Radio Rooftop Bar Radio Rooftop Bar, ME London, 336–337 Strand, WC2 One of the few rooftop bars that stay open all year round, the Radio Rooftop Bar at the ME London hotel boasts a retractable roof, heaters and comfy sofas you can get lost in, not to mention a comprehensive cocktail menu. It also has incredible views across London (the South Bank is particularly prominent), making it a popular choice for visitors to the capital.
Boundary Boundary, 2–4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2. This popular East London hotspot was revamped in 2013, ensuring it’s still the go-to destination for Shoreditch residents in need of some high-altitude beverages. The new garden design features a canopy of grape-producing vines, as well as a working kitchen garden and various other horticultural enhancements.
Sky Garden Sky Garden,20 Fenchurch Street, EC3 Want to enjoy the great outdoors but worried about the rain? Look no further than the hotly anticipated Sky Garden, which provides an indoor tropical oasis of flora and fauna on the 35-37th floors of 20 Fenchurch Street. What’s better, there are three unique dining and drinking options available, from the casual bar of the Sky Pod and all-day dining at Darwin Brasserie to fine dining at Fenchurch Bar and Grill.
Netil360 Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL Until this year, the rooftop bar on top of Dalston’s Netil House could only host a limited number of events per year due to its restricted licence. However, this year all that has changed, and the bar is now gearing up to make the most of the space both day and night all summer long (weather permitting), with a programme of yoga classes, outdoor cinema, one-off workshops, rooftop hot tubs and more.
Sushisamba Sushisamba, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2 In the years since it opened, Sushisamba has quickly established itself as one of the trendiest restaurants in the capital. The outdoor roof terrace, which is centred around a giant bronze tree, is the best place to admire the incredible views of the city, from the Gherkin to the Thames. Head out here for a nightcap following dinner or as a prelude to an evening on the town.
Madison One New Change, EC4M 9AF This rooftop terrace bar in Jean Nouvel’s One New Change shopping centre boasts brilliant views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Cocktails range from standards (mojitos and whatnot) to concoctions with names ripe for hen-party cackles (Pornstar Martini, Hot Bitch Martini). There are also bar snacks and a more formal brasserie menu, and DJs hit the decks from Thursday to Saturday nights.
Roofnic 535 Oxford Street, W1C 2QW A brand-new rooftop bar for 2015, Roofnic offers sanctuary away from the Oxford Street rush. It’s got great tunes, fake grass and a slick white canopy for shelter from inevitable downpours. Plus, the cocktails are just £7. We have a feeling Roofnic could be pretty popular this summer. Closed for winter. Reopening spring 2016.
Aqua Spirit 5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, W1F 7EB Less about the views and more about the booze, Aqua Spirit is home to two year-round terraces that work as slick and moody sunset spots. As a result, you’ll find good-looking late-night daters up here, although many instead choose to cosy up in the bar inside.
Dalston Roof Park 18 Ashwin Street For as little as £5 you can become a member of Dalston Roof Park and enjoy a whole load of events, from free film screenings to street food stalls. The official opening of this pop up is May 1 and is set to draw a happy-go-lucky crowd. Mismatched chairs are scattered across the venue creating a laid back environment that’s perfect for a chilled after-work drink.