Best 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. 

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Last updated on 31st May 2024


Gaze out over St Paul's Cathedral and The City on Madison's swanky rooftop terrace. The slick bar and restaurant is perfect for a glass of chilled Champagne or, come evening, watching the sunset with some of their delicious seafood. This summer, the space has been transformed into a stunning oasis filled with pampas grass, olive branches and gypsophila woven together to create pretty cloudscapes. You'll be able to kick back and enjoy Mediterranean-inspired plates such as ceviche and lobster tacos, or enjoy three courses paired with an Aperol spritz. 

Aqua Kyoto

Looking for a prime spot to impress and unwind with innovative Japanese cocktails and stunning views? Aqua Kyoto's got your back. Located on the fifth floor of the famous former Dickins & Jones building, the rooftop space is a blooming paradise of silk hydrangeas and panoramic views that'll leave you in awe. Head down to sip on expertly crafted cocktails like the Sweet Escape, a blend of Pampero rum, Chambord, Peach Schnapps, vanilla, passion fruit and lemon or the Geisha, a combination of sake, vodka, lychee and rose.

Aqua Nueva

Ready to spice up your life with delectable contemporary Spanish tapas and epic vistas over London? Head to Aqua Nueva on Regent Street and indulge in chef Yahir Gonzalez's fresh and seasonal plates of goodness that are perfect for sharing; we're talking goodies like spiced crab tostadas, bacalao tacos with taramasalata, and so much more. And if you're in the mood to soak up some iconic London views, hop on to the rooftop terrace and sip on hand-crafted cocktails while soaking in the sunshine and all the gorgeousness the city has to offer.

Union Social at The Gantry

Looking for a place to enjoy delicious food and drinks with a stunning view in East London? Look no further than Union Social at The Gantry. This rooftop bar is one of the top contenders in Stratford, with its gorgeous terrace, swanky interiors, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide breathtaking views of the city. And that's not all: you can also enjoy late-night DJ sets, funky artwork from Jealous Gallery, and a range of international plates to satisfy your cravings.


Beautiful, botanical and found eleven stories high, Florattica is an absolute treat for the eyes. While soaking up the gorgeous views of London's skyline, get to know the unique assortment of creative cocktails, such as the Kimiko, made up of Roku Gin, Lillet Blanc, Tio Pepe, cherry blossom liquor and absinthe.

Smiths of Smithfield

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Discover a rooftop dining experience steeped in history at Smiths of Smithfield, nestled in a Grade II-listed building next to the iconic Smithfield Market in London's Farringdon. This unique location offers not just fantastic city views but also a chance to immerse yourself in the city's rich heritage while sipping on lip-smacking cocktails and wines. Indulge your taste buds with a taste of their small plates, featuring beautifully prepared octopus carpaccio, grilled pork chops, or caviar-topped hash browns, all while soaking in the swanky, vibrant atmosphere.

Sabine Rooftop Bar

For a rooftop bar with views of St Paul's? Sabine has you covered and is well-loved across the city. Whether you tuck into small plates across the swish space or grab delish cocktails on the outdoor terrace, this place is sure to satisfy your need for stunning vistas.

Skylark Roof Garden

Skylark Roof Garden is proudly placed on the banks of Little Venice with unparalleled views of the surrounding city. An essential venture for after-work drinks, date nights and catch-ups, it's the quintessential summer spot complete with frozen cocktails and chilled wines.

The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch

Escape to sunny California without stepping foot out of East London with a visit to The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch. As soon as you head upstairs, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of London's skyline, the pink marble decor, lush succulents, and cacti all around you. Plus, the retro Californian menu is to die for, with wild mushroom tacos, shrimp burgers, margaritas, and martinis galore. Head down for breathtaking views and good vibes all around.

Los Mochis London City

Los Mochis, located atop the 9th floor of 100 Liverpool Street, is a foodie paradise, complete with a restaurant, two bars, and a vast terrace offering stunning views across London. It's a mini escape to Mexico in the heart of London, offering a chic oasis with Mexican and Japanese-inspired cuisine featuring goodies like Shinjuku ceviche, wagyu carne tataki and yuzu chilli meringue.