The roof is on FIRE. Not literally, of course. We just mean that these roof terraces are the place to be when temperatures rise & you wanna appreciate London in all her epic glory.
This awesome rooftop has had more transformations than Taylor Swift. When you visit the theme could be anything from Emerland City to Las Mexicanas; Lost Vegas to a Viking beer hall. This summer they're vibin' with a California Dreaming aesthetic - love it. Expect all fiesta and no siesta, with cocktails, street food & banging views. On sunny days this is where the Shoreditch party's at.
Open Fri, Sat & Sun. Head to their website to book: www.queenofhoxton.com
1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
Okay so Frank's might be closed still, but forget that pink car-park photo op for a moment & remember that the awesome Bussey Building is just round the corner & it's roof terrace is blinding. You'll have to climb what feels like a thousand flights of stairs but it's worth it for the 360 view. The tables on the left are where the sights north of the river are at, and the skyline's beautiful, plus it's a summery oasis right now. Count us in.
Book a table here: www.busseyrooftopbar.com
133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
Make sure you wear something sparkly here - not only will you fit in with the glam crowd, but it’ll distract from the uncontrollable “OMFG!” reaction you’ll involuntarily experience when you see the 180-degree view after months of being cooped inside. From sunrise to sunset, you and your crew can enjoy the changing views of capital stretching from the Shard and St Paul’s downstream, to the London Eye and Big Ben in the West. Seriously sexy.
Book yourself a spot here: radiorooftop.com/london
336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ
This is the perfect place to drag out a lunch meeting. Expect epic views and be warned, it’s easy to do some damage to your credit card and your liver here. It's pretty green for a city space as well, so if the park's too rammed this'll do nicely. If you go midweek you’ll be mingling with cigar drinking business people on Dom P - but everyone’s in a good mood on a roof terrace, so just enjoy.
Book your spot here: https://www.coqdargent.co.uk/at/terrace-garden-bank/
16 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS
Fresh air, big skies and positive vibes is what Netil 360 is about - we're in. Chill on the faux grass and spend summer up in the clouds with a panoramic view of East London to keep ya company. Drinks have a local touch, with booze from neighbouring East London Liquor Company + Trumans brewery. There's also a cafe & workspace if you wanna bring your laptop and finish that movie script you started during lockdown. Ideal.
Book tickets here: netil360.com
1 Westgate St, Hackney, London E8 3RL
You've been stuck in your pokey basement flat for over three months... time to get sky-high baby! Lush green foliage, cushioned garden booths, and a pop-up bar serving pints of ice-cold lager give Skylight a totally tropical vibe for summer. You might not be able to play their famous lawn games, but hey it means there's more room for all that seating which means you can soak up the rays and enjoy panoramic and uninterrupted views across London’s skyline.
Table bookings are available at www.skylightlondon.com
Pennington St. Car Park Entrance Wapping, London E1W 2SF
You need friends in high places to get into this... high place. This Brixton members club is super chill, with wicked views over this South London neighbourhood served up with cocktails and a hella creative food menu. Members can take 3 of their crew up for drinks, so time to buddy up with someone on the inside...
Head here to book/learn about joining: upstairsbrixton.com
Entrance at 10 Stockwell Avenue, London, SW9 8BQ
Better get working on your cardio, cos this place is several storeys up and there's no lift. But it's worth it for the killer cocktails and epic view at the top. Setting itself apart from other rooftop bars, Elba (named after the island that Napoleon was exiled to - makes sense when you remember this place is in Waterloo...) serves some of the best frozé in London. They've also got a banging bottomless brunch, rooftop movies, sunset sessions, picnics on the roof... we might just spend our whole summer here TBH.
Head here for info about booking (& getting a FREE cocktail, sweet): www.bar-elba.co.uk
Mercury House 109-117 Waterloo Road SE1 8UL
Want to head somewhere that lil bit special now you've progressed from wearing your sweatpants on a daily basis & can actually get glammed up to go somewhere? Hit the Oxo Tower & enjoy a seat on the terrace. We’re talking all the epic food served in the restaurant, killer cocktails and views straight out at that river. Come at night - we all know London’s at its best when lit up.
Check about times & bookings here: www.oxotower.co.uk
OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London, SE1 9PH
Seriously scenic 360-degree views on London alongside stone-baked flatbreads and mezze platters? This is one Nest we don't wanna take flight from. Head to Treehouse Hotel London where a little birdy tells us The Nest is the place to be. Cocktails include a banging Barrel-Aged Coconut Manhattan and an Avocado Bellini with our name on it. Sounds almost healthy, right?
14-15 Langham Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 2QS, UK