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Top 5 – East London Rooftop Bars

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Queen of Hoxton

All lot of rooftop bars rest on their laurels; it’s like ‘isn’t it enough that you’re outside and can get a beer? what do you want, entertainment too?’ Not so at the Queen of Hoxton. Their trippy rooftop bar is the setting for many an event from film clubs, through live music, to pop-up food nights. The view might not be the greatest but the nights out definitely are.

Where: 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX

Travel: Shoreditch High Street train

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At times it feels like the whole of after-work Shoreditch empties out here – it’s fearsomely popular. It’s easy to see why; the food and drink come via the rather plush, Terence Conran-designed restaurant and hotel downstairs (or the robata grill), it’s populated by the fashion and design pack so it’s full of beautiful people (and even more beautiful clothes), and best of all it’s within a stone’s throw of all manner of going-out places. As a pit-stop on one of those long Shoreditch nights it really can’t be beaten.

Where: 2-4 Boundary St., E2 7DD

Travel: Shoreditch High Street train

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Rumpus Room

The Rumpus Room is a perfect bar for London visitors. The views are truly instagram-worthy – St Pauls lit up in the twilight, lights twinkling on Thames river taxis – the galleries and concerts of the Southbank are a short walk away and, best of all, it has a plush interior for that moment when you realise London summers are actually that warm. It’s not cheap but for shots of London that’ll have your friends back home green with envy it can’t really be topped.

Where: Mondrian at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD

Travel: Southwark tube/Waterloo train

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Dalston Roof Park

Most of the bars we’ve featured here only come alive at night but you’ll see people out and about on the Dalston Roof Park even at eight in the morning. That’s because it’s home to a morning yoga session, just one of the ways in which this quirky neighbourhood place stands out from the crowd. Originally set up as a kind of high-rise community allotment space, DRP has grown into a little counter-cultural gem. The garden here provides herbs and veg for the restaurants downstairs but it’s also been the setting for sets by stars like Rudimental and Disclosure.

Where: 18 Ashwin St, E8 3DL

Travel: Dalston Junction train

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Proof

You might have caught a reference here at #Qbicrecommends to the rooftop croquet tournament that happened a while back,and wondered ‘what kind of place hosts an event like that?’ Well Proof does. Proof takes everything that’s good about east London after dark – the cocktails, the DJs, the.. erm.. croquet – and puts them on a pretty roof garden with views over London Fields. And after an afternoon lazing in what can be London’s busiest park, this is a great spot to just chill out and watch the hipsters go by.

Where: Field Works, Martello Street, E8 3QW

Travel: London Fields train

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