Radio Bar at ME London
On the 10th floor of the ME London hotel in Aldwych, radio has sublime views of London from all directions. When you exit the lift, you are greeted by floor to ceiling windows with London’s famous sights within touching distance.
With a terrace that wraps around on both sides, Tower Bridge, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Thames are all in view.
The Rumpus Room at Mondrian London
On the top floor of the old Sea Containers’ building in the new Mondrian London that opened at the end of 2014, The Rumpus Room is sure to be a summer hit.
Not only does it have a Thames-side location with gorgeous views of St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge, the bar serves excellent cocktails with a great line-up of DJs. Perfect for a sun-downer cocktail.
With a stunning copper tree design in the middle of the bar, the rooftop terrace at Sushisamba in Heron Tower in The City is a huge attraction in the summer.
Come early to secure your place as this is hot property in The City!
Rooftop at the Boundary
From Prescott & Conran, the rooftop restaurant at The Boundary, a 48-seat grill, has 360° views of London and includes a designer garden, a large bar, an open fireplace and luxury blankets for the chilly evenings.
The Rooftop at the Boundary is our pick of one of the best rooftop bars in London.
Kensington Roof Gardens
Located one hundred feet above Kensington High Street in central London, The Roof Gardens and Babylon restaurant are truly spectacular.
There are three themed gardens, with over 70 full size trees, a flowing stream stocked with fish and the resident flamingos.
Vista at The Trafalgar Hotel
Vista on the rooftop of The Trafalgar Hotel opens every April for the season with glorious views of London’s landmarks and statues, with Nelson’s Column almost at eye level.
With such a central location and views of iconic landmarks, this is one of of the best rooftop bars in London.
Vista re-opens with a new name and management at the end of summer so watch this space.
One of London’s newest rooftop bars, Aviary is on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Hotel on Finsbury Square.
The alfresco bar, decorated with sink-in sofas, vintage lampshades, fire pits lit at night, is both glamorous and comfortable and offers breathtaking views of London’s skyline.
With excellent cocktails and a list of internationally renowned DJs, Aviary’s vibe is more Café Del Mar than City of London.
Frank’s Café is a pop up rooftop bar, café and art space on the 10th floor of a multi-story car in Peckham.
Open every summer since 2008, the bar attracts a cool, artistic crowd to its music festival type space. Campari are sponsoring this year’s bar so expect plenty of Campari-based cocktails on the menu.
Frank’s Café is a great place to while away sunny days in a laid back atmosphere, admiring views of Central London.
Ham Yard Roof Terrace
The rooftop terrace at the Ham Yard Hotel is a large, leafy garden with sweeping views over London.
It is a tranquil and peaceful terrace that is exclusively available to hotel guests, but it can also be hired for private events.
The eighth-floor rooftop bar at The Ned is reserved for members and hotel guests and is home to a 10-metre lap pool lined with Italian marble. Views stretch from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Gherkin.
There is also a restaurant and bar with a retractable glass roof and two domes – named Poultry and Prince’s Street, after the hotel’s location – which house cosy bars.
Situated in the heart of the Square Mile, Coq d’Argent has an outdoor terrace and a large and rather beautiful garden terrace, with great views of some of London’s most well known landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral.
The restaurant serves modern French cuisine while the brasserie and terrace serve a lighter menu with more of a modern European hint.
Get there early during the week and be prepared to queue for the glass lift as it’s a very popular destination with City workers, or visit for a more relaxed Sunday lunch on the weekend.
As well as having one of the best rooftop bars in London, Coq d’Argent is also one of the best alfresco restaurants in London.
Aqua consists of two restaurants at the top of the former Dickens & Jones department store on Regent Street, with over 250 seats in total. Aqua Nueva serves contemporary Spanish food while Aqua Kyoto features Japanese cuisine.
Both restaurants have a large and impressive roof terrace, both of which are deservedly popular destination in the summer months and offer two of the best rooftop bars in London.
The Driver is a mix of gastropub-style restaurant, members’ bar and rooftop terrace in King’s Cross, with a dining room that turns into a dance floor and a licence until 4am on the weekends.
The rooftop terrace will be used for BBQs in the summer and can be hired for private events during the week.
Queen of Hoxton
Based in Shoreditch, the Queen of Hoxton is a haven for music fans, clubbers and art lovers.
The rooftop bar resembles a suburban garden with decking, Astroturf and patio furniture, complete with a rum shack, a large BBQ area and panoramic views over London.
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Paradise by way of Kensal Green is a mix of gastropub, restaurant, cabaret venue and karaoke room with a rustic chic design and welcoming and cosy vibe in Kensal Green in West London.
The intimate roof terrace is a perfect spot to spend the afternoon or for a sundowner cocktail after a lingering lunch in the restaurant.
Shoreditch House is a private members’ club, part of the Soho House Group, on the top three floors and roof of a renovated warehouse in Shoreditch, East London.
The rooftop bar, kitchen and lounge has recently been extended with the addition of the Garden and Lazy Lawn, but the highlight is still the 16 metre outdoor heated swimming pool.
The rooftop area is strictly for members only, but you can also check in to one of the 26 guest bedrooms to receive your temporary membership card and have full use of one of the best rooftop bars in London.
The rooftop garden at The Sanctum Soho has a 24-hour residents’ bar complete with open-air hot tub, ideal for some hedonistic fun.
Along with the adjoining indoor bar, the roof terrace makes a great event space. There are even two bedrooms on the same floor for those who can’t make it to the lift.
The Best Rooftop Bars in London
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