10 Of The Best Rooftop Bars In London

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We believe we speak for almost everyone when we say that there is definitely something about being high up on a rooftop enjoying a swish cocktail in a plush lounge with sky high views that gives us a sense of excitement.

Here at TrimTimes, we are always looking for those cool, trendy and quirky rooftop bars  to go to on a nice summers evening and London has plenty of those to offer.  Below are TrimTimes top 10 rooftop bars to go and try this summer.

Radio Rooftop Bar at ME Hotel, ME London.

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On the 1oth floor of the ME Hotel on The Strand you will find the Radio Rooftop Bar  which is named in honour of the former BBC HQ location. This rooftop bar made the list of  “Worlds Best Rooftop Bars” published in The Telegraph and it’s definitely one of the slickest, snazziest rooftop bars on our list. With plenty of white sofas,  nibbles, drinks and music (and an indoor option should it ever rain) this terraced bar is the perfect place to be.

Open all year.

Address: 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA. Temple tube

Madison at One New Change.

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The gigantic rooftop terrace at One New Change offers the best views over St. Paul’s Cathedral and pretty much the whole of London’s skyline. The name of the bar is meaningless and the looks are unimportant as Madison seems to exist largely as a viewing platform. But what a view it is. This rooftop is extremely popular with the City crowd and If you don’t work in the City, you might prefer a daytime or weekend visit.

Open all year.

Address:One New Change London EC4M 9AF

Aqua Kyoto & Aqua Nueva Rooftop Bars.

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Aqua Kyoto is a pretty chic rooftop terrace that serves up exotic cocktails to well groomed clientele. Along with a sister restaurant, Aqua Nueva next door, they have two large outdoor bars on the 5th floor overlooking Regent Street. Aqua is a great place for pre-dinner or post-shopping drinks.

Open all year.

Address: 5th Flo5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, W1F 7EB. Oxford Circus tube.

Vista at the Trafalgar.

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Vista bar is a smart bar on top of the Trafalgar Hotel with amazing views.  Not only is the space itself  beautifully designed with a slick outdoor lounge area but the views top it all off. You will see Nelson’s Column on one side, Big Ben on the other, and a lot of amazing buildings in between.

Open all year.

Address:(2 Spring Gardens), SW1A 2TS. Charing Cross tube/rail.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is situated in the Southbank and when you get there  you will be transported to a different world.  The roof terrace has a real garden with allotments, fruit trees and wild flowers boasting  an incredible front-row view of the river. The gardeners you may see are volunteer gardeners which are part of a charity that promotes gardening as therapy and replant the rooftop every summer.  On this roof garden you will find a cafe/bar but since it’s a public space, you can also bring your own picnic or drink and enjoy the views.

Open now until Autumn 2015

Address:Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, (Belvedere Road), SE1 8XX. Waterloo tube/rail.

Big Chill House.

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The Big Chill House rooftop terrace is a wonderful little surprise just steps away from King’s Cross station. The Big Chill House is a maze of different floors and bars and gets packed very quickly, especially on weekends. The terrace at the back seems to get a transformation every year and it’s the perfect place to CHILL.

Open all year.

Address: 257-259 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL

Sushisamba.

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Sushisamba’s rooftop terrace is on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower and possibly one of the most spectacular places to visit. The express lift takes you up the side of the Heron Tower which adds to the excitement of Sushisamba and the views are breathtaking offering views of the Gherkin, The Shard, The Olympic Stadium , Tower Bridge and other landmarks. The main outdoor bar is based around a giant bronze tree with cocktails which are a bit pricey but still a fantastic destination bar with unbeatable views.

Address:Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY. Liverpool St tube/rail.

Dalston Roof Park.

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A couple of steps away from Dalston Kingsland station you will find the Print House, which plays host to Dalston Roof Park in summer. This summertime, the Dalston institution has reopened with new decking, garden and a bar. There are going to be gigs, parties, weekly film screenings, supper clubs and yoga and street food vendors providing the food. It’s decor consists of astroturf, coloured deckchairs and even a giant flamingo (not real of course).

Open all year.

Address:Print House, 18 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL, Dalston Kingsland station.

Queen Of Hoxton.

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The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is made over two floors and is definitely one for the party people offering eclectic cutting edge music and a welcoming hot tub for summer and a massive heated wigwam during winter.  There’s regular events and a massively popular Rooftop Film Club. It does get really busy, but it’s a must-do for a summers night out as their huge rooftop is one of the most entertaining in London.

Open all year.

Address: 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX

Boundary.

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This  popular spot can be found above Boundary Restaurant & Hotel and has a rather fantastic rooftop terrace.The terrace was remodelled in 2013 with a weatherproof pergola allowing the bar and dining area to stay open in all weathers along with blankets and heaters to keep the chill off. Boundary is also a great place for a meal on a sunny day and the food is pretty good.

Open all year.

Address:2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD. Old Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street tube.

 

 

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