Six of the Best Rooftop Bars in London

As temperatures start to rise in the capital, visit one of these dreamy rooftop bars where you can sip a cocktail while gazing across London's swoon-worthy cityscape.

Aqua

Boasting two stylish terraces overlooking Regent Street, Aqua is perfectly placed for after-work or post-shopping spree sundowner cocktails. Stare out over Liberty, the BT Tower and the London Eye, while sipping on a classy tipple, such as the City Sunrise cocktail, combining tequila, mescal, pineapple and lime. Cheers!

Radio Rooftop Bar

Radio Rooftop Bar, ME Hotel, London, UK

The dress code to enter the luxurious rooftop bar of ME London Hotel is smart casual, but when the view includes The ShardSt Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, jeans somehow don't seem appropriate. Soak up the view from one of the best bars in London with a table filled with tapas and cocktails. Open daily year-round.

12th Knot at Sea Containers London

Overlooking the river Thames and set on the 12th floor of the nautically themed hotel Sea Containers London is this gorgeous open-plan lounge and terrace. Affording spectacular views of the river, St Paul’s Cathedral and the city skyline, you can expect bright décor and plenty of greenery. You’ll find tasty cocktails with a British-American twist and a glamorous interior that leads out onto the cosy terrace. The dress code is smart-casual so leave your flip flops behind. 

Boundary Rooftop

Boundary Rooftop, London, UK

With design mogul Terence Conran overseeing its creation, it's no wonder Boundary Rooftop looks so good. The heated rooftop orangery at this converted Victorian warehouse has a kitchen garden, citrus trees and, best of all, a fantastic bar and grill. Soak up the sun or find shade under the vine-cloaked pergola for Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and exquisite cocktails. It's open year-round.

Aviary London

This handsome rooftop bar and restaurant enjoys a lofty position on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square, just a short walk from Old Street Tube station. Gaze over the City’s skyline with a botanical-themed cocktail on the heated terrace, where you can plop down on plush lounge seating. Meat and fish cooked over live charcoal is on the menu if you’re feeling peckish—Sunday lunch is a treat, too.

Frank’s Café

Despite the unusual location—on top of a multi-storey car park in hip Peckham—Frank's Cafe is worth hunting out during the summer. Watch the sun set over south-east London with a cocktail, cool company and amazing sculptures close by. With a relaxed vibe, kids and dogs are welcome at any time, and visitors are welcome to bring blankets to snuggle under if the temperature dips. The bar is open from May and throughout the summer. 

Sarah Riches
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