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17 London Rooftop Bars You Must Visit Before You Die

Fun in the sun.

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3. The Boundary

An East London institution, this dreamy roof terrace is super-popular. That means you might have to wait for a table, but once you have your table, you're not under any kind of time limit. So, you can settle in for evening.

Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street


11. Dalston Roof Park

Lounge in a deckchair in the sun, sip on some custom craft beer, and perhaps nibble on some Middle Eastern Barbeque food.

If you sign up for a £5 membership, not only do you get free access to film screenings, you're also making a charity donation.

Nearest station: Dalston Kingsland

12. Sky Lounge

This 12th floor terrace offers incredible views of the shard along with summertime fun activities like ten pin bowling.

The downside? It's a little pricy (alcoholic drinks start at £6). On the plus side, you can reserve an area for 10 people or more.

Nearest station: Fenchurch Street


13. Netil House

During the day, Netil house is a vibrant co-working space, and as the sun goes down their giant rooftop turns into a bar. There's plenty of seating – from deckchairs to beanbags – and they serve a mean Espresso Martini.

Nearest station: London Fields

14. Kensington Roof Gardens

The Kensington Roof Gardens are undeniably stunning, and free for the public to visit. You can book ahead for a wander around, or be smarter still and book a cocktail on the Babylon Terrace.

Cocktails start at £11, and you have a view out across the the English Woodland garden, complete with four real flamingos.

Nearest station: High Street Kensington

16. Madison

Paul Winch-Furness

Perfectly positioned, this swanky suntrap offers one of the best views in London. Drinks start at £5 for a glass of wine, but they also serve coffees from £2.50.

(Don't fancy staying for drinks? The view from here is awesome too.)

Nearest station: St Paul's

17. Sky Garden

So, the Sky Garden isn't a bar per se, but it consists of three dreamy stories of gardens, and a roof terrace. And, once you're in the gardens, there's a great bar. The best bit? You can book in advance, so there's no queuing.

Nearest station: Monument