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 rooftop this summer is One Hundred Shoreditch’s bar and rooftop terrace. Opening later this month, the rooftop is set to be the next hit oasis that you won’t want to miss. Think pink marble tables, foliage draped from the ceilings and panoramic views over East London.

100 SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET, SHOREDITCH, LONDON E1 6JQ

WWW.ONEHUNDREDSHOREDITCH.COm

Treehouse 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

www.treehousehotels.com

Seabird

Rooftops don’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

www.seabirdlondon.com

Aqua Nueva and Aqua Kyoto

One of London’s best terraces, overlooking Regent Street and perfect for outdoorsy dining, Aqua Nueva and Aqua Kyoto’s terrace 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

WWW.AQUANUEVA.CO.UK

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 rooftop restaurant and bar that’s launching this month at 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 rooftop 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.

45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT 

www.sbe.com

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 

www.sancarlo.co.uk

Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton is busy preparing for this year’s rooftop 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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1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX 

www.queenofhoxton.com

AllBright

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

www.allbrightcollective.com

Skylight

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. 

Tobacco Dock & Peckham 

www.skylightbars.com

Wagtail 

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 Terrace will offer a more sophisticated dining experience, featuring the works of Michelin-trained, Phil and award-winning Bar Manager, Angelos in tandem.

68 King William Street, EC4N 7HR 

www.wagtaillondon.com

Sabine

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 stunning outdoor terrace 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

WWW.SABINELONDON.CO.UK

Century Club

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. Its terrace 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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61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1D 6LQ

www.centuryclub.co.uk

Boundary Rooftop

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 

www.boundary.london

Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel’s rooftop terrace 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.

1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT

www.firmdalehotels.com

Bōkan 

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 

www.bokanlondon.co.uk

Angler

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.

SOUTH PLACE HOTEL, 3 SOUTH PLACE, EC2M 2AF

WWW.ANGLERRESTAURANT.COM

PocketSquare

PocketSquare, located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Place London City East, is a skyline bar and terrace that’s awaiting your discovery. The terrace 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 

www,pocketsquare.london

Allegra 

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 onto the terrace 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 

www.allegra-restaurant.com

FEST

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

www.festcamden.com

12th Knot

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.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD

www.seacontainerslondon.com


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