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October 9, 2023

29 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. Listed buildings teeter over backstreets, whilst above them the latest egotistical obelisks pupate under a steel chrysalis of cranes. 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. There’s something for everyone here, all you need to do is scroll through and find which London rooftop bar catches your eye.

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1. Escape to this rooftop bar: Sabine Rooftop Bar


Looking for an escape from the City? Look no further than Sabine Rooftop Bar on the top of The Leonardo Royal St Pauls Hotel. This secret garden oasis 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, which can be a great accompaniment to your drinks.

With private hire available for up to 180 guests, Sabine Rooftop Bar is the ultimate location for a celebration. So what are you waiting for? Come and discover this hidden gem in the City.

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


Jin Bo Law Skybar is a luxurious and stylish venue located in the heart of London. 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. Sip cocktails al fresco with 360 views: The Cross 2.0

Kings Cross

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 2.0 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. For your next al fresco event, this is the spot to be.

4. A beachy roof terrace that feels like a holiday: Chiringuito

Bethnal Green

Combining East London charm with Spanish influence, Chiringuito is the latest edition to Bethnal Green's growing bar scene.

This popular spot has a beach bar vibe and serves food ideal for sharing. With a menu sporting everything from Spanish tapas, Catalan pinchos (or pintxos) or Peruvian ceviche, Chiniguito celebrates community and Latin culture. Come for a coffee or drop in for a drink from their vast selection.

A hidden gem, Chiringuito’s sunny roof terrace offers green views over St Johns Church and the Museum Gardens. With a capacity for 100 standing exclusive hire is available. Full catering can be included, with an option for a summer BBQ!

For a feel-good experience, enquire now and feel transported to the coast of southern Europe.

5. A luxury rooftop bar experience: Wagtail

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 the city or individuals visiting 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, for 90 minutes. Warning: the time might fly by.

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.

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 thronging crowds. The newly opened 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 their Artichoke Tacos, washed down with an excellent Mexican Mule.

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


Big Chill Kings Cross is a lively bar that spans over three floors from its rowdy basement to its vibrant 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 vivacious party destination, with music, dancing, and resident DJs that keep guests energised 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.

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

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 St. Paul's Cathedral and the surrounding cityscape from its beautiful 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. Definitely a must-try cocktail, right?

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

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


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 their Winter Berry Negroni are sure to impress guests. This bar also creates bespoke MAV music playlists and provides the best soundtracks 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.

10. A Rooftop Bar in London with an iconic view: London Bridge Rooftop


The London Bridge Rooftop is a fun and exciting venue located in the centre of London, right next to the London Bridge station. Situated atop a historic building, this 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 a unique and unforgettable experience for any event, from corporate gatherings and weddings to private parties and special occasions. With capacity for up to 300 guests, the London Bridge Rooftop is a versatile space that can be tailored to suit a range of needs.

11. A market warehouse transformed to a rooftop bar in Farringdon: Smiths of Smithfield


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 Cathedral, providing a peaceful and possibly much-needed retreat from the buzzing and 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. Definitely not something you see very often.

With its spacious and bright interior, coupled with 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.

12. A lit rooftop bar in East London: Union Social at The Gantry


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 ambiance. Additionally, the outdoor terrace is adorned with chic grey furnishings and guests can curl up in cosy corners by the large fire pits, making it quite literally a lit place for a night-out.

There are also many delicious options to choose from like their 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.

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.

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


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.

14. 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.

15. A golden rooftop bar in Shoreditch: Golden Bee


The Golden Bee is a lively cocktail bar located in the trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood of London. With three floors of space and a highly sought-after rooftop terrace, Golden Bee provides a fun 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. When you’re there, make sure to try their signature ‘Golden Bee’ cocktail, it mixes vodka with passion and cranberry juice infusions, along with lime and mint: a perfect spring cocktail.

If you’re looking for a fun party to host, Golden Bee offers private hire for their VIP roof terrace, holding up to 50 guests and the entire venue for 350 guests.

16. London’s wildest rooftop bar: Savage Garden


Unleash your wild side at Savage Garden. 12 storeys above, atop the DoubleTree by Hilton, Savage Garden immerses its guests in a modern and edgy atmosphere.

When entering the bar, you can expect to see orange leather booths, plush velvet finishes, and marbleised floors and tabletops: truly decadent decor. Taking a step outside, you’ll find two vibrant 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 on like ‘Wild Poison’ or ‘Raven Master’.

Whether you want to throw the wildest birthday party or host an intimate private dinner, then Savage Garden is the place to be.

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


Queen of Hoxton is a vibrant and eclectic venue located in the heart of London's trendy Shoreditch district. The venue's eclectic décor features street art and graffiti on its walls, creating a unique and vibrant atmosphere across three floors.

The rooftop terrace is a highlight, with its twice-yearly transformations and stunning views of the Shoreditch skyline. Since summer is coming around the corner, get ready for 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.

18. A beautiful rooftop sanctuary in East London: Bubba Oasis


Nestled in the heart of Angel, Bubba Oasis is complete with a magical hidden roof terrace that gives you a taste of the Med in the summer and a winter wonderland in the colder months.

At Bubba Oasis, there’s a focus on farm-to-table cuisine with an array of salads and wraps to choose from. 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.

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 that can accommodate up to 100 guests for anyone looking to celebrate in the city.

Hop on over to Islington to enjoy the warmth of Bubbas hospitality and the warmth of the sun on your face.

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


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 that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Their 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


Feeling lost? Maybe you can find your way to a rooftop paradise hidden 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 hidden gem where live music or DJs liven the energy in the room. With Latin American-inspired cocktails and craft beers and food from Brixton’s finest food traders, you’ll surely 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 large capacity of 440 guests.

21. Drink cocktails in the clouds at this rooftop bar in South London: Skylight Peckham


If you’re heading down to South London, then you can’t miss Skylight Peckham: a chic and trendy rooftop venue with exceptional food and drinks and a covered terrace with a great view of the city.

Along with incredible interiors and lounge-style seating, their selection of cocktails and dishes is top-tier. They offer a wide variety of signature and seasonal cocktails, a must-try has to be the Cookies & Cream cocktail, mixed with Hennessy VS, Glenmorangie X, Disaronno, cream, and cookie syrup. Also, the rooftop terrace boasts vibrant decor and is a perfect spot for Instagram-worthy selfies.

Whether you are planning your next birthday party or a fun team-bonding event, let Skylight Peckham take your event to new heights.

22. A rooftop bar with the best golden hour: 10 Degrees Sky Bar


Named after the picture-perfect moment when the setting sun creates a beautiful glow, 10 Degrees Sky Bar is truly a golden spot to see a breathtaking skyline sunset.

To find this rooftop bar, you can make your way up to the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane. Expect sleek and modern interior design, making it a warm and elegant atmosphere inside. The bar serves an extensive selection of signature cocktails, such as ‘Reign Supreme’ and ‘Sapphire’ which uses high-quality ingredients to make a memorable, supreme drink.

For those looking to host a private event, the 10 Degrees Sky Bar can accommodate up to 120 guests and provide a brilliant experience for you and your guests.

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


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

Dalston Roofpark offers a unique skyline view of London and is the go-to spot if you’re craving a classic burger and beer combo. This vibrant space eludes an electric atmosphere with rotating DJs every Saturday and dancing all night long. With two spaces for private hire, the FH3 studio or rooftop, Dalston Roofpark provides a quirky, fun venue that would be great for any event, ranging from a birthday party to a launch event.

24. A rooftop bar from the 90s returns for a new era: The Cross


Six floors of dancing, drinking, and dining. Count us in.

The Cross, located minutes away from King’s Cross station, is a luxurious venue that offers something for everyone. From a club in the basement to the beautiful roof terrace on the top floor, it’s a venue unlike no other. Focusing on the rooftop, you’ll find incredible views and lots of plush banquette seating (perfect for a break from dancing). Their tightly curated cocktail menu consists of delicious drinks, such as their lemon meringue cocktail made with Gin.

If you wanna host a memorable event in one of London’s most iconic clubs, then look no further. This is the ultimate venue to host a variety of events like an intimate reception or an unforgettable party.

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


Pergola on the Wharf is a picturesque waterfront paradise, cultivated for an unforgettable experience. Immersed in natural light from its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, this spacious venue is adorned with foliage, vines, and ferns.

Featuring three bars, Pergola on the Wharf is a fun place to 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 memorable venue to host a large private event (capacity of 700 guests).

26. Feel like a VIP at this rooftop bar in Tooting: The Corin


Tooting’s newest social rooftop, The Corin, is a swanky club that has it all: dim lighting, signature cocktails, and one of the best golden hour views.

To really feel the VIP vibe, you can pick one of their many cocktails made by expert mixologists. A personal favourite of ours is ‘Crums Me a River’ which consists of Amaretto, lemon juice, blueberry puree and egg white, topped with amaretti biscuits on the rim. Very fancy, right? With this trendy atmosphere and exclusive drinks, The Corin is a wonderful venue to host an intimate reception or celebratory event for up to 40 guests.

27. A hidden rooftop paradise in East London: Florattica


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

Inside, you’ll be immersed in its botanical decor: floral ceiling installations and vibrantly patterned chairs. Adding to Florattica’s floral and nature theme, their cocktail menu is truly one-of-a-kind. The menu depicts a sensual journey through the decadent and aromatic world of flowers using Head Mixologist, Serina Carrino’s homemade recipes. Let your taste buds explore aromatic flavours from sipping cocktails like ‘Kimiko’ and ‘Rose Mule’.

This rooftop is an excellent choice for an intimate private event or corporate function. If you want you and your guests to enter into a natural haven, then Florattica is the venue.

28. A rooftop bar overlooking River Thames: 12th Knot


Looking for a nautical aesthetic for your next event or party? Look no further than 12th Knot at Sea Containers Hotel! This spectacular London bar offers breathtaking views overlooking the River Thames and skyline, making it the 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.

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


In the mood for oysters with a side of London’s skyline? Seabird is a must-see 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, 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. Definitely have to prepare a lot for this drink.

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

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