The sun is finally out in London.
That means one thing: outdoor drinking.
Without doubt, one of the best things about London in the summer is the outdoor drinking culture. Given that sunshine can be hard to come by for most of the year in this great city, as soon as the sun even hints at coming out, Londoners literally spill out of the bars and pubs and line the pavements with their drinks in hand.
London has a fantastic selection of rooftop bars, many of which offer exhilarating views over the capital. If you’re looking to enhance your night out, get off the pavement and up into one of these rooftop bars to enjoy the views.
We’ve put together a list of London’s best rooftop bars to hit this summer.
Whether you’re entertaining clients, heading out on a date or just meeting friends for a drink, we have a rooftop bar for you.
The Boss Bar
Radio Rooftop Bar at the ME Hotel 
If you’re looking for a sophisticated, cool rooftop bar, this is your spot.
Situated just off The Strand, The Radio Rooftop Bar has amazing views of London that include Tower Bridge, Southbank, London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
The terrace resembles an Ibiza chill out lounge with comfortable furnishings, fire heaters and smooth house beats in the background.
It’s a premium bar for a premium experience.
However, it can be hard to access. The bar operates on a walk in basis and is subject to maximum capacity. Obviously, on a Thursday or Friday night during the Summer, you might want to have a backup plan just in case you’re turned away.
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City Bars
If you’re after a post-work drink and want to mingle with the city crowd, Madison Bar on top of One New Change is a great option.
Reasonably easy to gain entry to if you arrive early, Madison offers impressive views of St Paul’s and the city.
A glass lift inside One New Change takes you up to the top floor and once you’re up there, you’ll have the choice of enjoying a cocktail in the sun or kicking back on the sofas inside the bar.

If you really want to make an impact and you’re not afraid of heights, check out Sushisamba bar at the Heron Tower.
A two minute walk from Liverpool St Station, Sushisamba’s rooftop bar is 38 storeys above the city.
The location is the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe and naturally offers unbelievable views of the city.
Be warned – this bar has a dress code, drinks are pricey and some patrons have complained about inferior customer service.
However, if you can get past these issues you won’t be disappointed.
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The Hotel Bar
The Skylounge at the DoubleTree Hilton
The Skylounge is perhaps more under the radar than some of the other rooftop bars we have listed, however that doesn’t stop it reaching maximum capacity on a warm summer’s evening.
Situated on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton near Fenchurch Street Station, this bar also offers fantastic views of London. What’s great about this rooftop bar are the contrasting views of new city buildings on one side of the terrace and older London attractions such as Tower Bridge on the other side.
Outdoor tables are available on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early.
As well as enjoying the views, why not the stay the night at this Hilton hotel for free? It’s possible with this credit card.
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The Central London Shopping Bar
Aqua Spirit
If you’ve just spent the day shopping on Oxford Street and you’re in the mood for a post-shopping rooftop cocktail, head to Aqua Spirit.
Part of the Aqua Restaurant Group that also has restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong, the London restaurant and bar is situated on the fifth floor of the old Dickins and Jones department store off Regent Street.
They don’t take reservations for the terraces – entrance is on a first come, first served basis.
While the cocktails here have a good reputation, the service doesn’t, so don’t expect to be served quickly.
The Relaxed Rooftop Bar
Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe
Lastly, if a relaxed rooftop setting is more of your scene, check out the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe on Southbank.
This one is also a little under the radar – we recently stumbled upon it by accident after walking up the wrong flight of stairs on Southbank.
The Queen Elizabeth essentially resembles an outdoor garden, with the seating spread out among a variety of trees and plants.
The menu is limited, but the views of Southbank and the river are great. So if you’ve spent the day on Southbank this is a great little bar to unwind at with an ice cold beer and watch the sun go down.
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