HERE IT IS, I have gathered all my years of experience and compiled this AWESOME list for you of the absolute BEST rooftop bars in London that you absolutely need to know about. You will find some famous names, some classic venues, some hidden gems and some newbies on the scene. Basically, you will find exactly what you are looking for… who doesnt want good vibes, good drinks, good food and great views!
Rooftop at Trafalgar St James
Rooftop St James has absolutely unbeatable views of Trafalgar square and the iconic London skyline. This incredible rooftop bar just takes your breath away. Head here for alfresco dining, sky high cocktails and even brunch. With a menu inspired by Japan, Korea and More, you are truly in for a real treat. and again … THE VIEW!
17-19 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HW
Now… Coqbull is a unique one on this list because I havent actually been here before! BUT I have heard the food is AMAZING and on their Instagram they have been sharing videos and pictures of the roof terrace opening in April and it is a DREAM! Looks like it will be the newest hidden gem in the London rooftop scene and OF COURSE I am already booked in for a table in April. Fingers crossed for great weather! Cant wait to try.
5th Floor, 30 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7EB
020 7478 0540
Aqua Spirit is THE rooftop to find yourself on this spring. A glitzy, sophisticated champagne and cocktail bar with spectacular, open-air rooftop space, Aqua Spirit is a destination cocktail bar in the heat of the west end, with DJ’s every weekend and stunning outdoor terraces to relax and refresh while taking in the views. Cosy seating, booths and a really warm feeling to the space, this is exactly how I picture my ideal roof terrace!
Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Skylight sits atop the famous Tobacco Dock (my favourite venue for a good time in all of London) boasting amazing views of the London city skyline Now.. we all know how much I LOVE an activity! Well Skylight has a bunch of activities you can play with friends, a few different street food vendors and a whole variety of drinks. Honestly just a really fun, lively place with something for everyone! And a HELL of a view…
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD
020 3973 0545
Allegra’s terrace is a atmospheric, intimate, outdoor space set amongst an elevated meadow of wildflowers, water features and cedar pathways and sheltered under a spectacular, cedar-cantilevered roof. Basically a heavenly garden in the sky with views to die for. The terrace also offers sharing dishes and small plates from a more casual menu exploring the Sky Terrace overlooking the London skyline. It just feels like such a special place that truly has to be visited to fully experience.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
020 3747 1063
12th Knot is a lively rooftop bar and lounge overlooking the river thames with unrivalled views of London. Stylish seating, cocktails celebrating seasonal ingredients, DJs and live music – the perfect for a late night with killer views and your favourite people. A true reflection of South Bank’s awesome energy, expect bright, striking décor with an open-plan layout which puts the panoramic views centre stage. So whether you’re curled up on a window seat, relaxing on the balcony, mingling at the bar or on the dance floor, London’s breath-taking skyline is the main attraction!
Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, Tower, London EC3N 4AF
020 7709 1044
Savage Garden rooftop terrace sits on top of a Doubletree Hilton with views of London Bridge and Tower of London. With a wild selection of cocktails, delicious food and even a bi-monthly dog brunch with the option to upgrade to bottomless prosecco for humans and pawsecco for furry friends for £20 per person extra. Head to Savage Garden and take a walk on the wild side.
Located right next to London Bridge Station, Vinegar Yard is an eclectic mix of drinks, food, flea market and art. In summer, socialise in the sun in the huge outside venue; in winter, go under cover with huge tents and outdoor heating, or book a table in one of the two indoor bars. Surrounded by big buildings and with the Shard towering above you, its quite the place to enjoy a drink! Sit, enjoy, and really take it all in.
You could go to Bar Elba every night of the week, and never get bored!! Rooftop cinema screenings, bottomless brunches, supper sessions and a social club which involves bottomless cocktails and more… YOU CANNOT GO WRONG with Bar Elba. PLUS the gorgeous views, pastel colours and even igloos… who doesn’t want to sit with friends, in a cute af igloo with tower bridge views while enjoying bottomless porn star martinis.
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The Bussey Rooftop Bar is a tropical PARADISE in lively Peckham. Perched atop the iconic Bussey Building, Bussey Rooftop Bar literally stands above the rest as the highest drinking hot spot in Peckham, offering delicious cocktails, tasty pizza and unrivalled 360-degree views of London’s dazzling skyline. Transforming into a colourful oasis, Bussey Rooftop Bar offers a unique drinking and dining experience in the heart of South London.
Come here for… Drinks, Roof Terrace, Views, BBQ Kitchen, Cocktails, Comfortable Seating…
Upper 5th is found on the rooftop of the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, with absolutely stunning panoramic views of the London skyline. Extremely instagram worthy and just unmissable. A great spot for sunset drinks.
Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
020 3873 4060
ROOFTOP IGLOOS! The Aviary is a gorgeous rooftop restaurant & terrace bar with igloos you can book. You can enjoy day or night here.. with bottomless brunch, dinner with a view or just drinks. again… ROOFTOP IGLOOS. I don’t think the novelty of a igloo will ever wear off.
Jin Bo Law
14th floor, 9 Aldgate High Street Dorsett City, London EC3N 1AH
020 3947 2582
On the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel you will find Jin Bo Law. With stunning views of the London skyline, and a laidback vibe, this really is a very special place to unwind. They also host club nights and many a celebrity has been spotted partying the night away at Jin Bo Law.
1 Westgate St, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Netil 360 is a bar, garden, cafe and workspace rooftop venue. There is a real laidback vibe from the wooden benches and picnic style seating, grab a spot on the grass, get yourself some cocktails or beers and try some of the tasty street food options on offer!
The Red Lion is a absolute hidden gem in Shoreditch, with a really laid back vibe, lively once the sun goes down on the weekend. Plus they serve food, really great burgers and pizzas to enjoy with the wide range of drinks available. Perfect little suntrap!
Queen Of Hoxton
1 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JX
020 7422 0958
The Queen Of Hoxton rooftop is one of the best known in London, and for very good reason. The bar, club and rooftop in the heart of Shoreditch is host to live music, DJs and installations with a roof garden barbecue! There is a fun, laidback vibe on summer days and a real lively, party vibe come the evenings!
Singer St, Old Street, London EC1V 9DD
020 7253 1110
Golden Bee is a Shoreditch hotspot known for its amazing vibe and lengthy cocktail menu. The large roof terrace at Golden Bee has a large bar, fantastic views of Shoreditch and a lively atmosphere, any time you visit. The cocktails are damn well fantastic too. PLUS No matter what the weather, they’ll make sure you can still enjoy the view from the rooftop thanks to a retractable canopy. Never fret about getting rained out again.
Enjoy the absolutely spectacular view of the City and East London from the stylish surroundings of Boundary’s heated Rooftop & outdoor terrace. Open come rain or shine, the Rooftop is the perfect destination for lazy lunches, afternoon cocktails, balmy evenings and cosy nights alike. Open all year round, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the fantastic views whatever the weather and on fine days and throughout the spring and summer you can sit out in the Rooftop garden with a glass of something nice and something tasty off the grill.
Prince Of Wales
467- 469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8HH
020 7095 1978
WHAT A PLACE Prince of Wales is! With a epic two tier rooftop beer garden, its not hard to see why this pub is a Brixton institution. Here you can come to enjoy a after work beer, musical bingo, bottomless brunch, themed nights, DJs… and so much more! Theres always something going on at the Prince of Wales, with a killer sunset view like theirs… you absolutely cannot go wrong.
Lost In Brixton
Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS
020 8187 1038
A rooftop paradise, hidden in Brixton Market, this rooftop jungle bar is such a fantastic hidden gem. With a little imagination and a lot of love, they have managed to turn a hidden corner of Brixton into a secret rooftop terrace, big enough to get lost in. Take a wrong turn, to the right place is what Lost in Brixton say and its not hard to see why. Its just SUCH a cool vibe, great drinks, great food, great vibe… worth venturing out to Brixton for this place alone.
I AM SURE I will find / remember way more beautiful rooftop venues in and around London to recommend but this extensive list should keep you busy for now.
Be sure to leave a comment with YOUR favourite rooftop venues! And if there are any rooftop bars in London or anywhere really that YOU love and think I should try!