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A bartender pours a drink at Dalston Roof Park

London's best rooftop bars

Wraparound cityscapes, verdant gardens and sky-high sundowners: summer in London is all about the view from the top.

From sleek City terraces to hipster car-park bars, if you like your cocktails with a side of skyline you’ve come to the right place.

  • A bartender pours drinks at the Aviary

    Aviary

    Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX

    Swanky sky bar styling makes this suntrap roof terrace a fine spot to while away an evening.

    Bag one of the coveted green sofas, order a sharing pineapple cocktail and settle in for a cityscape sunset.

  • People enjoying drinks at Dalston Roof Park

    Dalston Roof Park

    18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL

    Now with a snazzy retractable roof, this is East London’s hot ticket for laidback vibes and cutting-edge music (Rudimental, Basement Jaxx and Disclosure have all graced the AstroTurf here).

    A feel-good menu focuses on seasonal, local and ethical produce, and bar/door profits go to charity.

  • People enjoying drinks at Frank's Cafe

    Frank’s Café

    10th Floor, Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

    The annual opening of Peckham’s hip car-park bar is as much part of the London summer season as Chelsea Flower Show or Wimbledon.

    Climb the stairs for Campari cocktails, superior bar snacks, art installations and expansive sunset views.

  • Bartenders pouring drinks at Sisu

    Sisu

    535 Oxford Street, W1C 2QW

    A hidden door near Marble Arch leads the way to this leafy escape from the chaos of Oxford Street.

    Inside, this summer pop-up has a refreshingly low-key vibe: wooden huts for weather fails, fuss-free bar snacks and a token-operated Negroni machine.

  • The bar at Sushi Samba in London

    Sushi Samba

    Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

    Step into one of the tower’s two glass elevators for some of the finest wraparound views in the City.

    Brace yourself for some serious indulgence; both the fusion restaurant (Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian) and outdoor terrace bar are unapologetically high-end – hence the ‘casual elegance’ dress code.

  • A waiter serves drinks at the Culpeper Rooftop Bar

    The Culpeper

    40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP

    Escape Shoreditch’s frenetic pace at this verdant roof garden, perched above the Culpeper pub on Commercial Street. It’s known for its imaginative summer events schedule (workshops on botanical drawing or medicinal herbs), modern British menu and rooftop greenhouse, which supplies ingredients for the kitchen and bar.