Best Rooftop Bars in London

Picture the scene: it’s just you, your closest mates, a round of ice-cold drinks and some of the best views in the biz. 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 12th November 2019




Madison

18 user reviews 4

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.

The Driver

317 user reviews 5

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.

Flight Club Victoria

1138 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

Flight Club landed in Victoria to applause thanks to more oches and creative darts games than ever before, but it's their Magic Gardens that have rooftop suppers gagging for more. Decked out in festoon lighting and kitsch bits, it's the perfect spot for a rooftop bev once you're done slaying each other on the board.

NT's

119 user reviews 4

We know, we know, NT's in Dalston isn't strictly a rooftop bar, but it's close enough. Beaming with plants, foliage, creative cocktails and excellent DJs and live music every Wednesday to Sunday, this outside terrace is more than worthy of a place on this list.

Bar Elba

967 user reviews 4

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 and panoramic views while you sip on a choice of over 20 cocktails and boozy slushies. 

Tucked away on top of the Courthouse Hotel, this a beautiful rooftop bar boasts much more than a few fruity cocktails. Seasonal and fresh, the Upper 5th drinks selection keeps it simple, perfect for pairing with panoramic views over Shoreditch and some delicious grill plates.

Get ready to party as FEST Camden open their doors for a whole line-up of fun events. The North London venue has a covered roof terrace and various rooms to go wild in, which shouldn't be hard as their nights include singalong screenings, scorching burlesque and top DJs.

With London home to rooftop bars around every corner, what makes a place stand out? From unrivalled views with a side order of ice skating, to Alpine themed spaces that are perfect for private parties, Skylight knows what it takes.

Capeesh Sky Bar

91 user reviews 4

Head upstairs to the elegant Capeesh Sky Bar for gorgeous food and even more gorgeous drinks. Not only are their hand-blended cocktails created from high-end liquors, but their tasty selection of pizzas make the perfect pairing, particularly when you throw in a window seat and panoramic views of East London.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

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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.

Aviary

285 user reviews 4

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 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 you can tuck into some delicious seasonal fare.

The Culpeper

2 user reviews 3

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.

Franks in Peckham

1 user review 3

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. 

Shoreditch House

4 user reviews 5

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.