Best 20 rooftop bars in London

Fancy seeing the capital from a different angle? Gaze at beautiful cityscapes from one of these London rooftop bars.
A christmas alcove with a wicker bench covered in snowy decorations next to lanterns at the lucky club rooftop in london.
The Lucky Club rooftop bar. Image courtesy of Hartshorn Hook Enterprises. Photo credit: Harry Johnson

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. 

Best rooftop bars in London with a view

1. FIRE & ICE at Radio Rooftop

See unique views of London from Radio Rooftop bar in London, as the ME London hotel's terraces, each offering their own vistas, have been transformed this winter into immersive partying spaces for the festive season. The north ICE terrace is a Nordic-style winter hideaway whereas the south FIRE terrace transports you to a lively South America oasis. Soak up the juxtaposing atmospheres with stunning views, ranging from the London Eye and Big Ben to St Paul's CathedralOpen daily, year-round.

2. 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 every day, year-round

3. The Rooftop

Take in the tranquility 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

4. Jin Bo Law Skybar

Seats covered in sheepskin throws next to a festive penguin statue on the jin bo law rooftop bar next to the london skyline.
Sip on a glass of bubbles at Jin Bo Law Skybar. Image courtesy of Jin Bo Law Skybar.

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

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

6. Oxo Tower

Soak up sweeping vistas of the river Thames from the terrace of Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. Savour refined British dishes at the restaurant, enjoy live music at the brasserie and admire the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the bar's balcony on the eighth floor of this South Bank icon. Open daily year-round

7. 12th Knot at Sea Containers

An eclectic rooftop bar, 12th Knot sits atop one of London's quirkiest hotels, Sea Containers. Serving expertly crafted cocktails overlooking the Thames, relax on the plush seating, dining on a delightful seasonal menu as the sun sets over the illuminated London skyline. Open daily, year-round

Cool London rooftop bars

8. Aviary London

Looking out from one of the Aviary igloos, with rugs, lanterns and a table with two bottles and glasses of whisky.
Aviary igloo. Image courtesy of Publicasity.

This stunning rooftop bar and restaurant enjoys a lofty position on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Hotel in Old Street. Gaze over the City’s skyline with a botanical-themed cocktail on Aviary London's terrace, and choose from salads, small plates and meat and fish dishes. Open daily, year-round. 

9. Boundary Rooftop

White tables with festive decor line the winter rooftop of boundary shoreditch.
Have some festive fun on Boundary's winter rooftop. Image courtesy of Boundary Shoreditch.

With late design mogul Sir Terence Conran having overseen its creation, it's no wonder Boundary Rooftop looks this good and stylish. Sit among silver birch trees at the Shoreditch rooftop bar, or relax in the heated glass Orangery, which boasts fantastic views of the city and east London. Open daily, year-round

10. 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 Leciester 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

11. 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. Open daily year-round

12. Queen of Hoxton

A cosy rooftop bar with furry seats and fairy lights at the queen of hoxton.
Queen of Hoxton rooftop bar. Image courtesy of Mothership Group.

Head to the ever-trendy Queen of Hoxton, a Shoreditch rooftop bar which is transformed with different themes throughout the year, from the dystopian 'Lost Vegas'  to its most recent spectacular, 'Cherry Blossom Garden'. Indulge in cocktails and burgers on the spacious terrace with lots of colourful seating. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays, year-round. 

13. The Nest at Treehouse London

The interior of The Nest rooftop bar at Treehouse London hotel, featuring boho-style furniture, rugs, plus pendant lights and plants hanging from the ceiling, and London's skyline in the background.
The Nest at Treehouse London hotel. Image courtesy of Bacchus Agency.
Kick back with a drink or some light bites, burgers or sandwiches at quirky rooftop bar The Nest, atop Treehouse London hotel. Decked out in boho-chic sofas, armchairs and rugs, with foliage hanging form the ceiling and a stylish outside terrace, this uber-cool space is a great place to hang out in London's West End. Open daily, year-round

14. Angler Terrace

There’s no need to travel all the way to southern France when you can unwind at Angler Terrace. Relax under a retractable roof, warmed by heaters as you savour gin cocktails on the seventh floor of the City's South Place Hotel. Afterwards, tuck into delicious seafood from its restaurant. Open Tuesday to Saturday year-round

15. 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

16. John Lewis' 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

17. The Lucky Club Camden

A table of festive cocktails on a winter decorated table.
The Lucky Club rooftop bar. Image courtesy of Hartshorn Hook Enterprises. Photo credit: Harry Johnson

The Lucky Club Camden is transformed into winter wonderland complete with open fire pits, festive foliage and blankets and hot water bottles to keep you toasty. Enjoy a yuletide cocktails and indulgent warm beverages such as Peppermint Margaritas and Mezcal Oaxacan Hot Chocolate. Open from 11 Nov

Fun rooftop bars in London

18. Skylight Tobacco Dock

Glass igloos sit on the rooftop of Skylight Bar Tobacco Dock in London.
Skylight rooftop bar tobacco dock. Image courtesy of Skylight Bars.

Zip over to Tobacco Dock’s Skylight Rooftop and take in fantastic views from above of your local area. The London rooftop at Skylight returns each summer and winter with tempting street food, along with a host of fun activities to try out with friends and family. Open summer and winter only

19. 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, year-round

20. The Golden Bee

A winter rooftop bar in london with a firepit, champagne on a table with pizza and black chairs and tables surrounded by festive decorations.
Golden Bee rooftop bar. Image courtesy of Field Vision.

Sprawl out under the retractable roof of The Golden Bee rooftop bar in fun-loving Shoreditch. Choose from the long list of martinis and classic cocktails, pairing your expertly crafted drink with a tasty sushi platter. Come the weekend, dance to house and club classics at the over-21s venue. Open Thursdays to Sundays, year-round

21. 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

22. Dalston Roof Park

The height of cool in London's hip East End, Dalston Roof Park is a true social hub. Budding creatives put on special events, from film nights to live gigs and most recently, the 2022 Qatar World Cup. All you need to do is pick up a drink from the pop-up bar and relax. Open Thursday to Saturday

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