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Written by Mae Bristow - 04 June 2024

The best rooftop bars in Mayfair

Whether an outing to treat yourself, your friends, or your colleagues, Mayfair is spoilt for choice when it comes to London's eateries, cafés, elegant pubs and cocktail bars. But on a sunny spring or summer's day or post-work on a Thursday or Friday with the glow of the summer evening, you don't want to be inside, not even inside a swish, stylish high-end Mayfair bar. You want to be under that sky, soaking up the sunshine, and sipping on a cocktail. Stop searching for the perfect place, we have a list of our favourite rooftop bars in Mayfair.

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1. A Mayfair rooftop bar with a luxurious spirit: Aqua Spirit

Mayfair, London

While technically in the borderland of Mayfair and Soho, we couldn’t go without mentioning Aqua Spirit. It’s one of the very few bars to have been awarded for its impeccable service, impressive interiors and delicious menu.

Nestled on the fifth floor of 24 Regent Street, Aqua Spirit offers mind-blowing views of the entire city’s skyline. Celebrate the majestic sundown while you sip on the in-house classics like the Pink Panther or the Negroni Royal.

If you want some privacy with your partner or your close circle, book the private hire room for 10 hidden behind the beautiful sliding doors near Aqua Nueva.

Soak up the buzz of the London skyline as you sip on delicious, cool drinks at Aqua Spirit, one of the finest Mayfair rooftop bars.

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the windmill mayfair rooftop bar london

2. A hidden rooftop bar in the heart of Mayfair: The Windmill

Mayfair, London

Hidden from Mayfair’s bustling streets, The Windmill is home to award-winning pies and ales. Even though it’s not technically a bar, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention it.

With an ever-changing daily ale list, there’s never a dull moment at The Windmill. To compliment your pint, why not try a pie? Explore their award-winning menu and see for yourself exactly why they’ve been awarded.

Offering you blankets in the winter and G & Ts in the summer, The Windmill is most definitely a venue for all the seasons.

They’re open from Sunday to Monday, so why not stop by for a couple of drinks while you watch the sun set over London?

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1864 rooftop bar maryfair

3. 1864 Rooftop Bar & Kitchen

Mayfair, London

Another rooftop bar stradling the boundary line, this time between Mayfair and Marylebone. The rooftop of the John Lewis store on Oxford Street has hosted some amazing pop-ups, it’s now home to 1863 Rooftop Bar & Kitchen.

A hidden green oasis over the bustling shopping street downstairs, 1864 converts into a cosy rooftop nook with pods and heated chalets in winter and a cool, breezy corner to chill during the summer months.

Surrounded by the panoramic views of the city, the bar features a seasonal drink menu with signature cocktails and spritzes so perfect for those sunny summer days. Head down to Oxford Street, for refreshing drinks with an amazing view.

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4. An Instagram-worthy rooftop bar in Mayfair: Alto by San Carlo

Mayfair, London

What started as a range of pop-ups is now home to an Italian rooftop bar called Alto by San Carlo. Featuring a gorgeous floral installation, hanging foliage and beautiful wicker chairs, this has quickly become one of London’s most famous Instagrammable spots.

The Mayfair (we fudge again, it's just across the road in Marylebone but we're not splitting hairs over it) rooftop bar offers a view of the stunning London skyline with floral decorations that drape every corner. Known for its standout Italian cuisine, treat yourself to a bottle of sparkling Prosecco or Dom Pérignon as you enjoy the London evening sky.

With many ingredients being flown in directly from Italy, Alto by San Carlo is ready to serve customers every season, whatever the weather.

Enjoy sky-high views from the best rooftop bars in in Mayfair

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 Mayfair's rooftop bar offerings, ready for you to browse and book. Looking for a shaded, 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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Guide to hiring a rooftop bar in Mayfair

With its swish reputation and luxury it should come as no surprise that Mayfair has an offering rooftop bars to go with all those top London bars and restaurants. In this guide, we'll take you through everything you need to know about hiring a rooftop bar in Mayfair, from choosing the best venue to arranging seating and managing pricing considerations.

Research rooftop bar options in Mayfair

Start your search for the perfect rooftop bar in Mayfair with thorough research. Use HeadBox to explore the options available. Consider factors such as location, capacity, facilities and ambience to narrow down your choices.

Define your event requirements and budget

Before selecting a rooftop bar, it's important to define your event requirements and budget. Determine the type of event you're hosting, the number of guests you expect to attend, and any special amenities or features you need. Setting a budget will help you narrow down your options and ensure that you find a venue that fits your budget.

Understand pricing structures

Rooftop bar hire prices in Mayfair can vary depending on factors such as the location, size, amenities and duration of the hire. Some venues may offer hourly rates, while others may have minimum spend requirements or package deals that include food and drink options. Review pricing details carefully to ensure they are within your budget.

Explore seating and set-up options

Consider the seating and set-up options available at each rooftop bar. Depending on the number of guests and the nature of your event, you may need different seating arrangements, such as banquet-style seating, cocktail tables or lounge areas. Choose a layout that encourages your guests to socialise and interact while taking advantage of the panoramic views.

Evaluate amenities and facilities

Evaluate the amenities and facilities offered by each rooftop bar to ensure they meet your event requirements. Look for features such as heating or cooling systems, audiovisual equipment, toilet facilities and bar service. Confirm that the venue can accommodate any special requests or equipment required for your event, such as DJ setups or stage platforms.

Check for additional services

Ask about any additional services or entertainment options the rooftop bar may offer to enhance your event experience. Some venues may offer event planning assistance, catering services, live music or themed decorations. Discuss your specific needs with the venue staff to determine what services are available and how they can be incorporated into your event.

Confirm logistics and set-up details

Once you've selected a rooftop bar for your event, finalise the logistical details with the venue's management team. Coordinate set-up and break-down times, access for vendors and deliveries, and any special room configurations or audiovisual requirements. Ensure that the venue layout maximises the use of the outdoor space while providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for your guests.

Review contracts and policies

Before signing a hire agreement with the rooftop bar, carefully review the contract terms and policies to ensure you understand and agree to all terms. Pay attention to details such as the rental fee, deposit requirements, cancellation policy, liability waiver and any additional fees or charges. Ask the venue to clarify any uncertainties or concerns you may have before proceeding with the booking.

Planning an unforgettable event

On the day of your event in Mayfair, arrive prepared and ready to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience for your guests. Work closely with the Rooftop Bar staff to ensure that all logistical arrangements are in place, that the set-up meets your expectations and that any special requests or requirements are met.

Rooftop bar hire in Mayfair provides a unique experience for any event or celebration. By following the steps outlined in this guide and working closely with rooftop bar providers, you can ensure a seamless and memorable experience for you and your guests.

Frequently asked questions

The hire of a rooftop bar in Mayfair usually includes access to the venue, basic facilities such as seating and tables, and sometimes audio-visual equipment. Additional services such as catering, bar service or entertainment may incur additional charges, so it's important to clarify what is included in the hire fee.

In the event of inclement weather, rooftop bars in Mayfair may have contingency plans in place, such as covered areas or indoor spaces that can be used as alternative venues. It's advisable to discuss contingency options with venue management when booking to ensure a smooth event experience regardless of weather conditions.

It's recommended that you book a rooftop bar in Mayfair as early as possible, especially if you have a specific date or time in mind. Popular venues can book up quickly, so booking well in advance will ensure availability for your event.

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