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Written by Luke Bull - 06 March 2024

The 5 best rooftop bars in Soho

Rooftops, whilst they've been around since we decided rain wasn't for us, they have had a bit of a renaissance in the age of Instagram and elevators.

Soho may be traditionally known for its beer-soaked streets and underground peep shows, but even London's den of vice isn't immune to our insatiable thirst for panoramic views. Here are our top picks of Soho's best rooftop bars.

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Century Club Soho Rooftop
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1. Soho's largest roof terrace: Century Club

Soho, London

Located on the major thoroughfare of Shaftesbury Avenue, Century Club has quite a lot going for it. Let's talk about size: 200 people can use the large bar, full PA system and adjoining smoking terrace. I don't even know 200 people, but if I did I would very much want them to be together on a rooftop in the middle of summer, getting them drunk on cocktails and admiring the azure blue sky.

Next: consider the retractable rooftop. Having a rooftop with a roof may seem a disqualifying conceit to open-air purists, but living in London requires a realistic approach to a microclimate that seeks to drain clouds of their liquid burden. In short – it rains. A lot. For those of us who prefer private parties to remain above the sea level, Century Club's retractable glass roof proves a saving grace. Rooftops with roofs – what will they think of next?

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2. For iconic views across Soho: Radio Rooftop

Soho, London

Radio Rooftop is one of London’s most iconic venues situated on the 10th Floor of ME London, with striking views across the River Thames and London’s impressive skyline.

From sunrise to sunset, guests can enjoy the changing views of the capital stretching from the Shard and St Paul’s downstream, to the London Eye and Big Ben.

The perfect setting for a casual lunch with family and friends or to impress business clients in a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. Experience our seasonal, locally sourced menu curated by our Chef.

End the day by sipping Champagne or one of our inspired cocktails whilst admiring

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3. An impressive rooftop in Soho: Trafalgar St James

Soho, London

Any bar with the words 'Trafalgar' and 'St James' in the title is going to be aiming for the upper percentile of London's drinking elite.

The Rooftop offers exclusive hire for guests and clients, with breathtaking views of London's iconic skyline serving as the backdrop. This space was designed with client entertainment in mind, making it the ideal location for corporate events, birthday parties, and social gatherings.

The bar boasts an extensive cocktail menu and a delicious array of small plates, perfect for sharing with friends and colleagues. The Trafalgar St James's rooftop bar is conveniently located just a stone's throw from Charing Cross tube and railway station, making it easily accessible for guests.

With its stylish decor and exceptional service, The Trafalgar St James is the ultimate destination for a memorable and unforgettable experience.

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Aqua Spirit Mayfair rooftop bars 1

4. A rooftop bar in the heat of the west end: Aqua Spirit

Soho, London

With a totalising view over the city, it's hard pressed to find somewhere more appropriate to the luxurious trajectory of the west end that Aqua Spirit.

The bar is situated on the fifth floor of an iconic building, boasting stunning views of the city skyline. With both indoor and outdoor seating, guests can enjoy a cozy and inviting atmosphere while soaking up the sun or admiring the twinkling lights of the city at night.

The bar is known for its impressive cocktail menu, featuring creative and unique concoctions that are sure to please any palate. Aqua Spirit is also a popular destination for weekend entertainment, with DJs playing music that will keep you on your feet all night long.

Karma Sanctum hotel Soho
Karma Sanctum hotel Soho

5. Soho's original rock n' roll roofotp: Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel

Soho, London

The Karma Sutra Soho Hotel is a hidden gem in the heart of Soho that offers a unique roofotp experience. The hotel has a rooftop bar with a unique view of the city and its many, many warrens.

It's the kind of place where guests can enjoy a gin and tonic and small bites, held to a hotel standard. The bar has a laid-back and casual vibe, perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic date. The view from the rooftop is breathtaking, with the city skyline stretching out in front of you. The next move is yours.

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6. A rooftop bar in Soho you can also get Italian food at: Alto

Alto by San Carlo is a heavy hitter amongst Soho's rooftop bars.

Situated atop Selfridges, the rooftop sanctuary offers an al fresco terrace and bar, making it a great spot for a drink or an Italian-inspired meal. The exclusive rooftop location provides views of the city and a sense of seclusion from the bustling streets below.

Open until late every day of the week, Alto is one of the finest late-night restaurants in London, perfect for those who love to keep the good times rolling after hours.

Enjoy sky-high views from the best rooftops in Soho

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 Soho's rooftops, 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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Your guide to booking a rooftop bar in Soho

Sure, here's a guide to booking a rooftop bar in Soho:

Research: Start by researching rooftop bars in Soho. Check their availability, prices, and reviews online. You can use platforms such as HeadBox to find the best-rated rooftop bars in the area.

Capacity: Once you've found a few rooftop bars that seem suitable, check the capacity of the venue. Make sure the venue you choose can accommodate your group comfortably. Rooftop bars can vary in size, so you'll need to know the number of guests in advance.

Amenities: Check if the venue offers additional amenities such as food, drinks, and entertainment. Some rooftop bars may have packages that include catering options or a DJ to provide music. Make sure you confirm the amenities available beforehand.

Booking: After you have narrowed down your options, contact the venue and inquire about the availability of the rooftop bar. You may need to provide a deposit to reserve the space. It's important to confirm the duration of the booking and any rules or regulations regarding the use of the space.

Payment: Confirm the total cost of the booking, including any additional amenities, and arrange for payment. Many rooftop bars accept credit card payments, but some may require a cash deposit.

Finalize details: A few days before the event, reconfirm the booking and any details with the venue, including the number of guests, the duration of the booking, and any additional amenities. You may want to ask about any restrictions or special requests, such as dress code or music volume.

If this all seems like a lot of work, you can also submit your brief with us and here back from the best Soho rooftops. This way you won't face countless calls to fully booked bars that can't accommodate your booking.

Enjoy: On the day of the event, arrive early and enjoy your rooftop bar experience. Make sure you follow any rules or regulations set out by the venue and have a great time with your friends.

Frequently asked questions

A rooftop bar is a bar or lounge located on the roof of a building, offering views of the city skyline.

Booking a rooftop bar in Soho can offer several benefits, including breathtaking views of the city, a unique atmosphere, and a memorable experience for you and your guests.

`To book a rooftop bar in Soho, have all of your requirements to hand. Submit a brief with HeadBox, specifying everything you're looking for like capacity, style, seating arrangements and more. Then wait for the bets Soho rooftops to respond to your enquiry. Easy.

It's recommended to book a rooftop bar in Soho at least a few weeks in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak season.

When booking a rooftop bar in Soho, you should consider the capacity of the venue, the amenities available, the duration of the booking, any rules or regulations set out by the venue, and any special requests or restrictions.

Most rooftop bars do not allow outside food or drinks to be brought in, but they may offer catering options or packages that include food and drinks.

The cost of hiring a rooftop bar in Soho can vary widely depending on several factors such as the size of the bar, the number of guests, the time of year, and any additional services or amenities you require.

To get a more accurate estimate, it is best to contact the specific rooftop bar you are interested in directly and inquire about their pricing and availability. Some popular rooftop bars in Soho include The Roof Terrace at Ham Yard Hotel, Aqua Spirit, and The Nest at Treehouse Hotel London, among others.

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