Every year London rakes in around 30 million visitors from all corners of the globe. The royal capital is home to one of the world’s best food and drink scenes, a treasure trove history and vibrant local culture. Whether you’re visiting for the art and architecture or gastro scene, there’s no better way to experience London than with a few drinks at one of the cities many rooftop bars. Looking or a swanky cocktail bar fit for date night? Done. How about a quirky, bouncing terrace complete with a DJ? Done. London truly has it all. Here are the seven best rooftop bars in London.
7 of the Best Rooftop Bars in London
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When it comes to sky-high drinks in London, there’s no better place than the Rooftop St. James. Set in the iconic Trafalgar Hotel, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of the surrounding such as Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and more. The Rooftop’s food menu pulls from a variety of global culinary traditions to create a unique and flavorful lineup of food options. Then, there are the mouthwatering cocktails. Be sure to try their ‘botanic flame’ made with gin infused green cardamom, creme de mure and bitters.
This giant rooftop bar slash event venue is the perfect place to clink some glasses and party the night away. Their wide-open terrace is perfect for iconic views over London with some cheap and tasty drinks. Whether you go with some friends for some afternoon drinks or plan to stay out all night, Queen of Hoxton has you in mind. Be sure to visit from Wednesday to Friday, from 4 pm-7 pm for their famous £5 cocktails.
Located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel you’ll find one of London’s best rooftop bars – Aviary London. This stylish and sleek rooftop joint is the place to be for those who love a spacious terrace with incredible cocktails and equally incredible views. Needing a fancy date night? Head to Aviary for a romantic and sophisticated evening. Not up for too much fuss? Opt for their weekday bottomless brunches. Either way, you’ll be hooked in no time.
Tucked away on top of the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, Upper Fifth Shoreditch is the perfect place to take in stunning panoramic views of London and enjoy some delicious bites and drinks. Whether you’re looking for a filling dinner or some fruity cocktails to kick off the evening, Upper Fifth Shoreditch fits the bill. Be sure to try their ‘Courthouse Collins’ that comes together with gin, st. Germain, lemon squeeze and apple juice.
Cosy, intimate and charming are just a few words to describe No 32 the Old Town. This super romantic rooftop bar comes complete with a canopy of fairy lights, gorgeous views over the common and a lovely atmosphere. It’s much more than a pretty face, though. The food and drink at No 32 are simply amazing. Have a toast with any of their handcrafted cocktails such as the classic old fashioned or negroni. Need a pick me up? Try a few sips of their famous espresso martini.
From cosy personal igloos in winter to a sprawling sun-drenched terrace in summer, Skylight is a great idea all year round. Located in the Tobacco Dock, it offers stunning views of the surroundings and has a charm that just can’t be beat. Our favourite part is their seasonal menu which currently boasts wintery favourites like mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate.
Elevated to the perfect viewpoint of the London skyline on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel, Jin Bo Law is a hot spot for cocktails and views in London. The sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere means it’s a great pick for date night or a casual catch up. Be sure to try one (or five) of their handcrafted cocktails. We recommend the ‘just peachy’ made with St. Germain, creme de peach, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and peach soda.