London may not be quite in the Manhattan league for swanky rooftop bars with stunning views of New York but there is a growing trend of alfresco hotspots popping up across London. As London’s skyline evolves and develops even more iconic backdrops, there is a growing demand from Londoner’s to be able to sip on their Shiraz or swig their Strawberry Daiquiri with a stunning view of their city whilst enjoying those rare but golden sunny days and sunsets that London provides.
With the recent sunny weather in London it got me thinking on what options we have for rooftop bars in London. A new and recent favourite London bar of mine is the Terence Conran designed and inspired Boundary Rooftop bar in Shoreditch. This is an intimate but unique rooftop that is designed to feel like you are sailing with aquatic sail-like design. The Boundary rooftop is only open for limited hours each day so it’s important to get the timing right with this one (and it's first come first served) but fantastic views of the City of London make this an excellent choice for London outside drinking with a view. Staying in Shoreditch, The Golden Bee on Old Street, offers alfresco drinking opportunities. Very understated from the street, you would have no clue that this bar can boast an excellent rooftop space with very reasonable drinks prices that are happily affordable for the average Londoner and makes this a top Shoreditch bar.
Boundary Rooftop Bar in Shoreditch offers special views over the city of London.
If you are out in Soho looking for a rooftop bar then you will be delighted to discover the Soho Sky Terrace. Located above the Court House Hotel on Great Malborough Street this is a secret hidden rooftop bar that will give you serious cool credit with your friends! From the rooftop bar you can look out on the Soho skyline whilst you knock back the tasty cocktails prepared at the outside bar. This is destined to be a favourite with the Soho set as it is a Soho bar that is not quite on the radar, so get their quick! A top London rooftop bar that certainly is on the radar, and has become a London celebrity bar of choice, is Soho House. This is a members only affair so if you do manage to blag your way in you will be treated to possibly the coolest rooftop bar in London.
You can sink champagne whilst gazing over the rooftops of London at the Soho Sky Terrace.
Maybe one of the very few London pubs with a rooftop bar to boast is The Frog in Clapham, which is causing quite a stir for the sun seekers of Clapham Common. Located on The Pavement in the heart of Old Town Clapham this has had a well needed face lift last year and my word has it worked! You can sit out on the rooftop bar watching live sport or just lounge around with fantastic views of the common from this lively Clapham Pub. This offers something a little different to the standard affair of pubs, bars and clubs on Clapham high street. Just down the road over in Brixton there is another excellent rooftop opportunity: Dex Club has become a clubbing mecca in Brixton thanks to the large sun kissed roof deck that hosts big outdoor clubbing parties and is as close to Ibiza that you will get in London.
Live those Ibiza days and nights again on the Dex Club terrace in Brixton.
My final London rooftop drinking bar for you to discover is the Vista Bar at The Trafalgar Hotel. With its prime location on Trafalgar square, Vista Bar offers stunning views of London. I would certainly recommend coming here for a date night in London as your partner will be so impressed. In the winter period the bar still opens with an igloo styled theme but come summer time, this is the palm tree, sun kissed terrace that will make that cocktail taste even sweeter.
Fabulous views of central London are offered at the Vista Bar above The Trafalgar Hotel.