Okay, it’s been raining for weeks, but on the bright side, surely warmer climes can’t be far away! When the sun finally does show its face, what better way to celebrate than with a cold drink atop one of London’s most fabulous rooms with a view? From quirky to swish, here’s our pick of the top five.
Queen of Hoxton
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop bar has just re-opened for the summer, so what better time to check it out? In fact, if you hotfoot it down to this hipster haven this week, they’re giving away freebies every day to celebrate. From barbecues and cocktails to open-air film nights and even the occasional Jacuzzi, this is the rooftop to head to if you’re in need of some entertainment. Not only that, local artist, Neil Edward (of duo Bestever), known for his graffiti art and large-scale commissions, has given the walls a summer makeover.
Dalston Roof Park
Set high above the roof of The Print House art gallery next door to the excellent Café Oto, this AstroTurf-covered, Victorian-bricked roof garden is a hidden gem of space and light in a Dalston’s wealth of cramped underground taverns. The perfect place to while away a few hours sipping cold beer on a sunny day, this year the park promises to offer more acoustic gigs and film screenings. The rooftop also provides solar power for the listed building it tops, meeting 70% of the electricity needs of the Print House.
Definitely one of London’s most glamorous rooftop bars, The Boundary’s rooftop is the crowning glory of a Conran project which spans three bar/restaurants, a boutique hotel and a food store and bakery. With views over spanning The Gherkin, Canary Wharf and the ancient rooftops of east London, there are cosy blankets, heater and even an outdoor wood fire for chilly nights. A perfect summer date spot if we ever saw one.
Kensington Roof Gardens
It would be wrong to mention London’s best roof gardens without mentioning these sixth floor gardens, dating back to 1936. The gardens themselves are a gorgeous sight to behold and include Spanish and Tudor gardens, an English woodland zone and even real flamingos. With amazing views over West London, this is a must-visit on your list; though it’s strictly guest list, so you may have to blag your way up there.
Alfies Rooftop Restaurant
Not strictly a bar, but definitely worth a visit, quirky Alfies Rooftop Restaurant sits on top of London’s largest indoor antiques market. Having recently re-launched, its sunny terrace (here’s hoping) is just the place to grab brunch, lunch or a refreshing drink after hours spent browsing through the trinkets and treasures below. Bric ‘n’ Brac and brunch – what a thoroughly London combination!