Best rooftop bars in London

Do you want to see the capital from a different angle? Gaze across beautiful cityscapes from one of these rooftop bars in London, roof terraces and seasonal London pop-up bars.

Summer pop-up rooftop bars in London

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 Tuesday to Sunday until September

La Dolce Vita at The Berkeley

Grab your bathers and head to The Berkeley’s roof terrace, where Amalfi meets Belgravia. Giving you a chance to enjoy the swish terrace, gardens and pool that are usually the reserve of guests, La Dolce Vita pop-up serves classic cocktails alongside the likes of limoncello sorbet. Open daily until September – pre-booking is essential

#LasMexicanas at Queen of Hoxton

Step into the ring as the Queen of Hoxton goes crazy for lucha libre this summer. With female Mexican wresting legend Lola Gonzalez on hand to show you knockout moves, this Shoreditch rooftop bar packs more in than a fully loaded burrito, with tacos, tequila and a whole season of events and activities. Open daily until October

Pergola Paddington

Party to Balearic beats at two-floor alfresco hotspot Pergola Paddington, which has been given a Mediterranean makeover this summer. Feel as though you’re chilling in Ibiza as you sip on summer cocktails, recline on daybeds and listen to DJ sets; before feasting on poké and wontons. Open Wednesday to Sunday until September

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

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You could walk along the South Bank for years without noticing there's a bar on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Climb the yellow staircase to discover the amazing roof garden, which features a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden. Open daily until October

Radio Rooftop

Be transported to Mexico at Radio Rooftop bar in London this summer, as the ME London Hotel's year-round terrace is turned into a colourful hacienda. Test out the summer-ready cocktails infused with Bombay Sapphire Gin and Patrón Tequila, indulge in afternoon tea or pick at Mexican-inspired tapas platters. Open daily until October

Roof East

If adulting is all too much, head to Roof East in Stratford, where you can release your inner child. Battle your friends over crazy golf, find out who's top dog over table-top curling or test out VR table football. If you'd rather just chill, try yoga paired with views of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Open Tuesday to Sunday until September

Roof Fest at The Gardening Society, John Lewis & Partners

Get into the festival spirit with Roof Fest London at John Lewis & Partners’ rooftop terrace on Oxford Street. This boho hideaway includes acoustic concerts, DJ sets and Insta-worthy flower dens. Refuel with refreshing cocktails and Filipino street food to keep you dancing well into the evening. Open daily until late September

Savage Valley at Savage Garden

A wine cellar? On a roof terrace? You heard it right. Savage Garden, high above the City of London in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Tower of London, has been transformed into a Californian winery. Perch around barrels as you sample lesser-known wines from the sun-baked state. Open Friday to Sunday until September

Skylight London

Unleash your competitive side during a game of croquet or petanque at Tobacco Dock’s Skylight Rooftop, which has replaced its winter skating rink with inviting day beds. Enjoy live sports screenings and a lineup of events, from a Summer Solstice party to a dog day for trendy pooches. Open Thursday to Sunday until September

More London rooftop bars

12th Knot at Sea Containers London

Set on the 12th floor of the Sea Containers London is 12th Knot. The hotel’s rooftop lounge and terrace has spectacular views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the City’s skyline; so grab a seasonal cocktail and hit up your feed with the obligatory selfie. Open Tuesday to Saturday year-round

alto by San Carlo

Find a slice of Italy at the rooftop garden of world-famous department store Selfridges. Head up in the unassuming lift from the fragrance section and you'll encounter lemon trees, cocktails, wines and seasonal Italian fare, including fresh pasta, seafood and meat dishes. Open daily year-round

Angler Terrace

There’s no need to travel all the way to southern France when you can unwind at Angler Terrace. Relax under retractable roof or savour gin cocktails among the foliage on the seventh floor of the City's South Place Hotel. Afterwards, tuck into delicious seafood from its restaurant. Open Monday to Saturday year-round

Aqua Nueva

Enjoy cocktails and spot the Coca-Cola London Eye and The Gherkin from Aqua Nueva's stylish terrace overlooking Regent Street. If you're keen to make a whole evening of it, take a few steps to the adjoining Aqua Spirit cocktail bar or Aqua Kyoto Japanese restaurant. Open daily year-round

Art Yard Bar and Kitchen

Soak up the sun at new Art Yard Bar and Kitchen in art-focused Bankside Hotel. Cause serious FOMO as you share snaps sipping on English sparkling wine, spritzes and bellinis in this tranquil Bankside oasis offering views towards St Paul's Cathedral. Open Tuesday to Saturday year-round

Boundary Rooftop

With design mogul Terence Conran overseeing its creation, it's no wonder Boundary Rooftop looks so good. Soak up the sun or find shade under the vine-cloaked pergola, relax in the rooftop orangery and test out the Shoreditch venue's Mediterranean-influenced food and classy cocktails. Open daily year-round

Icon Balcony Bar

If you're enjoying an evening wander through the dazzling lights of Leicester Square, venture into The Empire Casino and head upstairs to the glitzy Icon Balcony Bar. One of the more hidden rooftop bars in central London, it's the perfect spot to do some people-watching or for dancing to DJ sets at weekends. Open daily year-round

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, Vietnam and more. Open daily year-round

Karma Sanctum Soho

Relax on the comfy sofas, cocktail in hand, at luxurious Karma Sanctum Soho's roof terrace. This Soho rooftop hosts a hot tub and special events throughout the year, and is open to non-residents until 1am upon reservation only. Open daily year-round

Madison

Head to Madison rooftop bar and enjoy some of the most Instagrammable views of London’s iconic landmarks. Dine at the glamorous restaurant or indulge in a cocktail directly overlooking neighbouring St Paul's Cathedral. Open daily year-round

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 and a range of hipster eccentricities. Open Wednesday to Sunday until December

Oxo Tower

Soak up sweeping vistas of the river Thames from the terrace of Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. Savour refined British dishes at the restaurant, enjoy live music at the brasserie and admire the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the bar’s balcony on the eighth floor of this South Bank icon. Open daily year-round

Sushisamba City

Board a glass lift to the top of 110 Bishopsgate for high-end fusion dishes and cocktails. Bringing together the flavours of Japan, Peru and Brazil, Sushisamba City is one of London’s top restaurants, as well as one of the highest. Mingle with City workers over a cocktail and take in the views from the terrace. Open daily year-round

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 is transformed into a nightclub. Open Tuesday to Saturday year-round

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