With Summer just around the corner, it only calls for one thing – enjoying the best cocktails and drinks with your friends overlooking breath-taking views of London. Luckily, the city has an abundance of rooftop bars. We’ve narrowed down the best affordable bars that you’ll definitely be going back to all summer.

Roof East: Stratford

This two-level rooftop park is fully furnished with mini-golf courses, a batting cage, and an outdoor cinema – it’s the perfect playground for adults! Roof East overlooks the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and houses three bars where you can enjoy drinks like ‘Knickerbocker Royale’ or ‘Electric Boogaloo’.

Link: http://www.roofeast.com/

FEST, Camden: Camden

For the ultimate rooftop bar experience, check out FEST in Camden! It’s an all-in-one restaurant, bar, and club. There are endless activities that last throughout the day from outdoor movies to live music and DJs all night. You can also rent any of the six trendy stables for your event – each room is uniquely designed from a flower garden party to a leather interior inspired by the House of Commons.

Link: https://secretldn.com/fest-camden/

Golden Bee: Shoreditch

For casual summer afternoons, head to Golden Bee for after-work drinks. Make sure to stop by during 5-7pm for happy hour deals! The cozy rooftop deck transforms into a vibrant, electric dance floor during the weekends. This will definitely be one we’ll keep going back to!

Link: http://www.goldenbee.co.uk/home/

Bird of Smithfield: Farringdon, City of London

Housed in an old Georgian townhouse, is this five-floor event space with a rooftop view of Farringdon. The roof transforms into a spritz garden for the summer so you can enjoy your refreshing drinks among flora and fauna!

Link: http://birdofsmithfield.com/

The Windmill Mayfair: West End, Mayfair

A hidden oasis where you and your friends can relax and unwind with a delicious G&T. During lunch hours, you can enjoy lighter bites such as their award-winning pies and sip on their extensive list of cask ales.

Link: http://www.windmillmayfair.co.uk/roof-terrace

Flight Club Victoria: Victoria

Summer just got more competitive with Flight Club’s location in the heart of Victoria. After a round of darts with your friends, head to their Magic Garden! The outdoor terrace is cozy and fosters an electric atmosphere all throughout the night.

Link: https://flightclubdarts.com/london/venues/victoria/

Bar Elba: Waterloo

With the theme of Napoleon’s exiled party island, Bar Elba is the perfect tropical paradise. Choose from over 20 drink selections such as Love Potion No.10, Violet Femme, and the new favourite, Frosé (frozen rosé). Quick tip: visit during happy hours every day from 6-9pm!

Link: http://www.bar-elba.co.uk/

Big Chill Kings Cross: Kings Cross, Islington

Delicious food, cheap drinks, and an alfresco space in King’s Cross. What more can you ask for? Big Chill is the perfect rooftop bar for any occasion from after-work drinks or a bottomless brunch!

Link: https://bigchillbar.com/kings-cross

Queen of Hoxton: Shoreditch

Who can forget when the famous Queen of Hoxton transformed into a Lost Vegas theme in 2018? This year, it’s taking you on a journey to Mexico! The rooftop is transformed into Las Mexicanas, which was inspired by female Lucha Libre wrestlers. There will be tasty tacos, refreshing margaritas, and a wrestling ring. The classic rooftop bar will be packed with activities and a buzzing atmosphere — you may forget to look at the beautiful city views!

Link: http://queenofhoxton.com/rooftop/

Skylight: Wapping

This three-level bar is the only rooftop in London to offer a croquet course. You can enjoy unparalleled views of the city landscape and play croquet or pétanique. In case of bad weather, there’s a sheltered seating where you can enjoy refreshments and watch major sports games on large screens. It’s perfect for corporate summer parties! If you’re looking to book this event, contact our team at getinspired@emc3.com.

Link: https://www.skylightlondon.com/summer

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden: South Bank

This lovely rooftop gives you a slice of the countryside in the middle of the city. It’s completely covered with wildflowers, fruit trees, and allotments to create a dreamy summer atmosphere. Sit back and relax with a refresher from the bar and watch the sunset over the Thames. Delivered by the team of Cornwall’s Eden Project, this garden is maintained by volunteers who have experienced homelessness and mental health problems who are working to build their wellbeing through the support of the venue.

Link: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/visit/outdoor-spaces/queen-elizabeth-hall-roof-garden

The Tankard: Kennington

This brightly-coloured pub is a historic site that offers the best view overlooking the Imperial War Museum. It’s a great place for a casual hangout with friends to enjoy beer-friendly snacks like mac n’ cheese balls, burgers, scotch eggs and more – there are also vegan options too!

Link: https://www.drafthouse.co.uk/locations/the-tankard

The Culpeper Rooftop Garden: Shoreditch

This bar and urban garden hybrid offer some of the best, unique views of London. For the summer, it’s opening a pickle-centric rooftop with a menu filled with grilled vegetarian meals and an array of charcuterie options. The Culpeper grows their own herbs and cucumbers, and even hosts workshops on how to preserve homegrown vegetables, as well as cocktail classes.

Link: https://www.theculpeper.com/rooftop/

Pergola Paddington: Paddington

This wide and vibrant alfresco garden and rooftop is back with self-service food stalls featuring Patty & Bun, Babek Brothers, An Choi, and many more. The rooftop has four restaurants, two bars, and can hold up to 850 guests! The rooftop is decorated with hanging plants to create a summer oasis – and also has a roof in case of bad weather. Quick tip: visit their website to claim a free frosé!

Link: https://pergolalondon.com/

Frank’s Cafe: Peckham Multi-Storey

Summer has officially started with the opening of Frank’s. This pop-up bar perched on top of a car park offers a relaxing vibe with live music and their traditional Campari cocktails. Everyone of all ages can enjoy stunning views of the city and a classic summer BBQ. There are events scheduled throughout the season like a performance from Peckham’s Multi-Story Orchestra. Also, don’t be tempted to take the elevator to reach the 10thfloor since Frank’s has decorated their staircase to be completely painted in hot pink – a perfect photo opportunity. The rooftop bar has no entrance fee and offers £5 drinks so there’s no reason for you to miss out!

Link: http://boldtendencies.com/franks-cafe/

These affordable bars are perfect for hanging out during the summer, and also for hosting outdoor events! If you’d like to book any of these venues contact our team at getinspired@emc3.com.

written by samw