Londoners love a rooftop bar. They are the best places to escape the City’s heat, and they provide a brilliant drinking skyline backdrop-particularly at sunset. If you can’t pair your cocktail with some equally intoxicating views of the capital, summer isn’t really complete – and we love them even more now. As London opens this summer, outdoor spaces have been deemed the best for socialising. As such, expect London’s best rooftop bars to be in more demand than ever.
We’ve got the lowdown on exactly which sky-high bars are reopening come July 4.
There are are also a couple reopening on July 10 and will keep you updated as even more places share info on welcoming back customers for a drink to remember. It’s going to be a little different: all bars are taking advance bookings now and expecting table service for those drinks and beers. Check with venues in advance of your visit for any further safety measures. But otherwise, cheers to a summer of getting up on the roof..
Bar Elba, Waterloo Reopening on July 4
A beautifully themed offering amongst these rooftop bars, Bar Elba, is the companion bar of the ultra-glam Tonight Josephine. Honouring Napoleon’s exile on his party isle of Elba. For the occasion, he took 600 of his closest mates and his favourite horse, Marengo, with him. He stayed for 300 days. Hopefully, you won’t stay that long. This summer, their rooftop bottomless brunch and romantic film nights are already drumming up a lot of excitement. 109-117 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL. The nearest station is Waterloo.
Prince of Wales, Brixton Reopening on July 4
A multi-storey pub-meets-club, the Prince of Wales rooftop offers a Rum Shack, live music and DJ sets across a terrific two-tier terrace. Bounce to hot beats at one of south London’s best rooftop bars, pint in hand, or join one of their sizzling brunch parties this summer. 467-469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH. The nearest station is Brixton.
Lost In Brixton, Brixton, Reopening on July 4
The most recent venture from the team behind The Prince, Pergola Paddington and Pergola Olympia, this hidden space had never been seen or used by the public before its opening last summer. It’s accessed via a secret staircase in one of the corners of the market. At the top of the stairs, you’ll find a 440 capacity venue decked out with jungle greenery and a Brit-friendly retractable roof, and a strong emphasis on tropical cocktails. Brixton Village, SW9 8PS. The nearest station is Brixton.
Savage Garden, City Reopening on July 4
This wild rooftop bar opened in 2018, twelve floors above the Hilton DoubleTree hotel in Tower Hill, and offers jaw-dropping views of Tower Bridge from their terrace. Expect ‘savagely Portuguese’ wines, top-flight bites and a price point to match – this is the City, after all. 12th Floor, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF. The nearest station is Tower Hill.
Coq D’Argent, Bank, Reopening on July 4
Immaculately manicured lawns, cute hedges, wisteria-draped across the terraces… Coq D’Argent makes a serious claim to be the most beautiful of London’s rooftop bars. Feast on views of the City of London as you feast on their delicious food, hot off the grill. 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ. The nearest station is Bank.
Pergola Paddington, Paddington, Reopening on July 4
Taking a cue from the picturesque Mediterranean coast, Pergola Paddington is elegantly draped in foliage and (hopefully) drenched in Sun. The fully alfresco upper deck is a bustling place, thrumming to the sounds of cocktail bars and street food vendors hard at work. 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY. The nearest station is Paddington.
Netil360 Bars and pubs Café bars Hackney, Reopening on July 4
A hub for creative start-ups that just happens to incorporate a kick-ass rooftop bar with street-food stalls, fun cocktails and rough-and-ready bench seating.
Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham, Reopening on July 4
This rooftop space is perhaps better known for its resident cinema Rooftop Film Club (details on whether it’s appearing here this year are yet to be confirmed), but it also hosts some serious summer parties.
Plenty of plant life and cocktails and craft ales make this more than a back-up plan while nearby Frank’s is closed.
Skylight, Reopening on July 4
Although Skylight is primarily an all-weather playground over at Tobacco Dock, it also offers a prime position for rooftop drinking with unparalleled panoramas.
Ordinarily, you could break up your summer tipples with a round of croquet or petanque. Still, this summer, the rooftop will be focusing on sanitary activities like drinking at pre-booked tables.
Open for bookings: Until October.
Skylark Roof Garden, Little Venice, Reopening on July 4
Skylark Roof Garden is back for their second summer season in early July. Cocktails such as the White Chocolate Martini made it a firm favourite, and the hopeful return of their “lavish day beds” will allow for sunshine reclining. Plus, views of Notting Hill, Hyde Park, and Regents Park provide the cherry on top of this Sunday. 4 Kingdom Street, W2 6BD. The Nearest stations are Royal Oak and Paddington.
Jin Bo Law, Aldgate, Reopening on July 4
City sky bar with a pineapple-inspired decor.
Asia-influenced cocktails and views right across to the Gherkin.
Open for bookings: 4-11 pm Mon, noon-midnight Tue-Sat, noon-11pm Sun.
Dalston Roof Park, Dalston, Reopening on July 4
E8’s happening rooftop bar with a cause has snowballed into a multi-faceted events space.
Beer from 40ft, natural wine from Newcomer and pop-up food offerings are usually on the bill, although the typical events and live music acts are off the line-up for summer 2020.
Roof East, Stratford, Reopening on July 4
Stratford’s solution for rooftop lovers offers a little bit of everything, from the usual cocktails and street food to batting cages and mini-golf courses – all of which will still be bookable to the public.
After months of being cooped up, we could all use a bit of silliness.
Open for bookings
Radio Rooftop Bar, Aldwych, Reopening on July 4
One of London’s most hyped rooftop bars. Popularity is sustained by way of signature cocktails and 360-degree views of London’s skyline.
See all the London landmarks.
Open for bookings: noon-11.30pm daily.
Aviary, Moorgate Reopening on July 4
Roomy open-air terrace with views upon floor ten, which in a former life brought all the City workers out from their offices. Maybe it’ll be different vibes this summer.
In colder weather you can refuel indoors at the venue’s swanky restaurant – booking also essential.
Open for bookings: 11 am-8.30 pm daily.
Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch Reopening on July 4
Boundary does rooftop drinking in style, with a glass roof for protection from the elements in winter.
n warm weather, get in the posh pitchers of Aperol spritz and inventive cocktails such as a salted caramel julep.
Open for bookings: noon-11.30pm daily.
London Skybar, Westminster Reopening July 4
Perched atop the Millbank Tower, sweeping views of the Thames are the main draw at Skybar. To celebrate the return of pubs and restaurants, they’re throwing a barbecue on the outdoor terrace on July 4, along with a film night and DJ set.
Millbank Tower 21-24, SW1P 4QP. The nearest station is Pimlico.
FEST, Camden Reopening July 4
What FEST lacks in altitude it makes up for with festival-themed vibes and naughty summer treats, including Prosecco popsicles with popping candy, Espresso Martini on https://londonskybar.comtap, and frozen Bourbon slushies. Stables Market, NW1 8AH. The nearest station is Camden Town or Chalk Farm.
Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge, St Paul’s – Reopening on July 4
A surprising rooftop terrace bar in the One New Change shopping centre. It attracts a crowd of City slickers.
Brilliant close-ups of St Paul’s Cathedral, if you don’t mind generic house beats and a fair few suits (although, no guarantee these will still be in place now that offices are mostly closed!).
Open for bookings: 5-8.30pm Mon-Fri, 3.30-10.30pm Sat, noon-6pm Sun.
Seabird, Southwark Reopening on July 10
Cue Nelly Furtado’s I’m Like A Bird because this dreamy rooftop bar will make you feel like soaring. As a restaurant, it boasts London’s largest oyster menu, but merely visiting for drinks is an excellent decision – just sip on a biodynamic wine and relax amongst the lush Mediterranean decor… 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8PB. The nearest station is Southwark.
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch Reopening on July 10
Queen of Hoxton, everyone’s favourite Shoreditch rooftop bar, usually delivers the goods with their summer and winter pop-ups. The coronavirus may have disrupted Their summer plans, but previous themes have included the Wizard of Oz, Mexican female wrestling, and a dystopian Las Vegas, so you can bet it’ll be a good ‘un.
1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX. The nearest station is Liverpool Street, Old Street or Shoreditch High Street.