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Written by Luke Bull - 17 October 2023

The 6 best rooftop bars in Covent Garden

Maybe it’s the cobbled pavements, the parasol-ed cafe tables, or the busy markets. Maybe it’s the colourful alley streets (looking at you, Neal’s Yard) or the hidden shops just waiting to be discovered.

It could be the talented buskers that stop you in your tracks, the piazza that transports you, or just being able to people-watch. Whatever it is, we all can’t seem to get enough of Covent Garden.

Even in the morning, Covent Garden is alive and full of energy. So, what better place to set up for the afternoon or evening with a drink and friend, than in one of the area’s best rooftop bars?

Catch Covent Garden on a clear, sunny day or wait for the sun to set across London. Whatever you choose, you’re in for a good time. Cheers to that!

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1. Our favourite Covent Garden rooftop bar: AMANO Covent Garden

Covent Garden, London

Hotel AMANO is a true Covent Garden Treasure. Their killer rooftop/basement bar combo means party-goers afflicted by vertigo and claustrophobia can find somewhere to drink.

Upstairs you’ll find, predictably, the rooftop. The sprawling city unfolds before you, offering up an embarrassing horde of sights: with the London Eye, Nelson's Column and the Southbank all coming into view.

Compliment the spectacle with an international menu of wines, Champagnes, signature cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. With a total capacity of up to 150 guests inside and outside.

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2. The perfect rooftop bar in Covent Garden to see the city: Radio Rooftop

Covent Garden, London

Up on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel is Radio Rooftop. The self-appointed iconic London venue has pretty impressive views of the city. We’re talking views from the London Eye, Big Ben, St. Pauls, The Shard and across the River Thames.

Walk through the slinky and modern interiors, find a seat outdoors and settle in for an amazing evening. With drinks aplenty, take your pick of Radio’s choice of champagne, red and white wines, signature cocktails (and mocktails) and gin.

Like any good radio station, Radio Rooftop has a wide reach. Tune in for a night to remember.

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3. A top Covent Garden rooftop bar for drinks and a view: The Rooftop, The Trafalgar St. James

Covent Garden, London

For drinks and a view of landmarks like Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the London Eye, The Rooftop at St. James just might be your next drinks spot.

Spread across two outdoor areas, The Rooftop is nestled atop the iconic London hotel The Trafalgar St. James. The open terrace features a private dining room called the ROOM and a bridge connecting the two spaces. The other side covers a larger area overlooking the amazing southern views of London’s skyline.

Sip on a glass of red or choose from an ever-changing list of spirits and champagnes. Drinks start from as low as £7 and can reach £600 for a bottle of champagne, in case you fancy a treat.

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4. An oasis-like Covent Garden rooftop bar: LSQ Rooftop

Covent Garden, London

Picture this – you’ve had a good week and now you’re here, a refreshing drink in hand, the sun setting over the city, and you’re finalising the details of a much-needed holiday.

Now before you get into whether this is actually in Covent Garden, just imagine, that could be you.

With hanging floral decorations, and plants around each booth, LSQ Rooftop feels very much like its own oasis, which is fitting as it’s 9 floors above 1 Leicester Square.

Step away from the busyness of the city and into LSQ for drinks with amazing views – sip on the London Eye cocktail with the landmark in full view, for an experience that’s meta to say the least.

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5. A Covent Garden rooftop bar that holds its own: Garden Rooftop

Covent Garden, London

It’s not every day you find somewhere that manages to feel modern, stylish and oddly cosy but Garden Rooftop seems to do that easily.

In a sea of rooftop bars that are either super-swanky or that give off rustic borderline-pub vibes, Garden Rooftop is doing its own thing.

Dine, sip and chill any day of the week but if we’re being honest, weekend brunch is really where it’s at. What could be better than unlimited rose wine and prosecco for 90 minutes, live music and a 2-course meal to go with it? Not much, we’ll tell you that.

Don’t just take our word for it though - go and see for yourself, and for something a bit more special, why not hire the venue for a private dinner or party?

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6. The best rooftop bar in Covent Garden for bets and booze: The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino

Covent Garden, London

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At the top of The Hippodrome Casino (which fun fact, also happens to be the UK’s biggest casino venue) is their three-floor outdoor terrace. That’s three floors to talk with friends and sip on your drink of choice, and take in the views of the city.

With a mix of decorative plants, motivational neon signs and exposed pipes that certainly add to the “abandoned garden” theme, The Rooftop is the perfect place for after-work drinks or a friends night out.

Choose from their large selection of drinks and when you’re ready, head back downstairs for a game or two. Our money’s on this one.

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7. A cosy rooftop bar near Covent Garden: Willows on The Roof

Covent Garden, London

Okay, okay, so this isn’t exactly in Covent Garden (although a quick tube ride and you’re there) but it is a pretty amazing rooftop bar, so much so, that we couldn’t go without mentioning it.

A hidden green oasis over the bustling shopping street downstairs, Willows On The Roof converts into a cosy rooftop with pods and heated chalets in winter and a cool, breezy corner to chill in during the summer months.

Surrounded by the panoramic views of the city, the bar features a seasonal drink menu with signature cocktails and spritzes along with in-house Japanese beer on tap and a wide range of international wine options.

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Who doesn't love a rooftop bar? Views of London's cityscape, a drink in hand, the setting sun... and we have the very best of Covent Garden's rooftop bar offerings, ready for you to browse and book. Looking for a shaded and heated rooftop terrace or a view looking out over the clouds? If this sounds like the perfect backdrop to your next event, you're in the right place. We've scoured the skyline for the best rooftop bars near you. Search, match, and book easily with HeadBox.

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How to hire a rooftop bar in Covent Garden

When it comes to hosting a memorable event, the venue is key. And when it comes to venues, there's nothing quite like a rooftop bar. Covent Garden is one of the most popular areas in London for events, and there are several rooftop bars to choose from. With so many options, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's why we've put together this guide to help you find the perfect rooftop bar in Covent Garden for your next event.

Location When it comes to location, Covent Garden is hard to beat. Located in the heart of the West End, it's easily accessible by public transport and is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants, theatres, and shops. When choosing a rooftop bar in Covent Garden, consider the location and how easy it will be for your guests to get there.

Capacity Another important factor to consider is the capacity of the rooftop bar. If you're hosting a small gathering, you may want to choose a more intimate venue, whereas a larger event may require a venue with a higher capacity. Make sure to check the capacity of the rooftop bar before booking to ensure it can accommodate your guests.

Ambience The ambience of a rooftop bar can make or break your event. Some rooftop bars are sleek and modern, while others have a more relaxed, casual vibe. Think about the atmosphere you want to create and choose a rooftop bar that matches that vibe.

Food and drink When it comes to hosting an event, the food and drink are just as important as the venue. Make sure to check the menu of the rooftop bar before booking to ensure it offers the type of cuisine and drinks you're looking for. Some rooftop bars offer a full menu, while others specialise in cocktails or small plates.

Cost Finally, consider the cost of the rooftop bar. Some venues may have a minimum spend or require a deposit to secure the booking. Make sure to factor in any additional costs, such as staffing, catering, or decor, when budgeting for your event.

Frequently asked questions

For rooftop bars in Covent Garden, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Rooftop, The Trafalgar St. James – Head to the top of this iconic hotel for some of the best views of the city, and drinks to match.

LSQ Rooftop – You'll find this rooftop bar 9 floors above 1 Leicester Square, with signature London-inspired cocktails, classic dishes and views you'll have to see in person.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a rooftop bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Covent Garden rooftop bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best rooftop bars in Covent Garden and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

Most rooftop bars in Covent Garden are open year-round, although some may have seasonal closures or limited opening hours during the winter months. It is always best to check with the specific bar for their opening times.

It's recommended to make a reservation in advance for rooftop bars in Covent Garden, especially during peak times or weekends. Some bars may also have a dress code, so it's best to check in advance.

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