Warm sunny evenings just call for the opportunity to relax with a drink or two in one of London’s many rooftop bars. The views are superb and the settings amazing. Here are just a few of the best rooftop bars in London.
Escape the bustle of Oxford Street and head for the Gardener’s Arms, situated on the top of John Lewis. Open only during the summer months, you can enjoy the best of British inspired food and drink, along with some decent ale within a pretty herb and flower garden setting. You can reserve a private ‘summer house’ or relax in the pavilion.
Also in Oxford Street is Notch. Look for the entrance near the Marriot Hotel and head upwards for a festival atmosphere. Friendly music and cocktails are the order of the day, and you can relax on swinging seats or under a space age white canopy. This is has been described as one of the most fashionable places in London.
Head over to the City of London to find some stunning bars. Office buildings are not normally the places you would expect to find a rooftop bar, but the Heron Tower has become quite well known for this purpose. You do need a head for heights as Sushisamba is on the 38th floor! Fortunately there is no need to climb the stairs, just take the lift, which gets you there within 30 seconds. It is best to phone ahead to check on availability as it often hosts private parties. At night, the sparkling orange leaves of the tree sculpture rivals the lights of the London skyline.
Not far away is the Coq d’Argent, providing stylish roof top dining as well as a place to relax with a drink. Situated close to Mansion House in the centre of the City of London, this roof top location is open all year round. A pretty walkway round the garden enables visitors to enjoy a variety of views across the skyline. Good food is guaranteed, as this is a favourite destination for business lunches.
Culpeppers is one of the hidden secrets of East London – but it is also one of the most popular venues on warm evenings. Located on Commercial Road, it is a working kitchen garden, which just happens to include a roof top bar. The food is superb, and seating is limited. Booking a table in advance is recommended. Special drinks are often on offer, and the garden julep is very popular. This is a mix of bourbon, lemon and whatever happens to be the chosen herb of the day ensuring that the taste varies from day to day.
For a livelier scene, head for the rooftop of the Golden Bar on Singer Street, close to Old Street Tube. At weekends, resident DJ’s play house and club classics while Monday evenings are frequently devoted to film screenings. Cocktails and wines are the main drinks on offer, and sushi platters can be ordered in – as long as you book 48 hours in advance.