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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.