As it’s May it seems only appropriate to be writing an article about the best rooftop bars in London in preparation for sunny days.
Pergola on the roof
This is the most exciting rooftop to be announced this summer set in the iconic BBC building in White city. The food line up hosts some of the best food stalls in London including, Fitzrovia’s Italian and Spanish fusion restaurant the Salt Yard. Le Coq from Islington, Chelsea’s Rabbit and Patty & Bun. The venue itself is capable of seating 400 people at a time, and will be open all day at weekends, and from 6pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Find It: BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, W12 7RJ
Bombay Sapphire at Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nics has transformed their firth floor terrace, partnering with the worlds premium gin distillery. Dubbed the ‘Bombay Sapphire Rooftop Retreat’ this is a perfect space for Al fresco drinking. Visitors to this hidden oasis, can expect to find all types of takes on the classic G&T including flavours such as yuzu, goji berry and lemongrass.
Find it: 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Dalston Roof Park
Originally a community allotment this is one of the most popular spaces in Dalston. With deck chairs dotted over the artificial grass, pop up restaurants and a bar- this is the perfect place to chill out on a summers evening. Not to mention the roster of events from alfresco cinema, to big name DJ’s.
Find it: 18 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
Notch Oxford Street
Brought to you by the people behind ‘Roofnic’ brings Notch, an ‘industrial playground’ featuring roof top swings and scaffolding. This uber trendy central roof garden offers, street food, great value cocktails and trendy décor.
Find it: 535 Oxford Street, W1C 2QW
Set on the 38th floor of the heron tower Sushi samba never disappoints. Coined the tree bar due to its twinkly centre tree, this bar has always attracted a great crowd. The views are heavenly and it serves some of the best cocktails around. The food is a Brazilian/ Japanese fusion.
Find it: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
This is a classic! Set in the heart of Shoreditch the Boundary offers a fantastic 360 view of the city, good food and a great ambience. Open all year round they provide heaters, rugs, and warming cocktails for the winter and sassy cocktails for the summer. One of my favourite brunch spots in the city.
Find it: Redchurch Street 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD
If you are looking for something a little more manicured Coq d’argents rooftop offers neatly trimmed lawns, stunning views and a glamorous crowd.
Find it: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Radio roof top bar
Located on the 10th floor of the ME hotel, is the Radio roof top bar this is the best place to drink and sight see in the same place with views of big ben and other London landmarks. This all white bar has a Euro feel and is perfect for a first date with comfy sofas and candles.
Find It: 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
In the middle of London’s Soho, Aqua is where you will find half of Soho’s work crowd coming to unwind in the summer months. Bringing in a different but just as good view of some of London’s most elite rooftops.
Find it: 5th Floor, 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB