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 25th July 2019




Aviary

202 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 new 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 British, seasonal fare will be served.

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.

Coq D'Argent serves up classic French fare in a truly striking setting. Head outside to explore their terrace and gardens while gazing up at London's iconic skyscrapers. The terrace offers a perfect retreat from the frenetic outside world and is perfect for a date, business meeting or just wiling away the hours with a drink in tow.

Big Chill Kings Cross

15 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.

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 Grease singalongs, scorching burlesque and top DJs.

Rooftop Film Club

15 user reviews 4

Rooftop Film Club's 2019 run of movies isn't just inviting you to enjoy famous flicks and new films on a mega screen, their rooftop spot in Peckham has its own bar complete with food options for the peckish.

Eight Moorgate

2 user reviews 5

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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. 

Design my Night Brunch weekender

Set high up above Leicester Square this stunning bar is latest permanent drinking den from Bourne & Hollingsworth. Offering a brasserie-style menu of seasonal plates and the brand's signature cocktails it's the perfect spot for some after work drinks with gorgeous views of the city.

Queen of Hoxton

37 user reviews 4

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An East London favourite for rooftop fun, the Queen of Hoxton's current summer pop-up bar journeys to Mexico. From margaritas through to tacos and female wrestlers, grab a piece of the action against a City skyline at this cool spot.

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

The Driver

270 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.

The Windmill Mayfair

560 user reviews 4

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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.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

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.

The Castle - Geronimo Inns

137 user reviews 4

Free Pint of Young's or Martin Miller Gin when you book for food and Rugby Warm Up Matches

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 roof terraces in all of north London, where guests top up their tans while nursing real ales and great wines.

Radio Rooftop

27 user reviews 3

Radio Rooftop Bar, situated on the 10th floor of the ME hotel on The Strand, and boasts a terrace cocktail bar that sits at the top of London's newest boutique hotels. With spectacular views overlooking such iconic buildings as Tower Bridge, The Shard London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral as well as the Southbank and Covent Garden's theatre district; this London rooftop bar is certainly an elegant and stylish place to enjoy a cocktail and a Mediterranean inspired bite to eat.

Flight Club Victoria

662 user reviews 5

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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.