Rooftop bars London

A complete guide to the 30 best rooftop bars in London in 2018.

Here you will find the best rooftops with all info you need about each place. Opening hours, dress codes, spectacular photos, maps and so on. Europe’s biggest city is packed with a large variety of rooftop bars. And the views you get from up here are truly spectacular. You can see many of the historical buildings and monuments when visiting the roof terraces. Alot of them also include fun events and the classic, British hospitality. Scroll down and find the London rooftop bar best suited for you.

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The Rooftop
city’s finest
The Rooftop in London
$$$$ Trafalgar Square
The Rooftop London can boost with the city’s finest when speaking of drinking and dining with the view of the fantastic London skyline. The R...
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Restaurant
  • Year round
  • Fantastic views
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Rumpus Room
South Bank
Rooftop bar Rumpus Room in London
$$$$ 20 Upper Ground
Located at the South Bank of river Thames, close to Blackfriars Bridge. Situated 12 floors up on the Mondrian London you get a lovely view of the river and the city skyline...
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Panoramic views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Newly re-furbished
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Radio Rooftop Bar
ME London Hotel
Rooftop bar London Radio Rooftop Bar in London
$$$$ 336-337 The Strand
This trendy rooftop bar is located on the roof of ME London Hotel. Here you have a panoramic view of, among other things, Big Ben...
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Live DJs
  • Great views
  • Atmosphere
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Boundary Rooftop
panoramic view
Rooftop bar London Boundary Rooftop in London
$$$$ 2-4 Boundary St
A roof terrace in London located in the heart of Shoreditch, with an impressive panoramic view of London. Here you can eat in the...
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Bar + Grill
  • Shoreditch
  • Rooftop garden + orangery
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Sushisamba
europe's highest
Rooftop bar London Sushisamba in London
$$$$ Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
Situated in one of London's tallest buildings you will find this amazing rooftop bar in London. Magical views, delicious asian food and...
  • Highlights
  • 38-39th floor
  • Two terraces
  • 360-view
  • Fantastic food
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Aqua Spirit
two terraces
Rooftop bar London Aqua Spirit in London
$$$$ 30 Argyll St
When the sun comes out Aqua Spirit is the place to be at. Aqua's two largest rooftop terraces are also relatively quiet and hidden, despite...
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Two terraces
  • Two indoor restaurants
  • Soho
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Netil 360
relaxed
Rooftop bar London Netil 360 in London
$$$ 1 Westgate St, Hackney
Netil 360 is a fairly simple and relaxed rooftop bar in London in the area of Hackney. The interior of the rooftop is consistently in wood...
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  • 5th floor
  • Large terrace
  • 360-view
  • Hipster feel
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Skylight
Fun year round
Rooftop bar Skylight in London
$$$ Tobacco Dock, Pennington St
Skylight London rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock is an adult playground with great views of the London skyline. This old carpark now holds a three level rooftop bar where you...
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • 3 levels
  • Croquet & petanque
  • Rooftop ice rink
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Madison
Josper oven
Rooftop bar Madison in London
$$$$ One New Change
On top of the One New Change building you find Madison, which holds both a restaurant and a rooftop bar. The top floor area is really big, and has both...
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral-view
  • Manhattan cocktails
  • Relaxed & friendly
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Pergola Paddington Central
Food market
Rooftop bar Pergola Paddington Central in London
$$$ 5 Kingdom St
Large and vibrant alfresco garden and rooftop, with 4 restaurants, 2 bars and capacity for 850 guests. Spread over two levels, with restaurants and picninc style benches...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Large & vibrant
  • Food market
  • Live DJ weekends
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Jin Bo Law Skybar
New 2018
Rooftop bar Jin Bo Law Skybar in London
$$$$ 9 Aldgate High St
On the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel you find London’s latest addition to the rooftop scene. Jin Bo Law Skybar is one spectacular looking cocktail lounge, with an even more spectacular view...
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Amazing skyline views
  • Unique cocktails
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Queen of Hoxton
Eventful
Rooftop bar Queen of Hoxton in London
$$$ 1 Curtain Rd
Eventful and ever changing rooftop bar, during summer 2018 with events like Drag Bingo every Wednesday and returning evenings of rooftop cinema. Queen of Hoxton is really a place where boredom is rare...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Popular
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Summer & winter
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Roof East
Stratford
Rooftop bar London Roof East in London
$$$ 45a Broadway
A rooftop bar in Stratford London with a very unique concept. On the rooftop, they showcase movies every week, under the open sky and...
  • Highlights
  • 7 & 8th floor
  • Rooftop park
  • 360-view
  • Cinema
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OXO Tower Bar
River views
Rooftop bar OXO Tower Bar in London
$$$$ Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St
Up on 8th floor of Oxo Tower Wharf you find Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasseire. With magical views over River Thames and the London skyline, this is a perfect place for a lunch in the sun...
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Restaurant, Bar & Brasseire
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • Weekend brunch
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Bussey Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop bar Bussey Rooftop Bar in London
$$$ 133 Rye Ln
Newly refurbished Bussey Rooftop Bar is a really great rooftop in Peckham, offering a fantastic 360-view of the London skyline, along with a lot of beers and other summerish cocktails, BBQ and rooftop cinema...
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Rooftop cinema
  • 360-views
  • Peckham area
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Aviary London
AW-spot
Rooftop bar Aviary London in London
$$$$ 22-25 Finsbury Square
On top of Montcalm Hotel at Finsbury Square you find Aviary, an open air and quite spacious rooftop bar, with elegant and chic décor and grand views of the London skyline...
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Elegant & chic
  • Skyline views
  • Sunday brunch
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Bird of Smithfield
Great service
Rooftop bar Bird of Smithfield in London
$$$ 26 Smithfield St
On top of a narrow five storey house you find this lovely roof terrace with views over the Smithfield Market. Bird of Smithfield like to see themselves as a 'home away from home', with a setting similar to a classic...
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • 'Home away from home'
  • Charming & green
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H10 Waterloo Sky Bar
superb view
Rooftop bar London H10 Waterloo Sky Bar in London
$$$$ 284-302 Waterloo Rd
This sky lounge in London is located on the 8th floor of the hotel H10 London Waterloo. From the terrace you get a superb view of the London...
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Waterloo
  • Lovely view
  • Relaxed
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Coq d’Argent
Summer & winter
Rooftop bar Coq d’Argent in London
$$$$ 1 Poultry
Coq d’Argent is an elegant French restaurant with a terrace and garden, right in the heart of the Square Mile. Bar menu with a wide selection of cocktails, wine, spirits, cigars and bar bites. Perfect if you wanna feel a bit posh...
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • French restaurant
  • Green & lush
  • Rooftop garden
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Golden Bee
Shoreditch
Rooftop bar Golden Bee in London
$$$ Singer St
Newly refurbished Golden Bee is a stylish cocktail lounge and rooftop bar, located in Shoredtich. Perfect for after work and more relaxed lounge vibes during weekdays, and during weekends the rooftop party...
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Weekend party
  • Good happy hour
  • Shoreditch
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John Lewis Roof Garden
G&T bar
Rooftop bar John Lewis Roof Garden in London
$$$ 300 Oxford St
During 2018 the rooftop of the retail store John Lewis turns into Summer of Sound on the roof, a perfect green oasis above the shopping frenzy. A mix of live music, DJ and acoustic sets along with three sounds studios/cabins...
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Sound studios
  • Gin & Tonic bar
  • Shopping center
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Shoreditch Sky Terrace
Cocktail lounge
Rooftop bar Shoreditch Sky Terrace in London
$$$$ 335-337 Old St
A somewhat hidden gem with absolutely stunning panoramic views over the London skyline. The roof terrace is quite large and chic decorated. On weekdays the atmosphere is what you would expect from a classic...
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Calm & chic
  • Panoramic views
  • BBQ kitchen
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The Culpeper Rooftop
Rooftop greenhouse
Rooftop bar The Culpeper Rooftop in London
$$$ 40 Commercial St
The rooftop is this summer called Piculpeper, with focus on pickles/cucumber. Feeling more like a rooftop greenhouse, but with a bar and some seatings among all the plants and an easy going atmosphere...
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Garden & growing
  • Easy going
  • Workshops
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The Fox
Beer market
Rooftop bar The Fox in London
$$$ 72 Kingsland Rd
The Fox is the place to go if you want a rooftop plus almost all the beers in the world. Not the highest, or largest, or most striking view in London, but instead a genuine pub-experience with a lovely little roof terrace...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Beer, beer & beer
  • Charming
  • Pub-rooftop
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Bar Elba
Waterloo
Rooftop bar Bar Elba in London
$$$ 109-117 Waterloo Rd
A rooftop in Waterloo with the motto 'liberté, egalité, rosé', decorated with a large wooden deck and lots of community tables. Happy hour between 4-6pm all days...
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Waterloo-views
  • Happy hour all days
  • Younger crowd
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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Trendy
Rooftop bar London Ace Hotel London Shoreditch in London
$$$$ 100 Shoreditch High St
On top of the roof of Hotel Ace Shoreditch you'll find this awesome rooftop bar in London. Luxurious and minimalistic furnishing with...
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Skyline view
  • DJs & live music
  • Sunday brunch
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Frank's Cafe
Peckham area
Rooftop bar London Frank's Cafe in London
$$$ 95a Rye Lane
In the Peckham area, you will find this wonderful roof terrace in London. The clientele here is quite young (between 18-30) and the queues...
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Large roof deck
  • 360-view
  • Peckham
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Selfridge Roof Terrace
restaurant
Rooftop bar London Selfridge Roof Terrace in London
$$$ 400 Oxford Street
On the roof of Selfridge Store you'll find this amazing rooftop restaurant. Perfect to make a brake in the shopping and take the elevator...
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Shopping center
  • "Speakeasy" restaurants
  • Great views
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City info

Rooftop bar London

Rooftop-grade: 9/10
Prime season: May-Sept
Residents: 13 millions
Climate: maritime

London, being such a large city, do still not have that many skyscrapers, resulting in mostly "lower" rooftop bars. The views from the terraces here are still quite magical with the River Thames and the city as scenery.

Despite its rainy and pretty cold climate, London has a lot of rooftop bars and many of them are of really high quality. Geographically, they are quite scattered, although most are located in the central parts of London. But both the business district and Shoreditch also boasts of alot of cool rooftops for those who live or move about in these areas.

If you want a little quieter atmosphere, or more events like rooftop cinema and games, you should visit the sky lounges located in the outskirts of the city and for more party you should go to the more central roof terraces. Here's also some tips of free things to do in London.

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City info

About London

Britain and England's capital, EU's largest city. London holds a very large influence over finance, culture, commerce and politics - both at national and international level. The climate of the city is known as a maritime climate, which means low temperature differences between the seasons. Summer is around 25 degrees celsius and winter down to 5 degrees. As a tourist, there are plenty of attractions to visit. London Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden etc. If you like sports, and especially football (soccer), there is a wide choice of teams and venues to see.

Food, drink and party on rooftop bars in London

England's not really known for their native cuisine. London, however, is a city that has lots of great restaurants with food from all over the world. It also applies to restaurants that are located on the rooftop bars in London. Here you can eat amazing food to the views of London's skyline and rooftops. In the glas you can get most things; beer, wine, cocktails and champagne. If you like to party, there are a couple of good terraces in London which can offer it. Here, the party starts already in the afternoon and continues well into the night. Despite the climate London still has good rooftop bars in terms of both party, drinks and food.

Alltitude and views from the rooftop bars in London

Despite the fact that London over all is pretty low-built and most rooftop bars in London are at a relatively low altitude, Europe's highest rooftop bar is located in London. SushiSamba, with its 160 meters on the 38th floor, is the highest rooftop bar in the whole of Europe. The view you get from here is absolutely fantastic. Many other of the rooftop bars in London are located in the more central parts of London, which provides a lovely view of the rooftops, but not quite with the same magnificent view as SushiSamba.

Other attractions in London

London is a city with tons of famous attractions. It has historic buildings, cool monuments, awesome shopping, great bars and restaurants, shows, parks and much more. Or what about Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Harold, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and so on. For those who like sports and football in particular, London is a dream city. Many tourists from Europe come here every year to watch football and enjoy the beer in one of London's pubs or roof terraces. London truly has something for everyone.

Flights and hotels in London

London has 3 airports. The most famous and largest is Heathrow. Heathrow is quite close to the city center and here you can get to the city by subway or taxi. Very smooth. London is one of the world's most visited cities, which means that there are lots of attractions here every day. And for the same reason, there is an endless number of hotels in London, too. Many very luxurious and some of them equipped with comfortable and fine rooftop bars. For those who do not want to spend so much money, there are a lot of good options too. Book your hotel through us directly on our website and take advantage of the best prices and discounts.