As much as we love Londons pubs, bars, clubs and hotel lounges what better way to spend a lazy afternoon or summer night than on the roof terrace with a drink in hand. From swanky bars to summer pop-ups. Where exactly are these top al-fresco spots to be found? The Source brings you our top favourite rooftop bars in London.
Head out to the roof terraces with a front row seat to the sexiest skyline in town.
1. Dalston Roof Park
Nestled amongst Hackney‚Äôs Victorian buildings and overlooking London‚Äôs skyscrapers, Dalston‚Äôs only rooftop garden is an opportunity to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.Framed by the city skyline,the rooftop oasis transforms what was once forgotten space into a traditional English Garden, plushly turfed and brimming with herbs, hops and flowers to be put to good use in this year‚Äôs food and drink offerings. With a different event scheduled for almost every night throughout the summer, there is something to suit everyone ‚Äď from poetry nights to clothes swaps, film screenings to yoga, and music nights covering EVERY genre imaginable! Disco, hip-hop, house, funk, soul, indie, reggae, electro ‚Äď you name it.
2.Radio Rooftop Bar, ME Hotel, The Strand.
Set atop the ME London hotel, Radio bar ‚ÄĒ so called because it‚Äôs on the site of the old Marconi House ‚ÄĒ is a sleek asymmetric treat for the eyes in itself. But naturally it‚Äôs the stunning panoramic views across pretty much the whole city that you‚Äôll be looking at. Expect loungey Ibiza-style sofas, romantic candles and an excellent array of cocktails.
3.On the roof with Q … At Selfridges
Designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, the main inspiration for the venue is from grand Victorian greenhouses and combined with a more contemporary setting. Tables and relaxed seating are tucked away amongst lush herbaceous borders and dense foliage to create a fun and laidback atmosphere. Affording some of the best views over London‚Äôs iconic skyline, diners are protected from any sudden downpours by a retractable roof.‚ÄėOn the Roof with‚Ä¶‚Äô will serve as a platform for amazing and unique experiences amidst the skyline of London.
4.The Nantucket Beach Club Rooftop Pop-up Bar at Skylounge at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Tower Hill.
Nothing says summer like a sky high beach themed resort atop of the Double Tree Hilton. Taking their inspiration from the little known island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, Skylounge are decking out their terrace with a bit of East Coast cool. Think lighthouses, swinging benches and liquor laced slushies in hand. Boom.
And new for 2015
High above the crowds of Oxford Street, Roofnic offers up great music, jam jars, hard shakes and beers, as well as a menu of hot sliders, summery salads and sweet treats. Ever-set for London’s unpredictable weather the terrace sports a wide white canopy where guests can retreat from sudden summer downpours.
If only British Summer lasted a little longer for us to enjoy these fabulous rooftop bars in London all year long