Rooftop Bars In London 2024

Picture the scene: it’s just you, your closest friends, a round of ice-cold drinks and some of the best views in the business. A pretty sweet set-up all round; but where exactly can these top alfresco spots be found? Our guide to London rooftop bars reveals all, whether that's for lounging back in Shoreditch, dinner under the stars in Covent Garden, or somewhere special near London Bridge.

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Last updated on 26th February 2024




London Bridge Rooftop

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Looking for the very best rooftop bars in Central London? This is up there with the finest. Head over to London Bridge Rooftop to enjoy everything from after-work drinks and gourmet burgers to bottomless brunches feauturing handcrafted cocktails and disco tunes, all with amazing views of the City. The Shard? You can bet you'll be sipping a drink under its impressive architectural gaze. Book a table before it fills up in the sunshine if you don't want to miss out. 

Aviary

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For sleek interiors, a spacious roof terrace, incredible cocktails and brilliant views, look no further than Aviary in Finsbury Square (just shy of Moorgate and Liverpool Street). Located on the tenth floor of the luxe Montcalm hotel, stunning scenery can be seen from its igloos and summer terrace; there's also an inside seating area where you can tuck into some delicious seasonal fare.

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Jin Bo Law

In the heart of Aldgate, this rooftop party bar is as pretty as a picture both inside and out. Jin Bo Law has views over the iconic London skyline from its roof terrace 14 floors up, while inside, the interiors are bright and fun, with a showstopping geometric bar circled by a row of rich, yellow high-top chairs. The walls are adorned with Asian-inspired art and to drink? Expect a fruity cocktail menu, featuring Blooming Fire made with chilli-infused syrup.

Lord Napier & Star

Check out Lord Napier & Star and settle down on its cosy, relaxing rooftop terrace. Not only is the cool East London location decked out with graffiti to match the boozer's exterior, but there's also plenty of pints to be sunk and Thai food from Krapow to be munched as you take in a cracking view of The Wick. 

Bōkan

Situated at the top of the Novotel Hotel in Canary Wharf is Bōkan, a stunning restaurant and bar spanning three floors. Head out onto its vibrant roof terrace to enjoy bespoke cocktails, plus seasonal European cuisine with a twist, all while taking in the glowing city sights around you.

Aqua Nueva

For seriously sky-high views of London, head up to Aqua Nueva's gorgeous rooftop terrace. Whether you fancy soaking up the vistas with a cocktail in hand or want to be tucking into a delicious Spanish feast, you couldn't have a better backdrop on Regent Street. At the weekend? Try the brunch, where you'll get free-flowing drinks, pinxtos and juicy mains, including steak and more.

Wagtail

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When someone asks you to recommend one the prettiest rooftops in London you don't struggle, because you've heard of Wagtail. Sitting atop a 1920s building in the heart of the City of London, this stunning venue isn't just serving up looks, their restaurant offers delicious, fresh British cuisine, alongside classic cocktails too.

Midnight Apothecary

If you're on the hunt for rooftop bars in London, Midnight Apothecary is bringing the literal heat with campfires and firepits in the garden. While tipping back botanical and summer cocktails, you can cosy up with your sweetie munching on a toasted s'more.

cloudM

When you need rooftop bars near the Thames, check out cloudM. With views across the Tower of London, the river and The Shard, it's got pretty vistas sorted. Plus, the cocktail list is heavily gin-based thanks to its partner Bombay Saphire, and the tipples pair perfectly with tea time treats while overlooking the sunset. 

The Culpeper

The Culpeper may be famous for its pub and hotel alike, but it's the rooftop bar that has got us talking. From rustic greenhouses to growing their own herbs, this bar doesn't just have foliage, it has views unlike anywhere else spanning over Shoreditch. Come for a cracking Sunday roast or a few tipples.