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.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled amongst the skyscrapers in Vauxhall, this cool outdoor drinking den is the perfect setting for a sunny day in London. Load up on tasty Mexican, Indian, Chinese or Greek street food before settling yourself at one of the sharing tables - with live sports fixtures on the huge projector screens throughout
If you're looking for a central London bar with a view, Aqua Nueva is a brilliant choice. Perfectly perched on Regent Street, the venue offers its guests the chance to feast on Northern Spanish-style small plates and handcrafted cocktails in stunning surroundings.
Skylark Roof Garden is proudly placed on the banks of Little Venice with unparalleled views of the city surrounding. An essential venture for after work drinks, date nights and hangouts, it's the quintessential summer spot complete with frozen cocktails and fine wines.
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.
Sitting atop the quirky bar Tonight Josephine, this rooftop hotspot has a great view of the Waterloo area. But that's not all: it's also a bit of a tropical paradise (and is named after one), complete with sunny colours, block lettering and over twenty delicious cocktails - perfect for your Insta' shots.
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.
Housed on the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, Sky Garden hosts three separate bars and restaurants as well as a stunning terrace with unforgettable views of the River Thames and beyond - just don't be surprised if you feel your ears pop as you soar up the elevator.
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.
Offering a unique mix of Lebanese and Japanese cuisines, this stunning rooftop restaurant brings you two distinct menus of delicious eats. Tuck into classic mezze platters, fresh tabbouleh and mouthwatering shish, or mix it up with sashimi, miso soups and veggie spring rolls.
Casual, relaxed and cool is just what you're set to get from this top pub in Putney. A London boozer with a view of the Thames, not only is The Boathouse coming up trumps in the sights department, the team there also happen to know a thing or two about decent pub grub and local craft beer.
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).
Boasting some of the most enviable views in London, no-one does panoramic London quite like Aqua Shard do. Join them not only for some of the best food in the business, there's plenty of cocktails and global wines along the way.
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.
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.
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.
Overlooking Regent's Canal, Arepa & Co is the perfect place for a romantic date night. Sip on South American-inspired drinks and enjoy a selection of Venezuelan sharing plates all while enjoying the tranquil view of passing narrowboats and swans.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a pub in London with the perfect spring/summer view? Another hot venue perched alongside the East London canals, join Narrow Boat not only for the finest in English pub grub, their views and summer balcony make for the perfect retreat.
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.
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.