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 8th October 2019




Madison

9 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 Windmill Mayfair

609 user reviews 5

Enjoy a pint of Young's Original or Martin Millers G&T on us!

Okay so it's more a rooftop terrace than a rooftop bar, but we still felt The Windmill 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.

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.

Aviary

211 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.

Queen of Hoxton

45 user reviews 4

£10 Multi-Venue Entry Wristband on Fridays for Colours Hoxton, Queen of Hoxton & The Book Club! and 1 other offer

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.

Eight Moorgate

2 user reviews 5

Christmas Lunches and Dinners and 2 other offers

An ever so swish private members club in the heart of Moorgate, Eight is a rooftop bar in London with finesse and charm to its name. From high-end bottles of the good stuff to renowned evenings and charming London views, this rooftop haunt is a smasher in the summer. 

Flight Club Victoria

796 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.

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

The Castle - Geronimo Inns

144 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.

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.

The Driver

278 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.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019 and 1 other offer

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.

Radio Rooftop

27 user reviews 3

An outdoor bar that knows how to commit to the bit, Radio Rooftop is a sucker for a bit of dress up as it transforms its alfresco terrace into a drinkers paradise. From a hacienda to an English summer garden, this spot above The Strand is must-visit for those looking for a little escapism.

Big Chill Kings Cross

18 user reviews 4

With a stunning alfresco space in the heart of King's Cross, Big Chill makes for a perfect pick for everything from after-work drinks to weekend brunching. You'll find craft beers, tasty food and, of course, a stunning rooftop space, as well as DJs through the weekend.

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. 

Dalston Roof Park

2 user reviews 5

An urban outdoor oasis with stunning views of London's skylines, the lush greenery and deckchairs of Dalston Roof Park create 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.

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.