The sun can definitely be a bit of a tease, but with crisp bright blue skies teasing it out of hiding we’re already looking forward to those long summer evenings. So whether you’re organising your company’s annual summer celebration or simply looking for your next summertime hangout with friends, we’ve compiled a list of the best London rooftops.
Trafalgar St James
After a huge refurbishment back in 2017, Trafalgar St. James is a sanctuary of style, rest and play in the hecticness of the famous West-End. Located at the epicentre of Trafalgar Square, its renowned rooftop is open all year-round with incredible views over London’s most iconic landmarks. So, come rain or shine, with both alfresco and canopy covered seating, this is definitely one of the best rooftops in London for Britain’s (sometimes) unpredictable weather.
WHERE: 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2TS
Cool, urban and stylish – Ace Hotel definitely fits in with its Shoreditch surroundings and most importantly; its impressive Rooftop Bar and Terrace is the ideal summer hangout. With a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, it boasts a gigantic bar as well as an awesome terrace overlooking Shoreditch High Street. It’s even decked out with cool, casual furniture and peppered with twinkling fairy lights to help complete the cosy atmosphere once the sun goes down.
WHERE: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Sea Containers continues to deliver with another fresh London offering, this time with another twist from the sophisticated boutique Southbank brand. The hotel’s renowned rooftop bar, 12th Knot is arguably one of the best rooftops in London, boasting impressive views over the River Thames and beyond – it’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city just floors below.
WHERE: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Pergola on the Roof
Paddington and Olympia London
Following the huge success of this alfresco haven last summer, the trademark urban garden returns to make Paddington Central its home once again. Spread across two stories, this unique venue features influences from the canal-side with its iconic pergola taking centre stage. The space can be hired exclusively for up to 850 guests and features four of London’s top independent eateries including Patty and Bun and DF Mexico. Oh, and if one location wasn’t enough for you, the creators of Pergola on the Roof have just launched a brand new London rooftop bar in Olympia London. Taking inspiration from their flagship venue, the rooftop has a new botanical look and feel, combining overgrown ivy, exposed brickwork and rustic furniture.
WHERE: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY or Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, Kensington, W14 8UX
Come rain or shine, the sophisticated London rooftop at Boundary is a great setting for morning meetings, alfresco cocktails and balmy evenings. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Boundary’s Rooftop boasts impressive panoramic views across the city’s iconic skyline. Open all year round, the rooftop’s heated glass Orangery is the ideal space for private dining for up to 35 guests or for larger groups, the entire terrace can be hired exclusively for up to 100 guests, making it one of the best London summer party venues around.
WHERE: 2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
Located in the heart of the city, Savage Garden is one of the latest newcomers to the ever-growing London rooftop scene. Positioned on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton at Tower Hill, here you’ll find jaw-dropping, 360-degree views across London. This decadent venue with a view boasts an impressive cocktail lounge, three event spaces, two terraces and a resident DJ. From the Wildside room with its retractable roof to the Ferus room, Savage Garden is one of the very best London venues with a view, making it ideal for your next summer event.
Where: 12th Floor, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London, Tower of London, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF
The Hoxton Southwark
Due to open later this year, The Hoxton Southwark will not only be the newest addition to the stylish brand, but also the ever-growing list of London’s best rooftop bars. Taking inspiration from its sister hotel in Williamsburg Brooklyn, there will be a brand-new rooftop bar serving delicious cocktails and bar snacks while guests bask in the sunshine.
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