Where To Find London’s Best Rooftop Dining Spots

Warmer weather, longer evenings and sun-soaked skies – there’s no doubt that summer’s one of the best times of the year to enjoy a meal or drink al fresco style. From sky-high sights to a relaxing rooftop terrace, here’s our pick of London’s best rooftop bars and restaurants.

1 Embrace the buzz of Barcelona with the Anna De Codorníu Terrace On The Thames pop-up


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Jetting in from Spain on 11th May for a riverside pop-up, Anna will transport you to ‘her’ home town of Barcelona and the happening beach clubs, where bubbles flow and food comes in the form of finger-friendly pintxos and tapas.

Ideal for after-work drinks, weekend brunches, afternoon tea and celebratory get-togethers, the sun-drenched terrace will offer spectacular views of the iconic Canary Wharf skyline – and has been splashed with a wave of pure white with ‘Anna’ cushions, parasols and throws.

Food takes inspiration from Barcelona’s famous food market, La Boqueria, with a tapas menu featuring the likes of Albóndigas de Carne; Chorizo and Manchego; and Ensalada de Gambas with paprika and lime dressing alongside a range of pintxos.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW
When: 2pm – 10pm Monday to Friday, and 12noon – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

2 Soak up the sun at Bird of Smithfield

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Visit the ever-vibrant roof terrace at Bird of Smithfield is getting a Spritz makeover from Monday 8th May for a beautiful and natural oasis in the heart of London.  Enjoy spritzers such as Honeysuckle Fizz with honeyed & turmeric Belvedere vodka with fresh muddled plums, lemon, sparkling wine or Indian Summer with Jensen gin, ginger ale, apple, kafir lime, cucumber, cardamom, fizz – or simply stick to the classic Aperol Spritz.

Tommy Boland (Bird of Smithfield’s Head Chef) has also created a new rooftop lunch menu featuring seasonal classic salads and light summer dishes, all perfectly matched with the Spritz menu.

When: Monday to Friday 12pm- 10pm
Saturday 5pm-10pm.
Where: 26 Smithfield St, London EC1A 9LB

3 Experience a luxurious oasis at Proud Camden
Following a 300k reinvestment, Proud Camden’s rooftop terrace has been converted into a gorgeous summertime oasis – complete with full decking, water features and landscaped rockeries. Retreat to Proud and while away the best of the British summer with acoustic live music, deliciously refreshing drinks and one of the best burger pop-ups in London – all day every day.

When: Open now
Where: Camden Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH

4 Flock to Aviary’s rooftop terrace

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If you like added altitude with your terrace, pay a visit to Aviary, a chic bar found ten floors above Finsbury Square. Aviary offers breathtaking views of the capital’s iconic skyline, sensational cocktails and internationally renowned DJs for a vibe that’s more Café Del Mar than City of London.

Aviary’s summer sips are as delicious as they are instagrammable. Shaken and served by some of London’s finest mixologists, contemporary concoctions come in copper tankards and pineapple sharing serves.

Globally established DJ and producer, Jez Pereira is responsible for the music at Aviary, providing a line-up of some of the world’s hottest DJs including Rosie, CiCi Cavanagh and Nico. Expect an intoxicating mix of soulful lounge beats, 1970s funk & disco and contemporary house, Wednesday – Friday evenings.

Where: 10th Floor, Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square London, EC2A 1DX

5 Raise a glass at Radio Rooftop Bar

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Soak up the city scene from the Radio Rooftop of Covent Gardens ME Hotel. The tapas style menu and sleek decor create a relaxing atmosphere perfect for winding down with a glass of their Seresin Sauvignon.

When: Noon to 2am Monday to Friday and 11am to 2am Saturday and Sunday.
Where: ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA

6 Find natural beauty at The Roof Gardens

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Featuring luxurious interiors and thirst-quenching cocktails, The Roof Gardens in Kensington offers it all. Home to many high profile events (plus a cute crowd of roaming flamingos) it’s ideal for a glamorous al fresco experience.

When: Friday to Saturday, 10pm – 2am
Where: 99 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA

7 Enjoy the city skyline at Bōkan

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With a talented team at the stoves, a duo of mixology masterminds behind the bar and 360° show-stopping views of the London skyline, Bōkan, London’s latest cloud grazing restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace offers an elevated dining and drinking experience.

In the kitchen is the exceptionally accomplished head chef Aurélie Altemaire (formerly head chef at Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) whilst Danilo Tersigni (hailing from Mr Fogg’s) is in charge of the bar. Expect precisely executed yet relaxed modern European dishes and show-stopping experimental cocktails from this power team at the top.

Located in Canary Wharf, Bōkan is spread across the 37, 38 and 39 floors of the first contemporary Novotel. Accessed via an express lift, the unique space has been designed to make the most of the stunning views – floor-to-ceiling windows, reclaimed timber, brick, steel and polished concrete contrast with antique mirrors, delicate brass and antique bronze to hit just the right note; seamlessly blending the industrial with the elegant.

Where: 37th, 38th & 39th Floor. Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP 

8 Enjoy the buzz at Golden Bee, Shoreditch 

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Situated at the very top of its building, Golden Bee offers fantastic views of the surrounding Shoreditch area. With classic cocktails, sushi and more on offer (plus heaters to keep you warm on those cooler evenings) it’s ideal for a night of laid-back fun.

Plus, indulge with its permanent happy hour and try 2 for cocktails from Monday-Thursday (5-7pm).

Where: Singer St, London EC1V 9DD
Bookings: Phone 020 7253 1110

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