Run don’t walk to the best rooftop bars in London. London is a bustling metropolis bursting with life and culture, and one of the most enjoyable ways to soak up its vibrant atmosphere is by visiting one of its countless rooftop bars.
From Frank’s Cafe to Seabird, there is no shortage of rooftop bars offering stunning views of the city skyline. London boasts some of the world’s most beautiful rooftop bars, featuring everything from lush gardens to luxurious terraces, each venue providing a unique experience.
To make it easier for you to plan your night out, we’ve separated this guide into three sections: the best rooftop bars in Central London for those pre-musical or concert drinks, as well as East and South London for cool rooftop bars for those looking for pre-gig or club drinks.
Whether you’re enjoying a romantic evening for two or having a night out with friends, these rooftop bars are sure to provide an unforgettable experience, complete with spectacular views, delicious drinks, and excellent company.
Best Rooftop Bars in Central London
Located in Strand, this chic rooftop bar offers amazing views of the Thames River and iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Tower Bridge. They also have an impressive selection of cocktails, wines, spirits, beers, and more!
Situated on top of One New Change building near St Paul’s Cathedral, this rooftop restaurant with a bar offers breathtaking views over central London. This sophisticated rooftop restaurant serves up classic cocktails from its bar as well as delicious food options such as oysters or steak tartare. Don’t worry if you don’t have money for this rooftop restaurant, part of the rooftop terrace it’s located on is free for use by anyone!
Located on top of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tower Hill, this rooftop bar offers spectacular views over the City Of London skyline from their terrace area. They have an extensive selection of cocktails, wines, beers, spirits and more!
Best Rooftop Bars in South London
This rooftop restaurant with a bar is basically in central London, but as it’s South of the Thames we’ve included it in our South London section. Stroll on London’s Southbank from Borough Market, National Theatre or Southbank Centre, to get to Seabird, located on top of a building called the ‘Sea Containers’. It has an outdoor terrace with amazing views over the Thames River where you can enjoy delicious cocktails or craft beers while admiring the sunset over London’s skyline.
These next two spots are located in Peckham. As it’s a bit far out of central, we would highly recommend to also visit some other local institutions while you’re in the area such as Jumbi for a good dance, Toad Bakery for the best pastries you’ve ever tried, or one of our supper clubs to meet new people, try new dishes and/or learn about a new culture!
This is hands down the eatwith team’s most favorite rooftop bar. It offers great drinks, bites and a hip atmosphere… Frank’s Cafe is one of the most popular rooftop bars in London due to its stunning views over Southwark Park. It’s open during summer months only but it’s worth a visit if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere with great drinks and food options.
Bussey Rooftop Bar
Located on top of the Bussey Building, this rooftop bar offers amazing views of the city skyline along with creative cocktails and a lively atmosphere. It’s an excellent spot for an evening out with friends. They also serve great pizzas up there!
Best Rooftop Bars in East London
Netil360 Rooftop Bar
Located on top of the Netil House, this rooftop bar offers stunning views of the London skyline. With a laid-back atmosphere and creative cocktails, it’s an ideal spot for a summer evening get-together with friends.
Queen of Hoxton
This local’s favorite in Shoreditch has a stunning rooftop terrace with Moroccan-style decor. It’s a popular spot for dancing on the weekends. Enjoy their signature cocktail while taking in the views of the city.
Dalston Roof Park
Located on top of Bootstrap Company, this eco-friendly rooftop bar is a hidden gem in East London. With DJs spinning tracks on the weekend, it’s an excellent spot for a boozy and dancey afternoon with your friends.
London has some of the best rooftop bars in the world. Whether you’re looking for a cool rooftop cocktail bar, rooftop bar restaurants, or just a place to grab a drink with friends, there is something for everyone. Some of the other best rooftop bars in London include The Culpeper Rooftop Bar, Pergola Paddington Rooftop Garden, and Aviary Rooftop Restaurant and Bar.
With so many amazing rooftop bars in London, it can be hard to choose which one to visit first! Whether you’re visiting the best rooftop bar in London or just want to experience the London rooftop bar scene, these spots are sure to satisfy your cravings for something special when exploring this vibrant city! Also for the perfect boozy addition to your night, join one of London’s supper clubs to meet new people, try new dishes and/or learn about a new culture!