April 18, 2018
Hello Summer!!! When the sun makes an appearance, smart Londoners steer clear of busy parks and head straight up to their nearest roof top bar. We round up our favourite sky high spots!
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Nearest station: Waterloo
Best for: a sunny evening drink with colleagues
Daily until late September, 10am – 10pm
Designed by the Eden Project and maintained by Grounded Ecotherapy gardeners the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is a true oasis at the heart of Southbank Centre, with stunning riverside views, a cafe bar run by Company of Cooks, a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden.
1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Nearest station: Bank
Best for: a swanky client lunch
Daily for lunch midday – 3pm and dinner 5.30pm – 11pm
Set in the heart of the city, a favourite lunch spot for suits, this stunning roof top restaurant serves classic French fare. The unrivalled city view from the manicured rooftop garden makes for a perfect alfresco dining experience if you want to impress a client, or the Bar & Grill is a great choice for a more relaxed environment to meet with friends over a cocktail or two.
Peckham multi-story car park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Nearest station: Peckham Rye
Best for: showing off your beard and fix gear
Tuesday to Friday 5pm – 11pm and Saturday & Sunday 11am – 11pm
Franks used to be a well kept secret amongst Peckham dwellers until the Guardian blew it up back in 2010 and now the Overground is busy with Londoners making the pilgrimage South. Set atop a multi-story car park, Frank’s offers incredible views across London, a great selection of cocktails and small plates including Burnt Onion with curd & pomegranate and Smoked Aubergine with yoghurt & parsley. Frank’s is also home to Bold Tendencies, a non-profit commissioning art project who curate the large scale sculptures that populate the roof top.
ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Nearest station: temple
Best for: date night
Daily midday – 2am
A roof top for the fabulous and fashionable, if you make it past the stern clipboard welding door staff there are stunning views to enjoy and 15 types of gin to choose from. On a sunny day, Radio Rooftop will transport you to Ibiza with its soundtrack of chilled out beats and slick décor.
1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
Nearest station: London Fields
Best for: street food and festival vibes
Monday to Wednesday 10am – 6pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am – 11pm
This East London rooftop is huge, with an events schedule to match. From weekday yoga sessions, comedy nights, industry talks to weekend day parties and resident street food vendors. They even offer desk space for freelancers who like a view and fresh air whilst tackling their inboxes. Be sure to give Tres, the resident rooftop pooch a pat whilst you’re there.
32 Clapham Rd, SW9 0JD
Nearest station: Clapham Common
Best for: brunch
Daily 9am – 10pm
A firm favourite amongst Clapham residents, this local restaurant has a great roof terrace with heaters so you can enjoy it right into the Autumn. We recommend visiting mid morning to bag yourself a terrace table and enjoying their fantastic brunch menu. The house breakfast is particularly delicious.