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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The top 7 rooftop bars to visit in Leicester Square

London is most certainly a concrete jungle. With the expanse of the capital, it can be hard to know where to begin when looking for the perfect rooftop bar.

Leicester Square is renowned for what it has to offer, whether it's the showcase of shops or the wondrous West End there is always something going on. This is just a snippet of what's happening on the ground floor. So venture upwards, as Leicester Square is known to have some of the best nightlife metropolises in the sky. From dusk to dawn, this is the land of the greats.

All you have to do is take your pick, so here are our favourites.

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LSQ Rooftop bar Leicester square
LSQ Rooftop bar Leicester square

1. A rooftop bar with panoramic views in Leicester Square: LSQ Rooftop

Leicester Square, London

Go straight to the Indigo Hotel in Leicester Square, head up to LSQ Rooftop bar on the 9th floor, and look at the all-encompassing views of London's horizon.

Surrounded by the rustic-chic aesthetic and cascading greenery from the bar lounge area, as well as Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and cocktails made to match London's endless sunsets, you might have to catch your breath a couple of times on the open-air terrace, before moving onto another glass of fizz.

LSQ rooftop is a bit like Doctor Who’s Tardis, with the initial perception of a retro bar overlooking London's sensational views when actually there is much more to explore. With a variety of rooms to privately hire up to 150 people you really are spoilt for choice.

Just a short walk from Leicester Square station and you’re there.

garden rooftop bar leicester square
garden rooftop bar leicester square

2. A scenic rooftop bar in Leicester Square: Garden Rooftop

Leicester Square, London

Suspended 10 floors high, Garden Rooftop bars' modern-chic aesthetic welcomes you into its arms to enjoy the scenic cityscape of Leicester Square.

Situated above the Assembly Hotel, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows and characterful colours, you will find leaving a tricky task. Whether Proof in the Punch or Bellini Boom sparks your interest, there are numerous cocktails to try at your disposal.

There is the chance to privately hire at Garden Rooftop, with a capacity of up to 150 guests and a team of people to help make your experience what you want it to be. Whether that is a drinks party with some close friends or having a conference meeting in front of the London Eye or the Shard, Garden Rooftop is ready and waiting.

It's just a short walk from Leicester Square Station.

The Londoner rooftop bar leicester square
The Londoner rooftop bar leicester square

3. Leicester Square's most stylish rooftop bar: The Londoner

Leicester Square, London

With three Japanese-inspired spaces and an Izakaya rooftop bar, The Londoner is the place to be in Leicester Square when drinking in style.

This contemporary bar, with chiaroscuro accents, has a James Bond-esque feel to it.

The Londoner serves Japanese-inspired dishes and offers a variety of drinks. From 1729 to Champagne Vierge, The Londoner offers a tasteful and sophisticated experience.

There are several options when it comes to hiring private spaces. With the choice of the Garden Room, which can host up to 150 people or The Londoners Super Event spaces for a maximum of 1,560 guests, they are flexible and accommodating to any requirements. Whether your event is corporate or personal, you will have a great time at The Londoner.

The Trafalgar st james roofotp bar leicester square
The Trafalgar st james roofotp bar leicester square

4. Rooftop bar in the heart of Leicester Square: The Trafalgar St James

Leicester Square, London

The Trafalgar St James is a decadent and contemporary rooftop bar in the heart of Leicester Square.

Just a short journey from Leicester Square Station, elevated 7 floors high is where you will find the bar overlooking London.

The rooftop bar at The Trafalgar offers a seasonally changing menu, with European-inspired dishes and a cocktails and drinks menu which has been thoughtfully curated.

This bar takes pride in its location and what it has to offer, so don’t come too casual.

There is the option to privately hire a small room for up to 14 guests, where good food and good views are all-encompassing.

the rooftop hippodrome rooftop bars leicester square
the rooftop hippodrome rooftop bars leicester square

5. A rooftop bar within a casino in Leicester Square: The Rooftop

Leicester Square, London

If a drink on The Rooftop in Leicester Square, at the UK’s biggest entertainment and casino venue appeals to you, then look no further.

Situated on the 4th floor of the Hippodrome Casino, just a short walk from Leicester Square station is The Rooftop bar. With rustic, open-air terraces spread over 3 floors, there are a variety of drinks, cocktails and food on offer, from the Hippo Espresso Martini to the Hippo Margarita.

There is the option of private hire for up to 100 people with the choice of three floors.

empire casino Icon balcony bar rooftop bar leicester square
empire casino Icon balcony bar rooftop bar leicester square

6. A rooftop bar in the centre of Leicester Square: Icon Balcony Bar

Leicester Square, London

It might not be the best rooftop bar in Leicester Square, but If everywhere else is full, then this is probably a good plan C.

With high ceilings and exposed brickwork, Icon Balcony Bar offers an industrial, rough and ready atmosphere. Their cocktails are, however, slightly more inviting, such as the Autumn Morning cocktail or the Cotton Candy Martini.

The Icon Balcony Bar does do private hires for up to 60 people, where the whole venue can be booked. A bonus does include the facilities the Casino offers alongside the hiring of the Icon Balcony Bar, such as a variety of poker games to play at your disposal.

Willows on the Rooftop bar leicester square
Willows on the Rooftop bar leicester square

7. Leicester Square's greenest rooftop bar: Willows on the Rooftop

Leicester Square, London

Saving the best till last, Willows on the Rooftop is a rustic garden oasis where you can enjoy the charming views of Leicester Square.

Just around the corner from Oxford Circus Station, Willows’ rooftop bar offers a hidden sanctuary full of good food and drinks separate from the streets below. Try the ever-so-tempting cocktails curated by their resident mixologists, such as the Peach Fizz or even Rum on Rooftop.

There are many spaces in this venue available to hire, from warm pods to cosy cabins for up to 10 people. If you are looking for something on a larger scale, group reservations are available for more guests.

Enjoy the views from the best rooftop bars in Leicester Square

Few places in Leicester Square evoke the same feeling as a rooftop bar. A sprawling cityscape, a drink in hand, the setting sun. If this sounds like the perfect backdrop to your Leicester Square rooftop bar event, then you're in the right place. We've scoured the skyline of Leicester Square to bring the very best rooftop bars around. Search, match and book easily with HeadBox's rooftop bar selection.

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