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 22nd October 2020




Madison

20 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 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.

Bird of Smithfield

13 user reviews 4

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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.

Pergola Paddington

48 user reviews 3

The ultimate spot for a summertime sipping session, Pergola Paddington can be easily identified by its gorgeous wisteria-draped ceiling, and expansive outdoor space. Head to this picture-perfect spot for tasty street-food and frozen cocktails galore.

Aviary

290 user reviews 4

Bottomless Christmas Drinks and 1 other offer

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.

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.

The Castle

182 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.

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

The Driver

320 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.

Sky Garden

300 user reviews 3

With three floors of gorgeous views to take in, you'll be spoilt for choice with Sky Garden's collection of great bars. From their in-house restaurant where you can dine with a backdrop of London's skyline, to its chic Sky Pods and pretty garden bar, it's perfect for any occasion.

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.

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.