With spectacular views overlooking the entire capital, London’s rooftops bars are not to be missed all year long. I’ve rounded up my favourite spots for a quick pick me up white wine spritzer with the girls or date night with Gregor.
No matter the season, Aqua Spirit rooftop is the ideal date night spot. Open all year long, it’s easy to escape the madness of Regent Street by popping in for a post shopping cocktail or grabbing a meal at one of their two restaurants, Aqua Kyoto or Aqua Nueva. A slick, dark exterior and well-groomed clientele makes it a popular place for enjoying pre-dinner drinks or a night cap. They don’t take reservations so it’s worth going before sunset to guarantee a table.
Fifth Floor, 240 Regent Street, W1
(+44) (0)20 7478 0540
Sitting on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower (making it the 2nd highest restaurant in London), the Tree Bar makes it perfectly acceptable to come to Sushi Samba not just for the sushi. With sensational views of the city, a lively atmosphere and scrumptious cocktails, it completely lives up to the hype and worth the price tag. The whole experience truly starts in the elevator.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
(+44) (0)20 3640 7330
Overlooking some of London’s biggest landmarks, this exclusive party on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel London hosts panoramic views and a guest list just as impressive. It’s no wonder this is the place to dress to impress. Hosting an array of creative cocktails and Spanish tapas, you can even stop by just for a drink before a night on the town.
336 The Strand, WC2R 1HA
(+44) (0)20 7395 3440
Kensington Roof Gardens
The rumours are true…there really is a lush, green garden with flamingos in the middle of London. With impeccable service, a live band and the best glass of bubbly you’ve ever had, The Roof Gardens is the upscale, British way to Saturday barbecue’s. From 10pm onwards, the flamingos may be sleeping, but the venue is nothing short than an exclusive party spot.
99 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 5SA
(+44) (0)20 7937 7994
The Roof Gardens
Known as one of the most stylish bars in London with pink banquettes and sea-blue chairs, the Rumpus Room atop the Mondrian is the perfect mix of modern luxury.
20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
(+44) (0)20 3747 1063
Rumpus Room Rooftop Bar
Heading East doesn’t always mean small, local, hipster lounges. Boundary’s rooftop atmosphere brings a whole new meaning to drinking alfresco in the heart of East London.
2-4 Boundary St, E3 7DD
(+44) (0)20 7729 1051
It could be the spectacular views or the neatly trimmed lawn and vines, but there’s no denying where the upscale city heads go for after work drinks in the summer. Attached to a Michelin star restaurant, enjoy a glass of champagne among the most elegantly landscaped rooftop garden.
1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
(+44) (0)20 7395 5000
The Soho House Group is one of my favourite private members clubs, but its’ Shoreditch House holds a rooftop pool with parties like no other. This chic East location is the perfect spot to sun bathe on a lounge bed and pretend you’re in Miami.
1 Ebor St, London, E1 6AW
(+44) (0)20 7739 5040
With the most spectacular view overlooking the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll never feel this close to a national landmark at night. Outdoor seating and popping dj’s make you want to stay here all night long.
1 New Change, St. Paul’s, EC4M 9AF
(+44) (0)20 3693 5160
Ham Yard Hotel Roof Terrace
Open only for private hire or overnight guests, this exclusive roof terrace offers beautiful views in the middle of Soho in what gives off a “secret garden” experience.
1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT
(+44) (0)20 3642 2000
Ham Yard Hotel