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 1st August 2017
We know, we know, NT's in Dalston isn't strictly a rooftop bar, but it's pretty close enough. Beaming with plants, foliage, creative cocktails and DJ nights alongside their outside terrace, it's worthy of a place on this list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set on the rooftop of trendy Waterloo bar Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba is a tropical paradise based on the island that exiled dictator Napoleon used as a party island with his mates. Prepare for sunny colours, block lettering and over twenty different cocktails – and a happy hour for good measure.
With its striking views and waterside location, it's no wonder that Rumpus Room had made quite a name for itself in the city. Found on the 12th floor of Mondrian London, get ready for champagne cocktails and stunning city views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving you greenery and garden inspired spaces, this London rooftop bar is one of the most charming in the city. Head on over to Camden as this slice of sky-high life is the perfect cocktail escape before you party the night away in the bar below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An urban outdoor oasis with stunning views of London's skylines, the faux grass flooring, lush greenery and deckchairs of Dalston Roof Park create a chilled and friendly atmosphere ideal for whiling away a warm, summer evening.
When it comes to rooftop bars in London, there's none quite as sexy as Sushi Samba. Found atop the Heron Tower in the heart of the City, gorge on luxury cocktails, bottles of champagne and sushi in this unique, sky-high setting.
It's one of the most talked about rooftop bars in South London and it's with good measure, what with its incredible space and top notch selection of party nights. A summer pop-up with some seriously sweet views of the city, this indie favourite is awash with punters once the sun comes both up and down.
The Culpeper may be infamous for its pub and hotel alike, but it's the rooftop bar that they boast that has got us talking. From greenhouse to growing their own herbs, this bar doesn't just have foliage, it has views unlike anywhere else.
Coq D'Argent serves up classic French fare in a truly striking setting. Head outside to explore their terrace and gardens while gazing up at London's iconic skyscrapers. The terrace offers a perfect retreat from the frenetic outside world and is perfect for a date, business meeting or just wiling away the hours with a drink in tow.
Sip a tasty cocktail and take in the stunning views of East London whilst sat in the Sail of the high end Shoreditch rooftop bar. Boundary is a stylish roof top bar and the perfect escape for a lazy sunny afternoon or evening.
Shoreditch House is a dynamic private members house which comes complete with a 16 metre heated swimming pool, bar, kitchen and lounge. It's a popular choice for anybody looking to work, socialise and relax in chilled surroundings and can be found just minutes away from Old Street station. Always bustling come rain or shine, Shoreditch House is one of the most striking members clubs in town.
Radio Rooftop Bar, situated on the 10th floor of the ME hotel on The Strand, and boasts a terrace cocktail bar that sits at the top of London's newest boutique hotels. With spectacular views overlooking such iconic buildings as Tower Bridge, The Shard London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral as well as the Southbank and Covent Garden's theatre district; this London rooftop bar is certainly an elegant and stylish place to enjoy a cocktail and a Mediterranean inspired bite to eat.