Our top London rooftop bars to enjoy in the sunshine!

Bain and Gray’s favourite London rooftop bars to visit this Summer. 

When the sun comes out in London, finding outdoor bars is always at the top of everyone’s agenda. So, with that in mind we have pulled together a list of the best rooftop spots in London recommended from the team at Bain and Gray.  

From quirky cocktails overlooking the city to swanky terraces with riverside views, this is your ultimate guide to enjoying sunshine drinks from high up.  

  1. Madison – St Paul’s 

Consultant’s choice: Lizzy 

“Madison has such a fun vibe! I love heading there after work to enjoy a cocktail with some friends. They sometimes hold Love Brunch there too which is such a laugh!” 

Best for: It’s incredible views over St Paul’s Cathedral  

Overlooking St Paul’s, Madison brings bundles of style, fun and sensational views of the City skyline. Perched on the penthouse spot of One New Change, Madison comprises of a glamorous bar, restaurant, cocktail bar and rooftop terraces that are Mediterranean style suntraps making it one of London’s most sought after social settings. 

Vibe: European social setting 

Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10am – midnight, Sun: 10am – 9pm 

Nearest tube: St Pauls  

Prices: £££ 

 

  1. John Lewis Roof Garden – Oxford Street 

Consultants choice: Hetty 

“I went with my mum last summer and it was just gorgeous! Bountiful fountains of gin and gorgeous flowers – dreamy!” 

Best for: It’s fountains of gin and beautiful flower displays 

The John Lewis Roof Garden (which goes under the name of The Gardening Society) is somewhat of an urban jungle and one of the biggest rooftop gardens in London. A perfect green oasis above the shopping frenzy. Spotted at this beautiful rooftop bar are bountiful fountains of gin and gorgeous flower displays, making it the ideal setting to enjoy a tipple with a friend.  

Vibe: Relaxed, beautiful setting with lots of space  

Opening times: 12-9pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 12-11pm (Thursday to Saturday). 

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus 

Prices: ££ 

 

  1. Franks Café - Peckham  

Consultants choice: Flora  

“My fave rooftop bar has to be Franks Café in Peckham. It’s above a multi storey carpark and has the most incredible views over London, always a good vibe, reasonably priced drinks and so much space that you can always get a table! Ideal for big groups. It also has that recognisable, overly Instagrammed pink stairwell, what is not to love!” 

Best for: Recognisable, overly instagrammed pink stairwell 

Looking for one of the best sunset rooftop bars in London? Look no further than Franks Café. Boasting the pink stairwell that has hit thousands of Instagram accounts, this bar has arguably the most spacious rooftop in London. Ideal for big groups and young professionals with its reasonably priced drinks and quirky atmosphere. 

Vibe: Chilled, sunset party atmosphere 

Opening times: Tues-Sun, until 11pm; from 5pm Tues-Wed, from 2pm Thu-Fri, from 11am Sat-Sun 

Nearest tube: Peckham Rye 

Prices: ££ 

 

  1. Pergola – Paddington  

Consultants choice: Charlotte 

“Pergola is definitely one of my favourite rooftop bars in London. Drinking cocktails with the amazing views over the city is awesome and the style of the bar is very quirky – I love it there!” 

Best for: Sun-trapped private booths and delicious street food 

A secluded, leafy spot tucked unexpectedly amongst the mass of highways and train tracks in Paddington, Pergola Paddington is a beautiful floral haven, boasting sun-trapped private booths; a street food canteen under a flower-laden, retractable roof; cocktails; daybeds; delicious street food and exceptional city views.  

Vibe: Laidback atmosphere, ideal for large groups 

Opening times: Wed-Fri 4-11pm, Sat 12-11.30pm 

Nearest tube: Paddington  

Prices: ££ 
 

  1. Radio Rooftop Bar – Aldwych 

Consultants choice: Alice  

“Radio rooftop bar is so much fun. I love going there for sunset drinks because they always have a great DJ on with chilled Ibiza music and the views are just incredible from up there!” 

Best for: Ibiza style party overlooking the city 

Glamorous and classy, this rooftop bar at ME London piles on the wow factor with its minimalist monochrome décor and fabulous views over the city skyline. With its slick Ibiza sun lounge style and soundtrack to match, this has become a quick favourite of ours!  

Vibe: Dress to impress 

Opening times: Mon-Wed 7am – 1am, Thurs- 7am – 2am, Sun 7am - midnight 

Nearest tube: Temple 

Prices: £££