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.
Written by Hannah Cornish Edited by Sigrun Tomicki 24 January 2024

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. 

Winter rooftop bars in London

1. Radio Rooftop

An empty terrace with lounge-style seating and London's skyline in the background, at dusk.
Radio rooftop bar at ME London. Image courtesy of ME London.

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

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. John Lewis' Willows on The Roof

A wooden rooftop cabin with grey benches and green cushions, covered with Christmas foliage.
Head to the John Lewis rooftop. Image courtesy of Willows on the Roof.

Settle in to a chalet-inspired cabin at Willows on The Roof above John Lewis. The ultimate spot to enjoy a seasonal beverage and delicious food after shopping til' you drop on London's Oxford Street. Open daily, year-round

Where: Oxford Street (John Lewis, 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX)

6. 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)

7. Queen of Hoxton

High angle image taken of a rooftop bar, with a wigwam decorated in fairy lights, outdoor fire pits and gondola-themed outdoor seating
The Queen's Masquerade rooftop bar theme for Winter 2023 at the Queen of Hoxton. Image courtesy of Queen of Hoxton.

Head to the ever-trendy Queen of Hoxton, a Shoreditch rooftop bar with a Gothic Venice theme for 2023. The Queen's Masquerade Winter Terrace features the signature wigwam adorned with feather masks, drapes of silk and gondola seating around the outdoor firepits. Enjoy Venetian-style food and hot cocktails at this magical winter rooftop takeover. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, weather dependent.

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

8. 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)

9. Bar Elba

People enjoy drinks on the rooftop of London bar, Bar Elba.
London rooftop bar Elba. Image courtesy of Bar Elba.

Inspired by Napoleon's exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba, cool rooftop-party events are what Bar Elba knows best. From sunset sessions and open-air picnics, to rooftop brunch and outdoor cinema, there is plenty of fun to be had and stunning views to admire at this prime location in Waterloo. Open daily, year-round

Where: Waterloo (111 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8SG)

10. 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)

11. Lost in Brixton

A winter rooftop bar in brixton is covered in green and red christmas foliage.
Winter at Lost in Brixton. Image courtesy of Lost in Brixton.

Nested in foodie heaven Brixton Village and with a seasonal backdrop of fairy lights and jolly tunes, Lost in Brixton is a place to chill whatever the time of the year. If you want to grab a bite to eat, order from many restaurants downstairs and have it brought straight to your table – who said you couldn't have it all? Open Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round

Where: Brixton (Brixton Village, SW9 8PS)

12. 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)

13. Coq d'Argent

Rooftop bar at night time with a backdrop of the City of London in lights
Rooftop at Coq d'Argent © Coq d'Argent/Jason Purple Photography

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)

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