In the summertime when the weather is fine, chances are we’ve got all-day drinking on our mind. Now while London can be a nightmare for finding a cheap pint, it is an absolute haven for drinking establishments with rooftop views to die for. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite roof terrace bars right across the capital. Here’s London’s best rooftop bars for summer 2018!
Frank’s Café Rooftop Bar
Location: 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Story Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST.
Nearest Station: Peckham Rye
Probably London’s most-loved rooftop, Frank’s Café is a summer-only pop-up bar which started all the way back in 2007. Back every year since and set to open on 18th May this year, Frank’s sits on top of Peckham’s multi-storey car park in the summer and while Peckham isn’t known for much more than Only Fools and Horses, the views across London almost certainly can’t be beaten.
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar
Location: 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX.
Nearest Station: Liverpool Street
The Queen of Hoxton represents all of the very best things about East London. Its rooftop is open all year around and is most known for its themed pop-up events which change every summer and winter. For summer 2018, the rooftop has been transformed into ‘Lost Vegas’. Think lights, wedding chapels, and slot machines and you won’t be too far off. An abandoned yellow school bus bar will be serving booze, while weird and wonderfully Lost Vegas vending machines will be stocked with everything from boozy ice pops and canned cocktails to wedding rings, and divorce certificates.
Location: Tabacco Dock, Pennington St. Car Park entrance, E1W 2SF.
Nearest Station: Shadwell
Themed around an urban lawn club, Skylight London returns again this summer for something quintessentially British. Combining the almightiest of garden parties with street food and cocktails on the rooftop of the Tobacco Dock, Skylight comes with a 600 capacity, multiple bars, food joints, three croquet lawns and two petanque courts, all set against some of the finest views in the city. Open until September and with the addition of screens, both indoors and outdoors, it’s also the rooftop to be if you want to watch any of the World Cup or Wimbledon.
Dalston Roof Park
Location: 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL.
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland
Nestled amongst Hackney’s Victorian buildings and overlooking London’s skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop venue is a real gem and perfect for those who are into the arts. Whether you’re in to poetry, fashion, films, music, yoga or and music, the Roof Park has you covered. The garden music venue is turfed and brimming with flowers, and boasts two fully-stocked bars and even a state-of-the-art retractable roofing system for when the rains inevitably come!
Boundary Rooftop Bar
Location: 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD.
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street
Another Shoreditch haunt on our list, the Boundary is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket. The rooftop space in the Boundary includes a weatherproof pergola, which means the bar and dining area remains open all year round. The garden design includes a canopy of grapes producing vines plus a working kitchen garden to give the place a real Mediterranean vibe. They also serve up the likes of tapas and meats off a proper grill if you get ravenous in the sun!
Miami Heights at Big Chill
Location: Big Chill, 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL.
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross
Grab those trusty Ray-Bans and call up the squad because the roof at Big Chill King’s Cross will be transformed into the streets of Miami this summer. Aptly named ‘Miami Heights’, the summer pop-up will be serving-up South Beach cocktails, delicious grub, and a rotating Summer line-up of resident DJs. Décor-wise, expect an unmissable flamingo feature wall, a flower-filled bar front, an outdoor disco ball, a Miami Vice turquoise, and more palm trees than you can shake a Pina Colada at. Keep a look for Miami Heights’ Saturday afternoon happy-hour and Sunday Bottomless Brunch too!
Radio Rooftop Bar
Location: 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA.
Nearest Station: Temple
Located just across the road from Somerset House, the Radio Rooftop bar is a staple on the London rooftop scene. Found on the 10th floor of ME London, this swanky joint serves up modern cocktails and Spanish tapas if you need a bite to eat. While the architecture is striking enough, the real selling point is the stunning South Bank views: Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are all visible.
The Culpeper Roof Garden
Location: 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP.
Nearest Station: Aldgate East
It’s only natural for Londoners to pine for some greenery every now and then, which is why the rooftop Garden at The Culpeper on Commercial Street is probably our favourite of the lot. Not only is the rooftop full of foliage for aesthetical purposes, the rooftop greenhouse also houses many of the plants used in the pub’s dishes. As well as a bar, the rooftop features a large dining table and a massive wood-fired grill, which makes it perfect for some summertime eating and drinking. Events and workshops also feature heavily on Culpeper’s event calendar, with the likes of Astronomy nights and gardening workshops headlining.
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