Food & Drink

21 London Rooftops You Need to Be Drinking on

Published On 05/28/2015 Published On 05/28/2015
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1. OXO Tower Bar OXO Tower Wharf, , London, SE1 9PH (Southwark)

Located on the 8th floor of the stock-cube citadel, OXO's drinkery features a terrific view via vista-abetting glass walls, a slatted ceiling, and scattered yellow/black leather seats. With astroturf flooring outside, floor-to-ceiling windows inside (for when the weather hates you), lots of booze, plus views of St. Paul's and the Thames, this is a no brainer.

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2. Shoreditch House Ebor St, Shoreditch, E1 6AW (Shoreditch)

Opened in 2007, this East London private members club offers three floors of luxurious amenities, including a rooftop pool.

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3. Radio Rooftop Bar ME London, London, WC2R 1HA

Located on the 10th floor of ME London and accessible via an express elevator, Radio offers breathtaking panoramic views of London’s skyline including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the Thames.

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4. SUSHISAMBA 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY (The City)

Life is pretty good on the 39th floor of the Heron Tower. Beverage genius Rich Woods has done a serious number on the drinks, so grab a Kobe Cocktail (like a maple and salted caramel Old Fashioned but fat washed with real Kobe beef, obviously) and some Samba rolls and look down on the world busily turning beneath you.

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5. Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar 1-5 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX (Shoreditch)

This East End bar, club & art collective's panoramic rooftop garden has music from its in-house ukulele band washing over palm trees, scattered giant bean bags, a BBQ, and a rum shack slinging summer 'tails & cider slushies.

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6. Golden Bee Singer St, London, EC1V 9DD (Shoreditch)

Quit worshiping golden calves, and make a pilgrimage to the Golden Bee: a tri-level drinkery in Shoreditch, complete with a wood-decked, sofa-laden rooftop bar; a covered terrace whose colourful graffiti makes it look like a street where people rarely say "terrace"; and, inside, a darker, more serious redoubt with a honeycombed booze station, and a ceiling covered in shot glasses, though after that many shots, maybe it's the floor.

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7. Aqua Kyoto 240 Regent St, Soho, W1B 3BR (Soho)

Head to this massive, swank roof terrace and Japanese resto for a bit of glitz and polish. Get ready for some serious people-watching as the West End set loves this place, but with drinks from Luca Missaglia it’ll be better than the movies. Trust us.

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8. Vista The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2TS

Vista is a cocktail spot on a roof over Trafalgar Square in London.

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9. Frank’s Cafe & Campari Bar 10th Floor, Multi-Story Carpark, Peckham, SE15 4ST

Frank’s has grown from a shack on top of a multi-story car park to a full-blown summer experience filled with gigs, food, and lots of Campari. This is where the cool kids hang out, and believe us, it’s actually worth the trip south.

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10. Coq d'Argent No. 1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ (The City)

Find a buddy with an expense account, make up an excuse for a “business meeting,” and rub elbows with city boys surrounded by views of the Cheesegrater, Gherkin, and Walkie-Talkie. Get bar snacks, have a picnic on its rooftop green, and don’t look at the bill.

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11. Boundary 2-4 Boundary St, Shoreditch, E2 7JE (Shoreditch)

Offering authentic French cuisine and brilliant views, Boundary's a resto and drinkery that also doubles as a boutique hotel.

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12. The Fox 372 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, E8 4DA

Over cocktails for a bit? Fear not, this place is all about craft beer with nearly 100 to choose from. Unpretentious and easy with plenty of great food to choose from -- not to mention an banging Sunday roast, The Fox is an excellent choice in good weather and feel free to try and work your way through its menu.

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13. Dalston Roof Park 18 Ashwin St, Hackney, E 8 3

Run by the guys at the Bootstrap Company, this place wears many hats. Dalston Roof Park is a community garden, pop-up restaurant, cinema, gig venue, bar, rave hall, and more. Whatever is going down, it’s generally pretty epic and you will want to be involved. For a £12 annual fee, get access to their sky-high garden where they host regularly rotating food residencies in a chill space.

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14. Netil360 1 Westgate St, London, E8 3RL

This rooftop space features a wide array of goings-on like hot tub parties, cinema screenings, and street food fests. Open from 10am, it's got coffee, Wi-Fi, and even yoga sessions so you can feel you totally deserve booze at the end of a hard day.

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15. Angler Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace 3 South Pl, London, EC2M 2AF (The City)

Located on the roof of the South Place Hotel, Angler lets you feel one with nature while getting a terrific meal/drink in the process. Find yourself surrounded by lavender, olive trees, herb gardens, and a relaxing calm.

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16. The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High St, London, W8 5SA (Kensington)

This members club is part of the Virgin Group, so you know it went for all the details here. It’s literally an over-the-top garden, complete with trees, flowers and… flamingos. Running with a dress code of “no effort, no entry,” it gives you an idea of what to expect. Beautiful people, gorgeous bar, and great BBQ parties.

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17. Terrace Grill & Bar 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH

Bang in the middle of tourist central, it makes sense that this 107-year-old hotel has a striking roof terrace. Grab food from its grill or hang out in its gin bar, this classy spot is a perfect escape from the madness outside.

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18. Rumpus Room 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD (South Bank)

As if the Mondrian wasn’t a destination in itself with that epic view and a solid restaurant, things got turned up a notch with Rumpus Room, a snazzy lounge perched high over the hotel complete with rooftop terrace. It is a MUST for enjoying a cocktail when the weather is nice.

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19. The Prince of Wales 467-468 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 8HH (Brixton)

Loaded with a million bars, a huge terrace, great kitchen, DJ's live music, debauched dancing, and a mega late license, this is your one stop shop south of the river. Get stuck in for the long haul or sneak off to Sovereign Loss, the speakeasy hiding upstairs.