A drink with a view: the nine best rooftop bars to take in the London skyline

By Jess Hunter

There's nothing quite like taking in the majestic London skyline while sipping on a cocktail at one of the city's rooftop terraces.

Few cities compare to the UK capital for views, with its combination of historical sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral, and skyscrapers like The Shard, BT Tower and The Scalpel.

These are the best bars in London for anybody who wants to (quite literally) live the high life...

Bōkan

Combining a restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace on the top floors of Novotel in Canary Wharf, if you want a perfect view of London's financial district, then this is the place. The roof terrace is particularly decadent, with a specialist gin bar and rooftop daybeds making it the perfect spot.

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Bussey Rooftop Bar

If you want to take in the London skyline from south of the river, there are few better places than this rooftop bar in Peckham. Floral décor, seasonal snacks (including an array of vegan options) and a film club means this bar lives up to its reputation as a tropical oasis.

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The Rooftop St James

The perfect destination if you want a stunning view of London and you're not afraid to splash the cash. Located above Trafalgar Square, this one of a kind rooftop bar provides guests with a breathtaking view of Nelson's Column and the London Eye, as well as individually crafted cocktails.

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Radio Rooftop Bar

A must visit if you want a bird's eye view of London's top attractions. Take in The Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Big Ben as you drink your choice of a selection of Champagnes. As the venue is in such demand it's recommended you make a reservation before you visit.

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Skylark Roof Garden

A tenth-floor view of Notting Hill, Hyde Park and the rest of the West London skyline makes Skylark a blissful destination for food and drink in warm weather. The exclusive venue is only open to the general public on weekends with guests able to reserve tables online.



Golden Bee

It might not sit on top of a skyscraper, but what it lacks in altitude, this rooftop terrace makes up for in class. Alongside an extensive cocktail menu, the bar offers stunning views of Shoreditch and the surrounding area. And a retractable canopy and outdoor heaters mean this venue is a treat all year round.



Madison Terrace Bar and Lounge

Located just a stone's throw away from St Paul's Cathedral, Madison is the perfect place to look out on the City of London alongside live music and DJs. The bar is especially lively on weeknights when it becomes a hotspot for after-work drinks.


Sushisamba Bar

Sushi lovers will be in heaven at this 38th floor Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian restaurant in Liverpool Street. After an exhilarating glass elevator journey up Heron Tower, guests are treated to views of East London, best complemented with a cocktail or saké.



Savage Garden

With its combination of classic cocktails, all-night DJs, and a "dark and twisted" food menu, this venue is unrivalled in its to claim to be "London's wildest rooftop bar". Located in the heart of The City, atop Hilton's DoubleTree, Savage Garden provides a 360-degree view of the London skyline, with views of The Shard, The Gherkin and St. Paul's Cathedral.


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