Five Of London's Best Rooftop Bars

A cocktail with a view is the concept behind rooftop bars and they come in all shapes and sizes in London. Whether in search of a buzzing late nightspot, or a relaxing space for a light lunch, the city’s best rooftop bars have a little something for everyone.

The Trafalgar Hotel London

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

Sitting atop the Boundary Hotel, this trendy rooftop establishment was recently remodelled with weather proofing so that it can remain open year-round. Boundary is open from 12pm on weekdays and 10am on weekends, making it as suitable for a luxurious Saturday brunch as it is for Friday night drinks. The bar serves familiar cocktails individual like strawberry mojitos, mai tais, and gin fizzes, but has a flair for cocktail pitchers. The ‘Rooftop Garden’ pitcher is Boundary’s signature cocktail, consisting of Ketel One Citroen vodka, Henry de Querville Calvados, lemonade and lemon juice. Try visiting on Friday or Saturday nights for a good mix of City workers and artist types.

Closest Rail Station: Shoreditch High Street (London Overground)

Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar, Peckham

Peckham isn’t a neighbourhood particularly known for its scenery, but you’d never know it sitting under the sparkling red canopy of Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar. At night, all of London is illuminated before you, providing the perfect backdrop for sipping prosecco and nibbling on appetisers. Frank’s sits 10 storeys above the skyline, serving wine, beer, and cocktails until 11pm.

Closest Rail Station: Peckham Rye (London Overground)

The Corinthian Roof Terrace, Oval

Adding a bit of tradition to this list of hip and trendy bars, the Corinthian Roof Terrace looks over the Oval Cricket Grounds, the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. This gorgeous covered terrace is open for event hire, but can also be visited during matches themselves. Roof terrace hospitality packages are now available for select cricket matches, where you can enjoy an impressive list of champagnes, wines, beer, and cocktails.

Closest Rail Station: Oval (Northern line)

Lyric Bar, Hammersmith

Named by Elle Decor as one of the Ten Most Unusual and Enchanting Public Gardens, Lyric Bar patrons are shielded from the frantic pace of King Street by arcs of climbing vines. The expansive terrace is the perfect place to grab a meal and some wine before or after a theatre performance. The food and drinks menu is available and comes highly recommended.

Closest Rail Station: Hammersmith (Piccadilly, District, Hammersmith & City lines)

The Trafalgar Hotel London

Overlooking Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column looks close enough to touch from this iconic rooftop establishment. Just like its views, the drinks at The Trafalgar Hotel are top notch. The bar mixes and refines its own cocktails here to create a unique experience for its patrons. Enjoy the signature ‘Vista Boulevard’, which combines watermelon liqueur, fresh lemon juice, agave syrup, vodka and ginger ale.

Closest Rail Station: Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo lines)

The days of dark, dingy bars are gone, and have mercifully been replaced by a wide variety of airier outdoor venues. Cocktails under the sparkle of the stars and above the glittering skyline of London will take a typical Friday night out to a whole new level. 

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This article was written by Maddy P - a London based lifestyle blogger.

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