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 18th November 2020

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. 

Bar Elba

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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.

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


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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.

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.