There’s something about standing atop a rooftop bar in London (Pimm’s in hand, of course) that just epitomises summer for us. Maybe it’s the Jack Dawson-esque ‘I’M ON TOP OF THE WORLD’ feeling or maybe it’s the slightly snooty ‘I am literally higher than you right now’ smugness – whatever it is there’s no denying us Londoners love a good rooftop. Here are some of the most roof-raising rooftop bars in the city…
1. Dalston Roof Park
Changing residencies from pop-up food traders, ample sheltered area in case of misbehaving weather and colourful graffiti create the right vibes for your perfect #rooftopselfie. An acceptable £3 entrance and you’re ready to lounge about on the colourful deck chairs on this vibrant astro-turfed rooftop – views included.
18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
2. Roof East
With saucy street food from their resident vendors, outdoor cinema viewings and fantastically tempting cocktails there really is no excuse to avoid this East London hotspot. This cutesy, summery hang out boasts unbeatable views in the sunny weather including clear skies over Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park. Grab great deals on food with Fever offering a burger/hot dog from Rockadollar Dogs WITH a beer included for just £10 or Korean stree tfood flavours from Bo Ssam Boy served with kimchi and a bottle of beer also a mere £10.
45a Broadway, London
3. The Driver
This lovely looking building has 5 components together making The Driver. The Gastro pub downstairs serving up timeless classics, the bar, the saloon, the penthouse and what we’re all really here for: The roof terrace. With 360 views of Kings Cross including the iconic and beautiful St Pancras station this glamorous little terrace would be an ideal location for a romantic date… Oh I say!
2-4 Wharfdale Rd, London N1 9RY
4. Frank’s Cafe
On top a multi-story car park in Peckham this bar/restaurant is open exclusively in summer so be sure you soak up the sun as well as the wonderful views. With interesting art installations as well as reasonable £6 cocktails this is the perfect place to get steadily drunker and watch the skyline change from day to night which, to be Frank (ha!), is exactly what we’re here for!
Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
The rooftop bar ‘whatever the weather’ this adorable little staycation stop knows exactly to cater to your every need. In summer, relax in beach style huts and deck chairs and in winter snuggle up with fluffy blankets and hot chocolate all whilst enjoying views over Fields Park. Each week in summer indulge in changing street food vendors with anything from Ghost Bagels to Bolt Motorcycle Crew.
Field Works, Martello Street, London Fields, E8 3QW
6. The Bussey Rooftop Bar
Part of the Rooftop Film Club offering you a unique experience of watching a classic film on top a London rooftop, although it must be said you’ll find it hard to concentrate on the movie with the knock-out 360 views of the capital. If you don’t have a soul and movies aren’t your thing then ditch the popcorn and grab a cocktail instead, perhaps some Italian food from their food vendor Forza Win.
Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
7. Queen of Hoxton
The vibrant 70s vibes of this Shoreditch bar/club with have you gettin your groove on in no time with a variety of different DJs and themed nights (including a night dedicated to Queen Younce herself this Thursday)!! Staying hip as ever with drinks such as ‘Don’t Go To Dalston’ and ‘Ba-Na-Na What’s My Name’ this fun and funky venue would be cool even without its Dr Strange inspired rooftop with decor so bright the sun never stops shining. (Metaphorically speaking GOSH).
1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
A lusciously lovey and romantic spot – this rooftop garden bar is the ideal date spot and perfect for a pre (and post) theatre drink. With the feels of an outdoor greenhouse the classic wooden benches and tall green flora give this bar a somewhat secret presence. With food available too this really is a fantastic place for al fresco wine and dining.
Kings Mall Shopping Centre, King St, Lyric Square, London W6 0QL
9. Netil 360
Hinted in the name this Hackney rooftop offers never ending views across the rooftops of London. Expect everything from cafes and yoga sessions to day parties and cocktails at this laid back elevated bar ft. wooden benches and astro-turf. Netil is open Wednesdays-Sundays and currently has the added flare from food trader Poptails offering boozy lollipops for those kids at heart.
1 Westgate St, Hackney, London E8 3RL
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