If this week is anything to go by, summer is feeling like it’s officially here! Cue Londoners searching for somewhere to sip cocktails in the sun. If your heatwave plans sound similar, we’ve put together a list of London’s best rooftops to help you out.
From endless cocktails to party vibes at every rooftop, these are the ones you’ll want to be seen at this summer.
One Hundred Shoreditch
Set to be London’s hottest spot this summer is One Hundred Shoreditch’s bar and terrace. Having opened earlier this summer, this rooftop is already the place everyone’s trying to get reservations at. Think pink marble tables, foliage draped from the ceilings and panoramic views over East London.
Feel like a big kid as you explore London’s Treehouse Hotel, home to jungle-esque and lively interiors. Hidden upstairs is The Nest, their rooftop bar that offers unrivalled views over the capital.
Perch up here and sink into the sofas listening to DJs spinning the decks, tucking into bar bites and sipping on playful cocktails.
14 – 15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
Alfresco dining doesn’t come much better than Seabird. Hidden above The Hoxton Southwark, this rooftop serves up seafood delights and is home to London’s longest oyster list, marble raw bar and views that look out over the city.
Head here for cocktail memories or book in for a dinner to sample a few of their legendary oysters and delicious sharing boards of whole boneless sea bass with smoked honey butter and mojo verde or whole lobster rice with manchego and porto blanco.
The Hoxton Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY
Aqua Nueva and Aqua Kyoto
One of London’s best terraces, overlooking Regent Street and perfect for outdoorsy dining, Aqua Nueva and Aqua Kyoto is perfect for summer dining.
Head to Aqua Nueva for authentic Spanish fare, from small plates and tapas to croquettes and Spanish desserts you can’t fault. While Aqua Kyoto will see you nip to Japan in an instant with a delicious menu featuring everything from sushi to robata.
30 ARGYLL STREET, CARNABY, W1F 7EB
Laurel’s on the Roof
London’s rooftop lovers need to know about this not-so-hidden secret. Laurel’s on the Roof is a brand new restaurant and bar sat atop of the Mondrian Shoreditch.
Inspired by 1970’s Hollywood and the legacy of Laurel Canyon in LA, this new dining spot will serve up Californian inspired dishes and cocktails, from dawn through to after dusk. Expect the space to be clad with long-hanging rattan chandeliers, lounge seating and a playful neon ‘Laurel’s’ sign.
The perfect spot for summer catch-ups and cocktails, there’ll be dishes such as sea bream tacos with pickled red cabbage, white cabbage, chipotle mayo and beer battered fish; and the Malibu shrimp cocktail served with roma tomatoes, jalapenos, red onion and marie rose sauce.
Alto by San Carlo
Hidden above Selfridges, Alto by San Carlo offers you an escape from Italy, serving up cocktails, spritz and food inspired by the country.
London’s little Italy, the rooftop is charming, abrim with foliage and white linen lined tables. Expect dishes of burrata with parma ham and black truffle; yellowfin tuna tartare; Sicilian arancini filled with beef ragu and served with roasted peppers; and more.
Selfridges, Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Queen of Hoxton
Queen of Hoxton is busy preparing for this year’s launch, and the theme is cherry blossom! The Shoreditch bar has become renowned for its party vibes, cocktails and sun-trap rooftop. Pitch here for a day of catching up with friends over brunch or a birthday party.
Expect to be sipping cocktails and tucking into delicious food all while tucked under the city’s prettiest petals. It’s the ultimate Shoreditch experience.
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Female members’ club, AllBright is home to two secluded rooftop terraces and provides the perfect place to while away the afternoon over cocktails with clients or friends.
This summer, they’ll be taking Londoners on an adventure to the Med, one cocktail at a time. They’ve partnered with Malfy Gin and Petra Palumbo homemade to bring the Mediterranean to the heart of Mayfair.
Spend your weekend sipping on refreshing cocktails complete with an Italian twist and pair them with AllBright’s resident head chef Carlos Pinerez’s dishes.
24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
Renowned for its rooftop games, cocktails and legendary themed events, Skylight now boasts two wonderful locations, in Tobacco Dock and Peckham.
Head over to Tobacco Dock and challenge your friends to a game of pétanque, shuffleboard, ping pong or just grab a cocktail and catch-up with views overlooking the capital. Or, try their newer sister venue in Peckham for bottomless brunch, live music and good times.
Another destination to explore this summer is Wagtail, the new city rooftop boasting views over London’s most iconic landmarks, from the Shard to London Bridge and St Pauls.
The restaurant’s menu has been created by executive chef Phil Kearsey and will feature dishes that highlight the best of the season’s ingredients. The Bar at Wagtail will serve up small plates, while downstairs the Restaurant and outdoor space will offer a more sophisticated dining experience, featuring the works of Michelin-trained, Phil and award-winning Bar Manager, Angelos in tandem.
Sabine became an instant favourite when it opened its doors last summer, and it’s hardly surprising when it’s a rooftop that looks out over St Paul’s Cathedral.
Home to a sky high dining and a glass domed roof, the bar is filled with botanical inspired plants and interiors, and this theme leaks into the cocktail menu too.
You’ll find them serving up a selection of small plates, from butternut and sage arancini with spiced pumpkin puree to chipotle and garlic chicken with spring onion and cilantro, as well as seriously good cocktails to pair alongside.
7TH FLOOR, LEONARDO ROYAL HOTEL LONDON ST PAUL’S, 10 GODLIMAN STREET, THE CITY, EC4V 5AJ
You might need a membership for this one but we promise you the views from the rooftop terrace are enough of a reason to get yourself one.
Hidden on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Century Club is one of London’s best kept secrets. It looks over Soho and the West End, and serves up a delicious selection of dishes, crafted to perfection by executive chef Paul Merrett and their new head chef Charlie Boyce.
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The Century Club is one of London’s best kept secrets.
61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ
Whether you’re after a lazy lunch, cocktails or something cosy for catch-ups, Boundary Rooftop is the perfect place. Throughout the summer the menu offers Londoners an escape to the Mediterranean, serving up grilled meats, fish, fresh salads and southern French delicacies to boot, while come the winter, expect a visit from the Alpine regions.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD
Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel’s alfresco hideaway will make you feel like you’ve stepped outside of London into the country. It’s home to leafy greenery, bee hives and a kitchen garden. Expect to find plenty of cosy corners to lose yourself in for the afternoon, where you can sip cocktails from lunch through to the night.
Head to the rear of the garden and you’ll find the two bee hives. Kept by their resident beekeeper, Camila, the hotel uses eco-friendly methods for bee management and the honey is used in some of the bar’s cocktails.
Make your way up to floor number 39 and experience some of the best views over East London. Bōkan serves up some of the best European style dishes and cocktails you won’t want to miss. Sip into the sunset with the Adonis By Bokan, a mix of Humeshu, pickled vermouth and Tio pepe; Chaos on the River, made up of Campari, orgeat and lemon; or the Jisho -JiFizz, with Shiso inf. Rubis Blanc, matcha, mandarin and egg white.
Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
Hidden inside South Place Hotel, you’ll find Angler, the Michelin-starred restaurant that’s home to a stunning rooftop terrace. The perfect place to soak up the best of London’s seafood scene whatever the weather thanks to its retractable roof and heaters, making it perfect for every weather.
The menu, lead by executive chef Gary Foulkes, cannot be faulted, featuring seasonal and carefully sourced produce.
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PocketSquare, located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Place London City East, is a skyline bar and terrace that’s awaiting your discovery. It might look simple in its style but it looks out over London’s twinkling skyline, best experienced at night.
Grab a cocktail from the bar’s innovative infusions and concoctions, from the Eyrie, made with Macallan 12 year, pear and thyme puree and porter reduction to the Pepys Gold, a mix of Enemigo Tequila, creme de peches, china china, almond milk and milk.
9th Floor, Hyatt Place London City East, 45 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU
Restaurant, bar and terrace, Allegra ticks all of the right boxes. Situated on the seventh floor of The Stratford, the menu celebrates the best of British dishes, from hand-picked crab with radish and pickled ginger to Scottish cod, lobster, pickled and smoked carrot, citrus and chilli.
Head out and soak up the ambiance, home to water features, cedar pathways, sheltered spots and a meadow of wildflowers.
The Stratford, 20 International Way, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 1FD
Expect all day party vibes at FEST, Camden’s non-stop venue that boasts themed party rooms and a rooftop terrace that looks out over North London.
It’s the perfect point to meet pals, whether you’re after wood-fired pizzas, cocktails or street food.
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
Tucked inside Sea Containers London, 12th Knot is the rooftop bar to know about. Expect stunning views over the thames, DJ sets and live music, as well as cocktails that celebrate each season.
Cocktail highlights include the Banana Mule, made with Bacardi 8, Discarded, Gomme, lime juice, orange juice and ginger beer; and Bobby’s Gin Basil Spritz topped with Bobby’s Gin, Rinquinquin peach liqueur, lime and basil cordial, and Mediterranean tonic.
The Roof Terrace at The Sloane
Indulge in the new Roof Terrace Menu at one of Chelsea’s hidden gems. Nibble on a variety of light and fresh dishes celebrating British summer flavours. We love the Thai Green Papaya Salad and English Green Asparagus Ceviche- always accompanied with a refreshing cocktail or mocktail.
The Roof Terrace at The Sloane is a luscious outdoor space lined with verdant plant walls and stylish, comfortable furniture, which is perfect for whiling away a few hours and staying out of the heat.
Part of a private members club, The Sloane Club, The Roof Terrace at The Sloane is open for club members and for the first time this year, the general public, until it closes at the end of summer.
60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP