It’s official, summer has returned to the rooftops of Oxford Street with the opening of Sisu; London’s latest cocktail hotspot! The team behind last year’s alfresco favourite #NotchLDN are once again serving up the best rooftop vibes in town, as the space has transformed into a utilitarian nature reserve where you can escape the bustle of the city in Scandinavian-inspired surrounds with a greenhouse, street food restaurant and cocktails on tap.
Officially the coolest rooftop bar in London, by our accounts, Notch is a buzzing sky-high industrial playground where a Brooklyn Williamsburg warehouse meets a Berlin yard sale, all set on the top of the Marriott Park Lane.
Beers and thai food in a tree house... Of course that sounds ace! Who wouldn't love a summer weekend Swiss Family Robinson style in North london.
Tucked away down a side street off busy Stroud Green Road, this is a dream of a pub with whimsical interiors and an epic outdoor space. Consequently, it's always busy, for all its hidden location.
You’ll need good orienteering skills to find this rooftop café. Ring the buzzer, take the lift to the second floor, then stumble up an unmarked back staircase. If you’re lucky, you’ll emerge into a modern café so chic in design it somewhat resembles an Ikea self-assembly pack. (Take the phone number – if you get lost, the friendly staff can send out a search party.)
Coppa returns to its London Fields rooftop from the people behind Lardo, one of Hackney’s raving successes appealing to East London’s Italian food lovers.
The rooftop bar and restaurant is decked out with brightly coloured beach cabanas and deckchairs whisking you away from urban Hackney to sunning yourself in chilled out Italy.
Tucked away on the Print House rooftop, a four-storey former factory in Dalston, is the utopian oasis that is Dalston Roof Park. The expansive space decked out with quirky plastic furniture and Astroturf boasts quirky cool against its backdrop of Victorian brick buildings and chimney pots. At the far end of the ‘park’ you will find a pop-up bar in a wooden shack serving up frozen margaritas and a BBQ space that you can BYO and dive right in and get grilling, or wait for a BBQ event hosted by a local restaurant.
Frank’s Café & Campari Bar is part of the Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project in Peckham since 2007. This is a non-profit summertime sculpture project dedicated to showcasing new art by international artists.
Held on the top four floors of a disused multi-storey car park the popular Franks Café occupies a temporary building alongside the sculptures on the roof.
Overlooking Smithfield Market the new Bird of Smithfield spans across five floors of an old Georgian town house and includes a cocktail den, a bar, an elegant restaurant, a private dining room and a rooftop terrace.
Not only is Bird of Smithfield the brainchild of the former head chef at the Ivy, Alan Bird, but it is also your one stop shop for a great night out.
With its chaotic yet oh-so-cool decor, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is trendy without being exclusively so. Built in 1892, it has huge windows, high ceilings and some very quirky chandeliers. The intimate rooftop terrace is the perfect place to round off a sunny summer weekend, sundowner in hand.
Walk into the Earl of Portobello and it's quite the gastropub; faux-Victorian decor with a bit of taxidermy, some exposed brick and a few chandeliers thrown in. But it comes into its own with its big roof terrace that overlooks the Regent's Canal. Enjoy honest freshly made food, cold beer and sunshine.
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