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ROOF EAST

45a Broadway, London E15 1XD, United Kingdom
Stratford Stratford Stratford Stratford

Fancy catching a film, playing a round of crazy golf or stretching out with some yoga? Well you can do it all at Roof East. Yes the Stratford rooftop is jam-packed with street food, bevvies and activities, including VR foosball and batting cages,,,,,,not to mention the mega views over the Olympic Park.

ROOF FEST AT THE GARDENING SOCIETY

300 Oxford St, London W1C 1DX, United Kingdom
Oxford Circus

John Lewis is opening their rooftop for another summer and this time it’s festival-themed. Roof Fest features boho and flower dens; a Caravan stage that’ll host live music, DJ sets, poets, comedians and more; summer cocktails from Background Bars; and Filipino food from Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen (formerly known as BBQ Dreamz)

19th April - 29th September 2019

SUSHISAMBA COVENT GARDEN

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden, London, UK
Covent Garden

The open-air Opera Terrace balcony takes prime position right in the heart of Covent Garden at SUSHISAMBA, which sits atop the Grade II listed Market Building. With its tranquil garden that takes inspo from Japan, Brazil and Peru, the space definitely ticks those insta boxes, and with a new breakfast menu to go alongside their all-day dining and strong cocktail offering, it’s a bit of a sweet spot. From the scallop ceviche with lychee, crispy cherry and strawberry puree to the pork belly with butterscotch miso to the Brazilian Churrasco Rio Grande of ribeye, chorizo and aged picanha you can expect colourful, bold and exotic dishes that are beautifully presented and easily devoured. New on the cocktails front are the Cherry Blossom Negroni made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Martini Rubino & Martini Bitter and the Piña Colada Old Fashioned with Bacardi Quatro and Carta Negra rums. Sounds like a party to us. Now everybody, “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain…”

CHIRINGUITO

Chiringuito - Bethnal Green, London, UK
Bethnal Green

Inspired by the beach bars of Spain and nestled on the corner of Bethnal Green’s iconic Museum Gardens (ok not a beach but not bad for what used to be a public toilet block), this relaxed Spanish bar and restaurant is open for your morning cortado until your late-night, Latin-inspired tapas. You can trust Chiringuito to take care of you all day long.

LAURENT-PERRIER AT SEA CONTAINERS

Sea Containers London 20 Upper Ground South Bank London SE1 9PD
Southwark Blackfriars Blackfriars

Wrapped around the Sea Containers restaurant, sat right on the Thames, is the Laurent-Perrier terrace. The summer pop-up terrace makes for exceptional people watching, especially all those joggers who have their speakers systems in sync as they ascend along the Southbank. Besides the fast-paced action on the front, there are also multiple landmarks in clear view. The terrace menu features seafood favourites like the platter loaded with ceviche, oysters, prawns, crab and octopus served with a shallot and Bloody Mary dressing. WOOF. The moules mariniére is pretty damn tasty and you get plenty of sourdough to mop up the rich garlic sauce, and the baked half lobster with garlic butter and leaf salad is also a decent choice. On the drinks front, you should try the Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé for sure, it’s a perfect one for those warm summer nights.

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FRANK'S CAFE

Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST, United Kingdom
Peckham Rye

Frank’s is probably the only reason half of us head southhhhh of the river in the summer. Perched 10 floors up on the top of Peckham’s multi-story Frank’s has some of the best views across London, and with crazy art installations and street food grub, which you’ll need to sober up before you make it back down all those stairs, Frank’s really does have it all.

Opens 30th May 2019

ART YARD BAR & KITCHEN

2 Blackfriars Rd, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9JU
Blackfriars Blackfriars

Opening for the first time this year, Art Yard Bar & Kitchen’s summer terrace is ideal for escaping the hustle of Southwark. The summer terrace sits on the side of the Bankside Hotel and allows you to enjoy Hambledon wines, cocktails and nibbles whilst taking in the view across the river to St Paul’s. A great one to have up your sleeve for the summer.

DALSTON ROOF PARK

18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, United Kingdom
Dalston Junction

Amidst the concrete jungle of Dalston is an escape from the masses. Dalston Roof Park is a music venue, a roof garden where you could be doing anything from raving to yoga to laughing at comedy on the plushly turfed lawn filled with flowers and palm trees. As well as street food, cider brand Sassy will be in charge of the cocktail bar so you know the good times will be flowing all summer long. There is no lift however, so be prepared mentally and physically for those stairs.

J SHEEKEY ATLANTIC BAR

33-35 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, UK
Leicester Square

The casual counterpart to J Sheekey is J Sheeky Atlantic Bar and it’s right next door on St Martins Lane. With an open kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar, you can dine watching the action unfold before you. However, it’s alfresco terrace is a sun trap and it’s where you wanna be on those warm summer nights. J Sheekey is known for its fish and the summer lobster menu is amazing; with five dishes to get through it’s ideal to share between two. The lobster poke tostadas with peppered pineapple are insane, super fresh and spicy, as is the Thai spiced lobster salad. The star of the show though has to be the lobster po’ boy with sriracha relish, which we just couldn’t get enough of. A whole lotta lobster, sat outside in the sun watching the world go by, that’s WINNING.

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BOUNDARY

2-4 BOUNDARY STREET, SHOREDITCH, LONDON E2 7DD
Shoreditch High Street

A rooftop orangery? Oh yes, Boundary’s heated rooftop is filled with citrus and mimosa trees. As well as serving up a rather fancy all-day menu, Boundary have more casual seating for those looking to lounge around with a cocktail and with some bloody good views of the city after dark, it’s not just a place to watch the sun go down.

THE CULPEPER

40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP, United Kingdom
Aldgate East

The Culpeper definitely doesn’t have your average pub garden. Oh no, their rooftop garden comes complete with a greenhouse, herb and veg garden, and with a custom-built wood-fired grill you can expect some absolutely bangin’ food! With views to the Gherkin and Heron Tower, this one is a real hidden gem so keep it on the down low.

NETIL 360

1 Westgate Street, London, London Borough of Hackney E8 3RL, United Kingdom
London Fields

Netil 360 is our fave East London hangouts in the summer and it’s not just because they have a rooftop dog… Oh no, this place has some bangin’ views, hot tubs and will keep the party going all night long. With morning yoga, a cafe and bookable work desks, it’s pretty much a one stop shop.

COQ D'ARGENT

1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, United Kingdom
Bank

If you’re after something fancy Coq D’Argent is the one. The leafy gardens with proper lawns and perfectly pruned plants (we said it was fancy) is a big hit with city workers, and with a huge list of bubbly and a cigar menu, we’re not surprised. But hit it up at the weekend, and the place is likely to be dead quiet, unlike most rooftop bars…

LYRIC

Kings Mall Shopping Centre, One Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL
Hammersmith

For those who say the theatres are boring, have clearly never been to the Lyric in Hammersmith. Perched on top of the theatre in West London, you’ll find a roof garden with cocktails, music and tasty grub. Filled with greenery and slightly more swishy than your pub garden, this is the perfect place for date night.

THE PRINCE OF WALES

467- 469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 8HH, United Kingdom
Brixton

There’s only one place to be when the sun comes out in Brixton and that’s up on the terrace at The Prince of Wales. It’s so much more than a rooftop bar though; the musical programme is always knockout, with the likes of Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Horse Meat Disco and Brixton Boogaloo throwing parties across the summer.

RADIO ROOFTOP BAR

ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Temple

Perched on the 10th floor on the ME hotel on The Strand, Radio Rooftop Bar shines in all it’s glory. The cocktail bar oozes money and you best take some dollar with you too, but with views across the river, DJ’s and a pretty spesh brunch menu, it’s the perfect weekend hangout.

QUEEN OF HOXTON

1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX, United Kingdom
Shoreditch High Street

Queen of Hoxton always goes the extra mile when it comes to their rooftop and that’s why we keep on going back. Not only is it the original home of Rooftop Film Club but they love a theme – it’s had everything from Cuban cabanas to fairytale wigwams to psychedelic tie-dye. And best of all, they throw on some heaters, warm up some booze and keep it open during the winter, so you can get high all year long.

THE LOCK TAVERN

35 Chalk Farm Road, London, London Borough of Camden NW1 8AJ, United Kingdom
Chalk Farm

We’ve spent many summer evenings on The Lock Tavern’s roof terrace. With BBQs, DJs and damn fine beer there’s not much not to like, and if you can’t squeeze on the roof terrace there’s a huge beer garden downstairs – so everyone’s a winner really.

AQUA SPIRIT

240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR, UK
Oxford Circus

Sitting proud on top of the old Dickins & Jones department store on Regent Street, Aqua Spirit is the perfect spot to escape the madness of Oxford Street. This place is on the fancy side of things and if you want a seat get there early – like after lunch early, but once you’re up there it’s so worth it!

BUSSEY BUILDING

BUSSEY BUILDING, 133 RYE LANE, PECKHAM, SE15 4ST
Peckham Rye

Yes, Frank’s isn’t the only hip rooftop bar in Peckham, Bussey Building is the original and also home to Rooftop Film Club. With laid-back vibes, good food, lots of booze and bloody great views, you could easily drink the night away here, but remember there’s a f**k load of stairs to get back down to earth… like seriously loads, but on the plus side you won’t have to worry about missing the gym!

AVIARY

22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX, United Kingdom

Perched 10 floors up, on the top of the Montcalm Royal London House you’ll find Aviary. The pretty swish rooftop bar doesn’t just have bangin’ bars across London, but serves cocktails in sharing pineapples and even has an undercover restaurant for when British summertime really kicks in – or you just fancy some grub.

BIG CHILL KINGS CROSS

257-259 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9NL, UK
King's Cross St. Pancras King's Cross St. Pancras

Big Chill Kings Cross is bringing you Miami vibes with cocktails like the Frozen Pina Colada, the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri and the Frozen Miami Vice, which is a mind-blowing combo of both, and with DJs, palm trees, an outdoor disco ball and a flamingo feature wall, this rooftop will be instagrammable no doubt.

MARKET HALL VICTORIA

191 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE, UK
Victoria Victoria

Market Hall Victoria has popped a bar on its roof, where you’ll be able to eat and drink all day long. The bar is stocked with British beers and summer spritz cocktails, and you can tuck into food from the Hall’s traders, including ice cream from Soft Serve Society, up there too.

SKYLIGHT

Pennington St. Car Park Entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Shadwell Shadwell

Skylight is back for another summer with day-beds and garden booths for lounging, lush lawns for croquet and petanque, table tennis, cocktails and craft beers from the three bars, and street food from YIRO and Flipside. And you get all of that against a backdrop of epic city views.

Opens 2nd May 2019

PERGOLA PADDINGTON

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London W2 6PY
Paddington Paddington

Pergola Paddington is back for another summer and it’s bringing the Balearic vibes. The roof on the top deck is coming off as is part of it downstairs, so you can catch those rays, and there’ll be day beds and DJs galore. Babek Brothers, Honi Poké, An Choi (a new trader from the Salvation in Noodles team) and Smash Patty (a new burger concept from Patty & Bun) will be keeping you fed and two huge bars will be keeping you watered with wine, beer and tap cocktails, with 2-for-1 during Sundowner Hours. If you’re out west, this is where the al fresco action is at.

Opens 2nd May 2019

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