With the mercury rising, it’s time to nab a spot on London’s coolest rooftops. At the first sign of sunshine, Londoners make a beeline for breezy bars high above the hustle and bustle of the city. Up here, everything from stargazing to a game of pétanque is on the menu. From posh cocktail dens with skyline views to converted car parks pouring craft brews, check out our favourite legal highs in the city.
Best for: Sunset in South London
On a balmy evening, Frank’s is the place to watch the sun set with a negroni in hand. It’s perched on an old car park, now reborn as Peckham Levels – a colourful cultural hub and studio complex.
Best for: Sporty types
Play croquet or pétanque at this East London behemoth, or catch Wimbledon and the World Cup on the big screens.
Best for: Thrill-seekers
Take a lift to Heron Tower’s 38th floor (warning: your ears will pop) for dizzying vistas, slick cocktails and a scene-stealing outdoor bar.
Best for: A taste of nature
When the city gets too much, locals head to this pub’s bucolic rooftop, with its leafy planters and greenhouse. Look out for special events, such as the hugely popular stargazing sessions.
Best for: The posh life
The Tom Dixon-tastic Mondrian hotel is topped off with this sleek, high-spirited bar, whose sunny sliver of balcony looks out over the Thames.
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