7 Rooftop Bars to Add to Your 2019 London Bucket List

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There are lots of great spots for grabbing a drink during your stay in the city, and London’s selection of rooftop bars is amongst the world’s very best. With impeccable views across the famous skyline, a trip to one of these incredible bars is a great way to experience London from a unique vantage point this year.

Bar Elba

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One of London’s quirkiest rooftop bars, Bar Elba is rather curiously themed around Napoleon. Located close to Waterloo Station, here you can sample a tasty drinks menu whilst toasting Britain’s historic victory. The bar takes its design cues from the small island of Elba (where Napoleon once lived in exile), and provides an outdoor oasis high above the city.

Boundary Rooftop

This East London venue is one of the trendiest spaces in London, with a rooftop bar, grill, outdoor terrace and orangery which allow you to take in magnificent views in all weathers. Recommended for everything from relaxed weekend lunches to a big night on the town, this is a great way to kick start your celebrations whilst making the most of one of our Luxury London hotel deals.


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Considered by many to be one of the city’s most beautiful bars, the Aviary is an elegant spot in Finsbury Square, with the chance to see more of the city while dining in style or enjoying a few drinks with friends. The bar also has an extensive non-alcoholic drinks menu of inventive cocktails, ideal for those who prefer to keep a clear head but still want to enjoy themselves.

Golden Bee

Recently reopened following extensive refurbishments, this is a stunning space in Shoreditch, already favoured by everyone from private parties to corporate guests. With comfy sofas and a fire pit, you can enjoy a drink here in all weathers, and the weekends see Golden Bee transform into a nightclub. This is the ideal venue for a night out after enjoying a relaxing Chilworth London Hotel afternoon tea at your hotel.

The Culpeper Rooftop Bar

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This rooftop bar is one of the smaller venues on our list, but it’s nonetheless an impressive space. The main appeal is the laid-back atmosphere, and the regular schedule of events which utilise the bar’s on-site greenhouse to teach you more about how to grow your own vegetables. If grabbing a drink and a lesson in horticulture sounds like your idea of heaven, then this is a must-see.

Queen of Hoxton

Live music and DJ sets form lots of the entertainment at Queen of Hoxton, a dedicated party bar which also happens to be high above street level. If you’ve already visited the Chilworth bar and now want to head for a rooftop bar within easy reach, this a great option.

Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge

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With a sophisticated cocktail menu and of course, plenty of fabulous views, Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge has plentiful outdoor space and lots of snacks to sample while you gaze out across London’s famous skyline.