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.
When it comes to rooftop bars, there's few more cosy than Vagabond on Northcote Road. Not only is there a mouthwatering menu of tapas-style dishes, but there's also a huge wine list, as well as super cute lighting and intimate seating areas.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly The Terrace, this gorgeous rooftop number offers views over Wimbledon alongside delicious cocktails and tasty food for any occasion. And when you're not getting your sip on al fresco, you can be dancing it up in their spacious interiors to some of the best DJs in West London.
Okay so it's more a rooftop terrace than a rooftop bar, but we still felt The Windmill was worthy of a slot on the list. You'll find this hidden oasis of calm above the cosy vibes of the pub downstairs, where mouth-watering pies and an exceptional selection of cask ales are on offer.
Located just around the corner from the oft-'grammed Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba is a tropical paradise inspired by the island that exiled dictator Napoleon used as a party palace back in the 1800s. Prepare for sunny colours and panoramic views while you sip on a choice of over 20 cocktails and boozy slushies.
Flight Club landed in Victoria to applause thanks to more oches and creative darts games than ever before as well as a shiny new outdoor Magic Garden. 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.
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.
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.
Can't decide between pornstar or espresso martinis? Get both at the scenic GS Rooftop Bar, located minutes away from Covent Garden underground station. Kick back in their comfy outdoor seating with a delicious cocktail list.
Whether you're looking for chilled lunchtime hangouts or sultry date night vibes, The Gate is sure to cater to all of your needs. One of the best rooftop bars in London, this place offers its guests organic dishes, handcrafted sips and live music nights with amazing views of the city.
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.
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.
Located just a short stroll away from Clapham Common, No 32 The Old Town is an uber-chic brunch spot and late-night bar. Boasting a fairy-light adorned terrace with heaters and cosy blankets, it's the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine in hand.
A West London rooftop bar with suntrap written all over it, Skylark Roof Garden is a treat in royal blue and foliage as guests can head on up for views, daybeds and dining aplenty, all just a stone's throw from Paddington station itself.
Located a stone's throw from Regent Street, Aqua Kyoto is a stunning rooftop bar that's ideal for any kind of occasion. Head to the central London destination for unique Japanese dishes alongside carefully crafted cocktails in seriously stylish surroundings.
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 the roof terrace, while inside, interiors are bright and fun, with Asian-inspired art and a fruity cocktail menu.
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 with handcrafted cocktails and banging disco tunes, all with amazing views of the City.
When it comes to rooftop bars in London, Vintry & Mercer is bringing you sky-high drinking and dining in the form of Mercer Roof Terrace. Expect stunning views and a menu of modern British dishes washed down with classic cocktails.
A traditional British boozer in the heart of Kentish Town, The Abbey Tavern is abuzz with sports fans and day-drinkers come the summer months. Their huge roof terraces comes complete with a fully-stocked bar and a menu of juicy burgers - making it the perfect place to set yourself up on a summer's day.
One of the most popular rooftop bars in East London, you'll find the terrace at Queen of Hoxton changing with the seasons. They've done Las Vegas, Bedouin settlements and currently they're all about The Wizard of Oz, with storytelling, witchcraft lessons and craft classes.
When it comes to rooftop bars in London, there's none quite as sexy as SUSHISAMBA. Found atop the Heron Tower in the heart of the City, guests can gorge on luxury cocktails, bottles of champagne and world-class sushi in this sky-high setting.
An urban outdoor oasis with stunning views of London's skylines, the lush greenery and deckchairs of Dalston Roof Park creates a chilled and friendly atmosphere ideal for whiling away a warm, summer evening. But it's once the sun goes down and the DJs come out that this place really comes to life.
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.
Sip a tasty cocktail and take in the stunning views of East London whilst sat in the pretty exterior terrace of this high end Shoreditch rooftop bar. Boundary offers more than just style though, with a menu of delicious food and hand-crafted cocktails showing that its got the substance to match.
Coq D'Argent serves up classic French fare in a truly striking setting. The terrace garden offers a perfect retreat from the frenetic outside world, with gorgeous views of London's skyscrapers and an impressive team of mixologists on hand to whip you up whatever takes your fancy.
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.
12th knot is the rooftop bar situated (you guessed it) on the 12th-floor on Sea Containers. A luxe spot perfect for fancy date-nights and all-out occasions, this place has an impressive Champagne list and a packed-out calendar of live music events.