Best Rooftop Bars in London 2018 [complete with all info]


Rooftop bars London

A complete guide to the 29 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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Trafalgar Square
The Rooftop in London
The Rooftop
$$$$ Trafalgar Square
The Rooftop London can boost with the city’s finest when speaking of drinking and dining with the view of the fantastic London skyline. Perfect place for enjoying an alfresco crafted cocktail from the long drink list, or nibble on some pan-Asian small plates. Open all year round, complete with blankets and heaters, along with a retractable roof providing a year round experience.
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Restaurant
  • Year round
  • Fantastic views
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South Bank
Rooftop bar Rumpus Room in London
Rumpus Room
$$$$ 20 Upper Ground
Located at the South Bank of river Thames, close to Blackfriars Bridge. Situated 12 floors up on the Mondrian London you get a lovely view of the river and the city skyline. Quite a small terrace, but this is made up for with, as mentioned, an iconic view, plus great American and British cocktails and a lovely atmosphere. The Rumpus Room rooftop is great for just a chill cocktail or a night out with friends. Live music every Wednesday, and live DJs Thursday – Saturday.
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Panoramic views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Newly re-furbished
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Covent Garden
Rooftop bar London Radio Rooftop Bar in London
Radio Rooftop Bar
$$$$ 336-337 The Strand
This trendy rooftop bar is located on the roof of ME London Hotel. Here you have a panoramic view of a big bunch of the most iconic London sights. Other than views, live DJs, good snacks and tasty drinks are some of the experiences you get at Radio Rooftop Bar London. Usually the terrace is surrounded by a fantastic party atmosphere and luxurious feeling, but for a bit calmer experience it is also open for lunch every weekday and for rooftop brunch every weekend.
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Live DJs
  • Great views
  • Atmosphere
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Shoreditch
Rooftop bar London Boundary Rooftop in London
Boundary Rooftop
$$$$ 2-4 Boundary St
A roof terrace in London located in the heart of Shoreditch, with an impressive panoramic view of London. Here you can eat grilled meat & fish in the restaurant, or chill in the lounge furniture on the garden-like terrace with some beer, cocktails, sangria or wine from the bar. Open year-round regardless of the weather, welcoming people to the heated rooftop orangery.
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Bar + Grill
  • Shoreditch
  • Rooftop garden + orangery
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Liverpool Street
Rooftop bar London Sushisamba in London
Sushisamba
$$$$ Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
Situated in one of London's tallest buildings you will find this amazing rooftop bar and restaurant in London. Magical views over virtually all of the city, delicious Asian / Peruvian / Brazilian food and a wide selection of creative cocktails and sake are some of the highlights. Trendy place where people are well-dressed and the prices quite high, but also offering an experience really out of the ordinary.
  • Highlights
  • 38-39th floor
  • Two terraces
  • 360-view
  • Fantastic food
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Soho
Rooftop bar London Aqua Spirit in London
Aqua Spirit
$$$$ 30 Argyll St
When the sun comes out Aqua Spirit is the place to be at. Aqua's two largest rooftop terraces are also relatively quiet and hidden, despite being located next to Oxford Circus. Here you find top class restaurants inside, but the terraces at Aqua Spirit are more made for a drink in the sun and some lighter snacks. The menu consist of classic cocktails along with a selection of signature Japanese and Spanish ones, taking inspiration from the flavours of the restaurants.
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Two terraces
  • Two indoor restaurants
  • SoHo
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Hackney
Rooftop bar London Netil 360 in London
Netil 360
$$$ 1 Westgate St, Hackney
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.
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Large terrace
  • 360-view
  • Hipster feel
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Tower Hill
Rooftop bar Savage Garden in London
Savage Garden
$$$$ 7 Pepys St
Fresh from the box, Savage Garden is one of the latest additions to the ever growing London rooftop scene. Located on the 12th floor of DoubleTree by Hilton London at Tower Hill, here you find a really cool and modern indoor coctail lounge, and also two separate terraces, offering amazing 360-views over the London skyline. The menu at the rooftop bar is as creative and exciting as the views and the decor, with well made and innovative signature cocktails, an extensive wine & champagne list along with food presented as 'Bar food, but not as you know it'.
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Creative cocktails
  • 360-view
  • New & modern
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Wapping
Rooftop bar Skylight in London
Skylight
$$$ 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 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.
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • 3 levels
  • Croquet & petanque
  • Rooftop ice rink
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St Paul's
Rooftop bar Madison in London
Madison
$$$$ One New Change
On top of the One New Change building you find Madison, which holds both a restaurant and a rooftop bar. The top floor area is really big, and has both restaurant seating inside, along with several different terraces with great views over the London skyline and a really cool close up view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Menus range from grills from the wood fired Josper oven, slow cooked classics, Sunday brunch to a Manhattan inspired cocktail menu consisting of both timeless classics and contemporary twists.
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral-view
  • Manhattan cocktails
  • Relaxed & friendly
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Paddington
Rooftop bar Pergola Paddington Central in London
Pergola Paddington Central
$$$ 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 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.
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Large & vibrant
  • Food market
  • Live DJ weekends
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Aldgate
Rooftop bar Jin Bo Law Skybar in London
Jin Bo Law Skybar
$$$$ 9 Aldgate High St
On the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel you find one of London’s newest and finest rooftop bars. Jin Bo Law Skybar is one spectacular looking cocktail lounge, with an even more spectacular view over the skyline and a lot of the famous landmarks. The interior of the rooftop is really posh, with a balcony-like terrace and a bar serving carefully curated, unique and well prepared cocktails.
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Amazing skyline views
  • Unique cocktails
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Shoreditch
Rooftop bar Queen of Hoxton in London
Queen of Hoxton
$$$ 1 Curtain Rd
Eventful and ever changing rooftop bar, during summer 2018 dressed in a Lost Vegas theme with events like Drag Bingo every Wednesday and returning evenings of rooftop cinema. Queen of Hoxton is really a place where boredom is rare, and you might almost forget to enjoy the nice skyline view. Enjoy 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.
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Popular
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Summer & winter
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Stratford
Rooftop bar London Roof East in London
Roof East
$$$ Great Eastern Way
A rooftop bar in Stratford London with a pretty unique concept. It is like a playground for grown ups, under the open sky and with a great view of the London skyline. Up at this two level rooftop park you can play mini-golf, hit away in the batting cage, challenge your friends in a game of lawn bowl or catch a rooftop movie. Or you just hang out, sipping refreshing cocktails from the bar or order some food from the Beach BBQ Club food truck.
  • Highlights
  • 7 & 8th floor
  • Rooftop park
  • 360-view
  • Cinema
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South Bank
Rooftop bar OXO Tower Bar in London
OXO Tower Bar
$$$$ Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St
Up on 8th floor of Oxo Tower Wharf you find Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasseire. With magical views over River Thames and the London skyline, this is a perfect place for a lunch in the sun, an after work or a late night cocktail. Or a weekend rooftop brunch! Quite hefty prices, but with mixologists making cocktails to perfection and the view on display, it is reasonable to say that you get what you pay for.
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Restaurant, Bar & Brasseire
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • Weekend brunch
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Peckham
Rooftop bar Bussey Rooftop Bar in London
Bussey Rooftop Bar
$$$ 133 Rye Ln
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.
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Rooftop cinema
  • 360-views
  • Peckham area
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Finsbury Square
Rooftop bar Aviary London in London
Aviary London
$$$$ 22-25 Finsbury Square
On top of Montcalm Hotel at Finsbury Square you find Aviary, an open air and quite spacious rooftop bar, with elegant and chic décor and grand views of the London skyline. Really popular after work spot wher you find the regular stuff like beer, wine and sparkling, or choose between a wide selection of botanical cocktails. Alos serving a a great Sunday rooftop brunch.
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Elegant & chic
  • Skyline views
  • Sunday brunch
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Smithfield
Rooftop bar Bird of Smithfield in London
Bird of Smithfield
$$$ 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, 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.
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • 'Home away from home'
  • Charming & green
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Waterloo
Rooftop bar London H10 Waterloo Sky Bar in London
H10 Waterloo Sky Bar
$$$$ 284-302 Waterloo Rd
This sky lounge in London is located on the 8th floor of the hotel H10 London Waterloo. From the terrace you get a superb view of the London skyline and many of the famous landmarks with London Eye as the main background. Quite small and cozy terrace, a bit away from the most hectic parts of the city, so all in all a perfect set up for some real relaxing drinks. Table service and you can order great cocktails of highest quality and some light snacks.
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Waterloo
  • Lovely view
  • Relaxed
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Bank
Rooftop bar Coq d’Argent in London
Coq d’Argent
$$$$ 1 Poultry
Coq d’Argent is an elegant French restaurant with a terrace and garden, right in the heart of the Square Mile. The bar menu offers a wide selection of cocktails, wine, spirits, cigars and bar bites. Perfect if you wanna feel a bit posh, rooftop garden style. Very green, lush and stylish decorated terrace, complete with its own lawn and offering a lovely panoramic view of the London skyline. Heaters and plaits of wool also make for a cosy winter experience at the rooftop.
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • French restaurant
  • Green & lush
  • Rooftop garden
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Shoreditch
Rooftop bar Golden Bee in London
Golden Bee
$$$ 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 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 Tue-Thu means happy hour (2 for 1), meaning one of the most price-worthy and qualitative rooftop experiences available in London.
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Weekend party
  • Good happy hour
  • Shoreditch
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Oxford Circus
Rooftop bar John Lewis Roof Garden in London
John Lewis Roof Garden
$$$ 300 Oxford St
During 2018 the rooftop of the retail store John Lewis turns into Summer of Sound on the roof, a perfect green oasis above the shopping frenzy. A mix of live music, DJ and acoustic sets along with three sounds studios/cabins that can be rented for dinner promises that a visit will be like music to your ears. Add a Fever-Tree Gin and Tonic bar and food like buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, and you sense that this is a perfect rooftop for a shopping break visit.
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Sound studios
  • Gin & Tonic bar
  • Shopping center
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Shoreditch
Rooftop bar Shoreditch Sky Terrace in London
Shoreditch Sky Terrace
$$$$ 335-337 Old St
A somewhat hidden gem with absolutely stunning panoramic views over the London skyline. The roof terrace is quite large and chic decorated. On weekdays the atmosphere is what you would expect from a classic hotel bar, with a calmer feel and more private feel. On weekends, some of London’s biggest DJs raise the atmosphere up a couple of notches. The bar menu offers well-made signature cocktails along with bar bites from the BBQ kitchen.
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Calm & chic
  • Panoramic views
  • BBQ kitchen
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Aldgate
Rooftop bar The Culpeper Rooftop in London
The Culpeper Rooftop
$$$ 40 Commercial St
The rooftop at the Culpeper 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. Both the cocktail menu and the food menu up top is inspired by the cucumbers being grown at the terrace, along with workshops held in how to grow, pickle and preserve cucumbers along with cocktail masterclasses.
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Garden & growing
  • Easy going
  • Workshops
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Waterloo
Rooftop bar Bar Elba in London
Bar Elba
$$$ 109-117 Waterloo Rd
A rooftop in Waterloo with the motto 'liberté, egalité, rosé', decorated with a large wooden deck and lots of community tables. Happy hour between 4-6pm all days and always great views over Waterloo with the skyline as backdrop. The rooftop bar offers beer, Frosé, Aperol Spritz and other summerish drinks, as well as jugs of Sex on the Elban beach and burgers from Dip & Flip for the hungry ones.
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Waterloo-views
  • Happy hour all days
  • Younger crowd
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Shoreditch
Rooftop bar London Ace Hotel London Shoreditch in London
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
$$$$ 100 Shoreditch High St
On top of the roof of Hotel Ace Shoreditch you'll find this awesome rooftop bar in London. Luxurious and minimalistic furnishing with soothing views of the London skyline. The bar offers wines, beers and classic cocktailsa along with some light snacks and a Sunday rooftop brunch. Open daily, but to be sure access you should stay at the hotel or RSVP to one of the events up at the terrace.
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Skyline view
  • DJs & live music
  • Sunday brunch
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Peckham
Rooftop bar London Frank's Cafe in London
Frank's Cafe
$$$ 95a Rye Lane
In the Peckham area you find Frank's Cafe, a wonderful 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.
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Large roof deck
  • 360-view
  • Peckham
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Bond Street
Rooftop bar London Selfridge Roof Terrace in London
Selfridge Roof Terrace
$$$ 400 Oxford Street
On the roof of Selfridge Store you'll find this amazing rooftop terrace, working a bit as a pop-up place for different restaurants every year. 2018 it is an italian restaurant called Alto by San Carlo. Perfect to make a brake in the shopping and take the elevator up here to enjoy a meal or a glass or two, along with great and extensive views over the London rooftops. Quite popular, so if possible, reservations are recommended.
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Shopping center
  • "Speakeasy" restaurants
  • Great views
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South Bank
Rooftop bar London Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café in London
Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café
$$$ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd
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.
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • River views
  • Roof garden
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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.

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.