Best Rooftop Bars in London
Picture the scene: It’s just you, your closest mates, a round of ice-cold drinks and one of London’s leading rooftop bars. A pretty sweet set-up all round; but where exactly can these top alfresco spots be found? Our guide to the best rooftop bars in London reveals all, whether that's for lounging back when there's not a cloud in the sky or drinking under the stars at one of the city's most legendary rooftop parties.
Last updated on 23rd August 2016
This heated rooftop haven is the perfect escape from those busy London streets. Get cosy on these timber benches and soak up those summer rays with your favourite mates, watch the sun set with a hot date (because you're oh so romantic) or just chill with a pint, a tasty tipple or some fine wine for a night to remember.
Okay so it’s more a rooftop terrace than a rooftop bar, but we still felt The Windmill worthy of a slot on the list. You’ll find this hidden oasis of calm above the cosy vibes of the pub downstairs, where mouth-watering pies and an exceptional selection of cask ales are on offer.
Big news: the pop-up specialists at Roxx are back for another summer of fun at the gorgeous rooftop bar inside the Sanctum Hotel, Soho. Every one of their events over the past two summers sold out, and they’re returning in 2016 for another series of relentless partying. Head along expecting house party tunes, beat-boxing harmonica players, signature Roxxstar Skull sharing cocktails and don’t forget your swimsuit, you’ll need it for the jacuzzi.
Super swish, decadent and quaint all at once, The Roof Gardens is no ordinary drinking experience. Get glammed up and head high above Kensington High Street to seek refuge at London's only rooftop private members club. Expect all kinds of tasty BBQ treats in the summer, served up alongside delightful cocktails and club nights that continue until 3am at weekends.
Sure, enjoying one of the most cutesy rooftops in London is great, but enjoying it with some of the best cocktails in the business is better. Join Vermouth on the Roof this summer in London as they return to the Ham Yard Hotel for a roster of fresh concoctions courtesy of Eoin Kenny.
If the sun’s out and you live in Angel, you’ll want to hot-foot it round to The Castle while the best seats on their roof terrace are still available. Found at the top of Pentonville Road this is one of the finest roof terraces in all of north London, where guests top up their tans while nursing real ales and great wines.
An ever so swish private members club in the heart of Moorgate, Eight is a rooftop bar in London with finesse and charm to its name. From high-end bottles of the good stuff to renowned evenings and charming London views, this rooftop haunt is a smasher in the summer.
Setting the scene for some of the best rooftop experiences in London is Stratford. Coming at guests not only with a roster of street food stalls and pop-up bars, Roof East is a name face on the entertainment scene with events, activities and plenty more for any and all.
A favourite for hosting private parties and events, this boutique King's Cross venue even comes with a lovely rooftop bar. The Driver gives of the relaxed air of a gastro-pub and somewhere you can come for after work drinks that's not going to be 10 deep at the bar. Head up to their rooftop and check out views across central London as you enjoy a bevvy or two.
Found in a darling Georgian townhouse in the heart of Farringdon, those looking to soak in some sunshine with a few drinks upon a London roof terrace need look no further than this neat little treat. A place bustling with botanicals found atop Bird of Smithfield, this petite rooftop bar is a meandering of cocktails and faux-grass alike.
Though this hotspot is usually members-only, Searcys at the Gherkin are opening up their enviable plot (at the very top of the iconic Gherkin no less) for a summer-long pop-up series promising chic French market-town influences, retro stylings, delicious cocktails, and of course, incomparable views of the City of London. To the dome, London!
Back for its 5th season, Midnight Apothecary invites you to their secret rooftop garden for a relaxed evening of food and drinks around the fire pit. Sip cocktails made with herbs and flowers from the garden, get snug to watch the sun set over the river and descend underground for a guided tour of the Brunel Tunnel if you like; there's Greek food from the I Should Be Souvlaki guys served on the terrace.
The weather has started to gleam and you've got more than enough time on your hands to drink in the summer sun, so where to head? One of the finest rooftop bars in East London with panoramic views over its charming, green spaces, Proof promises cocktails, greenery, BBQs and more.
An iconic venue in one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods, Proud Camden’s stunning secret garden provides the perfect counter to the bustling party that goes on inside. The garden features an exclusive back section ready to host parties for up to 50 with hostess service, while the garden lights up come sundown as the chilled vibes keep flowing.
An East London favourite for rooftop fun, the Queen of Hoxton's summer pop-up bar will have you knocking back lush cocktails and Cuban inspired food alike. With its smattering of colour here, cutesy plants there, and a roaring selection of party nights throughout the summer, this is a sweet option for those looking for a sunny rooftop bar in London.
Seeing the summer off in style and inviting guests for a fourth summer rooftop party, the team behind the opulent and beautifully decorated Kensington Roof Gardens host a truly stunning September event. The setting for the rooftop could not be more glamorous. Huge, fully grown trees connect the rooftop with the heavens, while the bright flamingoes and exotic fishes bring the pond to life. With thudding bass and trembling notes quavering through the London night air, you'll definitely leave this party with a huge smile on your face.