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The best rooftop bars in London
When going for a tipple, sometimes a dark dingy pub doesn’t quite cut it and beer gardens can get overcrowded, especially over the summer. If you’re looking for a classier night out, you need to get yourself to one of London’s best rooftop bars where you will find a swish interior, plus lounges and all the gourmet snacks and cocktails!
Bar Elba, Waterloo
Known as the party island, you will have to battle through the busy crowds of commuters past Waterloo station and climb up a series of brightly coloured staircases to get here, but it’s worth it to reach this buzzy rooftop oasis with swoonsome views of the city’s skyline. Boasting a historical theme, enjoy fairy lights, communal benches, colourful picture walls and a sizeable cocktail list!
Radio Rooftop Bar, Temple
Situated high and above the Strand, Radio Rooftop Bar has secured its place as one of London’s most prime rooftop drinking destinations offering the amazing 360-degree views of every star of the London skyline. It’s the perfect place to sip champagne, celebrate with friends over cocktails and tuck into the internationally inspired small sharing plates.
If you’re looking for elegance and a roomy open-air rooftop, then Aviary is the rooftop bar for you! Located at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel on the 10th floor, it’s got a killer view and is the place to cuddle up on modernist furniture under blankets and heaters, and work your way through spritzes and champagne cocktails way past sunset.
The Rooftop St James, Trafalgar Square
A rooftop bar that overlooks Trafalgar Square? Yes please! The bar has had a revamp and now it's modernist-looking in marble and royal blue, boxed-in spaces have retractable roofs and are perfect for an all year round experience providing blankets and outside heaters for the cooler months. Enjoy alfresco dining and table service too!
Golden Bee, Shoreditch
Just around the corner from Old Street tube is where the party really starts at this rooftop cocktail bar on Singer Street! It’s a vibrant and urban bar complete with a superb cocktail menu that includes beloved classics and original concoctions. Come and have a boogie to non-stop house music and club classics from their resident DJ’s in an awesome atmosphere.