Written by Shazia Govindji • Published 29th May 2019 • 3 minute read

The days are getting longer and the mood of London seems to be lifting as we inch closer to the summer. As this week is English Wine Week, we thought we’d list our seven favourite spots for grabbing a drink with a view.

Aviary, Finsbury Square

Aviary is a bar-restaurant with a roomy open-air terrace at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel. Located on the tenth floor with an impressive panoramic view, it’s been carefully designed to take in as much of the city as possible. Comfortable sofas make this an attractive option any time of day, but Aviary really comes into its own when the sun goes down and London lights up.

Choose it for… its killer views and laid-back atmosphere.

Bar Elba, Waterloo

This themed rooftop bar takes its inspiration from the tiny island of Elba, just off the Tuscan coast, where Napoleon was sent in 1814. With fairy lights, communal benches and a tropical feel, this bar is the perfect location for a party. Expect sunny colours, block lettering and a sizeable list of cocktails.

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Choose it for… the Napoleon theme and party buzz.

Coq D’Argent, Bank

Winner of the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence 2018 for their wine list, Coq d’Argent is far more than just another French bar. With a verdant rooftop garden boasting immaculate lawns, trailing vines, a ringed walkway, and stunning London-wide views, it’s no wonder this place is so popular.

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Choose it for… its award-winning wine list and attention to detail.

The Rooftop, St. James

You’ll find this bar on every rooftop list on Google, and for good reason. Sitting on top of the Trafalgar Hotel, The Rooftop overlooks London’s iconic skyline. The view of Nelson’s Column, the London Eye and The Houses of Parliament can be enjoyed at any time of year, thanks to outdoor heaters, blankets, and individual boxed-in spaces with retractable roofs. Cocktails are individually crafted and named after London’s landmarks.

Choose it for… the stunning views and classic elegance.

12th Knot, South Bank

Located twelve floors up at Sea Containers London, 12th Knot (formerly Rumpus Room) has everything from a lovely view of the river and city skyline, to delicious cocktails and an ambiance to match. The terrace itself is quite small, but this is made up for with the extraordinary view, great service and chic atmosphere.

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Choose it for… the sophisticated atmosphere and the live DJs Thursday through Saturday.

Radio Rooftop Bar, Temple

Radio Rooftop Bar high above the Strand is one of central London’s prime rooftop drinking destinations, thanks to its 360-degree views of almost every landmark on the London skyline. Situated on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel, the terrace is surrounded by a fantastic party atmosphere and luxurious feeling.

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Choose it for… the panoramic view and the fifteen varieties of G&T.

Skylight London, Wapping

Skylight London rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock was once a car park, but now holds a three-level rooftop bar where during the summer you can play a game of croquet or petanque, or watch major sport events on large screens. Along with all the fun there is also delicious street food and a wide range of cocktails, beers and wines. In the winter, Skylight turns in to a popular rooftop ice rink – the only one in Europe!

Choose it for… the adult playground and botanical theme.

 

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