We all know that like us you spent the weekend swaggering around in your minimal summer outfit trying to absorb the maximum amount of summer rays after a dreary winter forgetting the purpose of that bright orb in the sky. But the sun is back and we need to make the most of it so here is our guide to the best rooftop bars to keep you golden in 2015.
If you’re an in house guest at Sanctum Soho then you have access to 24 hour bar service on the roof terrace. So you can quaff Champagne under the stars (they are there if you really squint beyond the light pollution) and drink Bloody Marys at sunrise, if you’re so inclined. They also have a hot tub and a fireplace. Sounds ideal.
Where: 20 Warwick Street, Soho, London, W1B 5NF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.4 miles)
New to the rooftop scene for this summer is the Sky Pod Bar, part of “rhubarbs” Sky Gardens. With impressive views over the London skyline, they’re transforming the bar into an eccentric English country garden complete with vintage bicycles, yellow daffodils and even a faux lawn – in case the heavens descend and you do need to go undercover. They have new cocktails too because sun and cocktails go together like Bonnie and Clyde such as the Pink is The Question – Cîroc vodka, green apple liquer, fresh blueberries and lime juice
Where: Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
Mediterranean hor d’oeurves, a canopy of vines, a working kitchen garden, long communal tables, and sofas to sink into with a crisp white wine, what isn’t to love at Boundary? If that wasn’t enough there is a waterproof pergola so come rain or shine your plans won’t be affected.
Where: 2 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
The Roof Gardens and Babylon
A classic on the rooftop scene, The Roof Gardens in Kensington has been opened since 1938. With a Spanish garden, Tudor Garden (fun fact – in 1970s it only had black and white flowers planted by Barbara Hulanicki the founder of Biba) English woodland, amazing views of the London skyline and the best part, the resident flamingos, The Roof Gardens in Kensington should be a permanent fixture in your summer calendar.
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.1 miles)
With its twice yearly transformations, Shoreditch’s Queen of Hoxton is about to become a Cuban inspired haven for the summer months. Step off London’s street and into the faded glamour of 50s Havana. Look out for Cuban storytellers, Cuban inspired dishes like Cuban sandwiches with slaw and plantain and while away the hours drinking rum and playing dominoes.
Where: 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
On bustling Old Street you’ll find Golden Bee which is the perfect pit stop on the way home in the summer for post- work cocktails. They have an eclectic menu with cocktails including Porn Star Martinis, Summer in the City, Made in Old Street and a pretty extensive whisky list too. As well as serving up drinks they also have a roof-top cinema series and big screeens so you can watch all the summer sport.
Where: Singer St, Shoreditch, EC1V 9DD