Everyone enjoys a nice terrace when the weather allows it in London, and really, who doesn’t like a roof with a view? Here is our list for you, as voted by our community of locals:
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Where? 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
This is a lively hipster hotspot in the heart of East London that is hosted in a 3 floor venue. At the top, a magnificent terrace which changes its appearance seasonally, makes it a perfect location throughout the year. From laid back Carribean parties and BBQs to cozy tents with fires and warm alcoholic drinks, this rooftop is the ideal place to relax with some friends. They also host a number of events and workshops like lectures on futurism and sustainable living, headphone discos and immersive theatrical experiences.
Bussey rooftop bar, Peckham
Where?: Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
This is a rooftop bar that sits at the highest point in Peckham and in the summer hosts Frank’s cafe, a highlight for locals of the area. It is a magnificent spot at the top of a 10-floor car park that has been transformed into a hotspot of South East London. Throughout the day you can enjoy a selection of cocktails and food, over a jaw-dropping view of the city. This location remains a cultural hub throughout the rest of the season as well, when the non-profit organisation known as “Bold Tendencies” transforms this car park into a place that hosts several contemporary art programmes, orchestral music events and architectural projects just like Frank’s Cafe. Currently it is undergoing some changes, but it will be back up and running before summer!
Pub On The Park, Hackney
Where? 19 Martello St, London E8 3PE
Photo by Ewan Munro
This is a nice and relaxed bar that is sitting on the edge of the London Fields, as the name suggests. It attracts the local crowds especially during the summer as it provides a large seating space and an airy atmosphere with a good selection of beers, cocktails and pub food. It usually comes alive on weekends with live DJs and energetic crowds dancing to the music until late. Perfect for parties and large groups, it is a place suitable for anyone who is looking to enjoy a nice sunny day in London.
12th Knot, South Bank
Where? 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Formerly known as Rumpus Room, this rooftop is located on the 12th floor of a boutique hotel in South Bank. It has delicious cocktails and nibbles and it also features open-air balconies with panoramic views over the river and the city. It is also a lounge, and a bit more formal than the other rooftops on this list, still it provides a great escape in the very center of the busy city.
Aqua Spirit, Soho
Where? 240 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 3BR
Photo by David Jones
This is another more sophisticated cocktails and champagne bar in the heart of Soho, on Regents street. You might find the prices at this place a bit higher, but its location in the city center makes it worth it. Reservations are not available and tables are on a first-come-first-served basis, so go early, secure a spot with a few friends and enjoy the lovely city skyline from above.
The Faltering Fullback
Where? 19 Perth Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3HB
Photo by Ewan Munro
This amazing pub is anything you can dream of. Delicious Thai food served throughout the day, hipster vibes, ping pong, and vintage wall decorations, as well as a spacious two-floor terrace, the Faltering Fullback is a special gem for locals found close to Finsbury Park. Hidden in the leafy Perth Road, just behind the park, this pub is a must visit in North London and one of our favorites in the whole city.