Rooftop bars in the capital


With one of the most iconic skylines in the world, it is not surprising that London should boast a veritable wealth of gorgeous rooftop bars from which to drink in both the view and a cocktail.

For those looking to narrow down the invariably infinite list of restaurants and cocktail bars in London, the Boundary rooftop bar & grill would be a good place to start. Its new roof has a weatherproof pergola, meaning that even if it's raining you can enjoy the view without getting soaked. With overhanging grape vines and beautiful garden features, this could be a truly romantic spot to go for an early evening glass of wine with a partner. The rooftop menu also boasts tapas and hors d'oeuvres for those who get a bit peckish.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, conceived by the Eden Project, is another great spot for admiring views of the city. It is open from 10:00am until 10:00pm, meaning that people may like to go there for an early evening drink before heading off elsewhere.

In Finsbury Park on Perth Road, the Faltering Fullback is a favourite for many people, with its impressive selection of draught and bottled beers and truly unique decor. However, its roof terrace proves to be a real draw when the sun comes out. The Guardian described it as: "A bewildering series of stairs, gangways and terraces […] reminiscent of the Ewok village from Return of the Jedi."

Proud Camden's roof is also a popular spot for party goers, with its own bar and heated smoking area. While it is connected to the night venue action inside, it provides a slightly more relaxing ambience and – if the weather is nice – there is also a BBQ up and running.