The Best Rooftop Bars for Summer 2019

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Celebrate this summer with the best rooftop bars in London

We’ve gathered together some of the best rooftop bars London has to offer. Be it for parties, drinks or networking events, we’ll have a Space that’ll be the perfect fit.

London’s rooftop venues boast spectacular views of the skyline that are impossible to find at ground level. Whichever area you’re in, whatever direction you’re looking out, you’ll be captivated. From rooftop gardens and terraces to bars and restaurants we know the best rooftop venues in London that will dazzle you and your Guests.

The sparkling lights of the London at night – be it the busy financial hub of Canary Wharf, the softer lights of the swish residences in Notting Hill, or the illuminated industrial backdrops of old factories in Hackney Wick – are uniquely beautiful.

1. Sky Garden

Sky Garden with sunset backdrop

It wouldn’t be a list of the best rooftop bars in London without mentioning the Sky Garden. The breathtakingly beautiful venue has floor to ceiling glass windows that offer unrivalled views over London.

Overlooking the Thames, St. Paul’s and the City of London, the Sky Garden can accommodate up to 475 Guests in truly decadent style.

Much like the Shard, the height of this building is also one of its great draws, with 360 degree panoramic views of the city. Boasting London’s highest public garden, Guests can meander through impeccably landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace.

The Sky Garden offers such a rare opportunity to experience London from a vibrant vantage point, that you’ll never want to leave. Leave your Guests inspired and in awe and choose the Sky Garden for your next rooftop hire in London. 

2. Century Club

leafy roof terrace with simple decor

This list would also be nothing without flagging up one of the chicest and exclusive rooftop venues in London. Situated in the heart of Soho, the Century Club boasts a reputation as being a discrete and intimate members club.

Regularly touted as London’s ‘best kept secret’ the Roof Terrace is the largest that Soho has to offer, with stunning views of London’s iconic skyline.

An ideal summer party venue, the Century Club offers a variety of Spaces to hire including the terrace. It even has a retractable canvas roof incase the British weather tries to rain on your parade!

If you haven’t managed to get on the membership list yet, you can still hire this venue for private events. The Century Club is definitely one of our favourite rooftop bars in London.

3. The Shoreditch Sky Terrace, The Courthouse Hotel

Courthouse Hotel Best Rooftop Bars London
Sitting aloft of the repurposed old magistrates building, The Courthouse Hotel is in the bustling centre of Old Street. Located just a 7-minute walk from Old Street Station, The Courthouse Hotel is the perfect rooftop bar in East London.

This fantastic rooftop bar is the Courthouse Hotel’s secret weapon. Offering spectacular views of the London skyline, this rooftop terrace is an island of calm above the bustling sea of pedestrians below. Come the weekend, this serene Space transforms into a stylish party venue with world-famous DJs having graced its decks.

4. Rooftop Bar, Uncommon Borough

image of two basket shops
Uncommon Borough is a modern, co-working Space in the heart of Borough.  Uncommon Borough provides a calm yet creative environment throughout the building and the rooftop is no exception. Uncommon Borough is one of the best rooftop bars City of London has to offer. Enjoy sweeping views of the city surrounded by lots of greenery and stylish design.

Why not enjoy a cocktail evening and live DJs on this one of a kind rooftop bars? Want to see more? Check out their 3D tour here.  

5. 1 Leicester Square London

stylish bar area with panoramic views
With views of the London Eye, the shard and the walkie-talkie this is a great rooftop bar in London to watch the sun go down and the sparkling lights spring up across the skyline.

With old-school 60s glamour, the rooftop bar and restaurant offers unrivalled panoramic views of London as well as theatrical cocktails and a fresh seasonal menu.

This is one of the most stylish rooftop bars London has to offer, so don’t miss out and check it out now.

6. FEST, Roof Gardens

rooftop bar with trailing plants
Set against the backdrop of the bustling market, FEST is the perfect rooftop garden bar London to take advantage of the summer sun. Just three minute walk away from Chalk Farm tube station, this is a rooftop bar you can’t miss if you’re in Camden.

The terrace flaunts panoramic views of Camden Market and with a separate sound system for live acoustic music, the terrace is perfect for an open-air affair all year round.

FEST has given its garden rooftop a new look, so head to Camden for somewhere you can escape the hustle and bustle of the Stables market to unwind in an English country Garden.

7. Bill Chill HouseTerrace with picnic benches and tables

The roof terrace at the Big Chill Bar is the perfect London rooftop bar for a larger private party. Able to accommodate 200 Guests this fun venue is covered in colour, from multi-coloured bunting to coloured picnic benches.

This is the fun-loving and laid back rooftop bar you’ve been waiting for.

8. Roof Terrace, Sea Containers Events

sea containers wooden roof terrace
Sitting right at the top of the building behind the iconic Sea Containers letters is the stunning rooftop bar. You can now hire one of the capitals most exclusive and distinctive rooftop bars. Offering truly panoramic 360-degree views of the London skyline, the views are uninterrupted.

Suitable for up to 150 people this rooftop bar is the ultimate venue to wow your Guests.

9.  The Palm Rooms & Terrace Aviary

beautiful rooftop bar overlooking London skyline
The Aviary is an elegant rooftop bar and restaurant in Finsbury Square – just a short work from Old Street Station.

Located at the top of the Montcalm Hotel you can impress your Guests with a unique venue hire overlooking the iconic London skyline, alongside a modern British Menu.

This all comes with 3 interlocking private rooms, which means The Palm Rooms & Terrace Aviary is a great location for that all-important breakfast briefing or client lunch. 
Or for that big evening event you can hire the rooftop for a canape reception or spectacular dinner party.

10. Jin bo Law,  Dorsett City Hotel

Jin Bo Law, stylish asian bar
Jin Bo Law is one of the best rooftop bars East London has to offer and the perfect option for your private party.

Elevate up to the 14th floor of Dorset City Hotel in Aldgate and take in the breathtaking views of London’s famous skyline. In one of the newest rooftop bars in London.

The modern and sleek interior design is a real show stopper. With small hints of yellow and dark marble floor, the Asian inspired bar is a real Space to impress your Guests.

What’s more the carefully curated cocktail menu at Jin Bo Law rooftop bar takes your Guests on a journey of mixology, transforming the most unique ingredients into unexpected treasures.

So take a look at Jin Bo Law for your next rooftop hire in London.

11. The Top Floor, SMITHS of Smithfield

A top floor restaurant with glass walls
The top floor at SMITHS of Smithfield is a beautiful terrace providing stunning panoramic views of London. There is no such thing as a good bar without a good selection of drinks and SMITHS provides the finest wines and cocktails to complement your meal.

Smiths also has an incredible menu with the best seasonal food to make the perfect evening. The on-site team of experts can also help your event be flawless for your Guests to enjoy.

12Boundary Rooftop at The Boundary Project

A rooftop terrace with a long dining table
This beautiful Boundary rooftop bar in Shoreditch is an amazing venue to hire, offering panoramic views of London for the perfect setting. Open regardless of the season, this is the ideal place for your Guests to enjoy group lunch, dinner or group receptions.

This modern Space with beautiful decor creates a welcoming environment for your Guests to enjoy a fantastic evening.

13. Sky Bar, Grange Holborn Hotel

A top floor space with an outdoor roof terrace
The Sky Bar at the Grange Holborn Hotel is one of the most luxurious rooftop bars London has to offer.

The panoramic backdrop makes for the most incredible scenery whilst you enjoy a wide selection of drinks. This modern Space is designed to create a comfortable and relaxing environment so Guests can enjoy a wonderful evening.

14. The Deck, National Theatre

An outdoor terrace with views overlooking the city

Nothing beats panoramic over the Thames in the summer. The newly refurbished Deck is a stunning private party or networking venue in Southwark. The Deck is wrapped in glass panels so even when the English weather lets you down your event won’t suffer. When the sun is shining you and 170 Guests can spill out onto the outdoor terrace and take in the breathtaking views.

15. Rooftop, Kirby Street, TOG Event Spaces

A rooftop terrace with panelled floor and wooden veranda

Tucked away in a quiet street in the business district is The Office Group rooftop. The largest rooftop in The Office Group’s collection. Beautiful in design, the Space has a cool, modern decor with TOG’s famous splashes of bright colour.

The rooftop hire can accommodate 65 Guests for a standing reception so this is ideal for a summer party or networking event.

Our best rooftop bars London has to offer are all available for private hire with HeadBox. Just click through the links above to see more details. If you like what you’ve seen and wish to see more summer party venues then head on over to our collection HERE.

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