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 bars in which to sip on something crisp and take it all in from. 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 22nd November 2019

Coq D'Argent

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Coq D'Argent boasts a lawn so neat it would fit right in at Wimbledon, as well as panoramic views of St Paul's Cathedral, Monument and the Bank of England. The sophisticated bar and French restaurant has become a favourite with city workers who flock here on balmy evenings to take in the views and the extensive cocktail list.

On sunny weekends Skylight offers an atmosphere like no other. Not your run-of-the-mill rooftop bar, this Tobacco Dock venue comes complete with cocktail masterclasses, summer croquet and wintertime igloos, all served up alongside some seriously good cocktails. 

The Riverside

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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.

Radio Rooftop

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Sitting pretty above one of the finest boutique hotels in the city, this cool and quirky rooftop bar offers one of the best views in London. Come rain or shine, winter or summer, Radio Rooftop never fails to serve stunning cocktails and other delicious drinks to make sure your experience is one of the best there is.

Perched atop a former Old Street courthouse, this unique bar offers a stunning selection of tropical cocktails perfect for taking in the sights of the city. In the summer months, the space is flooded with city slickers enjoying the panoramic views, late night DJs and alfresco BBQ.  

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With a menu featuring Bourne & Hollingsworth's signature cocktail selection alongside seasonal dishes, this West End hangout is about to be all over your feed. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, it's ideal for everything from after-work drinks to brunch at the weekend.

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.


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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 be treated to stunning views of the Thames and the O2 - the perfect place to enjoy a cheeky tipple before heading across the water for a concert.


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Nestled between the City and Shoreditch, this ultra-chic bar sits on the 10th floor of the Montcalm hotel. Aviary's prime location and exceptional offerings of classic cocktails and British fare means that this place is usually teeming with the city's young professionals when the clock hits five. 

Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

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The Swan at Shakespeare's Globe is an all-day dining venue and bar with stunning views of the River Thames, St Paul's Cathedral and beyond. Their expert in-house mixologists are known for their creative concoctions, from Basil Sangria to Swan Rocks (Jack Daniels with Crème de Myrtille, raspberry puree and lemon juice).

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.

Founders Arms

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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.

Sunday Roast at Scoff & Banter: From £19 per person and 2 other offers

Looking out over the river and Millennium Stadium, Scoff and 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 views.

Queen of Hoxton

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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, come along for a cocktail and stay for life drawing, salsa lessons and drag bingo. 


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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.

The Rooftop St James

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If you're looking to push the boat out and splash the cash then The Rooftop St James is the place to be. The bar and eatery's huge outdoor terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the city, and with a retractable roof, outdoor heaters and cosy blankets the space can be enjoyed in the winter months also. 

Bird of Smithfield

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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 5-storey Georgian townhouse offering a cracking a la carte menu and some tasty signature cocktails.