5 best winter open rooftop bars in London open all year round

Published: October 21, 2019

London is calling with rooftop bars, even in winter

London is one of the most visited cities in the world. And also, a city with many grand rooftop bars.

A bit surprisingly maybe, but most rooftop bars here are open also during winter. It might be due to the fact that there are many rainy days in London every year, so the best bet is to build all-weather venues.

You can find both luxurious winter terraces, ice rinks or just a place to chill out.

Here’s a list of the 5 best winter rooftops in London. A list made by the world’s leading experts on rooftop bars – The Rooftop Guide.

1. Radio Rooftop Bar

Winter rooftop bars London - Radio Rooftop Bar
Radio Rooftop Bar | Photo: http://radiorooftop.com

Located at the ME London, this beautiful rooftop bar is as trendy as it is fun.

Offering awe-worthy views of London's landmarks –from Big Ben to the London Eye– this is the kind of place that aims to impress.

Live DJs, delicious snacks, and a collection of both classic and signature cocktails have earned this spot the title of one of London's best rooftop bars, if not the best.

Because of this, prices are quite high, and reservations are a must, but the Radio is more than worth it.

The Radio rooftop has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as two immersive terraces; what's more, retractable roof and vertical blinds make this an ideal spot to visit during the winter.

The atmosphere is lively and classy, so make sure to dress your best.

The Radio Rooftop is open to the public from early morning until 11:00pm, after which it becomes exclusive for hotel guests. Keep that in mind when planning your visit.


ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London

Mon-Wed: 7am-1am / Thu-Sat: 7am-2pm / Sun: 7am-midnight

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2. Aviary London

Winter rooftop bars London - Aviary London
Aviary | Photo: https://aviarylondon.com/

Located on top of one of London's most luxurious hotels, right in the heart of Finsbury Square, the Aviary aims to please.

This restaurant and bar combination offers both indoor and outdoor seating, great views of the city, and a relaxed yet sumptuous ambiance that you're sure to enjoy.

The restaurant focuses on internationally inspired food made with seasonal ingredients; the bar is well known for its botanical cocktails and a wide selection of beers and wine.

Reservations for the lounge area are only available for groups larger than 8, which makes Aviary an ideal place to visit when traveling with a group.

Winters are particularly enjoyable at the Aviary, as rooftop igloos are set up all over the terrace to protect you from the winter chill.

Woolen blankets and sheepskin rugs, plus a faux fern dome adds to the winter-wonderland illusion, and, if that wasn't enough, hot drinks are also available.

This is a trendy place, so make sure to arrive on time if you want to get a table. And if you want an igloo, make reservations.


22-25 Finsbury Square, London

Mon-Fri: 6.30am-midnight / Sat: 7am-midnight / Sun: 7am-11pm (Terrace closes daily at 10pm)

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3. Skylight

Winter rooftop bars London - Skylight
Skylight | Photo: www.tobaccodocklondon.com

This three-level rooftop bar has been described as an "adult playground" and with good reason!

Equipped with a croquet field, a péntaque area, multiple screens from which to watch sports, and both food and drinks, Skylight was designed with fun in mind.

While the above is fun for the summer season, this is a happening place in winter as well. From November to January, the 'Winter at Skylight' means a rooftop ice rink (so make sure to bring your skates), along with cosy rooftop igloos and mountain huts.

Rooftop parties are the norm for this bar, and you can expect anything from summer BBQs to Christmas sing-a-longs to entertain guests.

The food served veers on the side of street-food, and the drinks tend to be seasonal, with fresh, fruity cocktails during summer and warming wintery cocktails and ciders during the colder months.


Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine's & Wapping, London

Winter season: Mon-Wed: closed / Thu-Fri: 5pm-11pm* / Sat-Sun: 12 noon-11pm (Thu-Fri from 3pm in November)

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4. The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James

Winter rooftop bars London - The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James
The Rooftop | Photo: https://trafalgarstjames.com

Found on the 7th floor of The Trafalgar St. James, this is one of the best wining-and-dining locales in all of London.

Elegant, charming, and luxurious; this is the perfect place to enjoy a finely crafted cocktail or a fine wine.

Equipped with a retractable roof and outdoor blankets and heaters, The Rooftop is open year-round, even during the cold winter months.

The made-to-share food served in this restaurant is better described as pan-Asian, so make sure to visit with friends.

Thanks to its location, The Rooftop offers awe-worthy panoramic views of London's downtown. So much so that you won't want to leave.

Reservations are encouraged but not necessary.

If you're looking for seclusion, The Rooftop also has a small, private glass box that seats 14 people and boasts the best views in the house.


Trafalgar Square, Cross Street:2 Spring Gardens, London

Mon-Sun: 12 noon-midnight / Fri: 1pm-2am / Sat: 11.30am-2am / Sun: 11.30am-midnight

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5. Queen of Hoxton

Winter rooftop bars London - Queen of Hoxton
Queen of Hoxton | Photo: http://queenofhoxton.com/

Set in the heart of Shoreditch, Queen of Hoxton is really an eventful place. Here you find three floors of bar, nightclub, performance space, art gallery and rooftop terrace.

With a new theme every season, Queen of Hoxton is a rooftop you can visit again, and again, and again, and again...

Starting October 24th, 2019, the theme of the winter is 'Emerald City'. A place where "nothing is quite what it seems and even the beer runs green".

Fire pits and a cosy WigWam makes sure everyone stays warm, and events run from workshops on how to make Christmas gifts from kitchen scraps to learning the art of Pxssy magic and how to cast spells.

If casting spells is not your cup of tea, head up to the bar and just enjoy some mulled wine, hot and cold green cocktails, hearty Kansas style food and a vibrant atmosphere.


1 Curtain Rd, London

Mon–Wed: 4pm–midnight / Thu-Sat: 4pm–2am / Sun: 2pm-midnight

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Written by:
The Rooftop Guide