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 in London

Lost Vegas at Queen of Hoxton

Journey to the weird and wonderful Lost Vegas at the Queen of Hoxton. This Shoreditch hangout turns its terrace into a playground for adults, complete with a wedding chapel, school bus bar, boozy ice pops, and an events programme with outdoor cinema screenings, silent discos and immersive theatre. Open daily until October

alto by San Carlo

Find a slice of Italy at the rooftop garden of world-famous department store, Selfridges. Head up in the lift from the fragrance section and indulge in seasonal Italian fare, including fresh pasta, seafood and meat dishes. Expect residencies from the likes of Peroni and Veuve Clicquot during the summer. Open throughout spring and summer

Skylight London

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While away summer days with British lawn games at Tobacco Dock’s three-floor Skylight. This vibrant rooftop bar serves up refreshing 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. Open from May to September, Thursday to Sunday

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Head on top of the Bussey Building in Peckham to discover a spectacular roof terrace with great views of the city. Grab a fresh cocktail and some mouthwatering street food from Rockadollar’s hot-dog masters, as you soak up the sun at this alfresco hotspot. Open from May to September, from Tuesday to Sunday

Dalston Roof Park

The height of cool 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 from May to September, and on selected dates in winter

John Lewis' Summer of Sound on the Roof

Find an exciting season of outdoor music and cocktails with Summer of Sound on the Roof at John Lewis’ rooftop terrace on Oxford Street. Catch garden gigs, acoustic concerts and DJ sets, visit immersive sound studios, refuel with Nanny Bill's British food, and enjoy drinks from Fever-Tree. Open from May to late September

The Culpeper

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Head to the top floor of The Culpeper and discover one of the quirkiest cocktail bars in London, complete with a secret rooftop and a greenhouse. Many of the plants growing here are used in the pub’s kitchen, while the herbs find their way into cocktails on the outdoor bar's menu. 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 from May throughout the summer, from Tuesday to Sunday

More London rooftop bars

Madison

 

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Head to Madison and enjoy one of the most popular views of 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

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 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. Open daily year-round 

Roof East

Head to Roof East, and discover how a disused car park in Stratford has been transformed into one of coolest rooftop bars in London. With 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

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

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. Grab a premium cocktail at The Rooftop and settle back into the cosy seating, as you see eye to eye with Nelson. Open daily year-round

Netil 360

 

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An independent cafe and informal workspace during the day, Netil 360 gradually transforms 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, from Wednesday to Sunday

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, 12 floors above London, you can gaze romantically across at Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The 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 that leads out onto the cosy terrace. Open year-round from Tuesday to Saturday

Big Chill King's Cross

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 seasonal cocktails, a generous brunch and a sun-blessed 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 for 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. 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, 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, and choose from meat and fish dishes cooked over charcoal. 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 has a kitchen garden, citrus trees and 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 Tuesday 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 want to feel the sunshine on your face, make your way to the venue’s hidden gem, the roof. Small, cosy and high above 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 for anyone visiting London is a evening 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 indulge in 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 City of London at Smith’s of Smithfield's 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 daily year-round

Savage Garden

Head twelve stories up the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Tower of London and you'll find a luxurious cocktail bar in the City. Savage Garden boasts a gin terrace with 360-degree views of the London skyline, plush decor, theatrical drinks, and sharing plates. Open year-round, from June 2018

Jin Bo Law Skybar

Experience the breathtaking views from the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate, at Asian-themed Jin Bo Law Skybar. Indulge in a range of creative cocktails from the drinks menu, which takes inspiration from the favourite tipples of Japan, China, Vietnam and more. Open daily year-round

Sanctum Soho Roof Terrace

Relax on the comfy sofas, cocktail in hand, at Sactum Soho hotel’s luxurious Roof Terrace. The rooftop hosts a hot tub and special events throughout the year, and is open to non-residents upon reservation only. Open daily year-round