A weekend in London just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of London’s famous rooftop bars. With so many to chose from, all boasting a unique atmosphere it can be difficult to choose between them. So, we have whittled it down to our 8 favourite rooftop bars. From date nights to working lunches, there is something to suit just about every occasion. Read a little more about them here:
This award-winning rooftop bar is one of the most spacious in London. Madison offers tapas-style dishes, larger bites and a cocktail menu to die for, as well as incredible views of St Pauls Cathedral and the surrounding skyline.
Although one of the pricier bars in London, there’s not an age restriction or dress code. Madison also hosts an array of day and night parties, so be sure to check their website if you’re looking for something more than a quiet drink.
Bringing French flare to England’s capital. Coq D’Argent is a tranquil terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House and the Bank of England. The stunning rooftop garden brings greenery to London’s skyline is the most charming way. Open to over 21s, Coq D’Argent is known to be busier in the evenings and seating for drinks is available of a first come, first served basis.
Once summer has drawn to a close, the rooftop bar becomes a cosy retreat from the bitter chill with blankets and heat lamps.
Rooftop Film Club
Who said rooftop bars are just for drinking and dining? The Rooftop Film Club is back in London this summer at the Bussey Building, Roof East and Queen of Hoxton. If you fancy trying something a little different, book tickets to this cinema in the sky and spend the evening lounging in deckchairs.
Showing classics, favourites and new releases there is something for everyone. From Top Gun and Pretty Woman to The Greatest Showman and The Queen’s Corgi. Make sure you book soon through their website as tickets are selling out quickly.
Step away from the city streets and visit the working-farm rooftop of The Culpeper. Located in Brick Lane, the traditional pub utilises it rooftop space to assist the kitchen below. Sit amongst nature, herbs and greenhouses for a stark contrast to other rooftop bars.
Indulge in hearty food and pick a beverage from the unique herbal cocktail list. The Culpeper is affordable and open to over 18s.
Boasting two outdoor terraces and two restaurants, Sushi Samba is perfect for those looking to explore a range of cuisines and culture. Menus offer Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian dishes as well as signature cocktails.
Located in Liverpool Street, Sushi Samba is on the pricey side and is open to over 18s only. The views of London’s skyline make this the perfect location for a romantic dinner, especially as the sun begins to set and London lights up for the night ahead.
One of the newest additions to London’s rooftop bar collection. Radio Rooftop is a tourist dream. Snap pictures of iconic landmarks from above including; Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, the London Eye, Big Ben, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Choose from an array of cocktails and champagne and soak in the incredible atmosphere. Radio Rooftop is open to over 21’s after 5pm and unlike most bars in London this modern establishment allows fashion-branded trainers to be worn.
Vagabond Northcote Road
Cute, cosy and intimate. Vagabond is adorned with fairly lights, cushions and greenery and offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of city life. The wine list may take a while to get through with over 100 choices and tapas-style dishes are served daily.
Located in Battersea this affordable rooftop bar is perfect for relaxed summer evenings.
Sky Garden Bars
With gardens designed by award-winning architects, Gillespies and picturesque views of the city from three floors the Sky Garden promises an experience like no other. The only rooftop bar on our list that requires booking, the Sky Garden is the most expensive choice. Stipulating a smart dress code and over 21s only, the Sky Garden is perfect for a sophisticated night of fine dining and luxury.
As well as dining, Sky Garden hosts sunrise yoga throughout the summer.
Top Tip: If you are visiting London for a few days or more it is worth looking into a UK travel insurance policy. If you need to cancel and your accommodation is non-refundable you may be able to claim back the costs. Some polices will also offer to cover any pre-booked tickets that you cannot get a refund for.