The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in London This Summer

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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in London This Summer

Celebrate summer the way the Brits do: by having a pint! And there’s no better way to do it then on the top of a building admiring the beautiful London skyline. We’ve done all of the hard work for you and found our favourite Rooftop bars for this summer. From cinemas in the sky to affordable rooftop beaches, there’s something for everyone!

1) The Lyric Rooftop

The Lyric Centre, King St, London W6 0QL

£-££

Not only does it offer an amazing theatre experience, The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith also has it’s very own rooftop bar. This little hidden gem is the ideal place to come during the summer to sunbathe whilst tucking into a good book or just simply enjoying a nice relaxing drink with your friends. (try their ‘Lyric Summer Cup’).

The Lyric Bar and Grill offers you some tasty delights from juicy burgers to quick bites and, for charcuterie lovers, they even offer some sharing boards. It’s just around the corner from our Hammersmith hostel too.

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Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Hammersmith
Nearest station: Hammersmith 

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2) The Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH

££

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Bringing the beach to London this summer, The Roundhouse has transformed its rooftop bar into an urban beach. With sun loungers, deck chairs, palm trees and a swimming pool, you’ll forget you’re even in London. There are plenty of things to enjoy here in terms of food and drink, including a nice summer barbecue and a bar offering a huge variety of drinks, cocktails and beer! Before you know it you will have spent your whole day here. (There’s even a happy hour on cocktails!) A chilled hang-out to come with friends.

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Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Camden
Nearest station: Chalk Farm 

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3) Bussey Building

Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

££

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Take a break from going to your local cinema and head down to the Bussey Building where you can watch a variety of different films from brand new releases to cult classics, and all with a great view over Peckham and London. This rooftop cinema has it’s own popcorn and you can even rent out a blanket if you’re feeling a little cold (isn’t it cute!).

If you fancy a nice drink before the film and want to see the sunset, there is a lovely rooftop bar right next to the rooftop cinema, with some tasty cocktails and a lovely relaxed vibe.

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Nearest hostel: St Christopher's at the Village
Nearest station: Peckham Rye Station

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4) Roof East

45a Broadway, London E15 1XD

££

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A little different from all the other rooftop bars that London has to offer, Roof East is like a playground but on the top of a building! Join in on some fun with games like crazy golf, film screenings and it even has a rooftop Rollers Roller Disco! This one is for the fun-seekers who are always looking to try something new.

That’s not all though, Roof East also has a bar that makes some classic and experimental cocktails for you to try and some mouth watering burgers and hot dogs to soak up all that alcohol! Located only minutes away from Stratford station and Westfield, this is the ideal place to come after a long day of shopping!

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Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Liverpool Street
Nearest station: Stratford

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5) The Magic Roundabout

Old Street Roundabout, London EC1Y 1BE

££

Located in the middle of a roundabout next to Old Street tube station, you’ll find the quirky Magic Roundabout, one of Shoreditch’s most buzzing destinations.Once you’re inside, you feel like you’re in a magical wonderland with the beautiful decor and unique artwork on the walls.

Enjoy your night in this cool summer spot, that boasts an epic club vibe in the evening. The Magic Roundabout is a place full of foodie stalls, cocktail bars and live DJs so there’s plenty to fill you up on drinks and grub. Try their delicious potato skins loaded with chilli, cheese and even garlic mash.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, come during the day. There are fewer people but it’s still a great place to soak up the summer sun with a glass of Pimms!

Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Liverpool Street
Nearest station: Old Street or Liverpool Street

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6) Madison

1 New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF

££

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Ever wondered what St Paul’s Cathedral looked like from the top instead of always looking at it from the bottom?

Located above One New Changes shopping complex, Madison’s rooftop bar is right opposite the breathtaking St Paul’s Cathedral giving you the chance to admire this beautiful monument. However, the views aren’t the only thing you can soak in : there are plenty of drinks on offer, from standards cocktails such as Mojitos to more unique cocktails like the Hot Bitch Martini.

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Nearest hostel: St Christopher's At the Inn
Nearest station:  St Paul’s 

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7) Pergola on The Roof

Multi-Storey Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Ln, London, W12 7RJ

££-£££

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Want to spend an evening sipping on wonderful cocktails with a beautiful view? Pergola on the Roof offers you that and much more. With a relaxed summer vibe and some amazing food from Patty & Bun (Tasty Burgers), Breddos Tacos, Salt n Sauce and 8 Hoxton Square (If you’re feeling something a little healthier), Pergola on the roof is the place to come for foodies. Make sure you get here early though because this place is a popular hangout for locals after work so it can get very busy from 5pm onwards and you don’t want to miss out on a seat! Such a summer feel.

Or try out its second branch in Paddington.

Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Shepherds Bush
Nearest station: Wood Lane 

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8) Radio Rooftop

336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA

££- £££

If you’re a sucker for rooftop bars then you have to check out this sky high bar. Located on the 10th floor of the luxurious ME London hotel near Covent Garden, Radio Rooftop has the BEST views of London’s skyline and the river Thames. Decked with sofas and comfy chairs, this chic and sleek rooftop garden is worth having drinks just to admire the amazing views including the Gherkin and the Shard. Its unique and tasty cocktails such as Waterloo Sunset and Mad Man will keep you wanting more...

Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Camden
Nearest station: Covent Garden

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9) Queen of Hoxton

1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX

£££

This summer the Queen of Hoxton rooftop bar has transformed into a Peter Pan Neverland. They’ve even recreated a Lost Boy’s Hideout Bar! This quirky rooftop is definitely a treat for eyes: cute little tables with flickering lamps, toad stalls and glittering fairy lights.

With Peter Pan themed food such as Never Never Land Ribs and Peter’s Pil Pil Prawns and cocktails: Green Eyed Fairy and Captain hook’s grog - you’re definitely in for a treat!

Not only is it beautiful, this rooftop also has everything you could possibly think of. It’s the perfect place to have some game fun (table tennis and arcade football table) or, if you just want to relax there are multiple films played every month.  (make sure to book because they sell out fast!)

Located in the bustling Shoreditch, this cool, funky  place with a great atmosphere is usually from 12pm until 10pm and it will definitely put a smile on your face.

Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Liverpool Street
Nearest station: Liverpool Street

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10) Kensington Roof Gardens

99 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA

£££

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Home of the Kensington Palace (where Princess Diana used to reside), Kensington is a very affluent borough and a fantastic place to do some sightseeing with museums such as the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens.

Set 100ft above London, the Roof Gardens is made up of three gardens, a private members club, a Babylon restaurant and amazing views! It’s like escaping into a tropical paradise, you feel like you’re on holiday, yet, you’re in the heart of London at the same time. Book a table or enjoy a nice cool drink on a hot summer day. With REAL flamingos, ponds and a stream, you need to visit this place at least once even if it’s just for the garden.

Nearest hostel: St Christopher’s Hammersmith
Nearest station: Earl’s Court or High Street Kensington

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