Best Rooftop Bars in London

Do you want to see London from a different angle? Gaze across London's beautiful cityscape from one of these rooftop bars, roof terraces and seasonal London pop-up cocktail bars.

The Roof Gardens

Flamingos, fruit trees, fish in a stream, all on a rooftop! Seven floors up from the Kensington High Street shops find a hidden oasis that has not one, but three incredible roof gardens. Visit for free or admire while sipping a delicious cocktail on the terrace of the Babylon restaurant. Open year-round

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

You could walk along the South Bank for years without noticing there's a bar on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Climb the yellow staircase to discover the amazing Eden Project-designed Roof Garden and Cafe/ Bar, which features a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden. Open during spring and summer

Big Chill House

Got a few hours before catching a train out of King’s Cross or St. Pancras International stations? Head to Big Chill House (only a few minutes’ walk away) for a seasonal cocktail, some lunchtime burger specials, bottomless Bloody Mary’s (on Sunday), and a sun-blessed wooden roof-terrace. If you enjoy it just enough, come back on a Friday or Saturday evening when DJs get the party started! Open year-round


Board a glass lift to the top of the Salesforce Tower London (formerly Heron Tower) and try a selection of high-end fusion dishes and cocktails. Bringing together the flavours of Japan, Peru and Brazil, Sushisamba is one of London’s top restaurant destinations, as well as one of the highest. Enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere of the terrace overlooking the City’s skyline, and sip your drink next to the life-sized orange tree sculpture. Open year-round

Netil 360

An independent café and informal workspace during the day, Netil 360 gradually transforms, as the sun goes down, into a hip and lively rooftop bar. Visit this Hackney institution for impeccable craft beers, yoga classes, outdoor movie screenings and a range of hipster eccentricities (alcoholic lollies included). Open during spring and summer

Radio Rooftop Bar

The dress code to enter the luxurious rooftop bar of ME London Hotel is smart casual, but when the view includes The Shard, St Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, jeans somehow don't seem appropriate. Soak up the view with a table filled with tapas and cocktails. Open year-round


What's a rooftop bar without an impressive view? Just an ordinary bar, really. It's a good job this expansive hidden gem has beautiful vistas in abundance. From the vantage point of Skylounge's alfresco terrace, twelve floors above London, you can gaze romantically across at Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The Shard and The Gherkin, sipping in life and cocktails. Open during summer and winter

Rumpus Room

Set on the 12th floor of the Mondrian London is Rumpus Room, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and terrace inspired by the original party set of 1920s London, the Bright Young Things. The bar has spectacular views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City’s skyline. Cocktails come courtesy of the resident bar impresario, Ryan “Mr Lyan” Chetiyawardana, and there's always a party going on with regular live music and DJ sets. Open year-round


With design mogul Terence Conran overseeing its creation, it's no wonder Boundary looks so good. Boundary’s heated rooftop orangery at this converted Victorian warehouse has a kitchen garden, citrus trees and, best of all, a fantastic bar and grill. Soak up the sun or find shade under the vine-cloaked pergola for food, drink and a cheeky habano cigar. Open year-round

Frank's Cafe

Despite the unusual location – on top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham – Frank's Cafe is worth hunting out during the summer. Watch the sun set over South East London with a Dark & Stormy cocktail, cool company and amazing sculptures close by. Parking, obviously, isn't a problem. Open during summer

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Dalston Roof Park

The height of coolness in London's hip East End, Dalston Roof Park is a social hub. Budding creatives put on special events during the summer, from film nights to live gigs – all powered by the giant solar panels. All you need to do is pick up a beverage from the pop-up bar, and relax. Open during summer

Oxo Tower

Soak up a spectacular panorama of the river Thames from the breath-taking terrace of Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. Savour creative and refined dishes at the restaurant, or enjoy some live music at the brasserie. Admire the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the bar’s balcony on the 8th floor of this South Bank landmark. Open year-round


Soak up the tranquility of the secret Vista roof garden bar, safe in the knowledge that nobody in London's famous Trafalgar Square down below is as lucky as you. Oh look, is that Big Ben you can see? Grab a premium cocktail, settle back into the cosy seating, and feel a satisfying smile appear across your face. Open during summer

Smith's of Smithfield

Treat yourself to a luxurious evening up amongst the rooftops of the old City of London at Smith’s of Smithfield Rooftop Terrace. Tuck into prime slabs of rare breed beef, sip on carafes of fine wine, and soak up the view of London with a cocktail and a cigar. Open year-round

Queen of Hoxton

The queen of live music and off-beat events, this East London bar/club/arts space has it going on upstairs as well as downstairs. Find a spot on the Queen of Hoxton roof garden to enjoy an afternoon BBQ, chilled cocktails, movie nights and a top view of the City of London. Open during summer and winter


Look for the secret entrance near Marble Arch and follow the staircase to Notch, a peaceful rooftop retreat from the bustle of Oxford Street. Sip on Negronis served in tuna cans, and feast on crab tortillas and Japanese barbeque wings. Notch’s giant cocktail jars make large groups very happy. Open during summer

Aqua Nueva

Aqua Nueva serves up a stunning view of the London skyline, along with a menu of traditional Spanish cuisine. Enjoy a stylish cocktail at one of the two bars – one indoor and one on the fantastic terrace overlooking Regent Street, the London Eye and The Gherkin. Attached to Aqua Nueva is Aqua Spirit cocktail bar and Aqua Kyoto Japanese restaurant. Open year-round

Coq d’Argent

Perched on the roof of No.1 Poultry, Coq d’Argent’s elegant rooftop terrace is the ideal destination for after-work drinks or special celebrations. Come for lunch to try the extensive grill menu, or soak up the bar’s panoramic view at sunset - exquisite cocktails in hand, London’s skyline all around you. Open year-round

The Bussey Rooftop Bar

Fans of cinema will also find a home outdoors for the summer at the Bussey Building in trendy Peckham. Grab a fresh cocktail from the Spirited Mixers bar team, and hot, wood-fired pizza from on-site specialists, Forza Win, then settle into one of the comfortable deckchairs for a cult classic movie underneath the stars. Open Tuesday to Sunday during summer

The Icon Bar Terrace

A must-do experience for anyone visiting London is a wander through the dazzling lights of Leicester Square. Find shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and casinos to keep you entertained. Pop in the door at The Casino at The Empire and immediately head upstairs to The Icon Balcony Bar where, as the name suggests, you can grab a stool to accompany your cool drink and look out across the square for a spot of people-watching. Look out for Monday to Friday happy hours. Open year-round

Culpeper Roof Garden

The Culpeper is not your usual London pub. Head to the top floor, and discover a secret rooftop bar with a lovely greenhouse. Many of the plants growing here are used in the pub’s kitchen, and home-made creative herbal concoctions make their way to the outdoor cocktail bar. Open during summer

Angler Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace

There’s no need to travel all the way to Southern France when you can unwind at the Angler Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace. Relax in the shade of the olive trees and smell the fragrance of lavender bushes. Enjoy luxury cocktails and a wide range of bar snacks. Come for lunch to savour delicious dishes from the seafood restaurant. Open year-round


Head to Madison and enjoy one of the most popular views over London’s iconic landmarks. Dine at the glamorous restaurant or indulge in a drink at the rooftop cocktail bar directly overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral next door. Open year-round 

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The Driver

Make your way down a quiet street near King’s Cross for a gastropub meal at The Driver. If you’re feeling comfortable, stay for a drink on the first floor. If you want to feel the sunshine on your face, make your way to the venue’s hidden gem, the roof. Small, cosy and away from the crowds, this secret rooftop bar is where you go to get away from it all (and for BBQ every night except Sunday). Open year-round

Midnight Apothecary at Brunel Museum

If you like campfires, flowers and experimental cocktails, you’ll fall in love with Midnight Apothecary. Part of the Brunel Museum, this original bar is the only place for campfire cocktails in London. Taste unique concoctions created by gardener, Lottie Muir, using fresh ingredients from the local garden, and enjoy mouth-watering souvlaki from Great Greek Grill. Entrance is £5 by advance ticket. Arrive early so that you can grab a spot next to the fire and claim your free marshmallows. Open during summer on Friday and Saturdays only

Roof East

Head to Roof East, and discover how a disused car park in Stratford has been transformed into one of London’s coolest rooftop bars. With views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this multi-purpose space has served street food from a Hawksmoor head chef, crazy golf, a rooftop movie club and outdoor fitness classes during summer openings. Open summer and winter

The Golden Bee

Bask in the sun’s rays at The Golden Bee rooftop bar in fun-loving Shoreditch. This a great venue for sun-worshipping groups as you can keep hunger at bay with sharing boxes of sushi, and enjoy happy hour prices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Take shelter on the second rooftop bar or down in the club area where DJs play house and club classics. Open year-round

Aviary London

London’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant enjoys a lofty position on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Hotel in Finsbury Square, just a short walk from Old Street Tube station. Gaze over the City’s skyline with a botanical-themed cocktail on Aviary London's heated terrace, where you can plop down on plush lounge seating. Meat and fish cooked over live charcoal is on the menu if you’re feeling peckish. Open year-round


Find a tranquil spot to enjoy a burger and a beer up above the hypnotic lake at the Barbican. The outside roof terrace at Bonfire is the ideal place to discuss the gallery exhibition, the cinematic movie, the theatre performance or the live music you’re about to experience later that evening at the famous arts venue. Open year-round