Best Rooftop Bars in London
Enjoying a cocktail with a view has to be one of the loveliest things to do in the capital, and with the arrival of spring socialising in the open air is even more tempting. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil al fresco hideaway for sunny afternoons or a late-night hot spot with impressive views, we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars in London.
Alto at Selfridges, Marylebone
Hidden away at the top of Selfridges and accessed via its own private lift sits a Mediterranean oasis, lined with lemon trees and a canopy of spectacular florals. Described as a “little Italy high in the sky”, it’s one of the most enchanting spots in the capital to sip an Aperol Spritz and feast on fritto misto, Sicilian arancini and grilled artichokes.
Dining al fresco on the rooftop terrace, you can peer out over the Mayfair rooftops and spot Hyde Park in the distance. But if the storm clouds start to gather, don’t panic – the terrace’s fully retractable roof means this is a winner come rain or shine.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch
A Californian escape in the heart of east London, this Palm Springs-inspired rooftop bar is situated at the top of the cool hotel on Shoreditch High Street. Decked out in an Instagrammable pink colour scheme, the outdoor terrace boasts panoramic views of the city, framed by lush succulents and cacti. Here, Shoreditch locals and co-workers looking to hang out after a long day can sip on classic martinis or their signature margaritas at elegant tables on marble and terrazzo floors.
The menu continues the Californian theme, with Mexican-influenced special cocktails and dishes that nod to retro American food — think salmon tostadas with a side of devilled eggs, and crispy chicken with a sweet and sour glaze. With a backdrop of Latin dance music sets, this is sure to be one of the summer’s coolest spots.
One Hundred Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
citizenM at Tower of London
Overlooking the Tower of London, with Tower Bridge just beyond and the Shard and the Gherkin to the left, London views don’t come much more iconic than this. Located on the 7th floor of the citizenM Hotel in Tower Hill, this sleekly appointed rooftop bar comes with its own walk-around terrace, where you can sip expertly crafted cocktails overlooking the Thames and make the most of those panoramic vistas.
cloudM has form when it comes to creating stellar rooftop bars, with spots in New York overlooking Times Square, Washington DC with views over the Capitol Building and Paris right by the Champs-Elysees, so it’s no surprise that their London location is such a hit.
40 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DJ
Laurel’s on the Roof, Shoreditch
Formerly a members-only space in its days as The Curtain, The Mondrian’s rooftop bar is now open to all, offering a tempting array of drinks and food on sunny days and warm evenings. Named after Laurel Canyon, the spot’s Los Angeles influence can be felt throughout, from the laid-back elegance of the rattan and cushioned furnishings to the menu, where guests will find California classics from buttermilk pancakes and granola for breakfast, to sea bream tacos and Malibu shrimp cocktail for later bites.
Stop by for a Spicy Margarita, Japanese Garibaldi or Canyon Cobblers to whet your appetite, and don’t miss the live DJ sets on the weekend, when Laurel’s on the Roof turns into one of the capital’s prime party spots.
The Mondrian, 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
Sabine, The City of London
A secret garden in the heart of The City, Sabine has taken over the former Sky Bar location and transformed it into a verdant rooftop with expansive outdoor terrace and domed glass roof to guard against inclement weather.
Visitors can enjoy classic and inventive cocktails along with small bites of burrata with charred peaches, spring pea and goat cheese arancini and braised short ribs, all while taking in stunning views of St Paul’s and London’s historic centre. On top of seasonal cocktails, the bar offers a curated menu of wines and champagnes, so that you’re covered, whatever the occasion.
10 Godliman Street, The City, London, EC4V 5AJ
If you thought east London couldn’t possibly make room for yet another rooftop bar, think again. Tucked away on the 11th floor of the Canopy hotel in Aldgate, the first thing you’ll notice about Florattica is its eye-catching ceiling, adorned with floral installations inspired by the local area’s French Huguenot past and silk woven floral patterns from the 17th century.
The second thing you’ll notice is the view, which stretches from St Paul’s to Canary Wharf. The floral theme extends to the cocktail menu, which is helmed by head mixologist Serena Carrino, formerly of Shoreditch’s Nightjar. Go for something aromatic like the Avalon, which blends violet liquor with apple and lemon sherbet and Moet & Chandon Champagne.
11-15 Minories, Aldgate, London EC3N 1AX
The Amano Rooftop, Covent Garden
Historically, Covent Garden hasn’t had many options when it came to rooftop bars, but that’s all changed with the arrival of the Amano. Located on the 7th floor of the stylish new Amano hotel, the first international outpost for the German hospitality brand, it’s a chic spot in the heart of the capital complete with a stylish indoor lounge and an elegant outdoor terrace, a sun-trap filled with lush greenery and tables overlooking the cityscape.
Order one of their intriguingly named cocktails – like Memory, which mixes Stoli Elit vodka and Campari with blood orange, lime juice and rosemary syrup, or Intuition, a blend of Roku gin, sake, King’s Ginger, orange reduction and wasabi – and work your way through their range of tapas-style small plates.
Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HA
This Alpine-themed restaurant in Stratford received much fanfare when it opened in 2021, thanks to its striking Bauhaus-inspired wood and glass building, which stretches across three floors and can seat more than 500 guests at a time. There’s a café serving fondue and tartiflette, as well as a restaurant centred around dishes like schnitzel, strudel and Schwarzwälder. But the real draw here is the rooftop.
Offering unparalleled views of the city, the rooftop bar has been designed to recreate the après ski atmosphere of bars in the Alps – so you can expect plenty of Glühwein and schnapps as well an array of sophisticated cocktails. Come Friday night there’s a party atmosphere too, with live entertainment and DJs on the decks.
9 Endeavour Square, Stratford, London, E20 1JN
Pantechnicon Roof Garden, Belgravia
Even neighbourhood locals are often unaware of this hidden gem, which sits high above Motcomb Street at the top of Pantechnicon’s impressive Grade II-listed building. A lush botanical oasis with a striking glass roof and a terrace overlooking Belgravia, it’s the perfect spot to while away a sunny afternoon.
The kitchen is helmed by head chef Jenny Warner, who has created a seasonal menu that draws on Nordic influences – think fresh Cornish line-caught fish with sea herbs and smoked cream, and prime cuts of British meat served with foraged berries. Cocktails are created by their resident mixologists and draw heavily on botanicals, mixed with house made infusions.
19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8LB
The Rooftop at The Standard, King’s Cross
You know you’re in for a good time when you’re at The Standard, whether you’re sipping expertly crafted cocktails at their 10th floor spot, Sweeties, or sinking spicy Margaritas as you admire the view from their rooftop, which has just reopened for spring.
Covered in cheery green AstroTurf and offering stellar vistas over the neighbouring King’s Cross skyline (the spires of St Pancras Station look particularly spectacular from this viewpoint), this is one of the most popular places in London to come and watch the sunset. New for this season they’re launching an East-Asian inspired menu, with playful dishes grounded in the flavours of Taiwanese street food.
10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1H 8EG
The Nest, Marylebone
The rooftop bar and wraparound terrace at boutique eco hotel Treehouse London boasts some of the finest views in the capital. Filled with hanging foliage and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows taking in 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, this is the spot to while away a sun-drenched afternoon and linger after sunset, when the bar really comes alive and DJs spin the decks from their very own treehouse ‘fort’.
The cocktail list is an ode to seasonal British produce, using hero ingredients like lemon balm, nettles, rhubarb and radish to create their sustainable and near zero-waste concoctions.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, London, W1B 2QS
Seabird London, Southwark
Sitting atop the Hoxton hotel in Southwark, Seabird is one of the city’s most stylish rooftop offerings, all potted palms, bleached wooden floors and rattan furniture. With both indoor and outdoor seating areas, the restaurant really capitalises on its riverside location, making the most of expansive Thames views. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the name, the menu here revolves around seafood and is home to the longest oyster list in London, as well as an impressive marble raw bar dishing up chilled whelks, cockles and razor clams.
The charcoal grill also offers plenty of delights, including whole lobsters and John Dory. There is an excellent selection of biodynamic wines from some of Europe’s best small-scale producers, and the cocktails are fun and fruity, with the fruity Take Me To Parrotdise, made with Bacardi Ocho, Leblon, coconut, passionfruit and pineapple, served in a bird-shaped glass.
40 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8NY
Mercer Roof Terrace, City of London
Set among the livery halls and guilds of London’s Vintry Ward, and perched on top of the Vintry & Mercer hotel, this is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. Offering panoramic vistas over the capital, including a close-up look at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard, there’s a beautiful outdoor terrace complete with a handsome olive tree as well as an airy indoor restaurant.
Helmed by executive chef Chris Golding, who cut his teeth at Nobu and Zuma, this is British cuisine at its best, with dishes like Devonshire crab with pink peppercorn toast and smoked ham hock terrine with Quail’s egg on the menu. Their cocktails are no less inspiring, made using a range of house-infused spirits.
20 Garlick Hill, City of London, EC4V 2AU
Aqua Kyoto, Soho
Despite being right in the middle of Oxford Circus, heading up to Aqua Kyoto on Argyll Street is like entering an oasis of calm that couldn’t feel further removed from the hustle and bustle below. The smart terraces, which flank either side of the building, make the ideal spot for a post-shopping sundowner, with the Golden Hour, made with Roe & Co whiskey, Plum sake, Becherowska and lime, the perfect tipple.
Don’t forget to order some of their Japanese-inspired snacks, which take a nod from the main restaurant inside – their rock shrimp tempura and mushroom and pancetta yakitori are particularly moreish.
240 Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 3BR
The Boundary, Shoreditch
This popular Shoreditch spot is an east London go-to whatever the weather, thanks to its heated rooftop orangery, which sits alongside its outdoor terrace. With its trellised canopy, strewn with ivy and fairy lights, and cosy sofas to sink into by the outdoor fire pit, this is the place for lazy lunches that somehow stretch into even longer, lazier dinners.
Graze on Mediterranean-inspired dishes like n’duja arancini, grilled chermoula prawns and rosemary and sea salt focaccia while sampling their wide range of seasonal cocktails, which include gin and tonic cups mixed with botanicals and herbs from their garden and punchy Passion Mints, made with Bombay Sapphire, passion fruit syrup, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and fresh mint.
2-4 Boundary Street, Hackney, London, E2 7DD
Jin Bo Law Skybar, City of London
Situated on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate and nestled among skyscrapers, Jin Bo Law boasts ones of the finest views in the City, with the Gherkin so close you could almost touch it and the Shard looming impressively behind.
The interiors are no less eye-catching, with its sleek, geometric bar, and the spot has become famous for the giant golden pineapple that adorns the walls and spreads across the ceiling. Their inventive cocktail list is all Asian-inspired, with offerings like the Jin Bo Nana, a tropical blend of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Cointreau and their in-house Jin Bo Law winterberry puree, made with blended raspberry, blackberry, coconut, banana and pineapple.
Dorsett City Hotel, 9 Aldgate High Street, City of London, EC3N 1AH
Skylark Roof Garden, Paddington
This bar on the banks of Little Venice, which has stellar views over Notting Hill, Hyde Park and the neighbourhood’s dreamy canals, became a firm favourite with west Londoners as soon as it opened a few years ago. There are new events held here every week, from their perennially popular Bubbles in the Sky experience, where you get a glass of Veuve Clicquot with your table reservation, to their Skydance sessions.
The food menu focuses on Pan-Asian dishes like summer vegetable gyoza and Jingwansa fried chicken, inspired by owner Adam Marshall, who trained at Chelsea’s infamous Eighties hot spot La Tante Claire and Rules Restaurant. Their signature cocktails go down very well on a sunny afternoon, especially their frozen watermelon Daiquiris. The best bit? You can book lavish day beds, all the better for lounging on.
4 Kingdom Street, Paddington, London, W2 6BD
Radio Rooftop Bar, Westminster
If you’re after Mediterranean holiday vibes with your sky-high drinking and dining, Radio Rooftop bar is the place to go. With its excellent tapas sharing platters, chic decor and stylish crowd, squint and you could almost pretend you’re in Barcelona (though the terrace is open year-round and is just as lovely in the winter, when you can cosy up in a cute cable car).
Order a round of pan con tomate and crab croquettes before sampling one of their signature smokey negronis, made with Star of Bombay, Dubonnet, Campari and Laphroaig.
336-337 Strand, Westminster, London, WC2R 1HA
The Oxo Tower, South Bank
This iconic tower on the South Bank has long been a fixture on London’s sky-high drinking and dining scene, with the landmark’s prominent OXO logo visible from miles around. Housed in a beautiful wharfside building that dates back to 1900, this is where the famous OXO beef cube was made during the Twenties.
Now it’s home to an award-winning restaurant and bar, perched on the eighth floor and serving up seasonal British food with a side of breath-taking views over the river. Their extensive cocktail list is full of gems, like the South Bank gin cocktail, which is described as a “love letter to the neighbourhood”.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
14 Hills at Fenchurch Street
Tucked away on the 14th floor rooftop of the central London building is an over-the-top, tropical-inspired bar that is an Instagrammer’s dream. Plush furnishings are surrounded by lush greenery and huge palm leaves. Outside, the theme continues, albeit more subdued, as the real star of the show is the 360-degree views of the capital.
The special terrace menu offers a curated pick of the main restaurant’s offerings, all of which combines British cooking with French flare. Pick from starters like buratta, beef tartare and pork and apricot terrine, before following up with sirloin steak or rack of lamb for your main. The drinks menu is equally impressive, with plenty of house signature creations alongside classic staples and alcohol-free options.
14th floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 5BA
Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham
Perched on top of the iconic Bussey Building, the Bussey Rooftop Bar is the highest drinking hot spot in Peckham, and transforms the simple space into a colourful escape with flowers and vines.
Visitors can enjoy delicious cocktails and food alongside the impressive views — the wood-fired pizzas from Share a Slice are particularly tempting, and there’s an extensive drinks menu with wines, beers, ciders and cocktails to suit every possible mood. Look out for special rooftop events, too, as the spot is set to reopen fully later in April.
Block B Rooftop Unit B3.1, The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4SL
Culpeper Roof Gardens, Spitalfields
From the outside, The Culpeper looks like a typical London pub, but don’t be fooled – squirrelled away upstairs is one of the city’s most charming terraces. Filled with plants, this isn’t just a prime drinking spot – it’s also a herb and vegetable garden, complete with mint patches and tomato vines.
Come to try delicious dishes served from the grill and work your way through the excellent wine list, which has a strong focus on English wines, with bottles cherry-picked from vineyards in east Sussex and Kent. Ever resourceful, the staff keep the corks from every bottle for a number of creative purposes, including grinding them down to sprinkle on their plants to help them retain water.
40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LP
Aviary London, Finsbury
Perched 10 floors up above Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel, bordering the City and Shoreditch, this spacious terrace offers stunning panoramic views. City boys and girls flock here for post-work drinks before ordering plates of Channel Island oysters and lobster cocktail crumpets from the thoroughly British menu – the restaurant sources its produce from small British livestock farmers and the fish is responsibly sourced from south coast day boats wherever possible.
It’s all washed down with a few cocktails from the bird-themed drinks list, where highlights include the Skylark, made with Haku vodka, chocolate liqueur and orange bitter, and the Flame Robin, with Roku gin, sake and Luxardo Bianco.
Montcalm Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London, EC2A 1DX
Madison, City of London
This award-winning rooftop is one of the most popular spots in the capital, with locals heading there on weekends (and weekdays – the City never sleeps) to soak up the jaw-dropping views – you’ve never seen St Paul’s this close up.
Situated in the penthouse of One New Change, diners start their night at the celebrated Manhattan-style restaurant, which serves grills and burgers from the wood fired oven, before settling in for a night on one of the venue’s many terraces. As soon as the sun goes down it’s time for the music to start, whether it’s the renowned in-house DJs or one of the live acoustic trios.
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, EC4M 9AF
Coq d’Argent, City of London
Coq d’Argent has become one of the city’s most legendary drinking and dining spots since opening at the top of No 1 Poultry over 20 years ago. It has an award-winning garden in the sky and a private lift that whizzes you up to the very top of the building, with a Willy Wonka-esque, see-through ceiling to boot.
As impressive as the views up here are, they’re nowhere near as impressive as their extensive wine list, which runs to 54 pages in total. You’re spoiled for choice up here, with four different terraces to choose from as well as their sought-after rooftop garden, filled with lush foliage and flowers.
1 Poultry, City of London, EC2R 8EJ
The Rooftop, St James’s
Split into two separate areas – the outdoor Gallery, which offers jaw-dropping views over Trafalgar Square and beyond, and the Deck, a sun-drenched conservatory – this spacious terrace perched at the top of a smart hotel has something for everyone.
The European-inspired menu serves delicious morsels of cider poached chorizo and Korean fried cauliflower, while the cocktail list features in-house favourites like the Going Out Out, made with Ketel One vodka, peachy, lychee, vanilla, passionfruit and lime.
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, St. James’s, London, SW1A 2TS
Pergola Paddington, Paddington
You know it’s summer when Pergola returns to Paddington, which this year is happening on Thursday 20 April. The colourful spot, with its turquoise walls and pretty, creeping vines, is spread across two floors, with two huge bars serving up al fresco drinks.
There’s also a rotating roster of cocktails on tap, and some of the capital’s finest street-food stalls – this year you can expect Filth&Co burgers and Asian small plates from Yuki by Temaki Bros. On the weekends you’ll find bottomless brunches and some of London’s finest DJs.
4 Kingdom Street, Paddington, London, W2 6PY
Soho Sky Terrace at The Courthouse, Soho
Rooftop bars are rare in Soho, making this spot extra special. Tucked away at the top of the Courthouse hotel, a former Magistrates’ Court, the building is steeped in history, counting Mick Jagger, Bob Marley and John Lennon as former inmates and Charles Dickens as an early court reporter.
The bar offers peaceful respite from the bustling streets below, with panoramic views over the West End, chilled music and barbecues on hot days. Kick back with a Purple Hornet – Hendrik’s gin, Crème de Mure, fresh berries and lime juice – and watch the sun set over some of London’s most famous rooftops.
19 – 21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HL