Best Rooftop Bars in London this Summer
by Marta – Astor Victoria
We all know that London is famous for its dark old pubs, but when the summer vibes kick in everybody moves outdoors. So, what is better than mixing cocktails with some great panoramic views of the city? Here you can find our guide to the best rooftop bars in town. And we have everything you can ask for, from budget backpacker choices to the fanciest places that only London can offer.
If you want to have a taste of one of the trendiest parts of the city you must head to Shoreditch, East London. There, Queen of Hoxton is a quirky, unique bar, best known for its rooftop where every summer many different events take place. They have movie nights, cocktails for £5, and regular DJs that play every night. So, if you are in London on a budget and you are felling hipsterish, what are you waiting for?
Another cheap, trendy bar in the city centre is called Bar Elba. Just next to Waterloo station, boasting with a tropical theme and colorful signs, make a booking for the best happy hour in town (two cocktails at the price of one!).
If you fancy a night walk in Covent Garden you can’t miss this rooftop bar, especially if you are spending the night in Astor Museum, as it’s just a few minutes’ walk from our hostel. Radio bar may not be the most affordable place for a backpacker, but it is certainly worth a visit for its elegant terrace, delicious cocktails and the breath-taking sunsets over the city.
Sky Garden is probably one of the best spots in the city for its observation deck with a 360-degree viewpoint. A must-see attraction in London, you will just need to book a few weeks in advance for a free visit to the building. Even though there’s not an open-air area, you can head up to the bar and order a few drinks in a glass house surrounded by the lights of the city.
Located on the top of a 3-story car park, you will find one of the most playful rooftop bars in the city. If you and your crew are up for some sports competition, here you have the chance to play petanque and croquet. You can also watch your favourite football game while enjoying a stunning view of the London skyline.