Saturday, 25 Apr 15 (11:03am)
When it comes to city skylines, London is certainly “up there” with New York, Vancouver and Tokyo. So why not take advantage of it and dine in style while looking over London’s sparkling skyline? Plus with summer being right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to sip on some cocktails on a rooftop bar and enjoy the views of London on a sunny evening.
Given that there are a ton of different rooftop bars and clubs scattered all around London, we’ve decided to narrow down five of the highest-rated rooftop bars in London that are worth visiting:
1. Sushisamba (Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate)
Perched on top of one of the highest buildings in the city (on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower to be exact), some of the many tourist attractions you can see from this rooftop bar include St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Gherkin, The Shard, the Tower Bridge and much more. (Plus they offer some mouth-watering Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian food as well).
The venue actually has two separate bars as well as an outdoor roof terrace bar, and although cocktails may be a little on the steep side (as well as the dress code), it’s well worth it if you’re looking for an unforgettable night in London.
2. Dalston Roof Park (The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street)
Free film nights, day parties, live music, comedy nights and giant flamingos – what more could you want out of a rooftop bar in London?
Not only that, the Dalston Roof Park bar is also hands-down the best eco-friendly rooftop bar in London, as it boasts an edible garden which is used for various cocktail ingredients, as well as a solar panel. From time to time they are known to host Japanese food festivals as well, and you may even luck out and visit when a famous name is performing (like Rudimental or Jessie Ware, just to name a few).
3. Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden (Belvedere Road)
When it comes to seeing the stunning views of London’s Southbank, nothing beats this rooftop garden, which features everything from mini allotments, wildflower meadows, fruit trees and even a woodland garden.
The Eden Project-designed roof garden and cafe/bar offers great view of the Thames River, (but be forewarned that it can get extremely busy during the summer season). You can also bring your own picnic or drinks if you really want, and you’re welcome to help out with the gardening as well!
4. Queen of Hoxton (1-5 Curtain Road)
Thanks to its vibrant, beachy decor, Cuban iced coffee and delicious Cubanos (Cuban sandwiches), just visiting this rooftop bar will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Cuba.
The bar is also known to host Cuban-inspired events, hip hop and R&B music quizzes, domino nights, cigar and rum pairings, BBQs and much more.
5. Radio Rooftop Bar (336-337 Strand)
Named in honour of the former BBC headquarters location, this 10th floor rooftop bar is known to draw some of the classiest of London locals, so make sure you dress for the occasion.
Radio also boasts some of the best panoramic views London has to offer, such as the Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Oxo Tower, London Eye, and a variety of other London tourist attractions. They also have plush, Ibiza-style sofas, and even hire a famous light artist from Barcelona to put on laser shows during some evenings as well.