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11th July 2019 Zoe Smith

Best rooftop bars in London summer 2019

Summer is finally here and where better to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of London than its best rooftop bars. Take a look at our top 10 spots for enjoying sunset views with a drink in hand. 

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Once synonymous with Del Boy and Rodney, Peckham is now the place to be when it comes to eclectic rooftop bars. Just a short distance away from Peckham Rye Rail Station, you’ll find Bussey Rooftop Bar, a beautiful open-air venue identifiable by wooden beams adorned with flowers, lights and pink Persian rugs. Feeling hungry? Find RockaDollar on the rooftop serving up burgers and hotdogs as well as vegan and vegetarian options. But the fun doesn’t stop there, find the Rooftop Film Club next door, kicking off this summer with a screening of ‘Bring It On’, complete with a Big Red Cocktail and real-life cheerleaders. P.S. you can also bring your dog.

Bussey Rooftop Bar London

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Savage Garden, Pepys Street

A newcomer to London’s sky-high scene, Savage Garden is 12 floors above the Hilton in Tower Hill and offers “jaw dropping views, dramatic cocktails and savage menus”. The décor inside is truly spectacular, think brutal yet beautiful, but equally dramatic are the views outside. Grab a Flambard Colada, inspired by the Tower of London’s first prisoner and escapee Ranulf Flambard and take in panoramic views over the city. If you’re hungry, the food is just as creative and exciting as the drinks, it’s like eating and drinking works of art.

Savage Garden rooftop bar London

Savage Garden

12thKnot, South Bank

Formerly the Rumpus Room, you’ll find 12thKnot on the rooftop of Sea Containers London. With opulent décor and seasonal cocktails, you can happily while away your summer nights here whilst enjoying spectacular views over the capital.  Expect some of London’s hottest bands and DJs whilst you revel in the atmosphere of London’s trendy South Bank area. If the sun isn’t shining then don’t worry, the plush interiors match the splendour of the River Thames outside.

12th Knot

12th Knot

Skylight, Wapping

Seasonal favourite Skylight has transformed for summer. Located at the Grade 1 listed Tobacco Dock, get ready for a quintisentially British Vibe, a fabulous urban lawn club in the sky. Brand new this summer are the opulent day beds and garden booths which are sure to be the making of many a summer Instagram post.  Expect cocktails, street food and merry games of croquet, complimented by 360° views of London – this is the very best of British summer. Can’t make it until winter? Don’t worry, you can look forward to ice skating, cheesy food and ice hockey November-January.

Skylight rooftop bar

Skylight

Sky Pod Bar at London Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street

Enjoy spectacular views across the capital whilst sipping on the illustrious mix of tequilas and citrus fruits in an extravagant Mexican Siesta. If tequila’s not your poison then don’t worry, there are plenty more mouth-watering concoctions to choose from at the Sky Pod Bar. Don’t’ forget to book a space in advance, this place fills up quickly, which is unsurprising with its 360° views of London and beautiful botanical décor. Feeling peckish? Why not treat yourselves to the Neal’s Yard cheese platter. Cocktails, snacks and panoramic views of the best city on Earth – you really can’t ask for more.

Bar Elba, Waterloo

Bar Elba is a rooftop bar in Waterloo boasting amazing views of the city, and it’s full of fun. Named after Napoléon Bonaparte’s island of exile, the concept here is simple, bring the party with you wherever you go, and in this case, 2-4-1 cocktails 4pm-6pm, every Sunday-Wednesday will help you to achieve this. Cool off from the summer sun and soak up the atmosphere with a refreshing glass of Frosé, yes that’s a frozen rosé wine-based cocktail, and grab a bite from the Dip and Flip kitchen.

Bar Elba rooftop bar

Bar Elba

Franks Café at Bold Tendencies, Peckham

Open only for the summer season, on top of a multi-storey car park, Franks Café has gained somewhat of a cult following amongst Londoners. A summer must-visit and home to the highly instagrammable millennial-pink staircase, Franks is in a league of its own. Staircase aside, the bar staff are highly skilled in the art of Negroni making, the food is delicious and the views are spectacular. This year Franks Café is open for 100 days from 30 May-21 September as part of this years Bold Fiction Programme. Check out the six new site-specific artworks and projects then eat and drink until your heart is content.

Culpeper Roof Garden, Commercial Street

Relax in the beautiful green space that is the Culpeper Roof Garden, a vegetable haven in the concrete jungle of London, Commercial Street specifically. The beauty of this bar is that what is being grown next to you will eventually end up on your plate, or the plate of someone else if you just fancy a drink. This summer there will be a heavy focus on English wines as the rooftop bar is returned to its modest, rustic aesthetic with the addition of some very aesthetically pleasing grape vines, so cheers to that.

The Culpeper

The Culpeper

Jin Bo Law, Aldgate High Street

14 floors up at the Dorsett City Hotel you’ll find Jin Bo Law, an L shaped rooftop bar boasting phenomenal views of London’s iconic buildings; Tower Bridge, the Shard and the Gherkin to name a few. Let the exotic cocktail menu take you on a “journey of mixology, transforming the most unique ingredients into unexpected treasures”. There is also an extensive list of whiskies to choose from. Views and delicious drinks aside, the interior is inspired by everyone’s favourite tropical fruit, the pineapple. Jin Bo Law in a nutshell – fruity and playful yet stylish and sophisticated.

Jin Bo Law Interior rooftop bar London

Jin Bo Law

Aviary, Finsbury Square

Aviary is a sleek and stylish rooftop restaurant and terrace bar. Located on the 10th floor of the new Montcalme Royal London House Hotel, you can expect exquisite food made with the freshest ingredients, decadent drinks and panoramic views to match. Open from 7am, you can stop in for breakfast or evening drinks, the venue is equally suited to either. With delicious food and fabulous bird-themed cocktails, what’s not to love? Sip on a Peacock Fizz or a Flamingo Ruff while you enjoy the sun and views of London’s most iconic buildings.


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Image credits: ©Alexis Stavrides/Jin Bo Law; Bar Elba London; Haydon Perrior/Skylight London; Michael Franke/Savage Garden; Satirise Photography 2019/Bussey Rooftop Bar; Sea Containers London/12th Knot; Veerle Evans/The Culpeper

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