Pretty Hungry's Top 10 Rooftop Bars in London

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.

3. COPPA

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 

I didn’t say rooftop bars were cheap. If you want these views, you’re going to have to buy them. But once you’ve loosened your attachment to that paycheck, you’ll discover yourself munching on snacks in  cocktail glasses and sipping on actual cocktails too. Life is good. Website here.
6. Dalston Roof Park 
Open when the sun is shining, this is where ‘hipsters’ will come to play. They host events like moving screenings throughout the summer, and this quirky place won’t lack features to get you excited about (edible garden anyone?). Also, there are street-food vendors, are we know how I can’t say no to that. Website here.

7. The Big Chill House
Just a skip away from King’s Cross Station, The Big Chill House has eats, drinks, music and great vibes all bundled up into one. Their terrace is open all year round, but summer is without the doubt the best time to enjoy a good cocktail in the sun, or even a pint or a meal below in the Victorian Pub itself. Website here.
8. Aqua Spirit
The terrace between the two Aqua restaurants, Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva, it’s like another world from the busy roads of Oxford Street that it overlooks. They also serve stellar food (I’ve still been dying to hit up Aqua Kyoto on a Sunday for unlimited sushi and champagne). One thing is, you need to remember to book. Also, sad to say, leave that baggy jumper at home. Website here.
9. Queen of Hoxton
Queen of Hoxton is an absolute gem. On the ground floor, there’s ping pong, a photobooth and great vibes that will keep you (and especially me) entertained for hours. In the winter, Wig Wam Bam is set up on the roof with fires, hot alcoholic drinks, s’mores and a winter BBQ. In the summer, expect more BBQ’s, lots of drinking and events going on throughout. Website here.
10. Boundary 

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.

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