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Written by Mae Bristow - 29 January 2024

The 8 best rooftop bars in Mayfair

Picture this. It’s the middle of summer, the weather’s amazing, sprits are high and you just want to spend a few hours soaking up the sun and sipping on your drink of choice.

We know what you’re thinking. You want good vibes and views. Great drinks and great company. More importantly though, you definitely don’t want to be inside an air-conditioned bar.

What better way to spend your summer than at a rooftop bar, and where better than Mayfair – home of chic, swanky and stylish? With so many choices, we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best rooftop bars in Mayfair.

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1. A modern-day rooftop oasis in Mayfair: 10° Sky Bar

Mayfair, London

Arguably one of the best Mayfair rooftop bars, 10° Sky Bar has an amazing view of London’s skyline.

From groovy DJ nights to mellow afternoon tea sessions, the 10° Sky Bar gives you the feeling of sitting in a bird’s nest perched on the highest tree top. Drinks here are served in a bird cage suspended from a branch at the side of the table. Offering a wide range of gin and champagne, 10° Sky Bar has luscious green interiors that are inspired by the green parkland 28 floors below.

While the bar is known for its vegan afternoon tea snacks and daytime views, 10° Sky Bar is just as magical at night. Peek through their beautiful telescope and see the moon and the stars in all their glory. While you’re at it, ask about their private hire that seats around 70 people and has a standing capacity of 120.

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

Mayfair, London

While technically not in Mayfair, 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. The winner of SquareMeal Silver Awards, this Mayfair rooftop bar is the perfect example of a luxury rooftop bar.

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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3. A Mayfair rooftop bar that overlooks the London Eye and Big Ben: The Rooftop at St. James

Mayfair, London

If you fancy a drink with an iconic view of London’s Trafalgar Square or want to see the London Eye or Big Ben, The Rooftop at St. James should be your go-to place.

Spread across two outdoor areas, The Rooftop is nestled atop one of London’s finest venues - St James. The open terrace features a private dining room called the ROOM and a bridge connecting the two spaces. The other side is just as gorgeous and covers a larger area overlooking the fabulous southern views of the city’s skyline. It also has an open kitchen to treat yourself to mouth-watering dishes and a bar with a range of refreshing drinks.

Sip on their classic Bourbon or choose from an elaborate list of wines, 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. 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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5. An iconic Mayfair rooftop bar – Willows On The Roof

Mayfair, London

While the rooftop of the John Lewis store on Oxford Street has hosted some amazing pop-ups, it’s been the permanent home to one of Mayfair’s biggest and best rooftop bars – Willows On The Roof. Opening in 2021, this iconic rooftop bar lets you see London in all its glory.

A hidden green oasis over the bustling shopping street downstairs, Willows On The Roof 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 along with in-house Japanese beer on tap and a wide range of international wine options. Head down to Oxford Street, for refreshing drinks with an amazing view.

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6. 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 a hidden 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 rooftop bar offers a view of the stunning London skyline with floral decorations that drape every corner. Famous for its authentic Italian cuisine, treat yourself to a bottle of sparkling Prosecco or Dom Pérignon as you enjoy the London night sky.

With many ingredients being flown in directly from Italy, Alto by San Carlo is ready to serve customers every season, cold or warm.

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7. A rooftop bar in Mayfair that transports you: The Dorchester Rooftop

Mayfair, London

With a mind-blowing debut last year, The Dorchester’s rooftop pop-up returns for the summer.

The perfect blend of fine dining and Instagram-worthy views of Hyde Park, The Dorchester Rooftop’s five-star service begins with an elevator ride to the ninth floor. As the golden doors open, be prepared to be amazed by a reception bar wrapped in pretty pink fabric. While the interior of The Dorchester is beautifully designed, it’s the rooftop bar you don’t want to miss out on.

With a sofa-like banquet setting, The Dorchester Rooftop offers you live entertainment and a wide range of drinks. Why not try some of the delicious Mediterranean food? Or simply sip on refreshing drinks - sky’s the limit.

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8. A treehouse-inspired Mayfair rooftop bar: The Nest

Mayfair, London

The only thing better than drinks in the city are drinks with a view of the city. Luckily, this is exactly what Treehouse London offers at their rooftop bar, The Nest.

In true avian fashion, The Nest is exactly what you’d expect. Think hanging plants, rustic wooden tables and chairs and Aztec print cushions. It’s like your childhood treehouse upgraded (you know, if you had one of those).

Get into the swing of things with a choice of one of their locally-sourced and seasonal drinks or pick a small plate from their all-day menu.

So take flight, and stop by The Nest.

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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How to hire a rooftop bar in Mayfair

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect rooftop bar. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Mayfair.

Frequently asked questions

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

The Rooftop at St. James – For fabulous views of the city's skyline and drinks to match, look no further.

10° Sky Bar – From its groovy DJ nights to mellow afternoon tea sessions, this rooftop bar is one of the best Mayfair has to offer.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a 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 Mayfair 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 Mayfair and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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