London’s Best Rooftop Bars
In the summertime where the weather is fine, we’ve all normally got daytime drinking on our mind. While London can be a nightmare for finding a cheap and cheerful pint, it can be a haven for boozing joints with views to kill for.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite roof terrace bars right across our great nation’s capital! Take a look below.
Roofnic Rooftop Bar, Oxford Street
First up is Roofnic, located just off Oxford Street. Ideal for a stop after a gruelling day being dragged around the shops, this brand-new rooftop bar for 2015 offers a perfect sanctuary away from the Oxford Street rush. Fulfilling a real festival feel, there’s AstroTurf, sparkly light bulbs, cushions scattered on the floor and plenty of tunes to perk you up for the evening. There’s also a white canopy for shelter to save you from inevitable downpours. There’s a good view of the bustling street below and cocktails are reasonable at just £7.
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar, East London
The Queen of Hoxton represents the very best things about East London. Its rooftop is open all year around and is most known for its pop-up events. In that mould, the bar has been transformed into the Cuba-themed ‘Smokin’ Graciela’s’ for the summer, serving up Daiquiris, Cuban iced coffee and delicious Cubanos (a Cuban panini-style sandwich). There’ll also be various Cuban-inspired nights, such as cigar & rum and domino nights. How very Shoreditch.
Boundary Rooftop Bar, Shoreditch
Carrying on the Shoreditch theme, we present something more upmarket in the Boundary. The new rooftop space in the Boundary includes a weatherproof pergola allowing the bar and dining area to remain open every day and all year – no matter the weather. The new garden design includes a canopy of grape producing vines plus a working kitchen garden to give the place a real Mediterranean vibe. They also do tapas and meats on a proper grill if you get ravenous in the sun.
No. 32 The Old Town Rooftop Bar, Clapham
Very few places in South London thrive more in the warmer weather than Clapham’s array of bars and gastros. We think No.32 The Old Town is one of the best in the district with a roof terrace that looks directly onto Clapham Common. You can’t reserve a table on the terrace but if you’re lucky enough to get a space, you’ll be treated to classic cocktails with a twist and sophisticated sharing platters that will hit the summer spot.
Frank’s Café Rooftop Bar, Peckham
Frank’s Café is a pop-up summer-only bar which started in 2007 and has been back every year since. It sits on top of Peckham’s multi-storey car park in summer and while Peckham isn’t known for much more than Only Fools and Horses, the views under the red canopy across London are hard to beat.
Dalston Roof Park, Hackney
Situated among Hackney’s Victorian buildings Dalston’s only rooftop garden is all about events. With a different event scheduled for almost every night throughout the summer, the Dalston Roof Park has something to suit everyone. Whether you’re in to poetry, fashion, films, music, yoga or and music, you name it, the Roof Park has you covered.
Radio Rooftop Bar, The Strand
Located just across from Somerset House, the Radio Rooftop bar can be found on the 10th floor of ME London, accessible via a dedicated express lift. It’s open throughout the day until 2am (Thursday – Saturday) and serves a Spanish tapas-inspired menu as well as modern cocktails. While the architecture is striking enough, the real selling point is Radio Rooftop’s 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.
So there we have it – our favourite roof terrace bars across London. Let us know if you’ve got any suggestions of your own in the comments below!