The summer is here, and one of the biggest summer trends this year is exploring some of the best rooftop bars and restaurants London has to offer. There are a variety of options available, but we’ve pulled together the best of the best for you right here – romantic picturesque panoramas, different cuisines, different locations and pricing, all offering a great experience.
Dalston Roof Park, Dalston
If you are looking for something more than your usual bar or restaurant, there’s one within easy reach of Qbic. Dalston Roof Park is known as a social hub / events space, it’s actually a multi-functional roof perched over a trendy cafe.
The venue is particularly colourful: not only will you find bright deck-chairs and a pink flamingo here, you’ll also find some artistic minds buzzing around and using it as a platform for showcasing their talents. Film screenings, live gigs, parties… All can be enjoyed here. All you have to do is grab a drink, sit down and enjoy!
Where: Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
Closest station: Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland Overground
Opening Times: Tues – Fri: 5pm – 11pm; Sat: 3pm – 11pm; Sun: 3pm – 10pm (check for events)
The Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Located not far from Liverpool Street, this is a trendy hipster social hub offering a relaxing night out. Here you will find an expansive rooftop, cocktails, film nights and some fringe theatre. To avoid the unpredictability of the British weather, there is also a semi-permanent cover that offers a shelter whenever needed.
For the summer, the space has turned into a Cuban paradise with specific Cuban references to the legendary cigar-smoking Cuban diva, 80-year old Graciela.
Where: 1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX
Closest station: : Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street Overground
Opening Times: Mon – Sun: 12pm – late, until late August
Madison, St Pauls
This rooftop terrace bar in the heart of the City of London boasts brilliant views as St Pauls Cathedral is at your fingertips. The majestic spires of Ch. Wren’s famous masterpiece make sure that the time spent here is truly inspiring and unforgettable.
If you like a generous side order of culture and history together with your morning croissant or evening cocktail, give this one a try. Cocktails are of a great variety – from mojitos to ones whose names you will have never heard of! Unique experience guaranteed.
Where: One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF
Closest station: St Pauls
Opening Times: noon – late, throughout the year
Sushisamba, City of London
If you prefer something more Oriental, head to Sushisamba, which is easily accessible from Qbic. This Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian dining experience in combination with the best cocktails in the area will leave your taste buds satisfied. Since the venue is located on the 38th and 39th floor of the Heron Tower, the view is absolutely spectacular and offers you a privileged access over the majestic spires of London!
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, City of London, EC2N 4AY
Closest station: Liverpool Street
Opening Times: 11:30am – 11:30pm
Coq d’Argent, City of London
If you fancy a bit of classic French cuisine accompanied by some drinks, the best place to head is Coq d’Argent. Located in the heart of the City of London, with the stunning architecture of St Pauls just in sight. This place ticks so many boxes – spectacular setting, ambiance and fine selection of spirits, wines and food. The buzzing and relaxed atmosphere makes it also perfect for semi-formal business meetings, luncheons, or parties.
Where: 1 Poultry, Bank, City of London, London, EC2R 8EJ
Closest station: Bank / Monument. Also easily accessible from Qbic on bus 25.
Opening Times: 12pm – 5pm