The Best Roof Top Bars in London

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It seems that the sun has finally come out to play which means that if you are in the city this summer you want to be where you can make the most of the sunshine. What could be better than sipping something long and cool in the open air while you gaze across one of the most distinctive skylines in the world?

Photo by David Terrar
Photo by David Terrar

The Radio Rooftop Bar

Located on the roof of the ME Hotel in London’s famous Covent Garden the Radio Rooftop Bar is not listed in all of the city guidebooks yet and remains something of a secret venue. The hotel has a distinctive triangular shape which gives you a choice of stunning views across the city to take in while you drink your tipple of choice. On one side you can look out towards Big Ben and out across Covent Garden or you could opt for the iconic Shard and the River, along with the dome of St Pauls on the other. The bar is open every day until 3am.

Vista Bar at The Trafalgar Hotel

In the Trafalgar you are positioned high above all of the activity of Trafalgar Square. The surroundings are chic and you find yourself in a stylish maze of immaculate shrubbery. As the sun sets you can watch as the city becomes illuminated with colour from Nelson’s Column to all the way across the city to the London Eye. The cocktails here are incredible and many include herbs that have been cultivated in the roof top gardens that surround you.

The Rooftop Lounge at the Sanctum Soho

Considering the reputation of this lively area of London for being ever active and filled with the throng of tourists and locals alike, at the roof top bar at Sanctum Soho you will feel as though you have been transported a million miles away. The Sanctum promotes relaxation as its main ethos and this is also carried into your experience in the roof top lounge bar. Here you can sink into one of the many luxurious sofas, let your thoughts drift away with the sound of the soothing music or enjoy a session in the wonderful outdoor hydro spa. Soak up the sun or enjoy shelter in the shade and as night draws in enjoy the bar by candle light. The Rooftop Lounge bar is open a full twenty four hours a day so whatever your excuse you can find refuge there.

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

This bar has an air of exclusivity but exclusive it most certainly is not. This is a place with character, much of which stems from the fact that the place was built in 1892. Fabulous chandeliers and romantic alcoves filled with flickering candlelight are the norm here and the terrace is the place to be to relax and unwind as the sun goes down over the city. The terrace offers an intimate and tranquil atmosphere amid a city where nothing ever seems to stand still, so for once let the city get on with its business as you take some time out.

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