Best Rooftop Bars in London

Gaze across London's beautiful cityscape at one of these rooftop bars and terraces.

The Roof Gardens

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

Dalston Roof Park

The height of coolness in London's hip East, 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 until September 2015

The Boundary

With design mogul Terence Conran overseeing its creation, it's no wonder The Boundary looks so good. The rooftop garden of this converted Victorian warehouse has a kitchen garden, olive trees and, best of all, a fantastic Bar & 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

Despite the most inauspicious of locations – atop a multi-storey car park in Peckham – Frank's is worth hunting out during the summer. Watch the sun set over South East London with a Dark & Stormy in hand, cool company and amazing sculptures close by. Parking, obviously, isn't a problem. Open until September 2015

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 then. 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. This year sees an American East Coast theme with a Nantucket Beach Club pop-up with a lighthouse, cocktails and food such as clam chowder, and lobster mac and cheese. Open until 30 September 2015

Vista

Soak up the tranquility of the secret Vista roof garden bar, safe in the knowledge that the nobody in London's famous Trafalgar Square down below is as lucky as you. Oh look, is that Big Ben you see from up here as well! Grab a premium cocktail, settle back into the cosy seating, and feel a satisfying smile creap across your face. This year sees the arrival of the BLOOM Gin Rooftop Garden, where you can enjoy regular cocktail masterclasses from BLOOM Gin experts. Open until September 2015

Queen of Hoxton

The queen of live music and off-beat events (hip hop and R&B quiz anyone?), this East London bar/club/arts space has it going on upstairs as well as down. Find a spot in the Queen of Hoxton roof garden to enjoy the BBQ, chilled cocktails and top view. This summer's theme is inspired by Havana's cigar-smoking legend, Graciela. Open until late September 2015 and again during the winter

Radio Rooftop Bar

The dress code to enter the luxurious rooftop bar of ME London Hotel is formal. But when the view includes Tower Bridge, The Shard, St Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, jeans somehow don't seem appropriate anyway. Soak up the view with a table of tapas and cocktails. 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 until late September 2015

Aqua Spirit

Overlooking Regent Street, Aqua Spirit serves up a stunning view and, as its name suggests, the finest water around: sparkling, mineral, tap... Wait, they do delicious cocktails too? Amazing. Signatures include Rose & Li (with Veuve Clicquot champagne and rose liqueur) and Ginger Collins (with Tanqueray gin and fresh ginger). Open year-round

Rumpus Room

Set on the 12th floor atop 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, with regular live music and DJ sets. Open year-round

Best Rooftop Pop-up Bars This Summer

Don't miss these new arrivals for summer 2015...

Grey Goose Boulangerie François Terrasse at Harvey Nichols

Enjoy a vodka martini or two at the Harvey Nicholls Fifth Floor terrace, which hosts the chic pop-up Grey Goose bar for the summer. Oozing French Riviera style, the bar gives you the chance to make your own martinis during a masterclass, or just sit back and sip away. Open until 6 September 2015

Roofnic

Escape for the crowds along Oxford Street as you head through a secluded entrance and up onto the rooftops at Roofnic. Complete with AstroTurf, herbs, flowers and retro seating, this oasis is a great place for evening jam jar cocktails and craft beers, or afternoon lazing with picnic-themed food. Open until September 2015

Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Garden at The Green Room

Although not technically a roof terrace, this oasis on the South Bank is perfect for a quiet summer drink. Create your own gin and tonics guided by expert mixologists at two pop-up bars outside the National Theatre’s Green Room. Complete with deck chairs, picnic tables and benches, the space is transformed into a food and drink paradise, with barbecues on some evenings and seasonal dishes. Open until August 2015

Moët Ice Impérial Big Summer Party at Madison Rooftop Bar

Chill out with an Antarctic feel at Madison Rooftop Bar. Perched high up on One New Change, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, the Moët & Chandon pop-up specialises in champagne and has to be one of the coolest places around this summer. Open until September 2015

Summer Tales

Offering not one, but five separate bars, the pop-up Summer Tales brings a touch of the tropics to Old Street. Kick back with a cocktail on a deck chair or tuck into tasty bites from the likes of Bonnie Gull, Burger & Lobster and Pizza Pilgrims and enjoy tunes from the guest DJs. Make sure to get there early to secure your spot. Open until August 2015

The Mojito Bar and Cuban Terrace at Boisdale Canary Wharf

Get down to Cuban rhythms at Boisdale Canary Wharf’s Cuban Terrace. Tuck into Cuban street food, enjoy rum-based cocktails and party into the night with entertainment from a 4-piece Cuban band and DJs. Open until 31 August