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.

Summer Pop-up Bars

Proud Camden

If you’re visiting Camden, make sure to stop by Proud Camden as its rooftop terrace transforms into an English garden-inspired oasis for summer. Chill out while listening to live acoustic music during the day, or party the night away to DJ sets under starry skies. The urban retreat features lush landscaped gardens, as well as foodie treats from the resident burger joint. Open during summer

Queen of Hoxton

Journey to Neverland this summer at the Queen of Hoxton’s Peter Pan-inspired rooftop garden. This Shoreditch hangout turns its terrace into a magical playground for adults, complete with cool cocktails at The Lost Boy’s bar, movie nights and top views over East London. Open during summer

Sisu

Soak up the sunshine in peaceful Scandinavian surroundings at little-known rooftop bar, Sisu. You’ll find a coin-operated cocktail tap, delicious street food in the greenhouse restaurant and panoramic views of London’s West End. Make sure to look out for the secret entrance near Marble Arch. Open during summer

Midnight Apothecary

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 Greek barbeque food. Arrive early so that you can grab a spot next to the fire, and claim your free marshmallows to toast on the fire. Entrance is £5 by advance ticket. Open during summer on Friday and Saturdays only

Skylight

While away summer days with British lawn games at Tobacco Dock’s three-floor Skylight. This vibrant rooftop bar serves up a refreshing selection of summery tipples including spritzes, cocktails and beer, plus lots of tasty street food. Unleash your competitive side during a game of croquet, lawn bowls or petanque as the sun sets over the London skyline. Open during summer from Thursday to Sunday, plus bank holidays

The Roof Deck

The Roof Deck is bringing a sunny slice of Californian life to world-famous department store, Selfridges. Dine on a delicious menu packed with West Coast cuisine, from shareable small plates and health-focused mains to indulgent desserts. You can also enjoy the fantastic cocktails on the lovely open-air terrace, or from the comfort of the picture-pretty cabana decorated in glittering lights and hanging plants. Open during summer

Brixton Beach

Spend the summer surrounded by palm trees, tropical vibes and plenty of sand at Brixton Beach. The Cuban-inspired rooftop bar welcomes a vibrant line-up of daily entertainment including DJ sets, film screenings, all-day parties, exercise classes from Ministry of Sound and more. Unwind in the sun with a cocktail in hand, or pick up street food from the on-site eateries - weekly barbecues are hosted by some of London’s top restaurants. Open during summer

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Good Hotel London

Hop on board the floating Good Hotel London to enjoy drinks with friends under the summer sunshine. Located on the river Thames, the spacious rooftop terrace offers stunning vistas of Canary Wharf, which are accompanied by a menu filled with plenty of drinks and nibbles at this unusual London hotel. Open during summer

Dalloway Terrace

Toast to the return of summer in beautiful blossom-filled surroundings at Dalloway Terrace. The luxurious restaurant welcomes two huge blossom trees to their ground-floor outdoor terrace, plus a menu packed with delightful seasonal dishes, a collection of gin-based cocktails and alcoholic ice lollies for the balmy summer days. Get your stretch on with relaxing yoga classes, or catch a movie at the film club. Open during spring and summer

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 cocktail, cool company and amazing sculptures close by. Parking, obviously, isn't a problem. Open during summer

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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, which features a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden. Open during spring and summer

Netil 360

An independent cafe 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

The Bussey Rooftop Bar

Fans of cinema can find a home outdoors for the summer at The Bussey Building in trendy Peckham. Grab a fresh cocktail or a 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

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

Vista

Soak up the tranquillity 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 (currently closed for renovation)

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

More Rooftop Bars in London

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

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 from Monday to Saturday

The Roof Gardens

Flamingos, fruit trees, and 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

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 Marys (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

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

Sushisamba

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

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

Rumpus Room

Set on the 12th floor of the Mondrian London is Rumpus Room. The hotel’s rooftop lounge and terrace has spectacular views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City’s skyline. You’ll find tasty cocktails with a British-American twist, a swanky interior and there’s always a party going on with regular live music and DJ sets. Open year-round

Skylounge

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

Boundary

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

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

Madison

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 barbecue parties). Open year-round

Icon Balcony Bar

A must-do experience for anyone visiting London is a wander through the dazzling lights of Leicester Square. Check out The Empire Casino and head upstairs to the glitzy Icon Balcony Bar, where you can grab a drink and look out across the square for a spot of people-watching. Open year-round

Roof East

Head to Roof East, and discover how a disused carpark in Stratford has been transformed into one of London’s coolest rooftop bars. With views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this multi-purpose space has tasty tapas, a roller disco, 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 is a great venue for sun-worshipping groups as you can keep hunger at bay with sharing boxes of sushi, and enjoy happy hour prices from Monday to Thursday. Take shelter on the mezzanine level or down in the club area where DJs play house and club classics. Open year-round

Smith's of Smithfield

Treat yourself to a luxurious evening up amongst the rooftops of the old City of London at the 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

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

Bonfire

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