For some of us, gone are the days of rolling down to the local for a ‘couple’. Now, we get dressed up and head to the capital in search of a bar with a view. Rooftop bars have become increasingly popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why. It’s the perfect way to elevate your evenings, whether you want a great place for brunch, after work drinks to watch the sun go down, a romantic evening under the stars or a vibrant night out with friends. As soon as you step foot into London, a rooftop oasis awaits offering stunning cocktails and mocktails, delectable food and breathtaking views. Most also offer party hires and private dining too!

Here are eight of our favourite rooftop bars in London…Enjoy

Savage Garden: Situated on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton – Tower of London hotel.. With a drinks menu to suit every taste and signature cocktails aplenty you can sit back and enjoy panoramic views of the city including The Shard and the Tower of London. The food menu offers ‘Savage’ bites, sharing platters and more for those that are feeling a little peckish.

The Rooftop St. James: Found at Trafalgar St. James Hotel, this rooftop bar boasts views of iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Nelson’s Column, as well as crafted cocktails, small plates and their infamous take on afternoon tea – Tipple Tea.

SUSHISAMBA London: Situated on the 38th and 39th floors of 110 Bishopsgate, this rooftop bar is the highest dining terrace in Europe. To accompany its delectable cocktails and untouched views of the city, Sushisamba offers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisine.

12th Knot at Sea Containers: Positioned on the 12th floor of Sea Containers London, 12th Knot offers panoramic views of the river Thames, along with craft cocktails and a stylish setting. The live music and friendly atmosphere are perfect for a couple of afterwork drinks or meeting up with friends.

Aviary Rooftop Bar: Nestled atop the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square, Aviary boasts panoramic views of the city skyline, an extensive drinks menu, and a chic, contemporary atmosphere.

The Culpeper Rooftop Garden: Located in East London, The Culpeper boasts a rooftop garden where they grow their own herbs and vegetables used in their cocktails and dishes. It offers a cosy and charming atmosphere with views of the capital.

The Bussey Rooftop Bar: Situated atop the Bussey Building in Peckham, this rooftop bar offers stunning views of the London skyline. A quirky setting within a former industrial building, adds to its unique charm

Roof East: Found in Stratford, Roof East is a rooftop bar and urban park that offers a range of quirky activities such as rooftop cinema, mini-golf, and even a roller disco during certain times of the year. Fun and vibrant a great place to hang out with friends.

Now, if that doesn’t make you want to grab your glad rags and head for the rooftops, we don’t know what will. But, don’t forget, if you’re making the most out of your adventure and plan to stay in the city for a few days or more, and have pre-paid for your accommodation, you should still buy travel insurance! UK travel insurance is often overlooked and although we have the NHS here, you should still protect your trip in case of cancellation or having to come home early, etc.