Want to relax with a drink and a meal and enjoy superb views across London? Then head for one of the many rooftop bars that can be found across the city.
We take a look at some of the best bars worth trying.
Oxford Street is one of the busiest streets in London. A thriving, busy shopping destination it also boasts two of the most relaxing rooftop settings for a leisurely drink. During the summer, the John Lewis department store has a very pretty rooftop area complete with its own mini pub – the Gardeners Arms. This is where you can enjoy the best of British inspired food and drink including beer and wine. Relax in the garden or reserve a private ‘summer house’ complete with white picket fence.
You have to hunt for the entrance to Notch near the Marriot hotel, as it is not easy to find. But the effort is well worth it as the rooftop venue has some stunning views as well as a festival atmosphere. Enjoy a drink within the garden, relaxing on swinging seats in the gentle breeze.
The City of London has some of the best rooftop bars around. Take the lift up to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower to the Sushisamba bar. This is where you can find a really good selection of beers, wines and cocktails. Phone up before making the journey to Sushisamba just to check it is open to the public, as it frequently hosts private parties amid its pretty rooftop setting.
Alternatively, while staying at Mowbray Court Hotel, you can visit the Coq d’Argent which offers stylish roof dining as well as a well-stocked bar. This easy to find location close to Mansion House is open all year round. Good food is guaranteed here, but during busy times it is best to book a table. Take a stroll around the garden to enjoy a variety of rooftop views across the historic heart of the City of London.
Want music or films as well as a drink? Then head for the Golden Bar on Singer Street, close to Old Street Tube. At weekends, there are resident DJ’s who play a variety of house and club classics, while on Mondays there is often a film being screened. Pull up your chair and enjoy the movie, while sipping your drink in comfort.
For a quieter venue, Culpeppers on the Commercial Road is the place to go. Worth trying is the garden julep – a mixture of bourbon, lemon and whatever herb of the day is in use. This is a working, rooftop garden providing herbs and vegetables for use in Culpeppers kitchens. If you are planning to visit for a meal or a barbeque while residing in hotels near Earls Court, then booking is recommended. It is a very popular venue and seating can be limited.