Rooftop Bars In London 2023

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 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.

Last updated on 30th January 2023


45 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.

Aqua Kyoto

4 user reviews 4

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. 


1070 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.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

111 user reviews 4

A stunning rooftop bar in Peckham, Bussey is a top-notch shout if you're looking for watering holes. Along with pops of greenery and tropical vibes, you can chow down on delish pizza slices while sipping on gorgeous cocktails.

Midnight Apothecary

867 user reviews 4

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 with a toasted s'more.


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

3 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

GS Rooftop Bar

1 user review 5

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 as this close to Soho rooftop is the perfect stop after shopping and mooching around.


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.