Best Rooftop Bars in London

August 20, 2021Amy Hughes0

Elevate your evening at one of London’s many rooftop bars. From swanky rooftop lounges to fun-filled skyline gardens, our guide will help you find the rooftop bar in London best suited for you. Expect fun events, live music and classic British hospitality, along with amazing views over the iconic London skyline.



Renowned for its atmosphere, often hosting entertainment from DJs and live musicians, Madison is the ideal spot to relax while enjoying great food, cocktails and stunning close-up views of St Paul’s Cathedral. The food menu varies from wood-fired grills to vegan specialities and Sunday brunch. Throughout summer, enjoy food from East London’s hottest Japanese restaurant, Issho-ni Sushi.



Named after the bird whose migratory travel is influenced by the seasons, Sabine is London’s hottest new destination in the sky. This stunning botanical new rooftop bar overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral and is the perfect place to admire the concrete jungle below. There are two outside terraces, one with a retractable roof for all-weather drinking and dining making Sabine a bar for all seasons.


The Rooftop at Trafalgar St James
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The Rooftop boasts one of the city’s finest views, including Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and even The Shard. Enjoy a crafted cocktail, nibble on some pan-Asian small plates and snuggle under blankets and heaters in the colder months. The retractable roof means The Rooftop provides a year-round experience.


Sky Garden

We’re bending the rules a little on this one…technically not the rooftop, though there is an open-air terrace. This is London’s highest public garden with panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline. Enjoy lush greenery, observation decks and a choice of different bars: Sky Pod, Fenchurch Terrace and City Garden Bar. The company behind UK’s most popular tonic, Fever-Tree, have set up a gin pop-up at City Garden Bar until 6 Sep. Make sure you check it out while here.


The Culpeper Rooftop


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The rooftop garden at The Culpepper pub in Shoreditch is a charming and rustic setting to enjoy a drink and meal. From the garnish on your drink to something in your meal, the likelihood is if you visit the Culpeper, you’ll consume something grown and harvested from the rooftop. This rooftop greenhouse with a bar and cosy seating areas among all the plants has an easy-going atmosphere.


Radio Rooftop


This trendy London rooftop bar is located on the roof of the ME Hotel. Take in the panoramic view of the most iconic London sights. Plus, live DJs, a seasonal, locally sourced menu and tasty drinks are some of the experiences you get here. You can also head to the terrace for breakfast and lunch every weekday when the atmosphere is a little more relaxed, and for rooftop brunch every weekend.


Bar Elba

Palm trees, Prosecco and a proper good time just a moment away from London Waterloo station. Elba’s bottomless brunch is available every single weekend and comes with an extra special Balearic twist on Sundays. Tropical cocktails, chilled background beats and smooth house spun by the resident DJ and everything from smashed avo with fiery salsa to gooey mac ‘n’ cheese, topped with pulled pork and chorizo. A mouth-watering spread, fit for the Mediterranean heat. Plus, cinema in the clouds almost every night until 31 October thanks to the Rooftop Cinema.


12th Knot

South Bank’s Sea Containers London has it all: accommodation, restaurants, a gym, a cinema, and the stunning rooftop bar, 12th Knot. Expect vibrant energy, striking décor and London’s breathtaking skyline as the main attraction. In collaboration with Bombay Sapphire and Fever-Tree, this summer’s Sunset Series presents a programme of weekly music events, made up of an eclectic and upbeat mix of music genres, from a four-piece jazz band to funk & soul DJs and classic 45s vinyl nights. 12th Knot operates an over 21 age policy.


The Rooftop at The Standard London


Got some time to kill before your train from Kings Cross St Pancras? Or looking for somewhere to refuel after shopping in nearby Coal Drops Yard? Expect exclamation-inspiring views, stunning sunsets, delicious bites, and the best Spicy Tommy’s Margarita you’ve ever had. Nestled on the 11th floor of The Standard hotel, why not make it a night and book a stay?




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This old car park is now an adult playground with great views of the London skyline. Head to Tobacco Dock for a game of croquet, petanque, table tennis or shuffleboard in summer, or to watch major sports events on large screens. During winter, Skylight turns into a rooftop ice rink, one of few in Europe. All this fun is thirsty work – refuel with a wide range of cocktails, beers and wines and some great street food too.


Queen of Hoxton


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Summertime cocktails, CBD drinks and Moët & Chandon slushies are among the thirst quenchers available at one of the most popular bars in Shoreditch. Bottomless brunch by day and nightclub by night; expect bright colours, beer tables and juicy burgers. You’ll never be bored here. It’s an eventful and ever-changing London rooftop bar, redecorated every year according to a new theme, from Mexican Mania to Las Vegas glamour.


Upper 5th


A somewhat hidden gem with absolutely stunning panoramic views over the London skyline. During the week, the atmosphere is calm and relaxing, just what you would expect from a classic hotel bar. On weekends, some of London’s biggest DJs turn up the heat and create a buzzing atmosphere. Light bites and a BBQ Menu is available on selected days (mainly at weekends) plus, weather permitting, a live BBQ is available too.


Alto at Selfridges


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Take a break from shopping and enjoy a meal or a glass (or two) while taking in the views over London’s rooftops. This chic rooftop restaurant is set up as a lovely Italian garden, offering a day-to-night menu of seasonal Italian dishes, from the finest seafood and pasta to grilled specialities. Dior’s takeover of the restaurant is inspired by the French Riviera, creating a totally unique and decadent twist this summer. The menu has been updated to pay tribute to Dior’s history and includes some of Christian Dior’s favourite dishes.



Above the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street is Willows, the rooftop bar that is the perfect haven to rest weary feet after a busy day shopping. Cooking up their legendary Giz ‘n’ Green pizza pies, chef Gizzi Erskine and musician Professor Green have partnered with Kitchen Ventures to bring their hottest recipes to the rooftop. Expect slow risen, organic wood-fired rye biga sourdough pizzas with stuffed crusts and famous for their blackened dimples.


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