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London’s Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars

Keep reading to discover London’s Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars.

When the warmer, sunnier months finally arrive in the UK, we Londoners can’t resist an outdoor or rooftop bar. Lucky for us there are so many GREAT ones to choose from. From boozy adult playgrounds to secret rooftop gardens, here’s the ultimate list of London’s best rooftop and outdoor bars.

1. Pergola Paddington/Olympia

Based in Paddington Central, with both covered and open-air spaces, you can wallow in the warm sunshine or eat under the stars whilst being spoilt for choice with four delicious and diverse restaurants that rotate during the year. With two generous bars, and weekend DJ’s providing the best in music, why not get together with friends for a party you’ll never forget. The Kensington Olympia location is on the roof of the grand Victoria Olympia. This botanical retreat has floor to ceiling glass walls offer amazing panoramic views of the city. Floral themes and displays set the scene whilst you indulge in a wide variety of drinks and fine street food.

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Photo Credit: Pergola



2. Bussey Bar

With unobstructed 360-panoramic views of the London Skyline, Bussey rooftop bar is the tallest drinking spot in Peckham, East London. It has both open and closed-in areas, so no matter what the great British weather, they’ve got you covered! This rooftop is a colorful oasis that offers top-notch cocktails and tasty pizza. It is really a unique place to eat and drink. It’s family and dog friendly too, just be mindful when taking your dog because if dogs are not properly trained to be with humans or other dogs you may need a lawyer for dog bites at the end of the day.

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Photo Credit: Bussey Bar


3. Vinegar Yard

Situated next to London Bridge Station, Vinegar Yard is an exciting mixture of art culture, flea markets, pop-up bars, rum shacks and street food traders. Al Fresco in the summer and under cover in the winter, it’s an all-year-round social hub.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Vinegar Yard)
Photo Credit: Haydon Perrior


4. Bar Elba

Situated in London Waterloo, Bar Elba’s rooftop offers views of many of London’s well-known landmarks. Open to the elements in the warm summer evenings, enjoy a Mediterranean tropical party feel or cosy up undercover during the colder months. With a rooftop cinema and a winter skating rink, Bar Elba has something for everyone all year round. Bar Elba also does lively boozy packages and themed brunches,

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Bar Elba)
Photo Credit: Bar Elba


5. The Ship

Located in Wandsworth, this riverside bar overlooking the Thames provides an invigorating sea-worthy themed atmosphere for everyone. Whether you’re a crew of two or a party of six or more (limitations at the moment due to COVID) you can enjoy the wonderful views from their renowned beer garden, whilst indulging your taste buds from their tasty and varied menu.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Ship, Wandsworth)
Photo Credit: The Ship


6. Lost in Brixton

A jungle paradise located on a secret rooftop of Brixton Market. With a retractable roof to cater for all seasons, listen to live music with friends, whilst enjoying local craft beers and Latin American inspired cocktails and indulge yourself, without having to move from your seat, with a choice of excellent foods brought directly to your table from the different food traders in the market and village below.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Lost in Brixton)
Photo Credit: Lost in Brixton


7. Jin Bo Law

Jin Bo Law rooftop terrace on the Dorsett City Hotel delivers amazing views of Tower Bridge and The Shard. Boasting quality entertainment, unique cocktails and distinctive Asian food  you are guaranteed to enjoy a delightful and decadent experience of the East.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Jin Bo Law)
Photo Credit: Jin Bo Law


8. Queen of Hoxton

Based in the heart of Shoreditch, with stunning views across London, the Queen of Hoxton comprises of several distinct entertainment levels including a large iconic rooftop bar and garden with barbeque. Boasting a generous drinks menu and tempting food, the variety on offer here is set to satisfy everyone.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop)
Photo Credit: Queen Of Hoxton


9. Madison

Situated on the penthouse of One New Change, (London’s premier shopping centre) Madison rooftop terrace has breath-taking views of the London Skyline, especially St Paul’s Cathedral.  With live entertainment, top-notch cocktails and a substantial food menu, you’ll want to spend the whole of summer here!

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Madison Rooftop)
Photo Credit: Madison


10. The Prince

Based in Hammersmith, this unpretentious Victorian pub is part of four restaurants that take up almost an entire street and share an immense beer garden for al fresco lovers everywhere. Adorned with seasonal flowers and a retractable roof to cater for all weathers, enjoy mouth-watering food and thirst-quenching drinks in this engaging English country garden.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Prince Outdoor Bar)
Photo Credit: The Prince


11. The Culpeper

Named in honour of the 17th-century herbalist, physician and astrologer  Nicholas Culpeper, this secret rooftop bar and restaurant is situated on top of The Culpeper pub, Spitalfields. They are known for growing their own herbs and garnishes in their own rooftop ‘farm’ which you will no doubt see the fruits of their labour served (when available) with your food or drinks order. Their cosy greenhouse seats 12-14 people plus seating outside looks over the stunning architecture of East London.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Culpeper roof garden)
Photo Credit: Veerle Evens Photography


12. Boundary London

This heated Rooftop conservatory and outdoor terrace with bar and grill offers breath-taking views across the City and East London. With all-year-round shelter from the elements, whether you’re looking for an intimate evening or a full-blown party night, you can enjoy and indulge yourself with their superb seasonal menus.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Boundary Rooftop)
Photo Credit: Toby Mitchell


13. Coq D’argent

This award-winning roof garden is in a fantastic location with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England to name but a few. Located above Number 1 Poultry, this extremely popular restaurant, serving exquisite French food and fine wines and spirits, plays host to thousands of city dwellers and visitors alike

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Coq D'Argent rooftop)
Photo Credit: Coq D’Argent



14. Duke of Edinburgh

Good music, fair prices and home to the biggest beer garden in South London. The Duke of Edinburgh pub in the heart of Brixton caters for anyone wishing to enjoy local brews and tasty food from renowned Caribbean eatery, White Men Can’t Jerk.  From small intimate groups to large parties (COVID permitting) you’ll take delight in this buzzing atmosphere

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Duke of Edinburgh Beer Garden)
Photo Credit: Duke of Edinburgh



15. Dalston Rooftop Bar

Nestled amongst Hackney’s Victorian buildings and overlooking London’s skyscrapers, the Dalston Roof Park started its life as a collection of allotments. 8 years on the space has grown organically, building its reputation as one of London’s most versatile and leading music and event spaces. Dalston’s only rooftop bar and music venue, brought to you by the Bootstrap Charity, where all profits go back into empowering young people and businesses.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Dalston Roof Bar)
Photo Credit: Steve Ryan


16. Frank’s

Located atop the Bold Tendencies multi-story car park, Franks Café is a vast public space where everyone is welcome.  Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit arts organisation started in Peckham in 2007.
It runs an annual summer programme of world-class visual art, architecture, live events and associated working and learning initiatives. Take in the amazing skyline views while enjoying a variety of seasonal dishes, served at your table and complemented with classic beers, a glass of red wine,  and cocktails. 

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image if Frank's Rooftop Bar)
Photo Credit: Frank’s


17. Skylight

Situated on the top of Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight rooftop is known for its panoramic and uninterrupted views across London’s skyline. It’s a great place to party with family and friends in one of London’s largest rooftop gardens. Enjoy food and drinks under the main pergola with covered and heated tables or if the weather holds up there is plenty of space to soak up the sun on their sun-drenched terraces. Plus, in the winter, why not enjoy their rooftop ice rink! There’s something here for everyone, all year round.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of Skylight rooftop bar)
Photo Credit: SkyLight


18. Roof East

Roof East is located on top of the Stratford Centre car park and is London’s largest adult playground. It is affectionately known as a free-spirited playground. (because that’s exactly what it is!) With burgers and pizza favourites, plus a variety of street food, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty whilst participating in an abundance of fun and games galore. 

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Photo Credit: Roof East


19. The Terrace, Alexandra Palace

Located in North London,  The Terrace can welcome up to 400 fun lovers at one time. It has unbeatable panoramic views of London which you can soak up while enjoying a beverage or two from their large well-stocked bar of craft beers, prosecco and cocktails. The Terrace is well prepared for the British weather with table heaters and umbrellas so there is no excuse not to visit come rain or shine.  London’s best food traders rotate throughout the warmer seasons and they have a top programme of entertainment for this year including music nights, alfresco comedy and sports screenings. It’s the perfect spot for after-work drinks, weekend meet-ups or to soak up the sun with a drink in hand.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Terrace, Alexandra Palace)
Photo Credit: Alexandra Palace



20. The Sky Pod Bar, Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden. As well as its abundance of greenery, the Sky Garden offers unbelievable 360-degree views across London that you won’t see elsewhere. Situated amongst the gardens the Sky Pod Rooftop Bar is an all-day drinking and dining rooftop space, live music venue and evening destination. The Sky Pod Bar is open Tuesday – Sunday with DJ nights every Wednesday – Saturday. Find out everything you need to know about The Sky Garden here.

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21. The Rooftop, Trafalgar St James Hotel

The Rooftop at the Trafalgar St James Hotel offers immense views of Central London. As you sip on cocktails made by their specialist mixologists you can enjoy views right across Trafalgar Square and see iconic sights such as The Shard, The London Eye and Big Ben. As well as signature cocktails can order from their Asian inspired menu with dishes such as teriyaki salmon, chicken bao buns and prawn tempura. The outside area is limited so be sure to book early and ask for a good seat overlooking the views of Trafalgar Square. Dress code is smart casual.

London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars (Image of The Rooftop at the St James Hotel)



London's Best Rooftop & Outdoor Bars

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