From Shoreditch to Hackney, immerse yourself in the vibrant environment on top of one East London’s best rooftop bars.
This area offers a bonanza of spectacular and trendy rooftop bars, and locations outside the most central parts means complete and amazing skyline views.
Here is our list of the 10 best rooftop bars in East London.
Netil360 - Photo: https://netil360.com/
If you are looking for a lively all-day rooftop experience, you should visit Netil360, found on top of the creative workspace Netil House, in the Hackney area in the eastern part of London.
The eco-friendly and 'home-crafted' terrace is like an urban secret garden in the sky, surrounded with some lovely views across London.
Sit down on the astro turf or under the pergolas and order wines from around the world, the best draught beer from the neighbours at Five Points Brewery, or some refreshing cocktails.
Ever evolving, Netil360 will probably surprise you with a new experience for every visit. Sometimes there might be food from a sushi rooftop restaurant, and the next time it might be Neapolitan pizza to order. If you are lucky, the seven Finnish rooftop saunas are also open for warm and relaxing hours with a view.
Filled with a local, friendly and all-are-welcome atmosphere, Netil360 is in full swing during the warmer months, but also invites to weekend visits during the colder season.
Allegra - Photo: www.allegra-restaurant.com/
Perched on the 7th floor of the incredible The Stratford Hotel, close to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you find the stylish rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace Allegra.
The venue features an elegant indoor area, and a lush outdoor garden, with Scandinavian design furniture.
The wrap-around architectural terrace has a wooden deck with dining tables, wildflowers, water features and cedar pathways, where you can soak up the sun during the warm summer days and enjoy impressive view of the London skyline.
Here you can indulge in a wine lunch during the weekends, enjoy the nightly atmosphere to the sounds of live DJ sets with some of East London’s best cocktails, or go for a full dining experience with sophisticated dishes served as both tasting menu and á la carte.
Olympic Park, 20 International Wy, London E20 1FD
3. Roof East
Roof East - Photo: www.roofeast.com/
Roof East is a two level and 30,000 square foot playground for grown ups, set on top of Stratford Multi Storey Car Park.
Up here you can play mini-golf, hit away in the batting cage, challenge your friends in a game of lawn bowl, or try House of Foos, a VR mix of traditional football and table foosball.
For those who are not interested in playing games, you can also just chill out on the spacious and urban rooftop terrace, overlooking the London skyline.
Sip wine, craft beers, mocktails or a specially crafted cocktail from the bar, or order street food from all over the world from one of the food stalls.
Open from spring to fall, Roof East is a truly a summer hot-spot for rooftop fun.
Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE
PocketSquare - Photo: https://pocketsquare.london/
PocketSquare Skyline Bar and Terrace offers tailored luxury with an East London flourish and personality, from the 9th floor of the modern Hyatt Place London City East.
Here you find a stylish interior lounge, where art of local and international artists adorn the walls, as well as a sleek outdoor terrace, with amazing panoramic views over London.
The rooftop bar offers a crafted and exclusive cocktail menu, inspired by stories from the city. Every cocktail is also designed to be enjoyed with a paired bite-sized dish.
Intimate and sophisticated, PocketSquare is a great spot for some top-class after work business drinks, or weekend nights when resident DJs and music artists turn up the atmosphere to sky-high.
Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU
Bōkan - Photo: https://bokanlondon.co.uk/
Hidden on top of Novotel London Canary Wharf, you find the award-winning and multi-level Bōkan, with a rooftop bar, restaurant and event space. The setting over the three floors is sophisticated and luxurious, with panoramic windows and plenty of space for dining and drinking.
Start on the 37th floor of the building and take in the view while choosing starters, main courses and desserts inspired by the European cuisine. Later you are promised sky-high views, unlimited drinks and live DJs when you head up to the lounge and bar at the 38th floor of the building. The bar menu offers expertly crafted cocktails and different wine options.
On the 39th floor you find the event space, bar and rooftop terrace, offering DJ performances and magical views. The rooftop terrace works on a first come first served basis, so make sure to be early if you want to get the front-row seats.
6. Skylight Tobacco Dock
Skylight Tobacco Dock - Photo: www.skylightbars.com/
Covering several floors of an old carpark in St Katharine's & Wapping, Skylight Tobacco Dock is one of London's biggest and most imaginative rooftops.
With three levels of indoor and outdoor spaces, the venue is described as an 'adult playground', surrounded with amazing views of the London skyline.
During summer, you can kick back in one of the opulent day beds or lush garden booths, challenge your friends in a game of croquet, petanque or table tennis, watch the major sport events on large screens, or visit for vibrant DJ nights.
When winter arrives, Skylight brings out the cosy rooftop igloos, as well as Europe’s only rooftop skating rink with real ice.
To go with all the fun, the rooftop bar serves great street food and a wide range of cocktails, beers and wines, as well as weekend bottomless brunch.
SKYLIGHT TOBACCO DOCK
Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 2SF
7. NT's Loft
NT's Loft - Photo: www.ntloft.co.uk/
In the Hackney area, NT’s Loft (short for Night Tales Loft) is a hidden gem with a heated rooftop terrace overlooking the East London skyline. There is also an indoor open plan bar with huge windows, colorful neon signs, palms and plenty of lounge seats.
Described as an intimate club, the rooftop bar also has an impressive dance floor that comes alive at 10pm with the city’s best promoters and DJs. Every Wednesday, the rooftop bar also has Jazz nights with free entrance if you arrive before 7.30pm.
As for drinks, the bar offers spritzes and cocktails together with drink packages. If you feel hungry, the rooftop bar has a line-up of street food vendors and kitchen takeovers filling all the needs for a night out.
8. Savage Garden Rooftop Bar
Savage Garden Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.savagegarden.co.uk/
The Savage Garden describes itself as 'London’s wildest rooftop bar'. If you are looking for a rooftop experience with everything from afternoon teas to DJs sets, this is the place to be.
Perched on the 12th floor of the contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton London, Savage Garden offers breathtakiing views overlooking the incredible Tower of London. While the indoor space is elegant and sophisticated, the outdoor space is more laidback and urban – making it possible to choose the vibe you want.
Sip drinks to the live entertainment and music and enjoy lighter bites like the ‘Addictives’, ‘Small wonders’ and ‘Teasing bites’. For drinks, be prepared for a menu filled with well-chosen wines, their own ‘Savage signature cocktails’ and a wide selection of spirits.
You can also visit for an elevated rooftop brunch every Saturday.
SAVAGE GARDEN ROOFTOP BAR
9. Boundary Rooftop Bar & Terrace
Boundary Rooftop Bar & Terrace - Photo: https://boundary.london/
Atop Boundary Shoreditch, you find the optimal destination for a get-together with friends. Green and stylish, this venue is in the heart of Shoreditch in East London.
Here you can spend time in the glass Orangery year-round for fantastic views and a lunch without end. For the warmer evenings, the terrace also has an open-air rooftop garden where you sit down and enjoy the sunsets.
Share a drink with friends or have an incredible meal in this spacious hot-spot. Up here, the menu is seasonally based and created by the Italian head chef Roberto Branca.
During the summer, the terrace transforms into a Mediterranean oasis, with a menu filled with grilled meat and fish cooked over charcoal together with fresh salads and seafood, perfect to combine with ice cold rosé wine. During the colder months, the theme switches to the Alpine regions, when the bar and restaurant serves fondue, Austrian beer and hot drinks.
10. Dalston Roof Park
Dalston Roof Park - Photo: https://dalstonroofpark.com/
Serving a real rooftop feeling, the Dalston Roof Park is a bit of a hidden gem, nestled amongst Hackney’s Victorian buildings. Starting as a pop-up bar, the venue has grown into a space with everything from sunrise yoga sessions to events with the latest music, which makes it one of the city’s most versatile rooftop bars.
Newly renovated, this is a vibrant and creative space for an electric crowd. The terrace is playful and filled with benches and space for big groups, overlooking the bustling streets of East London and the city skyline.
An end-of-the week hot-spot for drinking, dancing or eating, here you can enjoy cocktails, draught beer, bubbles, and soul food with a Caribbean twist, along with all the buzzing events.
DALSTON ROOF PARK
The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.