Rooftop bars London

Complete guide to the 34 best rooftop bars in London [2020 update]

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Last updated: June 15th, 2020

Europe’s biggest city is also packed with a large variety of rooftop bars. From Shoreditch to Trafalgar Square, here you find everything from swanky rooftop lounges to fun-filled rooftop garden. But which are the best rooftop bars London? This complete guide will help you find out, packed with all info you need about the best London rooftops: opening hours, dress code, spectacular photos, maps and much more. Expect fun events, live music and the classic, British hospitality, along with amazing views over the iconic London skyline. Just scroll down and find the London rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Trafalgar Square
The Rooftop in London

The Rooftop

$$$$ Trafalgar Square
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Restaurant
  • Year round
  • Fantastic views

The Rooftop London can boost with the city’s finest when speaking of drinking and dining with the view of the fantastic London skyline. Perfect place for enjoying an alfresco crafted cocktail from the long drink list, or nibble on some pan-Asian small plates. Open all year round, complete with blankets and heaters, along with a retractable roof providing a year round experience.

Area:South Bank
Rooftop bar 12th Knot in London

12th Knot

$$$$ 20 Upper Ground
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Panoramic views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Newly re-furbished

Located at the South Bank of river Thames, close to Blackfriars Bridge. Situated 12 floors up on the Sea Containers London you get a lovely view of the river and the city skyline. Quite a small terrace, but this is made up for with, as mentioned, an iconic view, plus great American and British cocktails and a lovely atmosphere. The 12th Knot rooftop is great for just a chill cocktail or a night out with friends. Live music every Wednesday, and live DJs Thursday – Saturday.

Area:Covent Garden
Rooftop bar London Radio Rooftop Bar in London

Radio Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 336-337 The Strand
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch
  • Great views
  • Atmosphere

This trendy London rooftop bar is located on the roof of ME Hotel. Here you have a panoramic view of a big bunch of the most iconic London sights. Other than views, live DJs, good snacks and tasty drinks are some of the experiences you get at Radio Rooftop Bar London. Usually the terrace is surrounded by a fantastic atmosphere and luxurious feeling, but for a bit calmer experience it is also open for lunch every weekday and for rooftop brunch every weekend.

Rooftop bar Jin Bo Law Skybar in London

Jin Bo Law Skybar

$$$$ 9 Aldgate High St
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Amazing skyline views
  • Unique cocktails

On the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel you find one of the newest and finest London rooftop bars. Jin Bo Law Skybar is one spectacular looking cocktail lounge, with an even more spectacular view over the skyline and a lot of the famous landmarks. The interior of the rooftop is really posh, with a balcony-like terrace and a bar serving carefully curated, unique and well prepared cocktails.

Area:Liverpool Street
Rooftop bar London Sushisamba in London


$$$$ Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
  • Highlights
  • 38-39th floor
  • Two terraces
  • 360-view
  • Fantastic food

Situated in one of the city's tallest buildings you will find this amazing London rooftop bar and restaurant. Magical views over virtually all of the city, delicious Asian / Peruvian / Brazilian food and a wide selection of creative cocktails and sake are some of the highlights. Trendy venue where people are well-dressed and the prices quite high, but also offering an experience really out of the ordinary.

Rooftop bar London Netil 360 in London

Netil 360

$$$ 1 Westgate St, Hackney
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Large terrace
  • 360-view
  • Hipster feel

Netil 360 is a fairly simple and relaxed rooftop bar in London in the area of Hackney. Large terrace, pretty simple in decor but where the view is more luxurious. Lovely view across London and the image of a magical skyline in the horizon. The bar offers crafted beers, wine along with a few cocktails. And if you are hungry it's possible to order pizza. Mainly a younger crowd enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

Area:Finsbury Square
Rooftop bar Aviary London in London

Aviary London

$$$$ 22-25 Finsbury Square
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Elegant & chic
  • Skyline views
  • Sunday brunch

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. Really popular after work spot wher you find the regular stuff like beer, wine and sparkling, or choose between a wide selection of botanical cocktails. Alos serving a a great Sunday rooftop brunch, and open during winter with lovely rooftop igloos.

Area:Tower Hill
Rooftop bar Savage Garden in London

Savage Garden

$$$$ 7 Pepys St
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Creative cocktails
  • 360-view
  • New & modern

Opened in 2018, Savage Garden is one of the latest additions to the ever growing London rooftop scene. Located on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton London at Tower Hill, here you find a really cool and modern indoor coctail lounge, and also two separate terraces, offering amazing 360-views over the London skyline. The menu at the rooftop bar is as creative and exciting as the views and the decor, with well made and innovative signature cocktails, an extensive wine & champagne list along with food presented as 'Bar food, but not as you know it'.

Rooftop bar Skylight in London


$$$ Tobacco Dock, Pennington St
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • 3 levels
  • Croquet & petanque
  • Rooftop ice rink

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 during summer can play a game of croquet or petanque or watch major sport events on large screens. And during winter, Skylight turns in to a rooftop ice rink, one of few in Europe. Along with all the fun there is also great streetfood and a wide range of cocktails, beers and wines.

Area:St Paul's
Rooftop bar Madison in London


$$$$ One New Change
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral-view
  • Manhattan cocktails
  • Relaxed & friendly

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 restaurant seating inside, along with several different terraces with great views over the London skyline and a really cool close up view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Menus range from grills from the wood fired Josper oven, slow cooked classics, Sunday brunch to a Manhattan inspired cocktail menu consisting of both timeless classics and contemporary twists.

Rooftop bar Seabird in London


$$$$ 40 Blackfriars Rd
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Coastal vibes
  • Amazing views
  • Weekend brunch

Perched 14 floors up at The Hoxton in Southwark, Seabird is a rooftop seafood restaurant and bar, taking you on a trip to southern Europe without leaving the city. This coastal inspired London rooftop is beautiful inside out, and also offers some magical views over the city skyline. Boasting London’s longest oyster list, a large selection of other Mediterranean flavours, crafted house cocktails and a wide selection of biodynamic wines, you can visit for weekday lunch, all week dinner and drinks, or a weekends roftop brunch.

Rooftop bar London Aqua Spirit in London

Aqua Spirit

$$$$ 30 Argyll St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Two terraces
  • Two indoor restaurants
  • SoHo

When the sun comes out, Aqua Spirit is the place to be. Aqua's two large rooftop terraces are also relatively quiet and hidden, despite being located next to Oxford Circus. Here you find top class restaurants inside, but the terraces at Aqua Spirit are more made for a drink in the sun and some lighter snacks. The menu consist of classic cocktails along with a selection of signature Japanese and Spanish ones, taking inspiration from the flavours of the restaurants.

Rooftop bar Pergola Paddington Central in London

Pergola Paddington Central

$$$ 5 Kingdom St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Large & vibrant
  • Food market
  • Live DJ weekends

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 along with giant daybeds with capacity for up to 15 people. The service is kind of market style, order Vietnamese BBQ, burgers, Mexican or innovative duck dishes at one of the counters and your choice of beer, wine, sparkles or classic cocktails at one of the two bars. The atmosphere is lively and tuned in for good times.

Rooftop bar London Boundary Rooftop in London

Boundary Rooftop

$$$$ 2-4 Boundary St
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Bar + Grill
  • Shoreditch
  • Rooftop garden + orangery

A roof terrace in London located in the heart of Shoreditch, with an impressive panoramic view of London. Here you can eat grilled meat & fish in the restaurant, or chill in the lounge furniture on the garden-like terrace with some beer, cocktails, sangria or wine from the bar. Open year-round regardless of the weather, welcoming people to the heated rooftop orangery.

Rooftop bar Queen of Hoxton in London

Queen of Hoxton

$$$ 1 Curtain Rd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Popular
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Summer & winter

An eventful and ever changing London rooftop bar, every summer dressed in a new theme, from Mexican Mania to Las Vegas glamour. Add returning evenings of rooftop cinema, and you sense that Queen of Hoxton is really a place where boredom is rare. You might almost forget to enjoy the nice skyline view. Indulge in street food and cocktails on tap or in cans. Open both summer and winter and a highly popular place, so try to be in good time to catch a seat.

Area:Canary Wharf
Rooftop bar Bokan in London


$$$ 40 Marsh Wall
  • Highlights
  • 37-39th floor
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Year round
  • Amazing views

Covering the 37th to the 39th floor of Novotel London Canary Wharf, Bokan is an easy-going and sophisticated hideaway, transporting you far from the city buzz of the busy streets below. Enjoy award-winning European cuisine at the Bokan 37 Restaurant, or head upstairs to find a stylish indoor bar and the top floor open-air terrace. Apart from grand views over London, the rooftop bar serves a wide range of cocktails made by a talented team of London’s top mixologists, an extensive list of wines and Sunday jazz sessions.

Rooftop bar London Roof East in London

Roof East

$$$ Great Eastern Way
  • Highlights
  • 7 & 8th floor
  • Rooftop park
  • 360-view
  • Cinema

A rooftop bar in Stratford London with a pretty unique concept. It is like a playground for grown ups, under the open sky and with a great view of the London skyline. Up at this two level rooftop park you can play mini-golf, hit away in the batting cage, challenge your friends in a game of lawn bowl or catch a rooftop movie. Or you just hang out, sipping refreshing cocktails from the bar or order some food from the Beach BBQ Club food truck.

Area:South Bank
Rooftop bar OXO Tower Bar in London

OXO Tower Bar

$$$$ Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Restaurant, Bar & Brasseire
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • Weekend brunch

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, an after work or a late night cocktail. Or a weekend rooftop brunch! Quite hefty prices, but with mixologists making cocktails to perfection and the view on display, it is reasonable to say that you get what you pay for.

Rooftop bar Bussey Rooftop Bar in London

Bussey Rooftop Bar

$$$ 133 Rye Ln
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Rooftop cinema
  • 360-views
  • Peckham area

Newly refurbished Bussey Rooftop Bar is a really great rooftop in Peckham, situated on the 5th floor of an old industrial building. Offering a fantastic 360-view of the London skyline, along with a lot of beers and other summerish cocktails, BBQ and rooftop cinema. Open and cosy terrace with lanterns giving that extra summer night feel as the sun starts to set.

Area:City of London
Rooftop bar Mercer Roof Terrace in London

Mercer Roof Terrace

$$$$ 20 Garlick Hill
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Stylish
  • Fantastic views

Set on top of the Vintry & Mercer Hotel in the heart of the City, the Mercer Roof Terrace is a stylish and beautiful London rooftop restaurant and bar. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend Afternoon Tea, the rooftop menu includes the best of modern British cooking, along with creative cocktails made from house-infused spirits and an impressive wine list. Elegant and sophisticated in setting and vibe, the terrace is also blessed with some amazing views over the London skyline.

Rooftop bar FEST Camden in London

FEST Camden

$$$ Camden Stables Market
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Vibrant
  • Year round
  • Creative menu

Located in the heart of the vibrant and happening Camden, this is a non-stop venue offering indoor and outdoor fun in a mix of clubbing, cabaret, brunches, comedy and cinema, where the true gem is the lush and colorful rooftop terrace and garden. Not the highest London rooftop bar, but packed with great vibes and a creative menu, the FEST Camden rooftop is still well worth a visit. Open from lunch to late at night, the terrace is a great spot for some vibrant cocktails just about anytime.

Rooftop bar The Culpeper Rooftop in London

The Culpeper Rooftop

$$$ 40 Commercial St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Garden & growing
  • Easy going
  • Workshops

The charming and rustic rooftop at the Culpeper usually comes with a yearly concept, often focusing on growth and crops. Feeling more like a rooftop greenhouse, but with a bar and some cosy seatings among all the plants and an easy going atmosphere. Both the cocktail menu and the food menu up top is inspired by crops grown at the terrace, along with different workshops and cocktail masterclasses.

Area:Bond Street
Rooftop bar London Selfridge Roof Terrace in London

Selfridge Roof Terrace

$$$ 400 Oxford Street
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Shopping center
  • "Speakeasy" restaurants
  • Great views

On the roof of Selfridge Store you'll find this amazing rooftop terrace, working a bit as a pop-up place for different restaurants every year. 2020 it is an italian restaurant called Alto by San Carlo. Perfect to make a brake in the shopping and take the elevator up here to enjoy a meal or a glass or two, along with great and extensive views over the London rooftops. Quite popular, so if possible, reservations are recommended.

Rooftop bar Bird of Smithfield in London

Bird of Smithfield

$$$ 26 Smithfield St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • 'Home away from home'
  • Charming & green

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, but where no membership is needed and what is left is great food and a lovely service. Quite small but very charming roof terrace, with lots of greenery, colorful furniture and it’s own menu.

Rooftop bar London H10 Waterloo Sky Bar in London

H10 Waterloo Sky Bar

$$$$ 284-302 Waterloo Rd
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Waterloo
  • Lovely view
  • Relaxed

This London sky lounge is located on the 8th floor of the hotel H10 London Waterloo. From the terrace you get a superb view of the London skyline and many of the famous landmarks, with London Eye as the main background. Quite small and cozy terrace, a bit away from the most hectic parts of the city, so all in all a perfect set up for some real relaxing drinks. Table service and you can order great cocktails of highest quality and some light snacks.

Rooftop bar Coq d’Argent in London

Coq d’Argent

$$$$ 1 Poultry
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • French restaurant
  • Green & lush
  • Rooftop garden

Coq d’Argent is an elegant French restaurant with a terrace and garden, right in the heart of the Square Mile. The bar menu offers a wide selection of cocktails, wine, spirits, cigars and bar bites. Perfect if you wanna feel a bit posh, rooftop garden style. Very green, lush and stylish decorated terrace, complete with its own lawn and offering a lovely panoramic view of the London skyline. Heaters and plaits of wool also make for a cosy winter experience at the rooftop.

Rooftop bar Golden Bee in London

Golden Bee

$$$ Singer St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Weekend party
  • Good happy hour
  • Shoreditch

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 is full on with live DJs and lots of people on the dancefloor. The bar serves a range of delicious cocktails and drinks, and a visit between 5-7pm on Mon-Thu means happy hour (2 for 1), meaning one of the most price-worthy and qualitative rooftop experiences available in London.

Area:Oxford Circus
Rooftop bar John Lewis Roof Garden in London

John Lewis Roof Garden

$$$ 300 Oxford St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Cosy 'dens'
  • Live music
  • Shopping center

The 2020 version of John Lewis rooftop has been put on hold due to current circumstances, but during 2019 the rooftop of the retail store turned into 'Roof Fest London', a perfect green oasis above the shopping frenzy. A mix of live music, DJ and acoustic sets along with three dens that can be rented for dinner promises that a visit will be like music to your ears. Add a Filipino-inspired street food, cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere and you sense that this is a perfect rooftop for a shopping break visit.

Rooftop bar Upper 5th Shoreditch in London

Upper 5th Shoreditch

$$$$ 335-337 Old St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Calm & chic
  • Panoramic views
  • BBQ kitchen

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 hotel bar, with a calmer feel and more private feel. On weekends, some of London’s biggest DJs raise the atmosphere up a couple of notches. The bar menu offers well-made signature cocktails along with bar bites from the BBQ kitchen.

Rooftop bar Bar Elba in London

Bar Elba

$$$ 109-117 Waterloo Rd
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Waterloo-views
  • Happy hour all days
  • Younger crowd

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 Sunday to Wednesday, and always great views over Waterloo with the skyline as backdrop. The rooftop bar offers beer, Frosé, Aperol Spritz and other summerish drinks, as well as jugs of Sex on the Elban beach and burgers from Dip & Flip for the hungry ones.

Rooftop bar Dalston Roof Park in London

Dalston Roof Park

$$$ 18-22 Ashwin St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Vibrant
  • Fun & creative
  • Live DJs

A vibrant, creative and spacious London rooftop bar, offering spectacular views over the London skyline. Found in Dalston, north-east of central London, this rooftop has grown from a pop-up cocktail bar to one of the city’s most versatile and leading music and event spaces. Enjoy summerish cocktails and pop-up food traders, and just relax, eat, drink and dance, most likely to the tunes of a live DJ.

Rooftop bar London Ace Hotel London Shoreditch in London

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

$$$$ 100 Shoreditch High St
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Skyline view
  • DJs & live music
  • Sunday brunch

On top of the roof of Hotel Ace Shoreditch you'll find this awesome rooftop bar in London. Luxurious and minimalistic furnishing with soothing views of the London skyline. The bar offers wines, beers and classic cocktailsa along with some light snacks and a Sunday rooftop brunch. Open daily, but to be sure access you should stay at the hotel or RSVP to one of the events up at the terrace.

Rooftop bar London Frank's Cafe in London

Frank's Cafe

$$$ 95a Rye Lane
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Large roof deck
  • 360-view
  • Peckham

In the Peckham area you find Frank's Cafe, a wonderful and urban roof terrace located on top of an old car park. The clientele here is quite young (between 18-30) and the queues often winds long to take part of the lively atmosphere, the awesome views and the very human prices. Open for all (children and dogs included), and perfect for a weekend rooftop brunch with the whole family.

Area:South Bank
Rooftop bar London Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café in London

Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café

$$$ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • River views
  • Roof garden

Overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye you will find this rooftop bar & café in the middle of London. The terrace is like a large garden, with fruit trees and flowers along with garden furniture, and park benches. Or you just sit in the middle of the grass and enjoy food and drinks from the café.

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Rooftop bar London

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

Which are the best rooftops in London? 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.

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. This is an amazing page for the best table and guestlist booking service in London.

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. Here's a great guide to alternative things to do in London. The city 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. And here you can find more things to do in London

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.