Best London Rooftop Bars that allow children

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a (small) vino with a view catch up too!

As you would expect many rooftop bars don’t allow under 21 year olds up let alone under 18. And that makes sense – boozy cocktails, bottomless brunchers or overpriced fancy bubbles in a boujee setting – rooftops bars are very much an adult playground. But there are a surprisingly number that allow children.

So if you are a parent who wishes they could have an afternoon catch up with a cocktail or maybe more appropriately mocktail or maybe like me you are the awesome auntie and want to treat the teenagers to a day of London fun or it could be a 16th and special night out – then I’ve split the options into 3 categories: anytime, just daytime and no Saturdays but other random times!

Anytime rooftop access

The following rooftops allow children at any age any time, unsurprisingly also all double up as rooftop restaurants.

Alto πŸ“ Central London

601 πŸ“ Wimbledon

Oxo Tower πŸ“Southbank

Mercato πŸ“ Mayfair

Vintry and Mercer πŸ“ Bank

Seabird πŸ“Blackfriars

Ariel πŸ“ White City

Daytime access only

Then we have those rooftop bars that have evening restrictions but children are allowed during the day:

Aviary πŸ“ Morgate πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Daily until 6pm

Bussey πŸ“ Peckham πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Daily till 5pm

Bokan πŸ“ Canary Wharf πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Daily to under 12’s till 8pm (age 12-18 anytime welcome anytime)

Radio Rooftop πŸ“The Strand πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Daily till 5pm

Skylight πŸ“Peckham πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Daily till 6pm

Skylight πŸ“ Wapping πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Daily till 6pm and Sunday families are encouraged

Culpeper πŸ“ Aldgate πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Daily till 8pm (but no lift)

Random rooftop access – but never Saturdays.

And lastly those that rule Saturdays out regardless of the time but do allow at other times:

Garden Rooftop πŸ“ Piccadilly πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Sun – Thursday anytime.

Dalston Roof Park πŸ“Dalston πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Wed – Fri & Sundays before 5pm

LSQ πŸ“ Leicester Sq πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦ Sun – Thurs before 6pm

Pergola πŸ“ Paddington πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦ Sun – Fri before 5pm

The Rooftop πŸ“ Trafalgar Sq πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦ Sun – Wed anytime

Free Rooftop Gardens

Lastly if you aren’t bothered about needing a bar or restaurant then London has two fantastic concrete jungle gardens that are free and children welcome!

120 Rooftop Garden πŸ“ The City

Cross Rail Garden πŸ“Canary Wharf

Hope you and your accompanying small people have fun! And they do need to be accompanied, teenagers can’t just rock up as a group… so time to ask your fun auntie to take you if that’s the case (yes I am one of those!)

Disclaimer: As with all rooftop bar info, it’s correct at time of publication but do always double check when you book as rules and times can change.