THE BEST OF: London’s Rooftop Bars
With the sunshine set to continue this week, we highlight some of the best rooftop bars London has to offer. The perfect spot for a few after work drinks…
(NEW OPENING) ELBA, WATERLOO
This new 350 capacity rooftop bar only opened at the weekend and it promises to be “unpretentious and brazenly awesome, with stunning views of the City and Waterloo.” It launches with a new summer cocktail menu including favourites such as the Aperol Spritz, Violet Femme and Love Potion No.10, as well as brand new Frosé (frozen Rosé). Bar Elba has also teamed up with Dip & Flip burgers to bring you “mouth-watering burger and gravy goodness”. Named after Elba, the island where Napoleon was exiled, it says the hedonistic ambience is inspired by an “exile in paradise”.
Visit www.bar-elba.co.uk for more info
MADISONS, ST PAULS
This restaurant and rooftop bar boasts magnificent views across St. Paul’s, with a great atmosphere if you’re looking to dress-up for a night out with friends. I visited a few weeks ago to experience their New Orleans pop-up, which boasted a superb Funk Trio live jazz and blues band playing on the terrace outside.
A delicious cocktail menu, including The Mississippi and Bourbon Street, was so good but pretty potent, although luckily served alongside authentic soul food dishes which soaked up some of the spirits. The deep fried buttermilk chicken literally melted in my mouth and the BBQ asparagus was fresh off the coals and smoked to perfection. It was a warm Monday evening and the place was packed, a great vibe and full of the after-work City crowd dressed up and ready to party.
Visit www.madisonlondon.net for more info
Located on the tenth-floor of a multi-storey carpark, Frank’s bar is SE London’s answer to the Queen of Hoxton…only better. Ok, I’m slightly biased as I live down the road but it’s a brilliant summer rooftop venue with a great atmosphere and a very relaxed vibe. Franks does get packed though, so if you’re wanting a table spot then get there early. With jugs of cocktails and a tasty menu featuring fresh veg, fish and meat dishes daily, it’s the perfect spot to while away some lazy hours in the summer sunshine.
Visit www.frankscafe.org.uk for more info
SKY GARDEN, FENCHURCH ST
Home to London’s highest garden and quite frankly, one of the best views across London this city has to offer, Sky Garden is a great family-friendly venue that could work for lunch or after work cocktails. It is free to book a time-slot and once in, you can dine in one of the restaurants or just enjoy sipping on a cocktail whilst drinking in the spectacular views. We all visited for my Dad’s birthday and it was the perfect spot to bring guests from outside of London, offering something that bit more special than your average bar. We got the river boat back down to Greenwich for dinner afterwards, so it’s handy if you fancy travelling home by water too.
Visit www.skygarden.london for more info
RADIO ROOFTOP LONDON, STRAND
Located on the tenth floor of London’s ME Hotel, Radio Rooftop is your glamorous West End venue with a price list to match. Open until 2am at weekends, it also has a strict door policy so dress up or go home, as the saying goes! If you’re in Covent Garden/Charing Cross area and wanting to party on this is a great drinking spot and perfect for celebrating a birthday or special occasion with girlfriends. With an extensive food menu, including brunch and lunch dishes at the weekend, you can easily spend the entire evening in the one spot. If you’re looking for a table it’s wise to book, but expect a minimum spend per person.
Visit www.radiorooftop.com for more details
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB, LONDON
Not strictly one venue, this is actually across a whole host of rooftop bars in London including the Bussey Building, Roof East and the Queen of Hoxton. Boasting spectacular views combined with comfy deckchairs, iconic movies, tasty food, ice cold cocktails and “the ultimate film experience,” what better way to lounge away a summer’s evening with friends?
Visit www.rooftopfilmclub.com/london for more details