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.

Madison

 

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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 daily year-round

Il Tetto Restaurant & Bar

Find a slice of Italy by travelling on the express lift from the fragrance section to the rooftop at world-famous department store, Selfridges. After a spot shopping, nibble on small bites of cicchetti with a glass of Italian wine, or enjoy comforting bowls of steaming pasta at Il Tetto. Open daily until spring 

Queen of Hoxton

Journey to a magical world at the Queen of Hoxton’s famous rooftop bar. This Shoreditch hangout turns its terrace into a playground for adults, taking inspiration from seasonal themes during winter and summer months. Open daily year-round

Coq d'Argent

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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 daily year-round 

Roof East

Head to Roof East, and discover how a disused carpark in Stratford has been transformed into one of coolest rooftop bars in London. The views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this multi-purpose space boasts tasty street food, seasonal games and activities, plus outdoor fitness classes during the summer. Open summer and winter

Dalloway Terrace

Discover a tranquil heaven in central London with Dalloway Terrace's outdoor restaurant and bar. The covered and heated terrace is the perfect place to sip on a hot cocktail and savour cheese fondue. Come spring and summer, Dalloway Terrace transforms into an elegant alfresco restaurant filled with flowers. Open daily year-round

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

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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 roof garden, which features a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden. Open daily year-round

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, 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 and on selected dates in winter

The Rooftop

Soak up the tranquillity of the secret roof garden bar at The Trafalgar St James hotel, 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 at The Rooftop, settle back into the cosy seating, and feel a satisfying smile appear across your face. Open year-round from Wednesday to Sunday

Netil 360

 

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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. Open April to December

Angler 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 on the seventh floor of the exclusive South Place Hotel. Enjoy luxury cocktails and savour delicious dishes from the seafood restaurant. Open year-round from Monday to Saturday

Oxo Tower

Soak up a spectacular panorama of the river Thames from the breathtaking 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 eighth floor of this South Bank landmark. Open daily 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 ShardSt Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, jeans somehow don't seem appropriate. Soak up the view from one of the best bars in London with a table filled with tapas and cocktails. Open daily year-round

Skylounge

This 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 LondonSt Paul's CathedralThe Shard and The Gherkin, drinking in life and cocktails. Open daily year-round

Rumpus Room

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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 from Tuesday to Saturday

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 pale ale (on Sunday), and a sun-blessed wooden roof-terrace. Come back on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening when DJs get the party started! Open daily 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 daily year-round

Aviary London

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This stunning 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 settle down on plush lounge seating. Meat and fish cooked over live charcoal is on the menu if you’re feeling peckish. Open daily year-round 

Boundary Rooftop

With design mogul Terence Conran overseeing its creation, it's no wonder Boundary Rooftop 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 Mediterranean-influenced cuisine food and exquisite cocktails. Open daily year-round

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 from Tuesday to Saturday

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 Coca-Cola London Eye and The Gherkin. Attached to Aqua Nueva is Aqua Spirit cocktail bar and Aqua Kyoto Japanese restaurant. Open daily year-round

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. Open daily 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 daily year-round

Smith's of Smithfield

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Treat yourself to a luxurious evening up among 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 from Monday to Saturday (currently closed for refurbishment until 19 April)

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 daily year-round

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. Open during summer on Friday and Saturdays only

The Culpeper

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The Culpeper is not your usual London pub. Head to the top floor, and discover one of the quirkiest cocktail bars London has to offer, complete with a secret rooftop and 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 (and private bookings during winter)

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, from Tuesday to Sunday