Drink it In: 8 Amazing Rooftop Bars in London
Boundary rooftop bar. (Photo: Helen Cathcart)
By Lawrence Ferber
Forget London’s infamous indoor pubs. At long last, the city has come out of the (literal) dark with a fabulous rooftop bar scene, stretching from the east’s hip Shoreditch to the posh, iconic West End. Here we round up nine of the best spots to enjoy drinks with views of the ever-modernizing cityscape.
Rooftop Bar & Grill at Boundary
Shoreditch buzzes with hipsters, pop-up shops, galleries and the design-centric 12-room luxury hotel Boundary.
Its open-air rooftop bar is rich with greenery — potted plants and herbs, a pair of century-old olive trees, a live grapevine canopy over a weatherproof, enclosed 48-seat grill section — plus a fireplace and plenty of seating.
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The crowd is well-heeled young professional, and the cocktail list includes individual libations ($16) and sharing pitchers ($42). The food’s quite solid, too.
Drink this: The juicy Rooftop Passion, with Ketel One vodka, passion fruit liquor, lime and raspberry.
(Courtesy: ME London)
Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London
Located just across from Somerset House, epicenter of London Fashion Week, this design-rife hotel is straight out of a Karl Lagerfeld fever dream.
A nine-story marble-walled atrium with skylight may be the one-year-old ME’s jaw-dropping showpiece, but Radio Rooftop Bar is its crowning glory. (The name’s a nod to the building’s past as BBC broadcasting center.) A clubby vibe, DJ tunes, black leather seating, retractable rooftop and prime views of South Bank, London Eye, Shard and Gherkin keep this spot packed.
Staying overnight? Book the two-level ME Suite, which includes private, priority entrance to Radio and a glass-enclosed, rooftop view room.
Drink this: Flower in the Rain, a mild, fruity concoction of Grey Goose, rhubarb, lemon, cranberry and strawberry juices topped with flower petals.
Angler Rooftop Terrace. (Photo: Guy Montagu-Pollock)