July is here, we’re officially half way through the year and the Summer sun is not letting us down! With temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius in the last week, what better excuse do you need to grab a drink after work?We’ve pulled together a list of some of the finest rooftop bars in London so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy that refreshing cocktail a little closer to the sun!
Soak up the rays in style at Shoreditch’s Aviary, located in Finsbury Square. Sleek interiors, incredible cocktails presented in stylish copper tankards and most importantly a spacious heated roof terrace dotted with plush lounge seating creates a relaxed yet vibrant vibe. The south-facing venue also features an impressive central bar which elegantly divides the restaurant from the opulent bar lounge, perfect for those who want to keep going into the night. Brilliant views are guaranteed as the bar is perched on the 10th floor of the new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, so really what more could you ask for?
If you’re feeling slightly more extravagant, you can splash the cash at the renowned Radio Rooftop Bar, situated on the 10th floor of the ME hotel on The Strand. As one of London’s most premier bars, it boasts spectacular views overlooking world famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral as well as Covent Garden’s theatre district. This elegant rooftop bar is certainly worth the price tag, offering floral summer cocktails such as the Violet Crown or the Fleur Sauvage, and Mediterranean inspired bites to eat.
Take those post work drinks to a whole new level at the newly opened Jin Bo Law, the hottest skybar destination in the City right now. The glamourous venue can be found on the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate, where you can experience breath taking views of London’s more iconic skyline. The Walkie Talkie, Tower Bridge and the Gherkin are just a few of the spectacular sights you’ll be able to see, let alone if you’re lucky enough to see a killer sunset too! They have truly started their summer in style, launching with their first ever party a couple of weeks ago, where they transformed the terrace into a Moët and Chandon skybar with DJs, dancers and plenty of champagne on ice! Carefully curated cocktails include Dragon Air, inspired by white Negroni but replaced with an Asian spirit known as Baijiu – emitting strong flavours of pear and chocolate, and Butterfly Punch, a traditional recipe infused with a Jasmine tea twist.
The Queen of Hoxton has been entertaining London every night of the week for nearly a decade, holding court in the heart of Shoreditch it is always reliable for a great night (or day!) out. Bar, nightclub, rooftop terrace and performance space, it is a staple of East End culture, complete with a delicious menu and inventive cocktail list. The large rooftop boasts a stunning vantage point with sweeping views of the impressive city skyline, not to mention the kitchen and BBQ food on offer for those who love alfresco drinks in the sun. The venue also puts on seasonal themed events, which have included Smokin’ Graciela’s” – a Cuban themed bar with cabanas and domino tables, and “Once Upon a WigWam” – inspired by Grimms’ fairy tales and complete with gingerbread bar. With regular live music and DJ acts from cutting edge labels, friends can enjoy the buzzy atmosphere with fun to be had in multiple rooms.
Lastly, unlike some of the rooftop bars listed here, the elegant Capeesh Sky Bar is a perfect escape from those busy London streets whilst remaining happily affordable. It’s not surprising it is one of Canary Wharf’s most popular cocktail bars as not only are their hand-blended cocktails created from high-end liquors, but their special menu of Italian canapes is the perfect accompaniment to the stunning panoramic views. The rooftop terrace can be found on the 48th floor of the infamous Pan Peninsula Square, and is just as perfect for celebrating special events with exquisite cocktails as it is for relaxing after work with a beer! Either way the masterful mixologists joint with the surrounding sights guarantee to set the mood for a memorable evening.