London boasts some impressive rooftop bars and with (hopefully) warmer weather around the corner and businesses getting ready to reopen, now is the time to plan your next outing and support your favourite old (and new) hangouts. Here is our picks of some of our favourite rooftop watering holes.
Bussey Rooftop Bar
Located on the rooftop of the iconic Bussey Building, Peckam’s highest drinking spot offers a selection of tasty cocktails, a choice of beers, cider and spirits . The venue offers a full pizza menu with delicious flavour combinations, vegan options and a very tasty Rooftop exclusive. Supplies are brought in straight from Italy for an authentic pizza. Get your group of 6 and head down to this trendy rooftop oasis and unwind with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the city.
📍 The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane London, SE15 4SL 📞 +44 77 6113 4946 / Website>
Situated in the cultural heart of London, Radio Rooftop is perched in the middle of Theatreland and moments from Covent Garden. Boasting some of London’s most stunning views and situated on the 10th Floor of ME London with views across the River Thames and of London’s iconic skyline. A great outdoor spot for a casual get together with friends and family, the venue offers a seasonal menu and a selection of signature cocktails. Sit back and watch the sunset in this relaxed and refined space.
📍 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA 📞 - / Website>
This laid back rooftop terrace located in Finsbury Square boasts two stunning terraces, the Palm Terrace and the Aviary Terrace, offering stunning views of the city. Aviary offers guests an impressive range of classic and signature cocktails and a seasonal food menu with an emphasis on local British produce. The terrace has a seperate menu, and you can also opt to dine in a stylish igloo (Bookable until 6th June 2021) which can accomdate up to 8 guests.
📍 22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX 📞 +44 20 3873 4060 / Website>
Located on the 12th floor of Sea Containers London, 12th Knot rooftop bar and lounge offers stylish seating, signature cocktails using seasonal ingredients, DJs and live music to a backdrop of stunning views of the River Thames and London’s impressive skyline. With a striking décor, the venue brings together South Bank’s vibrant energy with a stunning open-plan layout boasting panoramic views. Also served is a selection of wines, beers and spirits, with a choice of bar nibbles and sharing platters.
📍 Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD 📞 ＋44 20 3747 1063 / Website>
Skylark Roof Garden
Perched 10 floors up with stunning views of Hyde Park, Notting Hill and the banks of Little Venice, Skylark Roof Garden offers an intimate outdoor setting for brunch and cocktails. Offering themed events such as cocktails of the world and bubbles in the sky, which include entrance, 2-hour table reservation, welcome drink and appetisers. A Live DJ set adds to the ambience of this laid-back spot in Paddington.
📍 10th Floor, 4 Kingdom Street, Paddington, W2 6BD 📞 ＋44 20 7846 1985 / Website>
Perched 12 floors atop the DoubleTree by Hilton is this decadent rooftop bar featuring two terraces with magnificent 360-degree views of the city overlooking The Shard, Tower of London, The Gherkin and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Serving up delicious cocktails with a twist and a theatrical food menu.
📍 12th Floor, Doubletree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF 📞 ＋44 20 7709 1044 / Website>
Queen of Hoxton
This popular rooftop terrace in Shoreditch is a great place to chill out in the colourful and airy space. Serving up mouth watering burgers, delicious cocktails and boasting stunning views of Shoreditch. Perfect for date night, catch ups and weekend sessions with your besties. This venue also serves up a fabulous bottomless brunch on Saturdays.
📍 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX 📞 ＋44 20 7422 0958 / Website>
Big Chill Bar
The Big Chill Bar in Kings Cross is a great place to eat, drink, work or play. The venue boasts two large floors for you to explore and a large roof terrace with a retractable roof and bar. The foodie resident Chuck Burger offers a tasty range of juicy burgers and you can choose from a range of signature cocktails, craft beers and spirits all enjoyed in a great atmosphere.
📍 257-259 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL 📞 ＋44 20 7427 2540 / Website>
Netol 360 boasts a panoramic bar, garden, café and workspace, with the unbeatable backdrop of the bustling city’s iconic skyline. This chilled out rooftop space offers a selection of wines, Pimm’s, Aperol Spritz, and raw draft beer and cider from the popular local brewery Trumans. The venue draws guest DJ’s backed by an impressive sound system to get your groove on.
📍 1 Westgate St, Hackney, London, E8 3RL 📞 ＋44 20 7427 2540 / Website>