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TOP 10 ROOFTOP BARS IN LONDON

18.04.15

Now that we're enjoying warmer temperatures, our attention has turned to those glorious rooftop hotspots where we can bask in the sun's glow whilst cradling an icily refreshing drink privy to panoramic views. We asked our friends at Barchick to source out all of the very best sunshine spots, so that when the sun shines you'll be able to make hay up high.

Frank’s Cafe

Come and party with the people of Peckham. The South’s star has been rising for a while now and Frank's Cafe cements Peckham’s new celebrity status. Check out their website for the forecast and then all you’ve got to do is show up, sip Negronis for little over a fiver and munch on meat from the BBQ. It’s a done deal. Sure there’ll be a queue, but it’s worth it.

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Coppa

Conveniently situated on the edge of London Fields, Coppa is the perfect place to feel smug in the sunshine. Look down on the little people in the park and reign supreme on deckchairs with a cocktail in hand. Sheds provide shelter if required.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/coppa-rooftop-bar-rotiscerria

Kensington Roof Garden

A solid Sloane favourite, the Kensington Rood Gardens have been fabulous for over 30 years. Covering 1.5 acres, until 2012 this was the largest roof garden in Europe. Four in-house flamingos feature as one of the main attractions, and for good reason too.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/kensington-roof-gardens

The Boundary

Despite neighbouring notorious tanning spot Shoreditch House, The Boundary rooftop bar more than holds its own. Beautiful olive trees provide shade during the summer and a weather-proof pergola provides protection from the elements during winter (or British summer). Daytime drinking rapidly becomes night time naughtiness so simmer down and buckle up, you’re here for the long haul.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/boundary

Selfridges

Combine the blitzing of your credit card with a cocktail atop one of London’s most iconic buildings. Less about the views and more about the prestige, what could be more fabulous than bundling your yellow bags into the lift and hitting 5th?

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/on-the-roof

Shoreditch House

The only rooftop pool in London, hipsters set the benchmark high when they began spinning any sunny day into a party here. Watch your step though, due to precarious positioning, from posers to politicians… everyone’s plopped in at some point.

Find a mate with a membership or snog someone on the committee, come rain or shine this is the rooftop to be seen on.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/shoreditch-house

South Place Hotel’s Angler Terrace

A city suntrap brings a little portion of Provence to Moorgate. Pots of lavender, olive trees and epic cocktails; nothing says summer like stripping down to your bathing suit amid bankers, brokers and barristers. If you really want to impress your chums whip out your membership card and lead them skipping into the secret garden.

http://www.barchick.com/londons-best-roof-terraces/

Sushisamba

A high glamour affair smack bang in the middle of the business district. You’d be silly to expect anything other than chinos, spray tans and Ralph, no judgement. An uplit tree marks the spot, instead of spending all night wondering how it made it to the 39th floor of this high rise, order cocktails and allow yourself to be schmoozed by moneybags.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/sushisamba

Vista at The Trafalgar

A central London affair that is rarely as busy as it should be. Good for us though, it’s nice to find some space for a change. Grab a blanket or a cocktail depending on what you’re in it for and kick back as you watch the tourists climb Trafalgar square’s lions.

http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/vista-at-the-trafalgar

Radio Rooftop Bar

If you want to see London in all of its 180 degree glory head up to Radio rooftop bar and terrace; it’s totally awesome up here so be sure to dress sexy as there's a bit of an all-white-everything Ibiza vibe with outdoor lounge areas and fire heaters.  There is also a laser show most evenings - a light artist from Barcelona is in charge here.

 

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