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Tastes Good At The Top

Our pick of the best rooftop bars around London

Published on July 6th 2011.



Roof Top Garden Bar at The Sanctum Soho

This cosy and intimate terrace can be found on the fifth floor of the Soho hotel. Possibly the most impressive feature is the alfresco hydro spa, which overlooks the terrace from an elevated position. The terrace accommodates the early morning coffee drinkers just as much as it does people craving a drink before bed (aperitifs are also on offer, as well as an informal bar menu). With two separate seating areas that cater for the sun worshipper and those who prefer the shade alike, the garden is a tranquil rooftop haven filled with luxurious seating and beautiful plants, perfect for whiling away the hours with a glass of wine and a couple of friends.

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No.5 Cavendish Square

If you’re looking for that little extra bit of class, No.5 offers a sleek mahogany decor, Louis XIV chairs and a stylish ambience. Overlooking Cavendish Square, just behind Oxford Street, it provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the West End. No.5 serves as a bar and restaurant and the roof terrace is the perfect retreat for after dinner for coffees and drinks, particularly in the warm summer months. 


The White House

The White House is the ideal spot to visit if you’re looking for a place that’s open late, or the perfect place to go for drinks after work. It is renowned for providing consistently decent, eclectic music from their resident DJs, who are in-house throughout the weekend. The roof terrace accompanies the busy club on both floors, with a huge, square bar stocked with a daunting amount of alcohol. There is also another chill-out space located next to the roof terrace, which is fondly named the Long Baguette area, and kitted out with black leather sofas and polished wooden tables.

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Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green

After recently undergoing a major refurbishment with opulent eighteenth century décor, Paradise By Way Of The Kensal Green is now the perfect place for evening drinks on those balmy Sunday evenings. Named after GK Chesterton’s poem, ‘The Rolling English Road’, Paradise offers modern European cuisine with an oriental touch in a truly bohemian atmosphere. A French door provides direct access to the roof terrace for after-dinner cigars, a social smoke or a quiet moment overlooking West London. If you need to warm up a touch you can head to the bar downstairs, which oozes that traditional pub dining room feel with large windows, low chandeliers and candlelight.


The Boundary

Weather depending, The Boundary is proving to be a massive hit with drinkers and diners alike. With the terrace providing stunning panoramic views of London, a large bar and a 48-seat grill restaurant, The Boundary is a spectacular escape spot. The space is completed by the spacious garden (designed by Nicole Lisberel), welsh blankets, a large sail-like canopy and festoon lighting. You just can’t go wrong here.



The Langham, London Rum and Cigar Terrace

While the newly opened alfresco rum and cigar terrace bar at The Langham Hotel is not actually located on a rooftop, it’s so cool that we couldn’t possibly neglect it from our round up. With its fine selection of cigars and rum it truly captures the spirit of Cuba. For stogie lovers, a handpicked list of selection cigars from Hunters and Frankau are available, and for those looking for the more conventional summer drinks, the bar serves up an array of champagnes as well as Pimms by the jug all day long. As an accompaniment, themed sharing food platters, including Sushi or Arabic meze, may be ordered.


Queen Of Hoxton

Queen Of Hoxton


The Queen of Hoxton

THE Queen of Hoxton boasts an impressive panoramic roof terrace, which hosts huge BBQs in the summer months. A hanging garden, garden shed toilets and a fountain centrepiece provide an inviting, laidback ambience, so it is no surprise the bar is fast becoming one of the hot spots for socialising in East London. The Rooftop Film Club holds classic movie nights every night of the working week, which is the perfect accompaniment to an ice cold Pimms or one of their fine selections of cocktails, beers or ciders. The venue holds up to 200 people, accommodating an array of parties and events.



Situated on the top floor of the Trafalgar Hotel, Vista Terrace Bar offers great views over Trafalgar Square, and serves some of the best cocktails in London. Exceptional in style and iconic by nature, Vista is perfect for sipping champagne as the sun sets over one of the most famous squares in the world. There is a diverse selection of new and old world wines as well as beers and cocktails. A bar menu scattered with delicious light bites and aperitifs is also available. 

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Joshua LearnerJuly 8th 2011.

Roof top drink with this weather, maybe not today.

Joshua LearnerJuly 8th 2011.

Hold on!! The sun is showing her gorgeous face

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