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 19th May 2017
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.
If it's stunning views of St Paul's, a tasty tapas menu and creative cocktail card that you're after, Madison's is an absolute must. Their roof terrace is among the most spacious in the continent, but it's head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the views on offer. Come by when the sun is setting for a cocktail or bite to eat and you'll see what we mean.
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.
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.
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 on the entertainment scene with events, activities and plenty more for any and all.
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.
An East London favourite for rooftop fun, the Queen of Hoxton's current summer pop-up bar journeys to Neverland. Head over for mermaids, pirates, a Lost Boys' bar and all the never-growing-up fun you can handle.
Bringing Ibiza vibes and plenty of fun to a London rooftop, Cactus on the Roof is one summer party not to miss this year. Join DJ Cuppy as she spins the decks accompanied by special guests, as well as handing out prizes and goodie bags.
For sleek interiors, a spacious roof terrace, incredible cocktails and brilliant views, look no further than Aviary in Finsbury Square. Located on the tenth floor of the new Montcalm hotel, the venue has been carefully designed to take in as much of the city as possible; there's also an inside seating area where British, seasonal fare will be served.
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.
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.
A favourite for hosting private parties and events, this boutique King's Cross venue even comes with a lovely rooftop bar. The Driver gives off 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.
Brixton Rooftop returns to South London, offering the same fun summer vibes that made it one of last summer's highlights. Alongside a handful of huge club nights and a list of huge DJ sets planned for the summer, this pop up experience is the perfect place to grab a cold drink on a hot summer day. Sink back into a cosy deck chair and soak up all the great vibes on offer at this idyllic rooftop bar in London.