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The 7 London Rooftop Bars You Need To Check Out ASAP

So we’ve made it through lockdown (congrats, by the way) and now’s it’s our time to (responsibly) start plotting plans in our so-far-redundant 2020 diaries. First stop? Rooftop bars.

Open-air and views for days, who doesn’t want to soak up the rest of the summer in a rooftop bar? With plenty of London destinations about, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of our favourite 7 to help you find your new hide-out.

Wherever you go, just remember to stay safe, keep your distance, follow the venue’s guidelines, wear a mask and keep washing those hands…

Let’s go…

 

1. Bar Elba, Waterloo

Starting off with a real crowd-pleaser, Bar Elba based in the central location of Waterloo is great for an authentic feel of somewhere tropical. The decor is bright and fun with plenty of places to sit and stand, accompanied by some stellar views of the city. We’d recommend Bar Elba for a day-falling-into-nighttime plan so that you can make the most of its summertime feel.

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2. Madison, St Paul’s

A popular choice for something a little fancier? The Madison. Boasting a clean aesthetic with perfect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, both the cocktail and food menu are amongst some of the best in the biz. Just bear in mind that the outdoor space is a little smaller, so it’s important to book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.

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3. The Rooftop, St James

Again, more of a premium destination, The Rooftop at St James sits prettily at the top of Trafalgar Hotel in the West End. If you’re all about the landmarks – this one is for you. Expect to see Nelson’s Column, the London Eye and more when sipping on some handcrafted cocktails. Not to mention, when the weather’s not playing ball, outdoor heaters are at your service.

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4. Radio Rooftop, Covent Garden

We could all do with a little escapism right now – cue Radio Rooftop where the decor changes seasonally so you can always expect to find something new. And, when it comes to the views, they’re impressive, to say the least. We’re talking views across the Thames and skyline stretching from the Shard to Big Ben – it’s not to miss!

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5. Sky Garden, Bank

A firm favourite for both Londoners and tourists alike is the ever-popular Sky Garden, famous for its free views of the city. It’s London’s highest public garden so you can only imagine the views! We also love it for its DJ nights which have now returned on Friday and Saturdays from 9pm, making this a total hotspot for any evening plans.

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6. Upper 5th, Shoreditch

Taking things East, The Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch is a tucked-away gem showing unbeaten panoramic views of the East End. In the summer months (a.k.a. right now), get excited about the weather permitting BBQ kitchen to go alongside their simple but classic drinks menu.

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7. Coq D’Argent, Bank

We’ve found the perfect taste of Paris right here in London at Coq D’Argent where you can sit eye-to-eye with some of the skyline’s most iconic skyscrapers. The terraces and gardens are arguably the most picturesque backdrops of them all and, with a mix of its much-loved grill menu and late-night Friday DJ sessions, you really can have it all.

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