Best Rooftop Bars in London

Picture the scene: it’s just you, your closest mates, a round of ice-cold drinks and some of the best views in the biz. A pretty sweet set-up all round; but where exactly can these top alfresco spots be found? Our guide to the best rooftop bars in London reveals all, whether that's for lounging back when there's not a cloud in the sky or socially-distanced cocktails under the stars at one of the city's most legendary rooftop hangouts.

Last updated on 10th December 2021

Tucked away on top of the Courthouse Hotel, this beautiful rooftop bar boasts much more than a few fruity cocktails. Seasonal and fresh, the Upper 5th drinks selection keeps it simple, perfect for pairing with panoramic views over Shoreditch and some delicious grill plates.


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If it's stunning views of St Paul's, a tasty tapas menu and creative cocktail card that you're after, Madison is an absolute must. Whilst the terrace here isn't the most spacious in the capital, it's head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the views on offer. Come by when the sun is setting for a cocktail or bite to eat and see for yourself.

London Bridge Rooftop

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Looking for the very best rooftop bars in Central London? This is up there with the finest. Head over to London Bridge Rooftop to enjoy everything from after work drinks and gourmet burgers to bottomless brunches with handcrafted cocktails and banging disco tunes, all with amazing views of the City.


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For sleek interiors, a spacious roof terrace, incredible cocktails and brilliant views, look no further than Aviary in Finsbury Square. Located on the tenth floor of the Montcalm hotel, the venue has been carefully designed to take in as much of the city as possible; there's also an inside seating area where you can tuck into some delicious seasonal fare.

Aqua Kyoto

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Located a stone's throw from Regent Street, Aqua Kyoto is a stunning rooftop bar that's ideal for any kind of occasion. Head to the central London destination for unique Japanese dishes alongside carefully crafted cocktails in seriously stylish surroundings. 

Boasting cosy igloos and a full-sized ice-skating rink in the winter months, as well as bottomless brunch and outdoor games of croquet in the summer, Skylight in Tobacco Dock is a must-visit for any Londoner seeking alfresco vibes and rooftop parties.

The Castle

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If the sun's out and you live in Angel, you'll want to hot-foot it round to The Castle while the best seats on their roof terrace are still available. Found at the top of Pentonville Road, this is one of the finest outdoor drinking spots in all of North London, where guests top up their tans while nursing real ales and great wines.


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It's one of the most talked about rooftop bars in South London and for good reason. A summer pop-up with some seriously sweet views of the city, Frank's Cafe is an indie favourite awash with punters once the sun comes both up and down. 

The Culpeper

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The Culpeper may be infamous for its pub and hotel alike, but it's the rooftop bar that has got us talking. From rustic greenhouses to growing their own herbs, this bar doesn't just have foliage, it has views unlike anywhere else.

Shoreditch House

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Shoreditch House is a dynamic private members' club which comes complete with a 16 metre heated swimming pool, bar, kitchen and lounge. It's a popular choice for anybody looking to work, socialise and relax in chilled surroundings and can be found just minutes away from Old Street station. 


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Part of the swish Hoxton Hotel in Southwark, Seabird is a luxury Basque-inspired seafood restaurant and cocktail bar. Located 14 floors above London, the cosy outdoor terrace here boasts views across the River Thames, and comes complete with comfy sofas and exotic palm trees.