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.
Golden Bee, East London
Golden Bee is an exciting London rooftop bar perched between the City and the urban village of Shoreditch. Grab yourself a delightful cocktail, have a boogie to the sounds of their house and club classics playlist and head on out to their renowned rooftop terrace. It's a chic, atmospheric area complete with a covered cocktail bar so understandably is a huge hit with those in search of some after-work refreshment.
The Roof Gardens, West London
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.
Broadway House, West London
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.
SkyLounge at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Central London
With panoramic views from the two North and South Terraces, Skylounge at Double Tree effortlessly blends comfort and exceptional service with mind-blowing views. The menu comes stocked full with innovative cocktails, whiskies, wines and beers, and there's a choice of bar snacks to pick between too.
Shoreditch House, East London
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.
Madison Restaurant Bar and Cafe, Central London
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.
Vista at The Trafalgar Hotel, Central London
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.
Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar, Central London
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!
Dalston Roof Park, East London
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.
Riverside Terrace Cafe, South London
Not techically a rooftop bar but this still makes our pick of the best rooftop terraces in London because it simply has some of the best views in London. Riverside Terrace Cafe bar is part of the Royal Festival Hall and sits perfectly on the Southbank with jaw dropping views of the River Thames, London Eye and Big Ben. Sit back with an ice cold cider in hand and marvel at our fine city!
Radio Rooftop Bar, Central London
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, Central London
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.
Boundary Rooftop Bar, East London
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.
The Red Lion, East London
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.