It’s only natural that once the sun is out and the temperatures rise Londoners want to escape the hustle and bustle at street level and relax with a cool beverage on one of the city’s many great rooftop bars and. Many of these rooftop pubs in London only open up in the warmer months so it makes sense to make the most of them while they are there. They are scattered across the capital and will vary in price depending on the location. Next time you are feeling hemmed in by the traffic and skyscrapers, move up a few levels to one of these fine establishments.
Queen of Hoxton rooftop, Shoreditch
1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
This summer the eternally hip Queen of Hoxton tranforms its rooftop into Smokin’ Graciela’s, a Cuba themed bar which serves an array of exotic drinks, food and hosts events most nights of the week. It also has the advantage of being only 15 minutes walk from our Hoxton accommodation.
Dalston Roof Park, Dalston
18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL
This green (in every sense) rooftop in London’s trendy East features an allotment, a weekly film club and other events. You can get a membership for just £5 to enjoy DRP whenever the sun comes out.
1 The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH
A Mediterranean food menu, acoustic performances and a massive lawn brings lots of punters to the roof of this legendary venue. It’s also only a short 30-minute walk from our King’s Cross accommodation.
The Lock Tavern, Camden
35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
Also in Camden, The Lock Tavern has some fantastic guest ales as well as a great whiskey collection. It’s rooftop bar offers fantastic views over Camden Market and although often very crowded has a great atmosphere. Camden lock bars are a favourite for all Londoners.
Lyric Bar, Hammersmith
Lyric Square, King St, W6 0QL
This famous theatre has an excellent roof bar which is secluded, nicely lit and awesomely decorated – perfect for a first date perhaps?
Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington
99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA
These huge roof gardens in this Kensington rooftop bar are a little more prestigious and pricey than the others on our list but worth going to on a special occasion, especially if you like hanging around the flamingos. What other rooftop bar in Kensington can say that?
Vista, Trafalgar Square
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
This rooftop bar in Trafalgar Square is on the ‘to-do’ list of many a tourist who visit London, but for good reason. This venue is only open when the weather is right and when it is Vista affords spectacular views even if the drinks are a bit expensive.
Sushisamba, The City
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
One of the best rooftop bars central London, this 38-floors high bar is open all year round but is second-to-none for Brazilian Fusion food and great cocktails with a view.
No. 32 The Old Town , Clapham
32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE
The long tables on the roof of bar 32 Clapham make it a vibrant sociable space and the craft beer and sharing platters also help this aspect of the experience.
Frank’s Café and Campari Bar, Peckham
10th Floor, Peckham Multistorey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4STc
This car park-topping bar is a sizeable enough to fit plenty of revellers in without it seeming too overcrowded – a real bonus for a roof top bar. This Peckham rooftop bar features awesome panoramic views of the city make the BBQ food and scrumptious salads taste all the better.