Did you know sunny days in London are made for drinking al fresco? When the weather hots up, it seems the entire population grab their SPF lotion and head to the nearest rooftop watering hole. To make the most of the good weather on your trip, we’ve rounded up a guide to our favourite rooftop bars in London. Don’t waste a minute of the sunshine…
An iconic sky bar offering breath taking views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Madison’s has got to be at the top of the list for those looking to stay hydrated in style.
Located inside the One New Change shopping complex, this is a great place to relax after stocking up on British brands. Known for regular celebrity sightings, it’s also ideal for enjoying a spot of people watching. Be sure to take a picture with the London skyline in the background and then kick back with a refreshing G&T. Bliss.
Red & Green Tour Route, Stop: Temple Underground Station
Looking for a rooftop bar in London with an exciting backstory? Well, legend has it, Bar Elba takes its name from the island Napoleon was exiled to towards the end of the French Revolution. More an oasis from busy city life than a secluded part of Italy, that’s where the inspiration for the bar ends! Think bright fairy lights, communal benches for getting to know those closest to you and big cocktails perfect for sharing.
Red Tour Route, Stop: Waterloo
PUNCH & JUDY
Get a round in at Punch & Judy, a cosy rooftop bar in Covent Garden best for a quick drink before or after a West End show. With its original 18th century features intact and a balcony overlooking the West Piazza, this traditional landmark is a rite of passage for those visiting London.
Red & Green Tour Route, Stop: Covent Garden
QUEEN OF HOXTON
Arguably one of the best rooftop bars in Shoreditch, Queen of Hoxton is where the locals go to drink. Immerse yourself in East London’s hipster scene and opt for this quirky spot bursting with character. Built over two floors it offers an eclectic mix of live events, food and DJ sets. This bar comes alive at night, so we recommend making your way there once the sun sets.
Red Tour Route, Stop: Tower of London
BIG CHILL HOUSE
Known for its down-to-earth atmosphere and colourful interior, Big Chill House is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. With a menu full of tasty bar food and reasonably priced cocktails, it’s an excellent option for laid-back day drinking. Don’t be afraid to show off your moves on the dance floor once the music starts playing.
Green Tour Route, Stop: Kings Cross
You’ll experience London’s best rooftop bars if you tick off just one of the destinations on this list. And if it happens to rain, like it so often does in London, check out our handy guide to the best indoor pubs in the city.