Best 20 rooftop bars in London

Fancy seeing the capital from a different angle? Gaze at beautiful cityscapes from one of these London rooftop bars.
People sitting on the terrace at Jin Bo Law Skybar in the daytime, with City of London skyscrapers in the background.
Jin Bo Law Skybar at the Dorsett City Hotel. Image courtesy of Jin Bo Law Skybar.

Get a head for heights and enjoy bars across (and above) the city, including year-round hangouts and seasonal pop-ups on rooftop terraces and gardens. 

Best rooftop bars in London with a view

1. Radio Rooftop

See unique views of London from Radio Rooftop bar in London, as the ME London hotel's terrace serves up seasonal cocktails and bites to eat. Soak up the sun during the day or arrive at sunset to soak up the stunning views, ranging from the London Eye and Big Ben to St Paul's CathedralOpen daily, year-round.

2. The Rooftop

Take in the tranquility of the almost secret rooftop bar in The Trafalgar, St James hotel, safe in the knowledge that nobody in Trafalgar Square below is as lucky as you. Grab a premium cocktail at The Rooftop and settle back into the cosy seating, as you see eye to eye with Nelson. Open daily, year-round

3. Jin Bo Law Skybar

Three people standing up chatting and holding glasses of cocktails on the terrace at Jin Bo Law Skybar, with skyscrapers in the background.
Jin Bo Law Skybar. Image courtesy of Jin Bo Law Skybar.

Experience breathtaking views from the 14th floor of Aldgate's Dorsett City Hotel, at Asian-themed Jin Bo Law Skybar. Indulge in a range of creative cocktails from a drinks menu that takes inspiration from the favourite tipples of Japan, China and Vietnam. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, year-round

4. Madison rooftop bar

Step out onto Madison's rooftop bar and be dazzled by some of the most Instagrammable views of London. Savour a glass of bubbly as you gaze on neighbouring St Paul's Cathedral, or chill on a day bed with a classic cocktail revisited. Open daily, year-round

Cool London rooftop bars

5. Aviary London

Looking out from one of the Aviary igloos, with rugs, lanterns and a table with two bottles and glasses of whisky.
Aviary igloo. Image courtesy of Publicasity.

This stunning rooftop bar and restaurant enjoys a lofty position on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Hotel in Old Street. Gaze over the City’s skyline with a botanical-themed cocktail on Aviary London's terrace, and choose from salads, small plates and meat and fish dishes. Open daily, year-round. 

6. Savage Garden at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel

The Savage Garden, high above the City of London in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London, combines swish vibes, seasonal decor and decadent cocktails. Grab a sharing plate and enjoy 360-degree views over the iconic London skyline. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round

7. 8 at The Londoner

A photo of the firepit at Shima Garden, the Japanese rooftop bar at London hotel 8 at The Londoner.
Shima Garden rooftop bar at 8 at The Londoner. Image courtesy of 8 at the Londoner.
Get a taste of Japan at izakaya-themed bar, terrace and restaurant 8 at The Londoner. Perched atop The Londoner Hotel in Leciester Square, this classy hangout has three laid-back spaces to enjoy; from the Lounge & Terrace with retractable skylights, to the sensory Shima Garden and the understated Restaurant. Enjoy cocktails, sake, whiskies, robata-grilled meats and more. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, year-round

8. Boundary Rooftop

With late design mogul Sir Terence Conran having overseen its creation, it's no wonder Boundary Rooftop looks this good and stylish. Sit among silver birch trees at the Shoreditch rooftop bar, or relax in the heated glass Orangery, which boasts fantastic views of the city and east London. Open daily, year-round

9. Queen of Hoxton

Meet trendy locals at Queen of Hoxton, the Shoreditch rooftop bar which is transformed with different themes throughout the year. Indulge in cocktails and burgers on the spacious terrace with lots of colourful seating. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays, year-round.

10. The Nest at Treehouse London

The interior of The Nest rooftop bar at Treehouse London hotel, featuring boho-style furniture, rugs, plus pendant lights and plants hanging from the ceiling, and London's skyline in the background.
The Nest at Treehouse London hotel. Image courtesy of Bacchus Agency.
Kick back with a drink or some light bites, burgers or sandwiches at quirky rooftop bar The Nest, atop Treehouse London hotel. Decked out in boho-chic sofas, armchairs and rugs, with foliage hanging form the ceiling and a stylish outside terrace, this uber-cool space is a great place to hang out in London's West End. Open daily, year-round

11. Lost in Brixton

Nested in foodie heaven Brixton Village and with a seasonal backdrop of fairy lights and jolly tunes, Lost in Brixton is a place to chill whatever the time of the year. If you're peckish, order from many restaurants downstairs and have it brought straight to your table – who said you couldn't have it all? Open Wednesdays to Sundays, year-round

12. Buck Street Market

Buck Street Market is the UK’s first eco-conscious market, complete with two rooftop bars. This Camden hangout has an Insta-worthy pink terrace and sustainable pallet sofas, the perfect hangout spot for locals in north London. Open daily, year-round

Fun rooftop bars in London

13. Skylight London

A person takes a shot using a mallet, while being watched by friends, during a game of croquet at Skylight Tobacco Dock in summer.
Skylight Tobacco Dock summer croquet. Image courtesy of Skylight.

Zip over to Tobacco Dock’s Skylight Rooftop and take in fantastic views from above of your local area. The London rooftop at Skylight returns each summer and winter with tempting street food, along with a host of fun activities to try out with friends and family. Open summer and winter only

14. Big Chill King's Cross

Head to Big Chill for seasonal cocktails, a generous bottomless brunch and a sun-blessed colourful roof terrace in King's Cross. Come back on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening when DJs usually get the party started. Open daily, year-round

15. The Golden Bee

Sprawl out under the retractable roof of The Golden Bee rooftop bar in fun-loving Shoreditch. Choose from the long list of martinis and classic cocktails, wines and spirits. Come the weekend, dance to house and club classics at the over-21s venue. Open Thursdays to Sundays, year-round

16. Bar Elba

People enjoy drinks on the rooftop of London bar, Bar Elba.
London rooftop bar Elba. Image courtesy of Bar Elba.
Inspired by Napoleon's exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba, cool rooftop-party events are what Bar Elba knows best. From sunset sessions and open-air picnics, to rooftop brunch and outdoor cinema, there is plenty of fun to be had and stunning views to admire at this prime location in Waterloo. Open daily, year-round

17. Netil 360

Two people sit either side of a sauna, looking out of the window over London.
Saunas at Netil 360 roofop bar. Image courtesy of Netil 360.

An independent cafe and informal workspace during the day, Netil 360 gradually transforms into a hip and lively rooftop bar as evening falls. Visit this Hackney institution for craft beers, outdoor movie screenings, jazz and DJ sessions. It also has private Finnish-style saunas where you can unwind as you gaze out over London. Open Fridays and Saturdays in winter, times during other seasons vary

18. Frank's Cafe

It's well worth the climb up the instagrammable, bubblegum-pink staircase to Frank's Cafe in Peckham, perched on top of a car park. One of the most anticipated summer pop-up bars in London, Frank's vast area is filled with sculptures and trendy locals, who gather to watch the sunset with a summer cocktail in hand. Open July to September.

19. Roof East

People enjoy drinks on the brightly coloured tables of East rooftop bar on a sunny day in London.
Roof East rooftop bar, London. Image courtesy of Urban Space Management Ltd.

Release your inner child at Roof East in Stratford. Battle your friends over fun games, which have included crazy golf, table-top curling and VR table football in recent years. Keep the fun going with live music singalongs and jaw-dropping views of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Open Thursdays to Sundays during spring and summer.

20. Dalston Roof Park

The height of cool in London's hip East End, Dalston Roof Park is a true social hub. Budding creatives put on special events, from film nights to live gigs – all powered by the giant solar panels. All you need to do is pick up a drink from the pop-up bar and relax. Open daily during spring and summer.

Find more outdoor foodie treats at alfresco restaurants in London, or enjoy a drink in the capital's laid-back beer gardens.