Bars in London With a View
People flock from all across the world to see what London is toting, so why not find out what they're here for? With one of the most prominent skylines in the world, it's no wonder that everyone wants a cheeky gander. Some like a rooftop bar, some prefer gazing out upon the River Thames and some are most excited about a bar with a completely surprising view. Whatever the occasion here are some of the best bars and pubs in London with a great view to lock your peepers on.
Last updated on 6th February 2017
Occupying the top three floors of the iconic Gherkin skyscraper, you can’t really find a better view of London than at Searcy’s; it just doesn’t exist. Head 180m into the sky to London’s highest private member’s club for stunning and sweeping views of the city.
Set on the St. Katharine Docks, the Slug & Lettuce offers superb views of the Tower of London. Enjoy those stylish views with a tasty range of food and drink to match; the venue attracts a broad crowd of tourists, locals and workers on their way home.
The Queen of Hoxton is a hot to trot East London rooftop bar with amazing views of London, comfortable seating and a grass carpet! Noted for their rooftop pop-ups, this summer sees the Queen of Hoxton top floor transform into a hacienda of street food, cracking parties and Havana antics in the shape of the Smokin' Graciela.
Overlooking the amazing sight that is The Olympic Park, The Cow has one of the best metropolitan views in London. Glance over at this feat of engineering from your comfortable perch at the bar, sipping craft beer and ordering some pub grub of the hearty menu. The décor is rustic chic, full of timber, fun lighting features and linen clad chairs.
The quality of the food and drink on offer at Gillray's is quite something, but peer outside for views that really raise the 'steaks' for this South Bank eatery. The venue offers the kind of views that would be the envy of restaurants across the globe; with the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye just outside.
The Terrace Bar at Canary Wharf Wahaca boasts a view of Canada Square Gardens. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a golden tequila or mezcal delight in hand and lap up the lush scenery a stone's throw away.
Tucked away in Vauxhall’s St. George Wharf complex, The Riverside offers stunning, year-round views beside the river. It’s a stylish hang out which quickly fills up after work during the summer, where up to 200 guests can grab a chilled drink and check out the vantage point from one of two outside terraces.
You'll find this historical restaurant and bar at the very heart of the Docklands. Step outside on to the venue's riverside terrace and you'll see stunning views of the Thames and the O2 in all its glory - perfect to enjoy a cheeky tipple before dinner with London at your fingertips.
Founders Arms is a traditional pub which overlooks the River Thames from the Southbank. Expect typical pub decor, with a warm and welcoming feel. It's popular for all ages and at all times, lovely at a riverside table on a sunny day and equally breathtaking at night.
This South London bar and restaurant is located right at the end of a jetty, with views looking out on the beautiful Greenwich Peninsula. Come here for a new-age approach to eating, drinking and entertainment; promising forward-thinking events, local produce and bespoke drinks.
Bird of Smithfield’s suntrap roof terrace looks out over the market, and it’s a huge hit come the warmer months. The venue itself is a stunning, a 5-storey Georgian townhouse offering a cracking a la carte menu and some tasty signature cocktails, but it’s the roof terrace that’s probably the biggest draw. Come after work, soak up some rays and let your stresses melt away at one our favourite rooftop bars in London.
Kensington Roof Gardens is a Private Members Club with an impressive roof terrace, catering for a very special night out with all the glamour and wow-factor of the London skyline. Perfect for dancing the night away in the warm summer months, this rooftop botanical babe is a step away from the concrete city streets.
Boasting a brand new, whimsical terrace plot this summer in London, guests looking for a unique romp in the heart of the North can head on down to Proud for Alice in Wonderland inspired tidings that overlook the heart of Camden.
ETM are no strangers to producing incredible bars and restaurants and their latest opening on the 10th floor of the Montcalm hotel is no exception. Head to Finsbury Square to watch the sun set over the City, perch on a stylish chair on the spacious roof terrace or order a plate of their exceptional British fare in the restaurant.
Located on the 16th floor of the iconic M by Montcalm building in Shoreditch, Urban Coterie Sky Lounge is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of London life. The bar has stunning views of London, and while it is usually exclusively for members, DesignMyNight users can gain access and enjoy their fantastic wine and bubbly selection.
Take a stroll across Waterloo Bridge and you can't fail to miss Bar&Co, the River Thames party boat. Naturally, the views from their outside deck are a privilege to a tourist or Londoner alike - with sights of the London Eye, Oxo Tower and Big Ben, all from the confines of this cracking party mobile. Well okay, it doesn't actually go anywhere, but you're partying on a boat dang nabbit.
Casual, relaxed and cool is just what you're set to get from this top pub in Putney. A London pub with a view of the Thames, not only is The Boathouse coming up trumps in the sights department, their London beers and casual pub dining are sure to impress.
Taking pride of place in the Canary Riverside development, 28 West’s guests spill out into their prized alfresco space to enjoy tranquil views of the Thames when the weather looks good. Hearty modern British fare is on the menu and there’s a vast choice of boozy options in the ranks too, and a lovely upbeat atmosphere is assured.
Situated on the banks of the Thames, The Cutty Sark pub promises a hearty plate of comfort food or just a few chilled drinks with views looking out over the water and towards Canary Wharf. Escape the central London hub and retreat to leafy Greenwich where you’ll soon want to make this historic boozer with unparalleled views your new local.
The South Bank has got to be one of our favourite spots in London and now we have even more reason to visit as The Riverfront can be found in the BFI building. Grab a cocktail and watch the world go by, or come summer, blag yourself a table outside for a brilliant view of the river.
This stylish city plot serves its trademark mix of quality wine and wholesome cooking with first-hand views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Embrace the great outdoors and head to their spacious terrace, where guests sip on French and Italian wines, pick at sharing platters and chit-chat long into the evening.
Inside, Coppa Club is a welcoming bar restaurant with a gentle, buzzing atmosphere; outside, it happens to have one of the best views of the Thames in London. Looking out onto the spectacular Tower Bridge makes it an ideal place to drink cocktails, wine or beer with a view. In the winter months, they also boast eight cosy igloos, so you can see the sights all year round.
Gaze out at the Shard and Tower of London from this cracking riverside watering hole on Angel Lane. Guests marvel at the Thames as convoys of boats serenely drift by, and there’s a fresh range of food, fine glasses of wine and a delish choice of craft beers to get to grips with too.
Northbank Restaurant offers a wonderful place to dine and drink while enjoying amazing riverside views of Southbank and the Millennium bridge. With a large terrace right on the river there is no better space to enjoy a nice view in London, especially when the sun is out.
Shoreditch House is one of the most sought after members clubs for the stunning views and rooftop pool. Enjoy a late night cocktail in the garden or a dip in the pool - so remember to bring your swimming attire, as even Bombay Bicycle Club have bought their musical wares to the rooftop for a late night summer jam by the water.
Skylon Bar and Restaurant is an elegant and stylish environment offering some of the best views over London and the River Thames. Located on the Southbank, enjoy dinner and drinks in this classy and stylish establishment.
Whether it's sunny or snowy, you can always enjoy gorgeous views over East London at The Boundary Rooftop Bar in Shoreditch with their all-weather pergola. When the weather is particularly fine, the space can be doubled and provides an unrivalled location.
Thoroughly impress your date with dinner and drinks at the OXO Tower Cocktail Bar. It's high-class interior design and big windows makes sipping gorgeous cocktails here feel like being on a cruise boat in the sky. Located on the 8th floor of the iconic tower, it offers panoramic views over the River Thames from the Southbank.
This stylish rooftop terrace bar offers fantastic panoramic views of the city's skyline, and raises the stakes even further with a fully fledged bar, hot tubs and plenty of comfy seating to kick back and relax in. Netil 360 is perfect for catching some rays in the summertime and hosting private functions alike.
Hutong whips up a whole array of delicious and diverse Asian cuisine, but in truth the restaurant would be worth visiting just to take in the stunning views. Perched at level 33 of the iconic Shard, diners can enjoy the fantastic culinary delights while surveying London's skyline at its very finest. Well worth a visit!
Vista at Trafalgar Hotel is a magnificent rooftop bar elegantly hovering high above the London streets. It's hard not to be taken aback with the beautiful view from their terrace as London's full beauty is laid bare in front of you.
Bars with a view like the one from the SkyLounge at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel are hard to come by. Their open air rooftop terrace offers views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the river Thames, the Gherkin, St Pauls. A great bar to admire London by night.