Rooftop Bars in London
Savage Garden, Doubletree by Hilton
7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF
The self-titled ‘wildest rooftop bar’ in London, Savage Garden doesn’t confess to its sins; it embraces them. Described as a study in experimentation and temptation, this 12 storey high energetic bar has amazing views over the city, theatrical cocktails and food to die for. Savage Garden London encourages all of its patrons to ‘take a walk on the wild side’.
Sky Pod Bar
1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Sitting atop the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building is this fun and lively drinking destination. Look out across London and over the Thames towards The Shard, immersing yourself in the sky high garden, photosynthetic decor and live music performances to boot. The dress code is smart casual, so make a proper evening of it.
110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Typically when you think of fusion-food, you don’t think of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines. But Sushisamba did, and they obviously got something right. This bar/restaurant spans both the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, dons the highest outdoors dining terraces in Europe, has a 360 view of the capital and has a giant orange tree in the middle of the room. There’s a reason it’s so popular.
109-117 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL
One of the more up and coming drinking destinations on the list; Bar Elba takes its inspiration from a small Mediterranean island called ‘Elba’. Supposedly, Napoleon (yeah, the Napoleon) was exiled there for 300 days with no more than a few friends, his horse and a lot of booze. Bar Elba aims to bring that party island vibe to a London rooftop, whilst offering an exciting and bouncing atmosphere. Unfortunately, horses aren’t welcome here.
Roof East, Stratford
Westfield, E15 1XE.
Probably the most versatile drinking spot on the list; Roof East has a bar, but has also seen a crazy golf course, a roller rink and an open air cinema. You get the idea. This quirky but brilliant community space brings people together to enjoy themselves and try new things. The views over the Olympic Park are particularly great on a sunny, blue-skied day.
The Narrow, Limehouse
44 Narrow Street, E14 8DP
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a rooftop bar. But it does have a huge panoramic terrace that overlooks the Thames. It’s also a Gordon Ramsay owned restaurant (but without the Michelin star prices) which gives it that extra sprinkle of esteem. When the weather’s nice it has an open air BBQ that really livens up the atmosphere, and for that final dash of something extra special, kids eat for free all day, every day.
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