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 15th April 2021

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.


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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.

Bar Elba

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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.

Perched atop a former Old Street courthouse, this unique bar offers one of the best locations in London for cocktails with a view. Dig in to their innovative range of tropical sips alongside smoky BBQ plates and live DJs throughout the summer months.

The White Cross

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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 Skylark Café

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A cafe and eatery in Wandsworth, Skylark is one of the best bars with a view in London. The pretty watering hole sits slap-bang in the middle of the common, and offers striking vistas of the surrounding parklands, as well as serving up alfresco drinks and delicious food.

The Mayflower

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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.