Rooftop Bars 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.
Searcy’s at The Gherkin have unveiled their plans for a summertime pop-up, and it looks amazing. They’re joining forces with Tanqueray 10, where they’ll relax their members only policy to offer access to their stunning 1950s holiday inspired haven for just six weeks. Sip at bespoke cocktails, pick at cheese and charcuterie boards and revel in the special views offered up from Level 40 of this iconic London landmark.
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.
Sure, enjoy 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.
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.
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 babe in botanicals found atop Bird of Smithfield, this petite rooftop bar is a meandering of cocktails and faux grass alike.
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 tinkerings, 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, these are sweet digs for a rooftop bar in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.