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London’s Best Rooftop Bars & Terraces

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The best spots for summer 2021

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London’s rooftop bar offering is unrivalled. You’ll find sky-high spots scattered across the city, offering a buzzy atmosphere and panoramic views – from glitzy hotel bars to trendy hangouts atop car parks. Now they’re allowed to welcome visitors again, we’ve rounded up the city’s best. Where will be your celebration spot of choice?

Best Rooftop Bars and Terraces in London

Sabine

Sabine

This May St Paul’s will welcome a new rooftop bar, Sabine. Overlooking the cathedral on Godliman Street, the space will feature botanical-inspired interiors, cocktails and bar food, with a retractable roof ensuring all-weather drinking and dining is possible. Opening 20 May, sabinelondon.co.uk

The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St James

Trafalgar St James

Tucked away beside Trafalgar Square, you can’t beat this rooftop on location. Big Ben, The Shard and The London Eye are all in view from its glamorous sky-high terrace, which sits on the seventh floor of the hotel. From here you can enjoy Asian-inspired dishes, small plates and cocktails. Naturally, it’s idyllic in the sunshine – but blankets and heaters ensure you stay cosy on cooler days too. trafalgarstjames.com

Malfy Gin’s Lemon Grove Terrace at Harvey Nichols

Malfy Gin at Harvey Nichols

What better way to round off a day of shopping than with a G&T in the sunshine? Head to Harvey Nichols’ rooftop to discover a Mediterranean-inspired retreat featuring gin cocktails from Malfy Gin, plus an Italian spring menu. harveynichols.com

14 Hills

14 Hills

Enjoy views of The Shard, Tower Bridge and the River Thames at 14 Hills’ new terrace, situated on the 15th floor of 120 Fenchurch St. Open daily from 11am until midnight, it’s set to be the perfect spot for all-day drinking and dining in the city this summer. Enjoy seasonal cocktails and French-inspired dishes like monkfish tail with prosciutto, charcuterie and seafood platters. 14hills.co.uk

Pergola on the Wharf

Pergola

Pergola is going east with its latest launch, popping up on the Crossrail Place Roof Garden this June. The terrace will boast panoramic views of the city, alongside three bars, multiple food pop-ups and a private party space. A rotating series of guest chefs, meanwhile, will showcase innovative dishes from some of the capital’s best street food traders. There will be an exciting line-up of parties to kick things off – expect live music perfromances, brunch parties and more. pergolacanarywharf.co.uk

The Standard Rooftop

The Standard Rooftop

Tim Charles

Pretend you’re in New York at The Standard Rooftop, situated above the hotel’s 10th floor. Opening in May, the rooftop bar will feature a variety of bars offering cocktails on tap alongside a relaxed, buzzy festival atmosphere. No reservations are required, so just rock up ready to party. standardhotels.com

The Dorchester Rooftop

The Dorchester Rooftop

For the first time in its 90-year history, The Dorchester is launching a rooftop restaurant – complete with spectacular views across Hyde Park. Launching on 12 April, the glamorous new spot will play host to a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups overseen by executive chef Mario Perera, featuring a British summertime menu by Tom Booton. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, with tables available for up to six guests and umbrellas, heaters and blankets all on standby. There will also be a lounge area where guests can relax with a cocktail and listen to live music and DJ sets. dorchestercollection.com

Savage Garden

Savage Garden

Spread across the 12th floor of The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel is London’s ‘wildest rooftop’, Savage Garden. Young and fun city workers flock here for after work drinks on a Friday, and birthday parties are celebrated with wines, cocktails and beer in the restaurant. The rooftop, which protrudes out from the bar area, is long and pretty in pink with places for sitting or standing, mingling and moving. With dark modern interiors and effervescently friendly waiters, Savage Garden is another welcome addition to London’s rooftop bar scene, overlooking the Tower of London and far beyond. savagegarden.co.uk

Lost In Brixton

Lost In Brixton

Brixton’s jungle-inspired rooftop hangout brings all the summer vibes with Latin American-inspired cocktails and market food. Tucked away behind Brixton Village, Lost In Brixton will be the first of its kind to offer food deliveries from the market below, alongside freshly brewed beer from the nearby Brixton Brewery. With traders including Franco Manca, Jalisco and Thunderbird Fried Chicken, you’ll be spoilt for choice. lostinbrixton.com

Buck Street Market

Buck Street Market

Buck Street Market was only open for ten days before the pandemic meant it had to close – but it’ll be returning this summer. Boasting the title of Camden’s largest rooftop, the space has reopened with two new rooftop bars, alongside a wide selection of food outlets and retail traders. Think sustainable pallet sofas, living moss walls and a pink terrace – millennial heaven. buckstreet.market

SUSHISAMBA City

SUSHISAMBA City

Like its taller sister Duck & Waffle, the spectacle of the iconic SUSHISAMBA Liverpool Street begins from the panoramic glass lifts, which whisk you up to the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower. It boasts one of the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, but during the winter months you can admire the views from indoors thanks to the restaurant’s three glass walls. A glamorous New York City import, the menu fuses together Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines, and you can guarantee great sushi, cracking cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere. sushisamba.com

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

The luxurious Four Seasons at Park Lane has opened its doors to a new Italian-inspired al fresco drinking and dining space: On The Terrace. Enjoy summer cocktails curated by Bar Manager Ivan Arena – who has become famous for his excellent Negronis. Menu highlights include Ivan’s take on the traditional Martini, made with gin, vermouth, caper berry brine and fennel liqueur; and the Rhubarb Americano, a mix of Campari, rhubarb soda and six different vermouths. fourseasons.com

Skylark Roof Garden

Skylark Roof Garden

A newer addition to London’s rooftop scene is Skylark Roof Garden, perched over Notting Hill with views of the West London skyline. Settle into one of the day beds with a sundowner – their frozen cocktails will go down a treat on hot summer days. skylarkroofgarden.co.uk

Radio Rooftop

Radio Rooftop

Perched atop ME London on The Strand, the Radio Rooftop is one of London’s most glamorous rooftop spots. In normal times, it’s open year-round: a magical winter terrace in the cooler months, an Ibiza-style hangout in summer. Spectacular views justify the high drinks price. melondonhotel.com

Market Hall Victoria

Market Hall Victoria

Spicing up London’s rooftop bar scene is Market Hall Victoria, perched at the top of the three-storey food market – formerly the Edwardian arcades of Terminus Place. An ideal central location for meeting friends after work, the sun-trap spot serves up British beers, independent spirits and cocktails from the Summer Spritz menu – and when you get hungry, just head downstairs for a bite to eat from one of the many food stalls. markethalls.co.uk

Angler

Angler Roof Terrace

Angler, South Place Hotel’s Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, boasts a lovely sun-trap roof terrace, open for cocktails and snacks during summer evenings. anglerrestaurant.com

Sky Garden

Sky Garden

As the highest rooftop gardens in London, Sky Garden is an oasis of green calm with unparalleled views across the capital, and the perfect spot to get away from the heat this summer. Entry to the gardens is free (though you should book well in advance), and while there you can enjoy breakfast, a light snack, an aperitif or one of their fabulous cocktails inside the glass pod or on the outdoor terrace. Spread over the top three floors of the skyscraper there are various dining choices including the Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant, while you should keep an eye out for special activities taking place year-round, from early morning yoga with a view to live music sessions. Top tip: try the delicious freshly-made mixed berries smoothie in the bar. skygarden.london 

Bōkan, Canary Wharf

Bokan

London’s buzziest sky-high restaurant, bar and terrace in Canary Wharf is Bōkan, spread over three floors with floor-to-ceiling glass to ensure that no matter where you sit, you’ll be able to enjoy the panoramic view of London’s skyline. The 39th floor boasts an all-weather, all-occasion open-air terrace where you can relax with a cocktail, listen to lounge music and kick back on the daybeds. It’s a surprise there aren’t more rooftop hangouts on this side of town, as the vantage point is particularly good. bokanlondon.co.uk

Frank’s Cafe – Currently Closed

Head up the Instagram-famous pink staircase to reach Frank’s, the ever-popular bar perched on the top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham. Unlike many of London’s rooftop bars, Frank’s is relaxed and not too pricey, with incredible views of the capital – particularly at sunset. There’s a good brunch and all-day food menu, and sometimes you’ll find a barbecue sizzling away. It’s a popular spot and they don’t take reservations, so expect to queue on sunny weekends. boldtendancies.com

Skylight Rooftop Bar at Tobacco Dock

Skylight

The rooftop terrace known for its panoramic views of the city skyline, Skylight is back for the summer season. Think tropical beer terraces, cushioned seating areas, cosy garden booths and pop-up bars selling pints of ice cold lager. What more could you need? tobaccodocklondon.com

Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton

Go East for the annual summer oasis created on Queen of Hoxton‘s Shoreditch roof terrace. Last year’s theme was ‘Las Mexicanas’, inspired by the colourful town of San Cristóbal in Mexico, featuring tacos, tequila, and giant frozen margaritas. We’re looking forward to seeing what they have in store for 2021. queenofhoxton.com

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Bussey Rooftop Bar

With 360 degree views across London, Bussey building’s rooftop bar is rather spectacular come sunset. It’s one of Peckham’s buzziest venues throughout the summer, especially on weekends when the party continues late into the night. busseyrooftopbar.com

Aviary

Aviary Igloos

As its name might suggest, Aviary bar is bird-themed, but you won’t need wings to see the London skyline here as iconic buildings such as The Gherkin and The Cheese Grater are within sight from their amazing roof terrace. aviarylondon.com

Madison

Madison

Enjoy magnificent views of St Paul’s Cathedral at Madison, a glitzy bar and restaurant in the Penthouse spot of One New Change. Drawing inspiration from the sky-high bars of Manhattan, Madison hosts parties all day long at weekends, from brunch to late. madisonlondon.net

12th Knot

12th Knot

Formerly Rumpus Room, 12th Knot is the rooftop bar sitting atop chic hotel Sea Containers London. Although the outdoor space is smaller than some of the city’s sky-high terraces, its prime position on the River Thames means iconic views of the city – also visible from the plush indoor seats. There’s always a buzzing atmosphere, and cocktail offerings are impressive. seacontainerslondon.com

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