For the first time in modern British history, the sun has decided to stay out for an extended period of time! Don’t want to waste this incredible weather lounging around indoors?
Not to worry! We’ve compiled a list of the best rooftop bars around London so you can go soak up the sun. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch the World Cup, or making weekend plans, you can’t go wrong with these venues!
1. Culpepper Rooftop Garden
This hidden gastropub is a breath of fresh air among London Skyscrapers. As you enter the rooftop space on Commercial Street, you’re immediately surrounded flourishing plants and hanging herbs and veggies (that are actually grown and later served by the pub!) .
The venue contains rustic furniture surrounded by vines, a cocktail bar that sits under a glass atrium, and a wood-fired grill which barbecues delicious meats and sausages. If you’re looking for a relaxing night out, you can’t go wrong here!
2. FEST Camden
Located in the middle of Camden Market, FEST Camden’s rooftop garden is truly one of a kind. Surrounded by beautiful vines and flowers, this rooftop provides a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere to all who enter.
With a unique stone pizza oven, pizzas are made fresh in front of each hungry customer. The venue continues amazing views of both the market and greater Camden; in addition, one can usually expect live acoustic music to accompany their drinking experience.
FEST Camden is hosting a special ‘Pizza and Pimms’ event next Thursday, July 19th, where a ticket gets you both free pizza and pimms! Fancy a great night out? Get tickets here!
WARNING: 9 sets of stairs is the toll to enjoy this rooftop bar (no lift available). However, once conquered, the view from the venue is (literally) one of the best London has to offer.
Decorated with basic wood floors and furniture and providing a very standard drink menu, Netil360 is more famous for its lively and upbeat atmosphere, illustrated by its bright disco ball and funky music. While the venue does provide indoor space in case temperatures drop too low, most punters prefer to stay outside and get an incredible view of the sunset.
4. Radio Rooftop Bar
After opening in 2013, Radio Rooftop Bar quickly became one of London’s most famous rooftop drinking locations. The venue is no doubt defined by a modern instead of homey aesthetic; in addition, queues may be long on some weekend nights, and the bar is known to turn people away.
However, once in the space, the views from the top are truly spectacular. And although a bit pricey, Radio Rooftop bar offers one of the best and most diverse drink selections around.
5. Dalston Roofpark
This venue’s bright green astroturf, decorated graffiti walls, and 80’s style beanbag chairs are a happy sight to any punter. Dalston Roofpark is particularly perfect for any weather condition, offering ample open space and deckchairs to bask in the sun as well as a covered bar and rooftop area in case of rainy days.
Throughout the summer, pop-up food stores also set up residence on the rooftop, offering a great variety of treats. For a 3 quid entry fee, this rooftop bar is a total steal.
6. Silent Disco X Retro Gaming
This special one-time event on July 28th offers a retro gaming and disco experience for anyone wanting to return to the 90’s! The event is located on the top of the Chelsea Harbour Hotel with a panoramic city view skyline around you that will sure to keep your phone busy.
The night will offer retro games on huge projector screens, karaoke, silent disco, drinks and mingling, prize giveaways, masquerades, and amazing views. Don’t miss out! Click here for tickets!
7. Golden Bee
This new upbeat Shoreditch bar located just off Old Street tube station is a can’t-miss for the party going crowd. Resident DJ’s play classic and crowd popular music, and the bar offers one of the most extensive drink lists in the city.
The venue also offers popular Monday night film screening, where customers can watch classic films atop the terrace while being treated to bottomless popcorn and complimentary blankets. The Golden Bee is truly able to offer something for everyone.
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