Fancy a cocktail with a view this summer? We have the pick of the most decadent rooftop bars in London
Set a fabulous pop-up restaurant and bar against the backdrop of one of London’s coolest department stores and you’ll have On the Roof with Q. Until 27 September, Selfridges rooftop garden will house this amazing restaurant and bar created by Des McDonald of Holborn Dining Room and Q Grill fame and inspired by grand Victorian greenhouses – think tables scattered among verdant foliage. You can come for drinks – it has some of the best cocktails in town – or afternoon tea (the scones are especially yummy) but you’d miss out on some truly delicious food. The all-day menu features mouth-watering BBQ and light summer dishes – don’t miss the rack of pit grilled ribs and the sublime chocolate caramel torte.
The fabulous Roof Gardens, 100ft above Kensington High Street are worth seeing just to take in the heavenly scent of lilies, roses and lavender of the Tudor area, the blooms (and flamingos) of the English Woodland area, and the elegant Moorish landscaping of the Spanish area – but your visit gets even better if you end it with a fabulous cocktail and maybe a plateful of oysters or dressed lobster served on the panoramic terrace of the gardens’ Babylon restaurant.
Chill out in a cabana, Mile High Margarita in hand, at Radio, on the tenth floor of what once was the BBC’s Marconi House, the place from which the first regular programmes were aired on British radiowaves (hence the name). Fabulous cocktails, delicious tapas and long views across Tower Bridge, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament make this one of the coolest places to enjoy an evening drink.
Central London’s largest rooftop bar has had a fashionable makeover – Vista partnered with tailoring brand Peckham Rye to create a menu that celebrates London style. Choose a champagne cocktail from the Top Hat section, a classic elegant drink from the Oxford Tie section or indulge in a sharing cocktail like a Sparkling Sangria from the Three Piece Suit section while you take in views of The London Eye, Big Ben, Nelson’s Columns and the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Modern British food served in the fabulous ambience of a Georgian townhouse has propelled Bird to culinary superstardom but the rooftop terrace adds to the charm. Wash down the delicious nibbles with a glass or two of excellent whine while you gaze across the roofs of Smithfield and you’ll be in gastronomic heaven.
Take the latest in fusion food – Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian – place it high up on the Heron Tower and you’ll have one of London’s trendiest restaurants: SushiSamba. Floor to ceiling (bamboo) windows take in jaw dropping views of the City but why settle for the indoor panorama when you can enjoy a Kaffirinha (Kaffir lime leaf-infused cachaça) on the dining terrace? The highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe, it is the ultimate in urban cool
The super yachts of the French Riviera are the inspiration behind the opulent pop-up rooftop bar at trendy Coq D’Argent. White canopies recall the sails of a luxury boat while a wall has been decorated in captain cabin style with a wooden wheel and vintage posters. The bar mirrors the lavish atmosphere of the French Riviera with a large selection of champagne and champagne cocktails, including South Breeze (La Quintinye Vermouth Royal with fresh thyme, lemon and champagne).
This summer, the scents and colours of Provence will pervade The Orrery, which is transforming its roof terrace into a magnificent French garden for the season. Worn-down metal pots and vintage watering cans brimming with lavender will line the edges of the terrace, while rustic boxes filled with lemons will be scattered among the tables under atmospheric hurricane lamps and hanging glass bulb candles. The menu will reflect the ambience with French-inspired nibbles and a vast drink list featuring champagne and many roses from Provence.