As much as we've loved London's dark and dingy pubs for what feels like the longest winter in history, It's time to dust off our shades and get outside. It's been so long that I've forgotten where I used to go to soak up the sun and enjoy a glass of vino. So here's a little reminder of those delicious rooftop London escapes - it's time to race to the top for a cocktail and get a little closer to the sun.
1. Sushi Samba - Liverpool Street
You cannot beat this sky-high rooftop bar on the thirty-eighth floor of the City’s Heron Tower – named the Tree Bar thanks to the prettily lit tree at its centre. We're talking serious cocktails and sensational widescreen views of the capital. It's so central that there's plenty to do afterwards...but there's no need to leave! because Duck and Waffle (Upstairs) is open 24 hours! Boom! www.sushisamba.com
2. Madison - St. Pauls
London's famous rooftop bar and restaurant, Madison was named as the capital's second most-Instagrammed spot, and it's no surprise when you take a look at its incredible view across the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Sip wine or fizz by the glass, explore the secret garden (Hendrick’s gin, cucumber and rosemary). The menu hosts small bites and charcuterie boards to salt-marsh lamb with roasted tomato and salsa verde. www.madisonlondon.net
3. The Rooftop - The Trafalgar - St. James
A slick rooftop bar at the summit of The Trafalgar St. James. There's also an enclosed glass room up there for private dining. With such a vast view, it makes such a great spot for an all day session and without realising - you'll find yourself up there for hours. https://trafalgarstjames.com/the-rooftop
4. Rumpus Room - The Mondrian
Rumpus Room is the rooftop bar and lounge at Mondrian London inspired by a moment in time, the Bright Young Things. Rumpus Room brings back this era, a time when a party was more than a party, it was a lifestyle, an experience. With dramatic views of London - I feel like they're one of the best you're going to get, Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down; a magical glittering glass box perched at the top of the Mondrian. Specialising in bubbly, serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne. www.rumpusroomlondon.com
5. The Ham Yard Hotel Rooftop Bar
On the fourth floor of the Ham Yard hotel, there is a large, leafy roof top garden with sweeping views over the London skyline. The garden is also home to two bee hives which are tended to by our dedicated bee keeper, Camilla. There is a lounge area scattered with benches, upholstered seating and a bar. It feels like a little retreat.
Now...this place is special! Like an open lounge across a very open London skyline - this place will not disappoint. Perched ten floors above Finsbury Square, Aviary's rooftop terrace delivers DJs and cocktails at dizzy heights and is open for all-day dining, plus weekend brunch. As its name might suggest, Aviary aims to be a paradise-like setting in the heart of the city. www.aviarylondon.com
7. Shoreditch House
Like a Chanel jacket - Shoreditch house rooftop is a classic that never really goes out of style. Set in a six-storey converted warehouse in East London, Shoreditch House has a rooftop pool and restaurant, House Kitchen, Library, Cowshed spa, House gym and 26 bedrooms. On the rooftop of Shoreditch House, the pool is flanked by sun loungers and is heated to 26°C year-round. www.shoreditchhouse.com