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Coq d'Argent
Coq d'Argent
Gong, Shangri-La, The Shard
Frank's Cafe
Frank's Cafe
Sky Garden
City Social
Angler, South Place Hotel
Angler, South Place Hotel
Angler, South Place Hotel
aqua spirit
The Queen Of Hoxton
Boundary Rooftop Bar
Boundary Rooftop Bar
Boundary Rooftop Bar
Dalston Roof Park
Dalston Roof Park
Rumpus Room
Selfridges' Rooftop: San Carlo
Selfridges' Rooftop: San Carlo
Jin Bo Law
The Rooftop St. James
Roof East
Roof East
Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop
Aviary
B&H Garden Room
The Prince Of Wales Brixton
The Prince Of Wales Brixton
 

 

Sundown over the city skyline is best enjoyed with something cold to sip on. Head up when the sun goes down with LondonTown's guide to the best rooftop bars in London.

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Jin Bo Law

Enjoy a spectacular panorama of the City of London from this swanky cocktail bar.

Dorsett City , 9 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AH

Tube: Aldgate Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station, Tower Hill Station

 
 

Located on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City London, Jin Bo Law offers unrivalled views of the City of London and beyond. Guests seated on the outdoor terrace can enjoy a spectacular panorama featuring the neighbouring St Botolph without Aldgate as well as the Gherkin, Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie and Tower of London, adding up to a marvellous display of both old and new. Inside, bold colours and modern artwork make up the interior while cocktails are the star of the show on the drinks menu. Expect to pay big bucks and be sure to dress suitably smart.

 
 
 

The Rooftop St. James

The Rooftop St.James has reopened as a year-round drinking destination.

2 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2TS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Trafalgar Hotel was treated to a major upgrade in 2017, reopening as The Trafalgar St. James, and as a result, the rooftop bar was also given a sleek new makeover. Newly named The Rooftop St. James, it has been transformed into a year-round rooftop hotspot, featuring a larger space, a Mediterranean style lounge, dining areas and a private glasshouse available to hire, with room to seat 14 people. Sip hot toddies next to the open fireplace and heaters in the winter or sample refreshing summer cocktails in the warmer months. Reservations are encouraged.

 
 
 

Bokan

Take in the panoramic views of London's famous financial district.

Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9TP

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 

On the 37th, 38th and 39th floors of the Novotel in Canary Wharf, Bokan gives diners panoramic views of London's famous financial district. Aurelie Altemaire, formerly Head Chef at Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, has created a modern European menu with a distinctly British slant. Small dishes of Pugliese burrata served with Aurelie's signature homemade focaccia bread, and squid with ratatouille come before mains of Scottish salmon with wasabi green bean salad, slow-smoked Blythburgh pork belly, and Rhug Estate grass-fed lamb cutlets from the Josper Grill. Take the sleek glass-lined lift up to the 38th floor to sip on Docklands-inspired cocktails and enjoy bar bites of charcuterie and cheese or lobster rolls with triple cooked chips. Continue on up to the 39th floor to find London's highest gin collection, just the place for a nightcap while enjoying those far-reaching views over the City.

 
 
 

B&H Garden Room

Instagrammable interiors and experimental cocktails high above central London.

27-31 Charing Cross Road, 10th Floor Assembly Hotel, London, WC2H 0LS

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

High up on the 10th floor of the Assembly Hotel the Garden Room , brought to you by Bourne & Hollingsworth, has vast floor to ceiling glass windows so that all 100 seats in the house offer spectacular views across central London. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, The Shard and Nelson's Column, can be easily spotted. A natural evolution from the much Instagrammed interiors of B&H Buildings in Clerkenwell, the Garden Room bar and restaurant has a similar look. Pared back, classic interiors come with whitewashed floors juxtaposed with Aztec-style prints, tapestries, wrapped suede and wrought iron edges. A menu of cod on braised puy lentils and slow cooked spiced lamb is served to diners sitting on wicker and rattan furniture, reupholstered with patterned fabrics. At the bar cocktail maestro, Jim Wrigley, has worked closely with executive chef, Anthony Horn, to create a range of mixed drinks that incorporate the same fresh herbs and spices used in the food. The whole room is filled with fully-grown trees, trailing creepers and leafy plants, bringing the outside in while window boxes surround the room with herbs and seasonal plants.

 
 
 

Selfridges' Rooftop: San Carlo

This rooftop venue brings a taste of Italy to London.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1AB

Tube: Bond Street Station , Marble Arch Station

 

Dates: 27th April - 01st September 2018

 

In the rooftop garden on top of Selfridges the San Carlo Group, who run restaurants at Selfridges stores in Manchester and Birmingham, bring a slice of Italy to the rooftops of London. The garden, complete with overhead foliage and citrus trees, is host to 'alto by San Carlo', serving a day-to-night menu of pasta, risotto and seasonal Italian fare. Meat dishes made using Chianina beef from Tuscany and fish grilled in a Josper oven as well as fresh shellfish are the order of the day. Dine in the restaurant, where the retractable roof makes the best of the weather, or al fresco on the sun terrace. The terrace also has special residencies throughout the summer including The Peroni Ambra Terrace (15th May to 10th June) and the Veuve Clicquot Rose Garden from 17th June to 15th July which, rumour has it, will be showing all the on-court action from Wimbledon.

 
 
 
 

Helix and Iris

Open since summer 2018, the bar at the top of the Gherkin offers 360-degree panoramic views.

The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 

Previously London's highest private members' club, Searcys at The Gherkin relaunched as new restaurant and bar Helix and Iris in 2018, opening the space to the public for the very first time. Located on the 39th and 40th floors of the iconic Norman Foster-designed building, the striking space is now home to a sky-high contemporary restaurant and a champagne and cocktail bar. Helix, on the 39th floor, is an elegant spot that celebrates British produce, serving a contemporary menu that focuses on the best ingredients available in the British Isles. Upstairs, Iris is thought to be the only bar in London that boasts 360-degree views, and visitors can take in the whole of the city and its most famous buildings while also watching the planes fly past above - it's a breath-taking spot that should be experienced at least once by every Londoner. As well as the unrivalled views, guests can also enjoy a line-up of champagne, English sparkling wine and cocktails. The cocktail menu draws inspiration from the view with options including The Little White Bird, inspired by Kensington Gardens, and the Jack the Ripper, referencing Whitechapel's most famous former visitor. Taking its name from the Gherkin's structure itself, Helix and Iris is now one of London's most impressive and unique eating and drinking destinations.

 
 
 

Sky Garden

The free-to-access Sky Garden occupying the top three floors the Walkie Talkie.

20 Fenchurch Street, City, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station , Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 

The free-to-access Sky Garden occupies the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly's 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Talkie) giving diners several different dining spaces and beautiful landscaped gardens at the top of one of London's landmark buildings. Visitors to the Sky Garden arrive by express lift at a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35 designed by award-winning landscape architects Gillespies and a bar serving champagne and canapes, a chic brasserie and viewing area at level 36 and a public terrace, seafood bar and grill restaurant and cafe at level 37. Book in at the Darwin Brasserie or Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill for food with a view.

 
 
 

John Lewis Garden Society: Roof Fest

Live music, DJ sets, street food and booze atop the Oxford Street John Lewis.

John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 29th September 2019

 

The rooftop of the John Lewis department store, high up above Oxford Street, has been transformed once again for summer 2019, re-launching with Roof Fest. One of London's largest roof gardens, the space has been transformed into a festival-themed party space with a boho chic decor. For intimate drinking and dining, guests can book the boho, garden or cherry blossom den or the caravan stage while wooden benches and tables and an abundance of green space are available for everyone to enjoy. Food comes courtesy of Bong Bongs (formerly BBQ Dreamz) with a range of fresh Filipino dishes like crispy fragrant pork belly, grilled aubergine satay curry and adobo glazed chicken while cocktails include chilli margaritas, espresso martinis and a negroni fizz. Live music and DJ sets will run throughout summer along with performances from comedians, drag acts, dancers, contortionists and magicians.

 
 
 

Frank's Cafe

Achingly hip bar on the 6th floor of a multi-story car park in Peckham.

Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: From 30th May 2019

 

On the 10th floor of the disused Peckham Multi-Story Car Park this summer you'll find parked cars replaced with drinkers enjoying cocktails and crab on toast at Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar. This temporary rooftop bar is back following years of success - it first opened in 2008 with over 30,000 people visiting in the three months it was open. Frank's is a winning combination of drinking, eating, art and one of the best views in London. It's part of the Bold Tendencies sculpture project initiated and run by Hannah Barry Gallery. The structure of the makeshift cafe / bar has been designed by Practice Architecture (Paloma Gormley - daughter of Antony Gormley - and Lettice Drake), and was set up by bartender Frank Boxer (who worked at the Anchor and Hope and set up the Italo Deli in Vauxhall) with chef Michael Davies. The result is a total transformation of a previously unlovely concrete car park - just add Campari cocktails.

 
 
 

Roof East

An event space eight floors up at the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford.

Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

On top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, Roof East is back for spring/summer 2019 with the Rooftop Film Club setting up the sky high cinema from May. Games, street food and three bars serving rum and raspberry cocktails create a rooftop playground for grown-ups. If you like competitive sports choose from VR foosball, Sluggers batting cages , Birdies Crazy Golf or Lane Games - including S liders Curling, De La Bowl and Puck Buddies. For something more chilled, Flow East Yoga leads Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes every week. Street food is by Eat Chay, serving North Indian inspired Kolkati and signature Kati Rolls, as well as The Burger Project run by the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia. E ntrance is free, so grab a drink at one of three bars and enjoy t he views over east London - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it. A great spot for a sundowner.

 
 

Events at Roof East

Rooftop Film Club at Roof East Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st May to 30th September 2019 | £14.95 (Lounge Seat), £17.95 (Lounge Seat & Bottomless Popcorn), £20.95 (Premium Double & Bottomless Popcorn)

 
Rooftop Film Club at Roof East Roof East 2019-05-012019-09-30 Where:
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way London, E15 1XE
Category: Bars
All events at Roof East
 
 
 
 

Wonderfest Rooftop

A festival inspired rooftop pop-up with prosecco popsicles and espresso martinis on tap.

Fest Camden, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 28th September 2019

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of Woodstock and Glastonbury, FEST Camden transforms its rooftop into the Wonderfest Rooftop for a summer of festival-themed fun. With a verdant botanical canopy suspended from a wooden gazebo, an artificial grass lawn, countless colourful umbrellas and an Insta-friendly flower wall, it's a cheerful spot to spend a summer's day in London. Live acoustic performances take place throughout the day before the DJs take over in the evenings, and the Camden Rooftop Cinema Club sees films projected on a large open-air screen. Food comes in the form of a Mediterranean BBQ serving Greek souvlaki and kebabs along with superfood salads, mezze sharing plates, Wonderfest pizzas and vegan Walls ice cream while the playful booze offerings include prosecco popsicles with popping candy, espresso martinis on tap, and frozen bourbon slushies.

 
 
 

Skylight Rooftop

This large rooftop has urban lawn games, summer cocktails and sporting events on the big screen.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

From 2nd May 2019, Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock . The summer season also boasts a Hendricks Summer Solstice party, Opera at Skylight and a Dog Day. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, private gardens booths, and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard , The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Grab a seat on the upper level - featuring brand new day beds for 2019 - for prime views and extended sun rays before enjoying a spectacular show of yellows, oranges and pinks when the sun sets in the shadow of London's most famous buildings. Food wise, visitors can choose between burgers and souvlaki with Flip Side and Yiro taking over the kitchens and a new refreshing seasonal cocktail menu has been added alongside spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and wine. Book in for a game of croquet on the upper deck or, if the British weather isn't on your side, there are two playing areas inside.

 
 
 

The Culpeper

Head to the rooftop of The Culpeper and you'll find a rooftop kitchen garden.

40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LP

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

From the outset, when Nico Treguer, Gareth Roberts and Bash Redford began restoring The Culpeper pub in June 2014, they created a rooftop kitchen garden and installed growing beds were they grew their own vegetables, salad leaves and herbs for the kitchen. But in June 2015 the third phase of their restoration reveals the next step: the rooftop greenhouse, and bar where guests can enjoy signature cocktails, and food cooked on a bespoke grill designed by Mark Parr of the London Log Company. A simple menu serving cuts of meat from Ginger Pig butchers and salads from the garden is available throughout the day for lunch and dinner, while the greenhouse offers protection from the elements all year round. The rest of the Victorian pub has an industrial yet rustic feel and the food - "solid and dependable", according to Jay Rayner - changes depending on what's available. Diners can expect dishes such as grilled pork chop with chargrilled vegetables and mustard potatoes; beef, mushroom and new potato broth with a blue cheese salad; and roast vegetable, Israeli cous cous and hazelnut salad with mint yoghurt.

 
 
 

The Prince Of Wales Brixton

This multi-floor party venue is topped by a spectacular two-tiered roof terrace.

467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8HH

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

Spread over several floors, the Prince of Wales Brixton is a pub meets club where the party crowds gather from Friday through to Sunday and throughout the week. Inside, a 1920s Art Deco dancehall welcomes world-class club DJs like Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay and live acts. The two-tier outdoor roof terraces, however, are the crowning glory. Playing host to evening sundowners and summer sessions, the space is one of the best places to catch the sunset in south London. Fuelling the party vibes, there are wood-fired pizzas, burgers and roasts on the food menu.

 
 
 

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Best for sundown views over the Thames and the South Bank in the shadow of the Hayward.

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

Designed by the Eden Project and run by Company of Cooks, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the Thames. On the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, next to the Hayward Gallery and in the shadow of A Room for London, the garden bar has the same appeal as New York's High Line - wild flowers, graffiti and a seat on the grass in the middle of the concrete brutalism of the Southbank Centre. Come for pre- or post-theatre drink, visit the Hayward's Alternative Guide to the Universe or just enjoy a Pimm's as the sun sets. It's what summer in London is all about.

 
 
 
 

Gong

London's highest bar, on the 52nd floor of The Shard.

31 St Thomas Street, Bankside, London, SE1 90U

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

On level 52 of The Shard, Gong is London's highest bar. Part of the Shangri-La Hotel, the tallest hotel in Western Europe, Gong takes its name from 'dougong', an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar's interior. One of three wining and dining options within the Shangri-La, Gong is two floors above Ting, the hotel's signature restaurant and lounge on level 35, linked to the hotel's reception area on level 34 by a spectacular grand staircase sweeping across double length floor-to-ceiling windows. Added to these is Lang, an artisan deli on the ground floor which gets its name from the Chinese word for 'pathway'. Gong on level 52 is on the same floor as a 24-hour gym and London's highest infinity pool.

 
 
 

Radio Rooftop Bar

Stunning outdoor terrace overlooking Somerset House and the London Eye.

ME , 336-337 The Strand, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1HA

Tube: Temple Station , Covent Garden Station

 
 

Located 10 floors above the Strand and Aldwych in the heart of Covent Garden, Radio is the stunning rooftop bar of the ME hotel designed by Foster and Partners, with an outdoor terrace giving "an almost voyeuristic sightline" (The Telegraph) into the Somerset House quadrangle and an end-on take on the London Eye. The views are staggering. Sun-drenched by day and a true hot spot by night, it's London's hippest bar-with-a-view. Sip on cocktails while surrounded by spectacular London scenery from Tower Hill to Battersea Power Station, including sights of the City, Tower Bridge, the Shard, Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as Tate Modern, the whole of the South Bank (National Theatre, Southbank Centre) across the Thames, Houses of Parliament, Nelson on his column, and the theatre district of Covent Garden. Listen to the DJ spun tunes while soaking in the wonderful views, or unwind VIP-style in private cabanas and plush couches. The ME hotel is the first flagship hotel in which everything inside and out, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings, has been designed by Foster and Partners, and the rooftop Radio bar is its crowning glory.

 
 
 

Savage Garden

All-day bar and cocktail lounge located atop the DoubleTree by Hilton.

7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF

Tube: Tower Hill Station , Aldgate Station

 
 

A sky-high bar, 12 storeys above the City, and far removed from the corporate streets below, Savage Garden is an all-day bar and cocktail lounge, located atop the DoubleTree by Hilton - Tower of London. From your plush velvet seat you get 360-degree views over landmarks like The Shard, Tower of London, The Gherkin and St. Paul's Cathedral. Going with the theme of 'uncontrolled Savage Garden', the colour scheme assaults the senses with soft lavenders and rose pinks set off by burnt oranges. Outside, a large all-weather north facing terrace, available for private hire, is set-up for all seasons thanks to its retractable roof. So you can lunch al fresco and enjoy sundown cocktails in the summer or sip on hot toddies while watching the fireworks come autumn. A second south gin terrace is the perfect place to while away warmer days.

 
 
 

Coq d'Argent

The huge roof terraces at this French eaterie make it a sought after alfresco spot.

1 Poultry, Bank, City, London, EC2R 8EJ

Tube: Bank Station , Mansion House Station, Cannon Street Station, Monument Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

The City of London does many things well, but green space is not one of them. So, when summer strikes the suits roll up their sleeves and head to Le Coq d'Argent. The huge roof terraces at this fabulous French eaterie atop No 1 Poultry makes it the most sought after alfresco spot on the square mile. The menus - an all-day brasserie menu, and a gourmet evening a la carte - are tailored to suit the City's distinctly conservative tastes. Dishes such as traditional Coq au Vin and Sea Bass fillet with ratatouille and shellfish are so scrumptious that they even distract from the fantastic views. It's suitably pricey and there is plenty of caviar for those seeking to impress either a date or client. Another advantage of the rooftop outdoor space is, post smoking ban, this is one place where you can happily puff away without having to loiter around the door downstairs.

 
 
 

City Social

Jason Atherton's City Social takes over the loftly Tower 42 spot vacated by Gary Rhodes.

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, City, London, EC2N 1HT

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Bank Station, Moorgate Station

 
 

Jason Atherton's City Social takes over the Tower 42 spot vacated by Gary Rhodes. Situated high up on the 24th floor of the famous tower, the restaurant offers fanatastic views of the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and across the city. Head chef Paul Walsh (previously sous chef at Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road) has worked closely with Atherton to design the City Social menu showcasing the best of British ingredients. Interiors have a contemporary art deco look courtesy of Russell Sage Studios - all rosewood panelled boards, chrome and smoked glass, brass and mirror accents - centered around an open kitchen. The art deco theme is also felt in prohibition era cocktails served at the 85-seat bar and made with Scotch, gin and cognac to a menu by award winning mixologist Gareth Evans, and live jazz plays in the bar every Saturday afternoon from 12noon till 4pm. Jason Atherton is behind some of London's best restaurants with the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, Little Social across the street, Social Eating House in Soho, and Berner's Tavern at The London Edition, Ian Schrager's stylish Fitzrovia hotel. With City Social the chef, the first British cook to complete a stage at Spain's famous elBulli restaurant, proves there's still room for him to go up in the world.

 
 
 
 

Boundary Rooftop Bar

Conran's conversion of a former Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch.

2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, , Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

This Shoreditch project is the first from Terence Conran since he signed over his well known restaurants - Bluebird, Quaglino's and plenty more besides - to D & D. The creation of Boundary in 2008 converted a former Victorian warehouse into two restaurants (Boundary and Albion), twelve spacious hotel rooms and a rooftop bar, all stylishly done up. The rooftop garden, extended in 2013, is open every day until 11pm, has a weatherproof bar and dining area and includes a canopy of vines, wild herbs, two 100-year-old olive trees plus a humidor acquired in Cuba. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the morning menu from 10am until noon includes a selection of breakfast pastries, toast, jams, marmalade, fruit, granola, juices, smoothies and the like. Come evening, the Rooftop operates as a bar/bistro, with a sharing menu focusing on Mediterranean tapas and hors d'oeuvres, prawns, oysters, meats cooked on the grill en brochette, and their own version of the burger, the Boundary Pan Bagnat - a nicoise inspired sandwich with beet patty, goat cheese, roast vegetables and salad so you can enjoy a relaxed glass of wine or an exceptionally stiff Martini while looking out over the rooftops and spires of Shoreditch.

 
 
 

Angler, South Place Hotel

This Michelin-starred restaurant has views of London's iconic City skyline.

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, City, London, EC2M 2AF

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

On the seventh floor of the stylish D&D South Place Hotel in East London, with views of London's iconic City skyline, the Michelin-starred Angler restaurant is a quintessentially British seafood restaurant overseen by Tony Fleming, previously executive chef at One Aldwych. The menu focuses on seafood and shellfish from across the British Isles and is complemented by a wine list of around 250 bins. In the far corner, the semi-private dining room for 14 commands spectacular views of City landmarks including the Gherkin and Tower 42. At the far end of the restaurant, Angler's west-facing terrace is a City hot spot, especially at sunset. In high summer there are BBQs and live DJs which create a good buzz. In the winter, heated parasols, hot toddies and cosy blankets keep guests warm. Weather dependent, it's always a good idea to call ahead to make sure the terrace is actually open.

 
 
 

Aqua Spirit

Cocktails on the top floor of the former Dicken & Jones department store on Regent Street.

5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), 240 Regent Street, (entrance at 30 Argyll, Soho, London, W1B 2EL

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Part of the Aqua Restaurant Group, which also includes aqua nueva and aqua kyoto, aqua spirit is a stylish cocktail bar in central London. Situated on the fifth floor of the former Dickens and Jones department store off Regent Street with roof-terraces that provide impressive views across London, it's a great spot for pre- and post-dining drinking destination. The round bar is a centre of Japanese glamour, with a halo of hand-crafted charcoal - symbolic of Zen purity - and booth seating continues the theme with Japanese kimono silk backdrops. The bar's signature cocktails include the Rose & Li, which combines Veuve Clicquot Champagne with rose liqueur, lychee and flowering rose buds; the Nueva Cobbler, a combination of Tio Pepe sherry, fresh blackberries and raspberries, vanilla sugar and orange.

 
 
 

The Queen Of Hoxton

Bar, club and art collective, prides itself on being a youth club for the adults of the east side.

1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 
 

East End bar, club and art collective the Queen of Hoxton has a wonderful rooftop garden complete with BBQ kitchen, bars, garden shed bathrooms, hanging gardens, astroturf faux grass and panoramic views over the city of London. It's also the venue for Rooftop Film Club screenings in the summer and an 8-metre high WigWamBam tipi with an open fire pit in the winter. Summer also brings Rooftop Summer Club, filled with workshops and activities from the sublime - tie-dying - to the ridiculous (yet serious) Tape Measure Challenge hosted by The House of Hot Breath. There's a monthly pop-up Astronomy club, Saturday morning holistic sessions with Fat Buddha Yoga, and urban knitting with Wool and The Gang. The roof terrace can hold up to 250 people, hosts Headphone Holiday silents discos and serves freshly made ginger beer and Pineapple-Aid to spike with your favourite spirit as well as refreshing cocktail slushies.

 
 

Events at The Queen Of Hoxton

Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th May to 4th June 2019 | Director's chair £15.95, with bottomless popcorn £18.95

 
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton The Queen Of Hoxton 2019-05-092019-06-04 Where:
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road London, EC2A 3JX
Category: Nightclubs

Now a celebrated and integral part of Shoreditch summer nights, the Rooftop Film Club at the Queen of Hoxton rooftop terrace returns for its summer screening series, which sees a range of classic, cult and ...more

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd May to 4th October 2019 | Free entry

 
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas The Queen Of Hoxton 2019-05-022019-10-04 Where:
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road London, EC2A 3JX
Category: Nightclubs
All events at The Queen Of Hoxton
 
 
 

Dalston Roof Park

Free films, DJs and swing on the roof of the former Print House in Dalston.

18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

On the roof of The Print House, a former factory for catalogues, crayons and pencils, sits Dalston Roof Park, an urban oasis four floors up over looking London's skyline where a £5 annual membership donation gets you free film screenings and music events plus pop up street food stalls for the whole summer. Special events include poetry nights, yoga sessions and music nights, or you can just pitch up for a fun night out with friends. Each new membership is a donation to the Bootstrap Charity, helping to provide affordable working spaces and enterprise support.

 
 
 
 

Rumpus Room

Enjoy views across the Thames while sipping on cocktails.

Sea Containers , 20 Upper Ground, Southbank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PD

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

Found within Mondrian London - also home to London's hottest new restaurant, Sea Containers - the Rumpus Room is a place to see and be seen. Inspired by 1920s socialites Bright Young Things, the bar revives the raucous era with late-night parties and spectacular views of London's skyline. Sup on champagne and cocktails while you take in the views - both of the river and the pretty young things are sure to be found propping up the bar.

 
 
 

Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie

This bar boasts one of the best views in town.

Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy drinking. The commanding panorama, which takes in the capital, rivals the views from the London Eye and is best experienced from the hours just preceding dusk till dark. There's a great cocktail menu which is well worth working your way through and a live jazz pianist on hand to keep the drinks flowing smoothly. Slick and sophisticated décor comprises sparkling blue neon lights embedded in a sloping, slatted ceiling with leather banquettes and cool slate tables. Elevated up on the 8th floor of the building, you have to get the lift up to the bar - the lift entrance is at the back of the tower. When you step out of the lift, make sure you take in the view immediately ahead if you. Looking out away from the river onto the residential streets of Southwark this isn't as spectacular as the grand, monument-filled view onto the river that you'll get when you step into the bar, but even so it's a unique "behind the scenes" aspect on one of London's most atmospheric locations. It's not cheap, but for a one-off treat well worth the hiked up prices. It does get busy but if there's a group of you can reserve tables in the bar although in many ways standing at the bar, tapping your foot to the jazz, and soaking up the view is a better way to enjoy the experience.

 
 
 

Madison

Panoramic views of London from one of Europe's largest public open air roof terraces.

Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, City, London, EC4M 9AB

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Perched atop the iconic One New Change, Madison enjoys a unique vantage point above the city and offers spectacular views of some of London's most cherished landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Tate Modern and The Shard. As well as one of Europe's largest public open air roof terraces, Madison brings together a restaurant, rooftop terrace and an al fresco bar. The restaurant serves modern and classic European cuisine alongside high-end comfort food, with dishes such as slow cooked curried pork belly, tuna tataki a triple duck burger. The terrace bar and lounge, meanwhile, serve snacks such as truffle fries, buttermilk chicken and sautéed king prawns. Daytime drinking and social gatherings are also possible at Madison as the rooftop bar and views ally together to create a unique drinking experience. Glammed up guests and pumping music make it a place to see and be seen with the prices to match - a glass of wine will set you back between £6 and £10 while half a pint costs an eye-watering £4.50.

 
 
 

Lyric Hammersmith Roof Garden

The Lyric's terrace has blossomed into a rather lovely roof garden.

Lyric Square, London, W6 0QL

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 
 

On the first floor of the excellent Lyric theatre in Hammersmith is an elevated oasis overlooking Lyric Square. The terrace has blossomed into a roof garden; a welcome addition to soften the Lyric's rather austere seventies concrete block exterior. Food comes from the Lyric Bar and Grill inside, a bespoke concept inspired by popular street food, the menu boasts grill-prepared plates inspired by the latest food trends. Wholesome veggie dishes, fresh fish and succulent cuts of meat are served alongside a selection of colourful salads and slaws. For theatre-goers looking for a quick snack there's an array of sharing platters and family-friendly bites from the bar.

 
 
 

Aviary

Enjoy spectacular City views from this rooftop bar.

The Montcalm Royal House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX

Tube: Old Street Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Up with the birds, on the tenth floor of The Montcalm Royal London House, you'll find Aviary, the hotel's rooftop restaurant run by the ETM Group - Tom and Ed Martin's company and the group behind The Botanist, The Well and The Hat and Tun. The group's first rooftop location, they have brought in Russell Sage Studio to design the 6,000 square foot restaurant which boasts a 2,000 square foot south-facing terrace with fabulous views of the City skyline. Private dining and small parties of up to 40 can be catered for at two suites on the floor below, each with its own terrace. One of two bars and restaurants run by the ETM Group at the hotel, you can head to Burdock below for drinks, bar food and craft ales.

 
 
 
 

Bar Elba

Expect a desert-island feel and views of Waterloo at this hip rooftop bar.

Rooftop, Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UL

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 
 

The first of its kind in the area, Bar Elba is a brand new rooftop cocktail bar in Waterloo. Presented by The Adventure Bar Group - the team behind the Adventure Bars in Covent Garden, Clapham Junction and Clapham High Street, The Escapologist in Seven Dials and the newly opened Tonight Josephine, located just below in the basement - the bar offers views across the city and Waterloo and takes inspiration from the Battle of Waterloo. Visitors can expect a desert-island feel based on the Mediterranean island of Elba that Napoleon was exiled to for 300 days. Sip on classic cocktails such as Aperol Spritz and Love Potion No.10 as well as a Frose (frozen Rose). There will also be sharing jugs, a 2-4-1 cocktail happy hour and burgers courtesy of Dip & Flip.

 
 
 

NT's

A buzzing late night bar in Hackney with a rooftop terrace.

1 Westgate Street, Fields, London, E8 3RL

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station

 
 

A buzzing late night bar with a rooftop terrace, NT's is found within Netil House in the heart of Hackney. In the summer the tropical terrace is the place to go for an eclectic music programme, a mix of global house, disco, funk, soul and Brazilian. Connecting the dots between jazz, soul, hip hop, grime and beyond, live jazz night, 'Patterns', runs every Wednesday with an in-house band and special guest performances. As a daytime hideaway, plant based goodness by East London's Palm Greens is served throughout the week with an artisanal coffee menu, while Son's Of Slice serve up their New York style pizzas on weekends. An evening hotspot for cocktails to sip on over sunset, NT's brings in the night with live jazz, resident DJs and late night sets inside and spilling out onto the terrace.

 
 
 
 
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