All the limited sun and warmth that London is willing to offer you is coming up in these next few months, and your social scene is officially going to revolve around basking in this wherever it may be. Goodbye shivering under heaters, wrapping your gloves around your pint and warming up your glowing, red nose. Post-work drinks are more satisfying, there’s more skin on show and, let’s be honest, people will be getting loose. Say hello to the rooftop bars where you’ll feel your summer is officially starting. In no particular order…
1. The Roof Gardens
The roof gardens is a bit like a wonderland. The gardens gorgeous, the flamingos are their famous feature and the stream just tops it off really (well, what more could you want from a rooftop garden?). Whether you’re there for a We Love Brunch event or dinner and drinks at Babylon, you better bring your A-game chat. And credit card. Website here.
2. Radio Rooftop Bar
Located at the top of ME Hotel, it’s sleek, glam and gorgeous. The panoramic views of London’s favourite landmarks (wave to Big Ben, everybody) are stunning so where better to be sipping on your Espresso Martini than amongst these white couches? Sadly it doesn’t come cheap – prepare to be told a minimum-spend. Website here.
Serving up Italian treats and whisking your thoughts away to the shores of the Italian beaches, the pop-up COPPA is back for another summer. Not only are their bright cabanas the perfect addition to your Instagram portfolio, but your friends will think you’re amazing when you ask them to meet you here. Website here.
4. Shoreditch House
Okay, so you’ll need a membership or a friend with a membership for this one. But once you’re there, say hello to paradise. Slap on that sun-block (I burn like a peach, okay?), discover your summer spirit of choice and lay by the pool whilst making pals that you’ll probably never see again, unless you actually do have a membership. In that case, let’s be friends? Website here.
5. Vista Bar at The Trafalgar
Boundary is a hotel, restaurant and fantastic rooftop terrace all wrapped into one. During the day it’s just an extention of the restaurant, but once it’s past 4pm, it’s officially party time. With cocktails and cigars served at the bar, it’s probably where you’ll find some sophisticated young fellas and me thinking I’m awesome after one-too-many. Website here.