It’s the same every year; all winter is spent planning our summer glow-up only for a vitamin-D madness to take over. But this year is going to be different; sunny days will be spent sipping spritzes at sky-high heights, glugging bubbles overlooking the city, and quaffing cocktails against walls of flowers - we’ve rounded up London’s prettiest rooftops, because we deserve a scorching season of drinking.
One of the best rooftop restaurants in London, Aviary is the perfect sun-soaked spot to settle into, complete with blue sofas and fur throws. Situated atop the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, the venue fronts a special terrace menu filled with small plates and luxe oysters. To top it off, you can crack on with signature cocktails served in a beaut aesthetic.
Wanna take a snap-worthy shot? We've got just the gem. Wagtail flaunts beaut views of iconic London sites such as The Shard, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral. Head to the terrace bar for late-night libations after work or if you're looking to go all out, their boozy weekend brunch features luxurious bites - think beef tartare and lush lobster rolls.
If you've got a penchant for flowers, then you'll adore everything Florattica has to offer. From the ceilings adorned with flower installations to the colourful printed seating and themed drinks, the Aldgate venue really knows a thing or two about decadence. Get stuck into herbal and aromatic concoctions such as the Rose Mule before polishing off a couple of small plates - their sushi dishes are definitely worth a picture or two.
This former car park has swanned into Wapping’s largest - and dare we say, prettiest rooftop. As part of Tobacco Dock, Skylight is huge with several areas to explore. The upper level is the place to be, with grey day beds, strings of lights and potted plants creating an urban hideaway. Cool off with their selection of refreshing tipples - our favourite being the spicy margaritas. Want more? Check out its Peckham location.
Pergola On The Wharf
You can count on some stellar visuals at Pergola On The Wharf, thanks to its lush foliage and pretty cocktails. Take a wander through the roof garden and you'll come across a venue decked out with ferns, vines and flowers. From Friday night music events to scrumptious roasts served on Sunday, it's the perfect plot for panoramic views of Canary Wharf and whiling the weekend away. Swoon.
Decked out with delicate hydrangeas and succulents as centerpieces, Aqua Kyoto is your one-stop-shop for signature cocktails and fab food. It’s also the ideal plot to nestle into if you’re a big fan of Japanese cuisine. From shrimp tempura rolls to thinly sliced sashimi and banging bento boxes, the venue is pulling out all the stops with new cocktails and free-flowing brunches on the weekends.
A pretty rooftop in London, The Corin promises an oasis of greenery, printed pillows and warm blankets. Situated in Tooting, it’s a great place to soak up the sun while tipping back an unusual cocktail – we mean kale-infused gin and chamomile tequila drinks. Getting a bit hungry? For group nights out, order an Asian-inspired platter while taking in views of the city.
With a stunning view of the skyline, Garden Rooftop in London is fab for whiling away during the summertime. Decked out with botanical décor in every corner, the Insta-worthy haunt serves scrumptious Mediterranean tapas, from cheese boards to croquettes and seared tuna steaks. Plus, the cocktails are equally divine – the lychee martini really packs a punch.
If you’re on the hunt for London rooftop restaurants, fulfill your drinking and eating needs at the supreme sanctuary, Seabird. Make your way to the 14th floor of The Hoxton in Southwark and you’ll get to settle into comfy sofas while being surrounded by palm trees. Choose from plenty of seafood options, including a huge oyster list and fresh prawns, alongside slick sips.
Jin Bo Law
Jin Bo Law is housed on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate and it's a real dreamy destination. Feast your eyes on picturesque views of Tower Bridge and the Gherkin all while sipping on Asian-inspired drinks in a sleek space. One of the best bars with a view in London, it’s the ideal place for weekend catch-ups with pals and fancy date nights aplenty.
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