the London rooftop bar scene, The Red Lion is one of our secret picks. Nestled just off Hoxton Square, those looking for rooftop and terraces in Shoreditch will be delighted to discover this gem. The venue has a rooftop garden and terrace with great views of East London and fires up a BBQ on the weekends.