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 9th May 2017
Gaze out over St Paul's Cathedral and the city on Madison's swanky rooftop bar. The slick spot is perfect for a glass of chilled Champagne or, come evening, watching the sunset with some of their delicious seafood.
One of the coolest rooftop spaces in London this summer, not only is Roof East killing it in the views department, you can also head to the top of the building for pop-up cinema screenings, a roller disco, batting cages, street food and plenty more.
Looking for some of the hottest views in the city this summer? Bringing you the ultimate pop-up scorcher, head on down to Fulham for not only palm trees and tropical prints to remember, you can catch up on cocktails at the cabana, and gaze over the banks of the river.
Kensington Roof Gardens is a club, bar and restaurant with a seriously impressive roof terrace, catering for all kinds of party nights 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 located 100ft above the concrete city streets.
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.
Set on the 12th floor of the Mondrian on South Bank, Rumpus Room isn't just pretty on the inside, it's also got some corker views outside. With 1920s vibes, arty cocktails and live music, Rumpus Room is perfect for date night.
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.
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.
With plenty of beautiful things to see and do in Greenwich, it's no wonder that a trip to Craft London tops the list. Not only can you enjoy some of the most artistic food and creative cocktails in the business, there's a whole host of views to take in.
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.
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.
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.
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 weird and wonderful space of sea tales and Neverland adventure.
Some views can’t be replicated, and at Crowne Plaza Hotel Battersea, you’ll get the amazing views of the Thames away from the busy city centre. Not only that, but you can treat yourself to some time in their spa, or settle in for drinks and light bites in the ground floor bar. Either way, just sit back and admire the river flow by.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most picturesque places to drink with a view in London, it's the canal snapshot on offer at Proud East that keeps people coming back for more. Perched alongside the water, enjoy a cocktail and watch the boats and barges roll on by.
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.
Found on the banks of the River Thames, it's The Waterside that keeps summer punters coming back for more. Perfectly poised by the water, head on down for the summer sun as you tuck into pub favourites and chilled pints aplenty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.