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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.