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 socially-distanced cocktails under the stars at one of the city's most legendary rooftop hangouts.

Last updated on 16th July 2021




Aviary

300 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.

Fancy sitting atop a luxury river boat, sipping prosecco all day? Kinky Malinki is bringing Vocal House Brunch to a river cruise that starts from Embankment Pier. Grab a ticket to tuck into British classics and enjoy an hour of bottomless fizz, as well as top Vocal House singers and acclaimed DJs.

Tucked away on top of the Courthouse Hotel, this 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.

Boasting cosy igloos and a full-sized ice-skating rink in the winter months, as well as bottomless brunch and outdoor games of croquet in the summer, Skylight in Tobacco Dock is a must-visit for any Londoner seeking alfresco vibes and rooftop parties.

NT's

198 user reviews 4

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

The Castle

293 user reviews 4

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 outdoor drinking spots in all of North London, where guests top up their tans while nursing real ales and great wines.

Seabird

2 user reviews 5

Part of the swish Hoxton Hotel in Southwark, Seabird is a luxury Basque-inspired seafood restaurant and cocktail bar. Located 14 floors above London, the cosy outdoor terrace here boasts views across the River Thames, and comes complete with comfy sofas and exotic palm trees.

Shoreditch House

4 user reviews 5

Shoreditch House is a dynamic private members' club 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. 

Madison

29 user reviews 3

If it's stunning views of St Paul's, a tasty tapas menu and creative cocktail card that you're after, Madison is an absolute must. Whilst the terrace here isn't the most spacious in the capital, 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 see for yourself.

Frank's

2 user reviews 4

It's one of the most talked about rooftop bars in South London and for good reason. A summer pop-up with some seriously sweet views of the city, Frank's Cafe is an indie favourite awash with punters once the sun comes both up and down. 

The Culpeper

2 user reviews 3

The Culpeper may be infamous 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.

Summers wouldn't be the same in South London without sunny days spent on Prince of Wales' Brixton rooftop. And this year, the gang are delivering with Spaced Out, a series of dinners and brunches, all keeping to social distancing guidelines, along with special guests that include Norman Jay MBE.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019

Found in a darling Georgian townhouse in the heart of Farringdon, those looking to soak up some sunshine in a laid-back setting 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.

Sabine Rooftop Bar

1 user review 2

If you're looking for the best rooftop bars in Central London, this is just the spot for you. Sabine Rooftop Bar is one stunning suntrap found in the heart of St. Pauls, offering a secret hideaway for summertime drinking and dining with incredible views of the city below.