Summer menus are being drawn up, gin-inspired gardens are ready to go and Londoners and itching to get their pale skin out slightly nearer the sun on a variety of rooftops all over town. Most of these are open in the following months; some revamped, others staying as we love them. Cocktails at the ready, here are our favourite rooftop bars in London for summer.
Pub, British, $$$
Kings Cross pub The Fellow has had a big refurb and now serves craft brews from local London breweries and cocktails. With its new look comes a heated roof terrace with lots of seating, string lights and lovely soft cushions to curl up on.
The Fellow, York Way, London N1 9AA, 020 7833 4395
© The Fellow
SkyLounge is perfect for an after work drink to watch the sun set overlooking the city of London – from its roof you can see the historic Tower of London and Tower Bridge as well as The Shard. The bar has just launched a brunch menu and a summer cocktail menu, and if that wasn’t enough they’ll be partnering with Havana Rum later this summer.
SkyLounge, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF, 020 7709 1043
Skylounge has an inside and outside area that gives you a 360 degree view © Skylounge | © Skylounge
The Roof Deck at Selfridges
If it’s summer it means the Selfridges Roof Deck is back. This year the theme is inspired by California living – bringing the American west coast to central London. Escape the Oxford Street crowds and hide up here with cocktails like the cucumber and chilli margarita (a blend of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumber, Habanero chilli and chilli salt) or the watermelon martini (vodka, fresh watermelon juice and homemade syrup).
© Selfridges | © Selfridges
Selfridges, Oxford Street, London, 0800 123400
Dalston Roof Park
Dalston’s long standing roof park is a mix of craft beers and cocktails, open air cinema nights, afternoon DJ shindigs and plenty of events supporting local creative folk and the Bootstrap charity. The roof park has undergone a major renovation for 2017 and features two bars, in-house catering, and a new retractable roof to protect from English weather. The bar is open Tuesday through to Sunday, check the site as opening times vary and they may have private bookings.
Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, 020 7275 0825
Canary Wharf is stepping up to the rooftop bar plate with new bar, restaurant and terrace, Bōkan. From the 39th floor terrace you can survey all that London has to offer with spectacular views. The bar has a DJ from Thursday to Saturdays, and will stay open until 2am.
Bokan, 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP, 020 3530 0550
© Bokan | © Bokan
Vista at Trafalgar Hotel has partnered with Bloom Gin this year to bring an English country garden to London but with views over Trafalgar Square. There is a door charge though which can put some punters off. Best to round up six mates and book a table.
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
The hardy people at Boundary are open all year round and there’s plenty of blankets and heaters on hand should the summer not materialise. Gaze over Shoreditch (you’re above the Albion cafe here), with a full on lemon grove on the roof. There’s an all day Mediterranean-inspired menu, as well as hot and cold cocktails.
Boundary, 2 Boundary St, London E2 7DD, 020 7729 1051