This Spitalfields Oasis Has Been Voted ‘Europe’s Best Rooftop Bar’ • The Culpeper

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

the culpeper in spitalfields has been voted europe's best rooftop bar

You won’t find a better rooftop bar anywhere in Europe.

We’ve always known that London’s rooftop bar game is strong, but now it’s official: we’re home to the best of the best. One of our very own pubs has secured the prestigious title of ‘Europe’s Best Rooftop Bar’, awarded by Big 7 Travel, and we’re honestly not surprised. The Culpeper is a true gem in the heart of Spitalfields, offering amazing home-grown food, quirky cocktails, and the finest views of London — in the midst of a lush rooftop garden.

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As far as pubs and bars go, The Culpeper truly has it all, which explains why it’s praised so highly. The space is spread out on four floors inside a beautiful old building, in which you’ll find a pub, a restaurant, a tiny boutique hotel, and the infamous rooftop bar.

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Photo: The Culpeper

The ground floor is a classy, chic pub, serving a large selection of wine from the cellar, as well as draught beer and a list of creative cocktails. It’s also a fantastic space for a relaxed lunch or dinner, offering seasonal dishes like the smoked mackerel pâté on sourdough toast, ratatouille pappardelle, and wild garlic hummus with flat bread.

Photo: The Culpeper

On the first floor, you’ll find another light-flooded dining space with large windows and gorgeous interiors, which is open for early and late-night dinners. It turns into a cosy restaurant when the sun sets, serving equally tantalising dishes, like the day boat fish fillet with mussels, sea vegetables, and confit garlic crushed potatoes.

Photo: The Culpeper

The third floor is home to an unexpected but delightful little boutique hotel, which is currently undergoing a makeover and is due to reopen later this summer.

That all sounds pretty fabulous, but we haven’t even reached the best part yet: the Culpeper Rooftop Garden. With its own grill menu and drinks list, stunning skyline views and a lively ambiance, it’s the ideal spot to while away a sunny day or summer evening with a cocktail in hand. The rooftop space hides away a green oasis, where vegetables and herbs grow year-round in the open air and in a dedicated greenhouse. In fact, chances are the food on your plate or the garnish on your drink was grown right next to you… I mean, where else can you find that?

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Whether you’re looking for a sunny lunch among the plants or a romantic sunset cocktail date, you’ve come to the right place. It’s clear why The Culpeper is an absolute winner, and well-deserving of the first spot on the list of best rooftop bars in Europe.

Find the remaining 49 rooftop bars here (spoiler alert: four of them are also in London!).

Location: 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP. Nearest station is Aldgate East. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm – midnight, Sunday 12pm – 9pm.
More information: from their website.

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