Top 5 Rooftop Bars in London

Summer – the season of al fresco dining. While everyone enjoys an evening in the garden, sat on a plastic chair with a hot dog that has been cooked to smoky perfection, a night of inebriation relaxing in a classy rooftop bar is unbeatable during the warmer months. So we’re on hand to tell you about some of London’s quirkiest and most elegant rooftop hangouts. Enjoy the sunshine and magnificent views atop these high-rise bars. 

Coq d’Argent

Location: 1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ

Open: All year round. The terrace is only heated during the winter.


Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – midnight

Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 1am

Sunday: Noon – 4pm

(Restaurant hours differ from the above)

Why you should go: Coq d’Argent’s stunning rooftop garden is adorned with trailing vines, has a flawlessly trimmed lawn and a quirky ringed walkway. It also provides incredible London views for you to admire while enjoying an ice-cold beverage, including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Southbank.

More about the bar: This establishment is primarily a restaurant, serving classic French food. Offering a less formal menu at lunchtime, Coq d’Argent is perfect for a quick and delicious meal throughout the day. Then as the sun goes down, their drinks menu begins to ooze sophistication, making it one of the most popular bars in town.

The Loft

Location: 33 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7NE

Open: All year round (weather-permitting)


Monday – Sunday: Noon – 11pm

Why you should go: The Loft provides a generous amount of seating, along with a conveniently sheltered bar and toasty patio heaters. If you would prefer a more relaxed night on the town with several friends and a number of refreshing alcoholic beverages, this bar would be ideal.

More about the bar: The Loft is part of The Alexandra on Wimbledon Hill Road, with their roof terrace clearly signed. They even offer a burger menu, along with their own range of craft beers.

The Driver

Location: 2-4 Wharfdale Road, Islington, London, N1 9RY

Open: All year round


Monday – Friday: 5pm – midnight

Saturday: 6pm – midnight

Sunday: CLOSED

Why you should go: Just a few minutes away from King’s Cross Station, The Driver is perfect for a quiet, cosy, intimate drink. With panelled walls ensuring complete privacy, this rooftop bar provides a lively barbecue throughout the summer months, along with plenty of comfortable outdoor lounge seating.

More about the bar: The Driver is essentially a gastropub, located in an area of London where you’ll greatly appreciate being well above ground level. It is now classed as one of London’s hidden gems. With rustic-chic indoor dining impressively spread across four floors, crowned with their rooftop terrace, visitors can enjoy a quirky and modern dining experience, like no other.

Madison Terrace Bar and Lounge

Location: Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London, EC4M 9AF

Open: All year round


Monday – Thursday: 11am – midnight

Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am

Sunday: Noon – 11pm

(Restaurant hours differ from the above)

Why you should go: With extraordinary views of St Paul’s Cathedral, this contemporary bar, atop the One Change shopping centre, is always bouncing with modern house beats and stimulating conversation. Enjoy a mouthwatering cocktail or share a delightfully smooth glass of wine amid glowing fairy lights and stellar views of one of the most famous skylines in the world.   

More about the bar: Madison also have a designated ‘Champagne Terrace’, as well as their ever-popular, generously sized terrace. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, you’ll still be able to admire the spectacular views through the flawlessly fitted floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re feeling peckish, you could always take advantage of their extensive food menu, offering healthy dishes to perfectly complement your delicious beverage.

The Tankard

Location: 111 Kennington Road, Kennington, London, SE11 6SF

Open: All year round


Monday: 4pm – 11pm

Tuesday – Thursday: Noon – 11pm

Friday – Saturday: Noon – midnight

Sunday: Noon – 10:30pm

Why you should go: This charming roof terrace is adorned with twinkling festoon lights, complete with an impressive pergolas, providing shelter for those who wish to make use of the stylish rooftop bar. Enjoy a delectably juicy cheeseburger and a pint of their exclusive Draft House lager, ale or beer.

More about the bar: An old Victorian public house, The Tankard’s famous roof terrace was built to afford those who frequented the pub the opportunity to look over the walls, and into the infamous Bedlam insane asylum, located right next door. Bedlam inspired many horror television programmes, books and movies, including ‘Bedlam’, the 1946 film starring Boris Karloff. The old Bedlam building, steeped in history, has since become The Imperial War Museum, but drinkers continue to frequent there, admiring historic views and stunning architecture.

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