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Written by Mae Bristow - 01 May 2024

24 rooftop bars with amazing views of London

If you want to tap into a city's psyche, you could do a lot worse than check out its skyline, drink in hand. Take London; the Thameside sprawl is an unending tapestry of difference. It's a sight unrivalled anywhere else, an ever-evolving tableau of international capital and rooftop parties. A good place to spend an evening, then.

If you're wanting a true London rooftop experience, we’ve got you covered with a variety of rooftop bars ranging from lavish terraces to small hidden rooftops, all the way from Dalston down to Peckham and beyond.

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1. Escape to this rooftop bar: Sabine Rooftop Bar

City of London

Looking for an escape from the City? Look no further than Sabine Rooftop Bar on the top of The Leonardo Royal St Paul's Hotel. This secret garden is just a five-minute walk from St Paul's station and offers a chic and stylish setting with stunning views of the city skyline.

Sabine’s expert bartenders craft an array of innovative and classic cocktails, using the finest ingredients to create the perfect blend. And if you’re feeling hungry, Sabine offers light bites like tostadas and Lebanese chicken flatbreads.

With private hire available for up to 180 guests, Sabine Rooftop Bar is a top London rooftop bar.

2. Elevate to this rooftop bar: Jin Bo Law Skybar

Aldgate, London

Jin Bo Law Skybar is a luxurious and stylish venue located in the heart of the City. Situated close to Aldgate station, this rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the City skyline.

Guests can indulge in a variety of delicious cocktails, including the popular Old Tokyo Fashion, expertly crafted by skilled mixologists. The sleek and modern vibes of Jin Bo Law make it a well-known choice for those seeking a sophisticated and chic atmosphere.

The rooftop terrace is beautifully decorated with lush greenery and ambient lighting, making it an idyllic location for an unforgettable night out or private party. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing drink after work or a glamorous evening out with friends, Jin Bo Law rooftop bar is definitely the bar to check out.

3. A '90s rave spot reborn with a rooftop bar: The Cross

Kings Cross, London

Bringing back the '90s nightlife of the iconic Cross nightclub, this venue sits just a stone's throw from the original Kings Cross location.

Offering six floors, The Cross is a space to drink, dance and dine. With multiple bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Try the Wild restaurant and share some Mediterranean dishes or head to the basement club. A nostalgic ode to its origins, this space has exposed brick echoing the famous railway arches and a range of weekly DJs.

The jewel in The Cross’ crown is its open rooftop. With a capacity of 70, guests can relax on large beds while taking in panoramic views of the city. A cocktail and champagne hatch provides the drinks with specials including a killer margarita to guarantee a party.

Private hire is available so gather your pals and enjoy from sunrise to sunset.

4. A luxury rooftop bar experience: Wagtail

City of London

Located in the heart of the City of London, Wagtail Rooftop Bar & Restaurant offers guests a luxurious and contemporary experience. Conveniently situated right next to Monument station, it is easily accessible for those travelling from across London.

One of the most popular features of Wagtail is its luxurious bottomless brunch, which offers guests the chance to enjoy an endless selection of delicious food and free-flowing cocktails, ranging from a classic Bloody Mary to Prosecco Luna.

This space offers private hire for up to 300 guests, making it a popular venue for events of all kinds, from corporate events to private parties.

5. A multi-faceted rooftop bar in Shoreditch: TT Liquor

Shoreditch, London

At TT Liquor, you’ll find various sources of entertainment, such as an intimate cellar bar with seasonal cocktails, cocktail-making classes, live music events, and its own cinema that hosts special film premiers. Perched atop the building, you’ll also find a secluded and intimate roof terrace with panoramic views of East London.

You can unwind on the terrace and treat yourself to a wide array of wines, along with Neapolitan style pizzas. With something for everyone, TT Liquor is an ideal setting for private events and celebrations. Its stunning terrace can hold up to 110 guests.

The lucky club london rooftop
The lucky club london rooftop

6. Get above Camden market with this rooftop bar: Lucky Club

Camden, London

Moving northwards, up to the tarp-covered warrens of Camden Market, there’s a sun-kissed oasis in the sky that gives you respite from the too-busy crowds. Lucky Club has transformed its inconspicuous roof into a clean and comfy space that proves perfect for sipping pints in the sun. Come night, festoon lighting adds some atmosphere, giving you plenty of excuses to stay and try one of the Artichoke Tacos, washed down with an excellent Mexican Mule.

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dalston roofpark east london party venue

7. Dalston’s best kept secret rooftop bar: Dalston Roofpark

Dalston, London

Once a forgotten space hidden between Hackney’s Victorian buildings, Dalston Roofpark has now become East London’s most versatile rooftop venue.

Dalston Roofpark offers a unique skyline view of London, an electric atmosphere with rotating DJs every weekend and dancing for most of the night. With two spaces for private hire, the FH3 studio and the rooftop, Dalston Roofpark provides an essential East London nightlife experience that would be great for any event, ranging from a birthday party to a launch event.

8. A market warehouse transformed to a rooftop bar: Smiths of Smithfield

Farringdon, London

Smiths of Smithfield, transformed from a Smithfield market warehouse to a rooftop bar and restaurant that spans four floors, offers an exceptional dining and drinking experience in Central London.

The outdoor terrace offers breathtaking views of the city’s iconic buildings, like The Shard and St Paul’s, providing a peaceful and possibly much-needed retreat from the busy city. To accompany this retreat, you can indulge in a selection of over 150+ wines and British rare-breed beef that’s butchered on-site by the executive chef.

With its spacious and bright interior, stunning views and delicious food and drink offerings, Smiths of Smithfield is a great setting for private hire and can hold up to 200 guests on its rooftop.

9. Coolest rooftop bar & club in Shoreditch: Queen of Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

Queen of Hoxton is a classic Shoreditch rooftop venue. The Queen's eclectic décor features street art and graffiti on its walls, creating a unique atmosphere across three floors and one of Shoreditch's best rooftop bars.

The rooftop terrace is a highlight, with its twice-yearly transformations and stunning views of the Shoreditch skyline. In summer, expect a fresh and colourful theme with cool cocktails and BBQ bites. Its dynamic, lively atmosphere and versatile spaces make it a fabulous location for anything from private parties to launch events.

10. A not so 'chill' rooftop bar at night: Big Chill Kings Cross

Kings Cross, London

Big Chill Kings Cross is a lively bar that spans over three floors from its rowdy basement to its roof terrace. There’s lots of space to make sure you have a good night.

During the day, this bar is more laid-back and it’s the perfect opportunity to try its foodie resident: the delicious ‘Chuck Burger’. As the night wears on, it transforms into a party destination with music, dancing, and resident DJs that keep guests going throughout the night.

With private hire options available for up to 150 guests in rooms like the roof terrace or ‘The Space’, Big Chill Kings Cross is an entertaining choice for hosting events, parties, and celebrations of all kinds.

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11. A rooftop bar with the best view of St Paul’s Cathedral: Madison

City of London

London or New York?

Well, no need to choose when you dine at Madison. This stylish and lively rooftop bar takes inspiration from New York’s dining scene and culture. Located in the iconic One New Change building, steps away from St Paul’s station, Madison offers breathtaking views of the cathedral and the surrounding cityscape from its rooftop.

Madison’s menu is influenced by American classic dishes and drinks including New York’s diverse community. A standout choice from its extensive cocktail menu is the Deluxe Pornstar Martini, which includes white chocolate angel wings, Rosé champagne, 24k edible gold, Absolut Elyx Vodka, and hints of tropical flavours.

With its atmosphere, and food and cocktail selection, Madison is an exceptional venue for any occasion, from intimate gatherings to large-scale events.

12. A rooftop bar in the heart of Wimbledon: 601 Queen’s Road

Wimbledon, London

601 Queen's Road is a bright and modern bar and restaurant located right next to Wimbledon Overground station. The venue boasts a contemporary interior with an aesthetic roof terrace looking over the hustle and bustle of the city.

The venue's exceptional British fare dishes, using the finest seasonal ingredients, and crafty cocktails like the Winter Berry Negroni are sure to impress guests. This bar also creates bespoke MAV music playlists and provides the best soundtrack on weekends to relieve any post-workweek stress.

With private hire options available for up to 150 guests, 601 Queen's Road offers a range of stunning spaces, including its Mezzanine, The Lounge, and a beautiful outdoor terrace.

13. A classic rooftop bar in London with an iconic view: London Bridge Rooftop

London Bridge

The London Bridge Rooftop should be experienced at least once. The bar is right next to the London Bridge station, situated atop a historic building. The rooftop space boasts incredible views of the City skyline and iconic landmarks such as The Shard and Tower Bridge. Aside from its stunning views, you can also find juicy burgers, refreshing cocktails, and rotating DJs here.

The venue offers an experience for any event, from corporate gatherings and weddings to private parties and special occasions. With a capacity for up to 300 guests, the London Bridge Rooftop is a versatile space and a popular rooftop choice.

14. Chic rooftop bar in East London: Union Social at The Gantry

Stratford, London

Union Social at The Gantry is a stylish and contemporary bar and restaurant located in East Village. The venue boasts polished wooden floors, bright walls, and textured surfaces, creating a modern and airy ambience. Additionally, the outdoor terrace is adorned with plush grey furnishings and guests can curl up in cosy corners by the large fire pits, making it a chill place for a night out.

There are also many delicious options, like the wildly popular beef cheeks with Lyonnaise potatoes and red wine jus. And if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, then the sticky toffee pudding is a must-have. Obviously.

For those looking to host a private event, Union Social also offers the option of privately hiring the outdoor terrace for up to 70 guests.

15. A verdant rooftop bar in London: Garden Rooftop

Leicester Square, London

Few locations can claim to be more central than the iconic Leicester Square. The somewhat literally named Garden Rooftop has somehow managed to claim real estate overlooking the chaotic West End icon, with the 100-person capacity 10th-floor bar granting sweeping views from the heart of London.

Alongside the spectacular view, you'll be able to enjoy cocktails, beers, wine and live music. Of particular note is the fittingly named The Old Brick In The Sky a dizzying mix of Seven Hill gin, fresh raspberry puree, lemon juice, and hibiscus syrup.

16. A golden rooftop bar in Shoreditch: Golden Bee

Shoreditch, London

The Golden Bee is a lively cocktail bar located in Shoreditch. With three floors of space and a highly sought-after rooftop terrace, Golden Bee provides an escape from the City. The bar's location is optimal, just seconds away from Old Street tube station and a short walk from Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations.

On the weekend, the bar transforms into a full-fledged club with DJs, drinks, and stunning views. If you’re looking for a party place, Golden Bee offers private hire for the VIP roof terrace, holding up to 50 guests and the entire venue for 350 guests.

17. London’s wildest rooftop bar: Savage Garden

City of London

12 storeys above the DoubleTree by Hilton, Savage Garden immerses its guests in a modern and edgy atmosphere.

When entering the bar, you see orange leather booths, plush velvet finishings, and marbleised floors and tabletops: truly decadent decor. Taking a step outside, you’ll find two rooftop terraces with 360-degree views of iconic landmarks, such as the Tower of London, The Shard, and Tower Bridge.

What really sets this venue apart is its savage menu though. Choose a feasting platter to share amongst four and indulge in a variety of dishes like coconut beef short ribs or honey miso aubergine sliders. Feeling thirsty? There are countless signature cocktails to sip like Wild Poison or Raven Master.

18. A beautiful rooftop sanctuary in Angel: Bubba Oasis

Angel, London

Found in the heart of Angel, Bubba Oasis offers a hidden roof terrace that gives you a taste of the Med in the summer and a winter wonderland in the colder months.

As the night goes on, guests can enjoy seasonal fruity cocktails such as Summer Jam, a blend of white rum and Chambord with strawberry jam and lemonade, and farm-to-table cuisine.

Its charming rooftop terrace has a fully retractable roof and heaters for guests to get cosy when the British weather acts up. This intimate spot can accommodate up to 100 guests for anyone looking to celebrate in the city.

Hop on over to Islington to enjoy the warmth of Bubba's hospitality and the warmth of the sun on your face.

19. Fly to this rooftop bar atop a Shoreditch hotel: Aviary

Shoreditch, London

Situated on the top floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Aviary is a stylish rooftop bar and restaurant that provides amazing views of the city's skyline.

Step inside and you'll find a modern interior with luxurious furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, along with an equally impressive menu. The drinks menu utilises natural ingredients in a fresh and innovative way to create a botanical theme. The cocktails are served in stylish copper tankards and come in unique copper pineapple sharing serves.

The south-facing, heated rooftop terrace is just as nice, offering spectacular panoramic views of London's iconic buildings. Aviary is a wonderful venue to host a lavish party or corporate event, holding up to 300 guests.

20. A rooftop bar that may be hard to find but easy to love: Lost in Brixton

Brixton, London

Feeling lost? Maybe you can find your way to a rooftop paradise in Brixton Market: Lost in Brixton.

Spread across two floors, the ground floor is home to a bustling indoor market with street vendors, along with vibrant murals and artwork. Head upstairs and you’ll find the rooftop where live music or DJs liven the energy in the room. With Latin American-inspired cocktails, craft beers and food from Brixton’s finest food traders, you’ll have a good time here.

For those looking to host a private event or corporate function, Lost in Brixton offers a wonderful and huge space to host you and your guests, with a capacity of 440 guests.

21. A botanical waterside rooftop bar in Canary Wharf: Pergola on the Wharf

Canary Wharf, London

Pergola on the Wharf is a picturesque waterfront bar in Canary Wharf. Immersed in natural light from its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, this spacious venue is adorned with foliage, vines, and ferns.

Featuring three bars, enjoy drinks, dance, and take in live music or DJ sets late into the night. Perched high above Canary Wharf's northern dock, guests can take in breathtaking panoramic views. With its lush botanical ambience and diverse entertainment offerings, Pergola on the Wharf is an idyllic destination for those seeking a venue to host a large private event (capacity of 700 guests).

22. A hidden rooftop paradise in East London: Florattica

Aldgate, London

Welcome to Florattica, an oasis high above the City in Central East London. Inspired by London’s textile industry and the Huguenots’ silk-woven floral patterns, this venue brings a historical and luxurious charm to rooftop bars.

Inside, you’ll be immersed in its botanical decor: floral ceiling installations and vibrantly patterned chairs. Adding to Florattica’s floral and nature theme, the cocktail menu is truly one-of-a-kind. The menu depicts a sensual journey through the aromatic world of flowers using Head Mixologist, Serina Carrino’s homemade recipes.

This rooftop bar is an excellent choice for an intimate private event or corporate function.

23. A rooftop bar overlooking the River Thames: 12th Knot

Southwark, London

Looking for a nautical aesthetic for your next event or party? Look no further than the 12th Knot at Sea Containers Hotel. This spectacular London bar offers breathtaking views overlooking the River Thames and skyline, making it an ideal space for an elegant and sophisticated private party, drinks reception, or product launch event.

Expect decadent decor and an open-plan layout that captures a beautiful sight of London’s skyline. From the locally sourced delicious food at Sea Containers restaurant to the innovative cocktails celebrating seasonal ingredients, this venue promises to impress your guests.

24. A rooftop bar with impressive oysters and views: Seabird

Southwark, London

In the mood for oysters with a side of London’s skyline? Seabird is a must-visit destination for you.

Seabird offers a relaxing rooftop hangout along with London’s longest oyster list. No need to worry if you’re not the biggest oyster fan because this venue also offers quality Mediterranean-inspired plates. Looking for something to drink? Seabird has an extensive cocktail and wine menu as well, including its famous fish bowl to share, which is filled with all types of liqueur — Hendrick’s, Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask, and topped with Absinthe.

With a capacity of 150 guests, Seabird is a wonderful choice for your next event, party, or corporate function.

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A guide to booking a rooftop bar in London

From the swish and pricey to the laidback and reasonably-priced; from North London to South, and East London to West, we have all the top tips to booking a rooftop bar in London. So stop searching and let us help you find the perfect rooftop bar for your event.

Define your event

Before embarking on your quest to find a rooftop bar in London, it's essential to define the nature of your event. Are you hosting an informal gathering, a themed party, a hen do? Understanding the purpose of your event will guide your choice of bar. Be sure to plan in the warmer months or secure a rooftop bar that is year-round, heated, and provides covering.

Set a budget

Establishing a budget is a crucial step in hiring a rooftop bar in London. There are a wide range of bars with varying price points, so knowing your budget upfront will help you streamline your options and make planning more manageable.

Online platforms

There are an endless amount of websites that will provide you with a rundown of the best rooftop bars in London. It can often feel overwhelming to search through these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we work with the best venues and will circulate your event details directly to them. You’ll hear back from trusted venues that have availability and cater to your event. If only it was always this easy.

Capacity and space

Determine the number of guests you anticipate attending your event. London rooftop bars come in various sizes, so it's essential to choose a venue that can comfortably accommodate your group.

Amenities and services

Identify the amenities and services you require for your event. Some London rooftop bars offer catering services, dedicated bartenders, sound systems, and more. Discuss your specific needs and preferences with the venues you consider.

Ambience and theme

The ambience and theme of a rooftop bar can significantly enhance your event's experience. Whether you desire a rustic, industrial, or quirky atmosphere, London rooftop bars come in diverse styles.

Booking and reservations

Once you've found the ideal bar for your event, don't delay in making a reservation. Popular bars rooftop bars in London can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons and weekends. Confirm the availability and secure your booking as soon as possible.

Hiring a London rooftop bar presents an exciting opportunity to host an event with incredible views and ambience. By following these steps and dedicating time to plan your event carefully, you can ensure its success. London's diverse range of rooftop bars ensures that there's something for every occasion and aesthetic preference.

Frequently asked questions

London rooftop bars are versatile and can host a wide range of events, including birthday parties, summer parties, corporate gatherings, weddings, product launches, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Booking in advance is advisable, especially for popular venues or during the peak seasons of spring and summer. It's recommended to book several months ahead of your event to secure your desired date.

Most London rooftop bars offer covering of some sort, and you're usually okay booking the summer months, however, the English weather is anything if unpredictable. Ensure that whatever venue you do book has options for rainy-weather.

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