Our Favourite London Alfresco Bars

Radio Bar

London is home to some of the most remarkable towering buildings and skyscrapers in the world, and you only have to plant yourself anywhere in the central area and look up to appreciate their prominent and striking presence. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of London’s rooftops aren’t simply empty spaces, but have been used to house some of the capital’s most exclusive and breathtaking bars and restaurants. They may hopelessly cling onto the optimism of British weather’s good fortune, but if you’re coming to London in the summertime and have caught the sun out with this hat on, our favourite London alfresco bars are definite hotspots, and a better place than any to get that perfect holiday snap:

1. Radio Bar
337 The Strand, West End

It looks like a lounging heaven which could easily have people questioning its London, or even UK, address. This sky bar, just a short stroll from Covent Garden, sits at the peak of the ME London Hotel in the Strand and if you’re new to the whole rooftop bar charade, your first stop should probably be here. The bar itself is nothing too fancy, though the cocktails are not badly priced and there are plenty to choose from, but its European style terrace itself is something to awe at, let alone the superb views it provides. Striking black and white lounging sofas and parasol covered chairs wrap around the entire exterior, offering panoramic views of the city, and is arguably the best place to see the city light up partly due to its 3am closing time on Saturdays. It’s amongst the tallest of the lot, sitting proudly on the tenth floor and customers can see most of London’s landmarks, including The Shard, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, The Gherkin and an array of the city’s towering skyscrapers.

2. Queen of Hoxton
1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch

It may be slightly off the beaten track for those tourists who are set to stick around the West End areas, but if you’re adventurous enough to check out the Shoreditch area for its famous Brick Lane curry experience and Old Spitalfields market (and I’d certainly recommend it), this is a perfect destination to finish a good day’s explore. A more casual hangout, the Queen of Hoxton is a popular after-work drinking den for youngsters and hipsters alike, and it’s no wonder why. The rooftop isn’t just a place to sit and look out over the far reaching views; there’s often a grill for BBQs grilling up the finest jerk chicken, and during the Summer a programme of films shown on a big screen settle the evening from 9pm.

3. Vista at The Trafalgar
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, West End

Peering down over Trafalgar Square almost withdrawn from the hustle below feels surreal when you’ve just come from the chaotic and flashy surroundings at street level. The Vista bar is located on the top of The Trafalgar hotel and boasts an impressive backdrop of London’s serene city landscapes where you can easily point out the National Gallery, Nelsons Column, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It may be a bit pricey, even for London’s standards, but it offers an unrivalled alfresco experience for one or two glasses of champagne or cocktail or, for the indecisive customer, a champagne cocktail. It’s open ‘til midnight (depending on the weather), so grab a blanket, snuggle up and watch the sun go down.

4. Aqua Spirit
240 Regents Street, West End

Part of the Aqua Restaurant Group company, the Aqua Spirit bar lies in the same vicinity as their Japanese cuisine, Aqua Kyoto, on the fifth floor of the old Dickins and Jones department store on Regent Street. The interior bar that first greets you as you is impressive enough, decked out with rich Japanese textures and an uber-chic and stark candlelit design. But there’s another reason why Aqua Spirit has won a Bar of the Year award; its outside terrace, which also has a bar where two of its cocktail makers whip up the dazzling concoctions on the diverse menu, offer spectacular views over the bustling West End streets of shoppers below. If you’re visiting the capital for a vacation in London, you may be one of those shoppers yourself! So when your feet are aching and simply cannot carry any more bags, pop up and try the Aqua Kyoto cocktail - It won’t be like anything you’ve had before.

5. Boundary
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch

Another Shoreditch sensation (you have to go there now!) awaits you at this LA/Meditarranean style terrace. It certainly makes you feel like you’re on holiday, and its modern decking, canopy, wooden decor, focal fireplace and quiet surroundings (music is always at a minimum) creates the perfect chill out zone on a warm Summer’s evening. It’s not huge but the area is more organised than most with proper laid out tables for drinking and dining. Again, the drinks (and food) are a bit pricey, especially for an eastern London location, but being that side of the river gives not only stunning views over the Thames but also out to the Barbican and canary Wharf. Heard of rooftop jumping? The rooftop bar at Shoreditch House is across the road.

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