Best Rooftop Bars in London 2022
The sun is shining, London has fully re-opened and it’s time to make up for the last two years of staying indoors. This summer is expected to be a big one in London and we’ve got the low-down on the best rooftop bars in London to enjoy it.
Picture the scene: it’s 5 pm on a Friday, you’ve finished a long, hard week at work and the sun is beaming down over London. There’s only one thing for it: rooftop bars. So, grab your sunnies, slap on the sun cream and bring your friends along to one of these popular hotspots.
Rooftop Bars in London with a DJ
London is teeming with rooftop bars hosting live DJ sets, and there is nothing better than a vibrant atmosphere to accompany your tasty cocktail.
If striking views and live music are your thing, head to 12th Knot at Sea Containers London. This stylish cocktail bar and outdoor terrace enjoys unrivalled views, contemporary décor and is the perfect spot to view the Illuminated River, a long-term art installation that lights up the Thames bridges.
If you live in London, you will have heard of Madison. This spacious roof terrace offers direct views of St Paul’s Cathedral and is the perfect spot for some Instagram snaps. Expect late-night DJ sets, VIP bottle service and a weekend New York-themed brunch menu.
Just a short walk from Liverpool Street station, Golden Bee is one of East London’s trendiest hangouts. Take advantage of happy hour after work or enjoy a full-on party at the weekend with the best tunes played by Golden Bee’s house DJs accompanied by views of The City.
Jin Bo Law
A firm favourite for Londoners, Jin Bo Law is the place to go for an unforgettable night out. Enjoy big tunes played by well-known DJs, sights of some of London’s most prominent landmarks and beautifully-crafted cocktails.
Rooftop Bars in London for Groups
Are you looking to host a private party or after-work shindig with colleagues? Check out these London rooftop bars that will perfectly fit the bill.
Arranged over two floors, Pergola Paraiso has a capacity of a massive 850 people. The picnic-style tables are ideal for casual drinks with friends whilst large cabanas accommodating up to 20 guests are suitable for something a bit more private. Round off your weekend at Pergola Paraiso’s Tulum-inspired beach club with a fabulous free-flowing brunch, or revel in the Golden Hour with special drink deals.
Queen of Hoxton
After-work drinks? Bottomless brunch? Birthday night out? Queen of Hoxton has got you covered. Suitable for almost all occasions, Queen of Hoxton’s themed rooftop offers the perfect backdrop for those Instagram stories. This summer, the theme is cherry blossom, so expect pretty pink flowers and brightly-coloured lanterns.
Get lost in Bar Elba’s Ibiza-themed summer spectacular. Put your limbo skills to the test and party the day away at the hottest brunch in town with free-flowing cocktails, chilled jams and a round of Ibiza bingo!
If you’re searching for a venue to host a special occasion with stunning views, look no further than The Rooftop restaurant and bar. With a retractable roof suitable for year-round events, The Rooftop’s glass private dining area seats 14 guests and offers incredible views of Trafalgar Square and a dining experience like no other.
Rooftop Bars in London with Activities
Grab your mates and do something different this summer. We all love sipping a chilled drink on a rooftop on a sunny day, but it’s also nice to actually do something whilst you’re there. From crazy golf to lawn croquet, we’ve got you covered for ideas.
If you are looking for an activity-based rooftop experience, look no further than Roof East. Expect car park karaoke, crazy golf, batting cages and giant Jenga, to name a few, at “everyone’s favourite giant adult playground”. Roof East offers good vibes, excellent street food and a selection of delicious cocktails.
Skylight Tobacco Dock
A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, did it? With ping-pong, shuffleboard, lawn croquet and pétanque, Skylight is the perfect place to catch up with friends this summer.
Dalston Roof Park
Nestled amongst the quirkiness of Hackney, Dalston Roof Park is Dalston’s only rooftop setting, and it is certainly worth a visit. Head here for some Sunday morning yoga and stick around for a complimentary post-workout drink on the roof in the sunshine.
Romantic Rooftop Bars in London
What is more romantic than sipping a fancy cocktail at a glamorous London bar? Sipping a fancy cocktail at a glamorous London rooftop bar.
We can’t talk about rooftop bars in London and not mention SUSHISAMBA. One of London's most well-known rooftop establishments, SUSHISAMBA takes date night to new heights. You’ve probably heard about the panoramic glass elevator, which shoots you up to the 39th floor in no time. You certainly won't be disappointed once you make it to the top. The clue is in the name, so expect sushi, cocktails and breathtaking views.
Waterloo Sky Bar
Looking for a more intimate al fresco venue? Waterloo Sky Bar offers a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city, ideal for cosy drinks and tapas. Soak-up views of the London Eye at this hidden gem.
Perched on the 10th floor of ME London, Radio Rooftop is a big name in the rooftop bar category. With views stretching across London’s skyline, those stopping by Radio Rooftop can expect a picturesque landscape, hand-crafted cocktails, and small plates curated using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Rooftops with a Twist
Looking for something a bit different? Whether a sauna in the sky is your idea of rooftop fun, or you prefer to sit amongst the luscious greenery at ‘Europe’s Best Rooftop Bar’, here are our favourite rooftops with a twist.
Netil360 prides itself on being low-key, laid back and non-exclusive. A great place to just ‘pop in’ with no prior planning, upon entering Netil360 you’ll be greeted by funky music, a great atmosphere, local liquor and craft beers. Did we mention the sauna? That’s right; this is a rooftop terrace like no other. Enjoy a private Finnish sauna complete with a hot rainfall shower, cold waterfall and cool-down area whilst admiring the view.
Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Bokan on the 39th floor of Novotel London Canary Wharf. This spectacular setting showcases London’s vista at its best and is home to a specialist gin bar. Enjoy jazz sessions on Sundays.
The Culpeper is not your average swanky rooftop bar. The ethos behind this Spitalfields establishment is the very reason for its popularity. Voted ‘Europe’s Best Rooftop Bar’ in 2021, this quirky setting is home to a lush rooftop garden where The Culpeper harvest their own produce to serve across the venue. From salad leaves and root vegetables to herbs and the garnish in your drink – chances are you’ll consume something homegrown during your visit.