The sun is out and we can now officially declare it outdoor drinking season. As much as we love some of London’s more intimate pubs,
the soaring heat and longer evenings demand we take advantage of the best alfresco spots. What better excuse to get the taste of the
high life than by hitting London’s best rooftop bars.
What could be better than spending an evening looking out at the spectacular views of the capital with a cocktail in hand?
Rise to the 48th floor to the elegant Capeesh Sky Bar to be amongst the iconic skyscrapers of London’s Canary
Wharf. Their hand-blended cocktails and Italian canapes will go down a treat resulting in a night to remember.
Located on the 10th floor of the ME hotel at The Strand, is a fabulous terrace cocktail bar. With spectacular views
overlooking some of London’s most iconic buildings as Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral this London rooftop
bar is the perfect location to enjoy a cocktail on a warm summer’s eve.
Located in a quaint Georgian townhouse in the heart of Farringdon, the Bird of Smithfield features loud
mismatched furniture and strings of fairy lights decorate giving it a hidden gem feel.
One of the coolest rooftop spaces in London is Roof East, not only does it provide guests with an impressive range
of street food stalls and pop up bars, it is killing it in the views department. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can
also head to the top of the building for pop-up cinema screenings, batting cages, roller disco and much more.
With spectacular views over the city and lawn games at the ready, there’s nowhere else you’ll want to be sipping
on scorching hot summer’s day.
A rooftop favourite and an integral part of the Shoreditch skyline, the Queen of Hoxton’s current summer pop-up bar takes
you to Lost Vegas. Meet Elvis in the Little Vegas Wedding Chapel, play the slot machines or check out their weird
and wonderfully stocked Lost Vegas vending machines (expect everything from boozy ice pops and canned
cocktails to wedding rings, and divorce certificates)
This former penthouse in Shoreditch has been turned into a swanky bar with some of the best views in London.
Enjoy an intimate night with views of the city, the perfect date-night option.date-perfect atmosphere.
The Culpeper might be infamous for its pub and hotel, but it’s their rooftop bar that has caught our eye.
Featuring a greenhouse and abundance of herbs growing everywhere, this bar doesn’t just have greenery,
it has views unlike anywhere else.
The Sky Garden at Fenchurch Street is booked up well in advance for a very good reason: unparalleled views and
the vibrant gardens are a haven from London Life.
The Aviary is an elegant rooftop bar located 10 storeys above Finsbury Square. Providing an impressive cocktail list
and laid-back vibe for chilled summer evenings. Stay late into the evening to cosy up around the
fire pit with a blanket.
This elegant rooftop bar is set on the 12th floor of the Mondrian at the Sea Containers. Rumpus Room isn’t just
pretty on the inside, offering impressive views across the Thames from South Bank, featuring
St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard. Providing cocktails with twists on the classics you can’t
help but stay here all evening.
One of Soho’s best-kept secrets, with views stretching across the rooftops of Regent Street and Carnaby Street.
With room for just 60 seated (or 80 standing) this intimate rooftop bar is the place to go
when you want to get away for the hustle and bustle of London
By contrast one of London’s worst-kept secret is Frank’s Café, the pop-up bar pens at a rooftop car park in
Peckham every summer. Initially set up as part of a non-profit community art project, it now attracts a large
crowd on a daily basis, with queues often forming even on mid-week nights.
The view from the rooftop features less panoramic views of skyscrapers and more of the surrounding Victorian
buildings, with faded paint jobs. But while the vibe is a bit more gritty than the other bars you’ll appreciate this as a
haven that doesn’t try too hard. Filled with fake palm trees and colourful, tropical murals you can kick back
and relax until the early hours.
Head to the 38th and 39th floor to enjoy this view. The popular restaurant and bar serve a combination of Brazilian,
Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. With floor to ceiling glass, you get the chance to embrace London
from multiple angles.
A wonderful themed offering, Bar Elba is the companion bar of the trendy Tonight Josephine. In-keeping with the theme
of the Battle of Waterloo Bar Elba honours Napoleon’s exile on his party isle of Elba. He took 600 of his closest pals and
his fave horse, Marengo, with him, staying for a grand total of 300 days. Party Island.
Boxpark is the place to go to satisfy all your needs featuring a host of pop-ups, from clothing shops,
bookshops and even travel shops. Head up to Boxpark rooftop bar to enjoy an array of street food, there’s nothing
that won’t satisfy your taste buds.