Best 13 rooftop bars in London 2024

Fancy seeing the capital from a different angle? Gaze at beautiful cityscapes from one of these London rooftop bars.
Visit London Editors
Written by Visit London Editors Edited by Lucie Fryer 17 July 2024
The flower-filled outdoor dining space at London restaurant Dalloway Terrace.
The floral spectacular at Dalloway Terrace. Image courtesy of Perowne International.

Get a head for heights and enjoy bars across (and above) the city, including year-round hangouts and seasonal pop-ups on rooftop terraces and gardens. 

In summer, watching the sunset as you enjoy a refreshing drink on a London rooftop is an absolute must-do! Choose from plenty of cool and trendy rooftop bars to experience it for yourself, with these top scenic spots.

Summer rooftop bars in London

1. Radio Rooftop

See unique views of London from Radio Rooftop bar in London, as the ME London hotel's terrace serves up seasonal cocktails and bites to eat. Enjoy stunning views over London, ranging from the London Eye and Big Ben to St Paul's CathedralOpen daily, year-round.

Where: Covent Garden (ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA)

2. 8 at The Londoner

A photo of the firepit at Shima Garden, the Japanese rooftop bar at London hotel 8 at The Londoner.
Shima Garden rooftop bar at 8 at The Londoner. Image courtesy of 8 at the Londoner.

Get a taste of Japan at izakaya-themed bar, terrace and restaurant 8 at The Londoner. Perched atop The Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square, this classy hangout has three laid-back spaces to enjoy; from the Lounge & Terrace with retractable skylights, to the sensory Shima Garden and the understated Restaurant. Enjoy cocktails, sake, whiskies, robata-grilled meats and more. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, year-round

Where: Leicester Square (The Londoner Hotel, 38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX)

3. Savage Garden at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel

A parallel image of Savage Garden rooftop bar in London, showing the warm orange interiors and the open rooftop near the shard.
Savage Garden Rooftop London. Image courtesy of Savage Garden

The Savage Garden, high above the City of London in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London, combines swish vibes, seasonal decor and decadent cocktails. Grab a sharing plate and enjoy 360-degree views over the iconic London skyline. Open daily, year-round

Where: Tower of London (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, 12th floor, EC3N 4AF)

4. The Rooftop

An aerial view of Trafalgar Square, taken from The Rooftop, including Nelson's column and the bronze lions, on a sunny day.
View from The Rooftop at The Trafalgar, St James, Curio Collection by Hilton. Image courtesy of Hilton Hotels

Take in the tranquillity of the almost secret rooftop bar in The Trafalgar, St James hotel, safe in the knowledge that nobody in Trafalgar Square 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.

Where: Trafalgar Square (The Trafalgar, St James Hotel, 7th floor, 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS)

5. Madison rooftop bar

Views of St. Paul's Cathedral and the city from Madison on a sunny day
St. Paul's Cathedral from Madison © Endri Killo via Unsplash. Image courtesy of Endri Killo via Unsplash

Step out onto Madison's rooftop bar and be dazzled by some of the most Instagrammable views of London. Sip on a glass of bubbly as you gaze on neighbouring St Paul's Cathedral, or wind down with a classic cocktail listening to tunes from the live DJ. Open daily, year-round.

Where: St Paul's (Rooftop Terrace One, EC4M 9AF)

6. Queen of Hoxton

Brightly coloured chairs around a table on a london rooftop.
Sip on a cocktail in the sunshine on the Queen of Hoxton rooftop. Image courtesy of Queen of Hoxton.

Head to the ever-trendy Queen of Hoxton, a Shoreditch rooftop bar with a Hispanic-inspired theme for 2024. The Terraza Del Sol summer theme features the iconic rooftop decked out with all the colours of summer. Enjoy Latin-inspired cocktails and Hispanic food favourites such as tacos and loaded nachos at this tropical summer rooftop takeover. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, weather dependent.

Where: Shoreditch (1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX)

7. Aviary London

Take in views over the City of London and celebrate with friends or family at Aviary London on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Hotel in Old Street. Gaze over the skyline and enjoy botanical-themed cocktails, salads, small plates and meat and fish dishes. Open daily, year-round.

Where: Old Street (Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, EC2A 1DX)

8. Big Chill King's Cross

Partially covered outdoor terrace, with high tables and stalls and fairly lights and disco ball decorations
Big Chill King's Cross rooftop bar. Image courtesy of Big Chill King's Cross.

A Victorian pub turned laid-back London bar, head to Big Chill for seasonal cocktails and local craft beers, a generous bottomless brunch and a colourful roof terrace in King's Cross. Come back on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening when DJs usually get the party started. Open daily

Where: King's Cross (257-259, Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL)

9. Pergola Brixton

Summer vibes, tropical decor and dj sets combine at Pergola Brixton this summer. Decorated in colourful murals and tropical plants, the rooftop bar also features a retractable roof to catch some rays when the sun is out! Enjoy classic cocktails and seasonal specials from two bars, and feast on Latin American, BBQ, Italian dishes and more. Open Tue-Sun from 4 May.

Where: Brixton (Pope's Rd, Atlantic Rd, SW9 8JH)

10. London Bridge Rooftop

Check out vibrant hot-spot London Bridge Rooftop for delicious cocktails, tasty burgers and DJ sessions at the trendy rooftop bar. Watch the sunset over the iconic London skyline and see the city illuminate in twinkly lights. Open daily

Where: London Bridge (Rooftop Colechurch House, London Bridge Walk, SE1 2SX)

11. Coq d'Argent

A beautifully landscaped rooftop terrace overlooks London's gherkin and skyscrapers on a sunny day.
Views of London landmarks from Coq d'Argent. Image courtesy of Coq d’Argent.

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

Where: Bank (1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ)

12. Seabird

open air outdoor rooftop bar with boho decor, tiled flooring and palm trees
Rooftop seafood restaurant and bar Seabird, The Hoxton. Image courtesy of Seabird The Hoxton.

Experience impressive views over London at Seabird, the popular seafood restaurant boasting London's longest oyster list. Indulge in Mediterranean-inspired plates and an extensive list of crafted cocktails, wine and spirits. Open daily, year-round.

Where: Southwark (The Hoxton Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY)

13. Sabine Rooftop Bar

outdoor rooftop bar and terrace in the sunshine, with colourful seating, a faux grass wall and views over St Paul's Cathedral
Sabine rooftop bar overlooking St Paul's Cathedral. Image courtesy of Sabine.

Escape the city and step into Sabine's secret garden oasis overlooking St Paul's. Enjoy curated cocktails and light bites such as mac n cheese bon bons, tostadas and charcuterie boards. With inside and outside seating areas, it's the perfect rooftop bar to enjoy in every season. Open daily, year-round.

Where: St Paul's (10 Godliman St, EC4V 5AJ)

Find more outdoor foodie treats at alfresco restaurants in London, or enjoy a drink in the capital's laid-back beer gardens.