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Best Rooftop Bars and Garden Terraces

11 May 2016 Elise Read time: 4 min
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Best Rooftop Bars and Garden Terraces in London

The dull, crisp air of winter has finally been knocked out by spring, and the buzzing of new and classic outdoor drinking spaces is ready to be discovered. It’s time to creep out from the shadows, lose that pasty vampire look, and say ‘Hello!’ to summer 2017.

But if you are new to London, or just don’t have time to navigate every nook and cranny of the city, you might be wondering…. where are the best places to get some of this sunshine in the big smoke? Where can you let your hair down after the daily grind?

We’ve come up with some of our favourites, just for you. So next time you’re flicking through your Movebubble app, searching for your next place to call home, why not consider making one of these your local? This is alfresco at its best.


The Lighterman

Address: 3 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH
Phone: 020 3846 3400

Fancy a cold one on the canal? Working or renting in Kings Cross? Inspired by its period features, the lively canal side, and transient barges, Granary square is now home to a new beer garden slash gastro lounge which opened it’s coyly landscaped terraces in spring 2016. Their menu invites you to try seasonal and sustainably sourced delicacies alongside your lager. If it’s a weekend get-together or mid-week session, this is the place to be.


The Lighterman



Address: 535 Oxford Street, London W1C 2QW
Contact: No phone just yet, so make your bookings here: Notch enquiry form

Formerly known as Roofnic, Notch is now ready to welcome you into Summer 2016! Doors just opened in May, this serene spot in Mayfair is preparing to be the new after-office-hours playground for professionals looking to relax and mingle. They’ve really taken their cocktail menu up a notch… pun intended ;) But seriously, you have to try Uncle Wray’s Slushie Rum Punch on a hot day, and we think the girls will love a Kool Aid with its flowery mix of gin, elderflower, lavender, apple and lemon!




The Queen of Hoxton

Address: 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX
Phone: 020 7422 0958

We love Shoreditch… but who doesn’t? The chicest place to be this summer is this pad in the East – with chilled vibes and a healthy mix of unwinding professionals and swaggy hipsters. The theme changes twice a year, so you’ll always be surrounded by something fresh. Where else do you know that serves up delectable cocktails AND good ol’ fashion floats with a twist? If your pick is not on the list, just ask them and they’ll whip it up. Simple.




Address: 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Phone: 020 3095 0900

While you’re in Hackney, why not stop by this pop-up bar Netil360 in nearby Dalston? It has recently been given the OK to open every day too, and as well as offering workspaces for start-ups, an art gallery and a café, this place has a sun-drenched rooftop terrace to get social after a long day at the office/workspace :) We like the alcoholic lollies from Poptails which add a twist to the traditional lunchbox. This is an afternoon/early evening hangout.




The Albion

Address: 10 Thornhill Road, Islington, London N1 1HW
Phone: 0207 607 7450

Off the beaten track, this charming gastro pub is a gem to plan ahead for –make sure you make your booking well in advance! Nestled comfortably in N1 off Upper Street in Islington, the Albion is a lush forest-like Georgian paradise. Draped in wisteria with an off-street garden bar out back, the Albion can be reached by foot from Highbury and Islington or Angel tube stations. This is our favourite spot for a homemade Aperol Spritz, and even some of the best pub food in the borough.

the Albion


Radio Rooftop Bar

Address: 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Phone: 02073953440

Boasting London views atop of the 10th floor of ME London, you can stop by throughout the day till 2AM (Thursday – Saturday). When you muddle up cocktails, skyscrapers, a few rays, tapas, and music, you get Radio Rooftop Bar. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the cityscape whilst winding down in the week, or brunching on the weekend. We like that it’s the only rooftop bar in the area, so you’re bound to get a good crowd from the Strand and Aldwych.


Radio rooftop


The Ship

Address: 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB
Phone: 020 8870 9667

Thinking of renting in Wandsworth? Who doesn’t love having a local beer garden by the river at hand? Dating way back to 1786, this gastro pub is a stone’s throw away from the Thames, just outside the bustling vibes of the city centre. Best for all-day sessions, our favourites here are the laid-back atmosphere, the buzzing energy by the water, and the homely dishes. They serve up an exclusive selection of the freshest craft beers and bubbles, so why not try one alongside a chargrilled beef burger with cheese or freshly battered cod, crushed peas and hand cut chips? Perfect for a Sunday tipple!


the ship



Address: St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF
Phone: 020 3693 5160

Not one. Not two. But several rooftop terraces to frolic and bask in the summer sun. Madison transports you to a tranquil oasis, with a Mediterranean feel and juicy popping cocktails to tickle your taste buds. We love that St Paul’s pops up for cheeky photo bomb, and that there are plenty of couches for groupies to reserve! Serving without doubt one of the best Pornstar Martinis in London, Madison is a true statement location and is open throughout the week for serious socialites.




Aqua Spirit

Address: 240 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
Phone: 0207 478 0540

Stunning views whilst cocktailing from Regent street? Yes please! If you fancy a posh cocktail post-shopping, or a relaxing view of the sunset from right in the middle of London, then look no further. With fresh DJs every weekend and some of the best cocktails in the capital, Aqua Spirit brings elegance, energy, and exclusivity – first in, first serve though – there are no reservations for the rooftop terrace! Our top pick from the cocktail menu is Fuji Crusta – a sumptuously flirty blend of Cîroc vodka, pear purée, pear liqueur and a spritz of lime…


aqua spirit


The Garden Gate

Address: 14 South End Road, Hampstead, London NW3 2QE
Phone: 020 7435 4938

A hop, skip and a jump from the Heath – an ancient green space and hot weekend picnic spot, crawling with students, young professionals, dogs and families. Their monthly rotation of gastro goodness never disappoints, and you can be sure their selection of craft and draft beers will be a fresh cleanser to the palate. Not a beer drinker? Perhaps a Bloody Mary on the rocks could spice up your afternoon (or evening!) and all without your wallet breaking a sweat. They rock a Sunday roast and are so close to Hampstead Heath station that home is never too far away, even if you continue to burn well after the BBQ.



We hope you have enjoyed our guide!

Want to discover all about the roof terraces the Capital has to offer? Make sure to check out this detailed Rooftop Bars in London guide to find the spot for your next night out 🙌🏻

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