Best Bars In London With A View

London offers one of the most famous skylines in the world, from St Paul's Cathedral's iconic dome to the towering Shard and meandering River Thames. Luckily the city also boasts some equally impressive drinking dens in which to sip on something crisp and take it all in. Whether you're in the market for a rooftop terrace or a riverside pub, we've rounded up the very best bars with a view in London. Instagram ain't gonna know what's hit it. 

Last updated on 21st July 2022

The White Cross

656 user reviews 4

An iconic pub in Richmond, The White Cross is famed for its beer garden and proximity to the water - and more importantly what happens when those two aspects collide. Book yourself in for a sunny Sunday session but be wary of high tide or you might find yourself marooned on your bar stool. 

The Mayflower

6 user reviews 4

Head to the beer garden of this historic Rotherhithe pub and you're in for a treat. Backing onto the river, The Mayflower offers views across to Wapping as well as a great selection of classic grub, fresh-pulled pints and great wines.

Bar Elba

2764 user reviews 4

One of the best rooftop bars in Waterloo, Bar Elba is letting you get up close and personal with some of the city's most iconic buildings. This fun hangout promises a whole range of quirky cocktails and plenty of alfresco seating for you take in the sights of London.

Looking out over the river and The O2 arena, Scoff & Banter Canary Wharf is a gorgeous British restaurant and bar with a view. Stop by for an after-work drink, or date night with a difference as the venue brings traditional interiors and snap-worthy sights.

London Bridge Rooftop

22 user reviews 4

Soak up some of the city's best landmarks while sipping on ice-cold drinks at London Bridge Rooftop. Along with daily DJ sets and a menu of hefty burgers, the urban bar will also be putting on weekly Aperol Sundays, serving £5 sips from 12pm 'til 4pm. 

Marsha Southbank

356 user reviews 4

A gorgeous bar with a view on Southbank, Marsha is the Gabriel's Wharf venue offer a range of riverside spaces. Take a pew at street level for the ultimate people-watching spot, or head up to their first floor balcony for some incredible sights of the city.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

108 user reviews 4

Need a fun drinking destination? Fronting sky-high views, pretty botanical décor and a killer cocktail menu, Bussey Rooftop Bar in Peckham is an excellent shout. Enjoy chomping on pizza slices while catching up with friends.