Central London x 14

1. Alto @ Selfridges

Best for: 🍽

Nearest tube: Bond St – 1 minπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: The eye in the distance

Dress code: Casual

Vibe: Depends when you go … winter mid week quiet v height of summer on a Saturday – buzzzzzing

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018&9

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: Great shopping pit stop in the winter and it’s own destination in the summer. I’ve been going for a few years now, each time is slightly different. The entrance is the insta worthy feature – after taking the private lift up, you wander through a photographable festive tunnel. The bar indoors is very small – perfect post shop chill. The resturant is best in the summer – the roof comes off and the vibe is European AND there’s an outdoor terrace (no heaters in winter but sofas and sun in the summer) A Fabulous all rounder!

Address: Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: John Lewis rooftop (below)

2. Aqua Kyoto

Best for: 🍸🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ₯ƒπŸΉ

Nearest tube: Oxford street – 2 min πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: General London rooftops

Dress code: No flip flops or tracksuits. I’ve been super dressed up πŸ‘—πŸ‘  and dressed upπŸ‘–

Vibe: Chilled mix of ages, quite trendy crowd

Prosecco price: Just 🍾🍾🍾🍾champers – glad I also love a rose!

Food available? Japanese style tapas (resturant inside tho is very dark in comparison to the terrace also very glitzy!)

Booking needed? No and nor can you

Warm weather only? Yes

Visited / photos taken on: 2018

Rooftop review: This is one of 2 rooftops in the same building, the other – Aqua Nueva is featured below. This one seemed more popular maybe due to the pretty flowers and sofas – and slightly more of a fun vibe.

Address: 240 Regents St, W1B 3BT

Website Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: The Top in Barcelona


3. Aqua Nueva

Best for: 🍸🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ₯ƒπŸΉ

Nearest tube: Oxford street – 2 min πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: General London rooftops (tho also currently some covered big building!)

Dress code: No flip flops or tracksuits. I’ve been super dressed up πŸ‘—πŸ‘  and dressed upπŸ‘–

Vibe: Chilled mix of ages

Prosecco price: Just 🍾🍾🍾🍾champers – glad I also love a rose!

Food available? Spanish – full meals available

Booking needed? No and nor can you

Warm weather only? Yes

Visited / photos taken: 2017 & 2018

Rooftop review: This is one of 2 rooftops in the same building. Aqua Spirit featured above is the other. This has a slightly quieter feel with cute coloured flags maybe as it’s not as obvious to get to. They also have a terrace at the back for private for hire.

Address: 240 Regents St, W1B 3BT

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Le Roof In Cannes


4. B&H Garden Room

Best for: 🍽πŸ₯‚β˜•οΈ

Nearest tube: Leicester Square – 2 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈor Piccadilly Circus – 3 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

View: The eye and the city

Dress code: Casual

Vibe: Summer chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? Yes its enclosed – though it made the cut for a rooftop not an awesome alternative as there is a very small terrace (more for photos and fresh air than able to drink on)

Rooftop review roundup: Newly opened at the end of 2018. An oasis of calm from the busy tourist Leicester Sq. Elegant yet causal was the perfect pre matinee lunch venue.

Address: B&H Garden Room, 10th Floor, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Aqua (above)


4. Fight Club

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ»

Nearest tube: Victoria – 5 minπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: Above the dart 🎯 emporium!

View: Nothing!

Vibe: Cute garden theme, party vibe.

Prosecco price: 🍾 (and a free bottle if 6+ for lunch)

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No but if it’s super rainy or cold I wouldn’t bother but they do have enclosed huts on the roof!

Rooftop review roundup: This is a hidden gem and a big surprise. Don’t let the name put you off as it nearly did me! I was expecting a small smoking area type rooftop and instead it’s super retro and kitsch! Inside the vibe is darts and casino but step out and it’s full of a gardeners dream and London icons – like they have an original telephone box that is actually a disco for one! Perfect for a hen/ baby shower or just for the gram!

Address: 6 Sir Simon Milton Sq, SW1E 5DJ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: John Lewis below!


6. John Lewis Rooftop

Best for: 🍸🍽

Nearest tube: Oxford St – 3 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈor Bond St – 5 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

View: The eye

Dress code: Casual πŸ‘–πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Vibe: Relaxed

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: A treasure of a rooftop – either as a pit stop from shopping or a destination. In winter there’s an ice rink and hot gin and summer there’s movies under the stars! The resturant is enclosed so is weather proof and there’s even some private cabins.

Address: 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Gallow Green in New York


7. LSQ Rooftop

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸ₯ƒπŸ·

Nearest tube: Leicester Square – 2 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Piccadilly Circus 3 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: The London Eye & general london

Dress code: Anything πŸ‘‘πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘”πŸ‘–πŸ‘—

Vibe: Hotel guests & quiet

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes but we just had drinks

Booking needed? No

Warm/dry weather only? Yes and no as there is wall to ceiling windows so could still enjoy the views safe and dry!

Visited / photos taken: 2018

Rooftop review: Its just opened so not yet busy for a Saturday in the hub of London however the staff were also very busy. Table service was available on a small strip terrace (though a little slow) and the main bar is inside. If you can get a table on the terrace then wow – spectacular views. And the bonus is they currently open early (most rooftops don’t) so morning coffees meetings with a view is the dream!

Address: Indigo Hotel, 1 Leicester Sq, WC2H 7NA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: 12 Knot – Southbank


8. Plaza Terrace Bar

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ₯œπŸ§€πŸ₯“πŸ·

Nearest tube: Covent Garden 2 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Royal Opera House

View: Covent Garden square & London eye in the distance

Dress code: Anything (but at night Smart casual)

Vibe: Quiet when no performance is on, theatre audience vibe when is

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Snacks and a few plates

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: A hidden hideaway in such a tourist trap of Covent Garden. Debated whether it would count as a rooftop as there is a roof and windows but the latter gets pulled right back (don’t attempt this yourself or you’ll get your thumb trapped like me!) or stays is lashing with rain – the consensus was yes it passed as one! Perfect for a pre theatre drink or just to escape the craziness of this super popular part of town. (Tho once you’ve taken in the plaza of Covent Garden, I’d also stop by their Paul Hamlyn Hall Champagne Bar for a decadent glass of something bubbly surrounded by history).

Address: 55 Bow St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7AT

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: B&H Garden Room at Leicester Square (no 4 above)


9. Prince of Wales Feathers

Best for: 🍺

Nearest tube: Warren Street – 30 Secs πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈEuston Sq – 4 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Location: Above the pub

View: nothing

Dress code: Casual

Vibe: Pub!

Prosecco price: 🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: A great little pub in the busy area that’s reasonably priced and an outdoor space to breath or have a smoke. Not the glamour of sweeping London views but an outdoor space in summer that’s welcomed

Address: 8 Warren St, W1T 5LD

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like The Scottish Stores in Kings Cross


10. Radio Rooftop

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸΈ

Nearest tube: Temple – 7 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Covent Garden – 7 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: Somerset House & Shard

Dress code: πŸ‘—πŸ‘•πŸ‘”

Vibe: Swanky and night chilled by day.

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No – heaters and covered area

Rooftop review roundup: A firm fav for great views, great location and party vibe. By day lovely sofas to chill with champers on. (For dining those tables are inside)

Address: 10th Floor ME Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Golden Bee in Old Street


11. St James Cafe

Best for: β˜•οΈπŸ₯‚πŸ·πŸ½πŸ°

Nearest tube: St James Park- 5 minπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈor Westminster – 8 minsπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Piccadilly Circus – 16 minsπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: St James palace, the London eye & the park.

Dress code: Causal πŸ‘•πŸ‘šπŸ‘–

Vibe: Super chill cafe

Prosecco price: 🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? No but it’s fast turn around of visitors

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes (the cafe underneath is enclosed should you need it!)

Rooftop review roundup: Not what you usually expect from a ‘rooftop’ but it is indeed on top of the cafe, open with views so one for families, a quiet read of a book, a pit stop whilst park walking or just to while away the day. Very tranquil.

Address: St James Park, SW1A 2BJ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Hollyhock Cafe in Richmond (not a rooftop but an awesome alternative)


12. The Rooftop, St James (formally Vista)

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸΈπŸ·

Nearest tube: Charing Cross – 6 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Piccadilly Circus – 7 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: Trafalgar Square & London Eye

Dress code: Evening – dress it up but not because you have to but you will want to πŸ‘—πŸ‘ 

Vibe: Date night, sophisticated

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes – rarely for a place like this so do!

Visited / photos taken on: 2018 (been many time when it was Vista but all pics are from last visit)

Warm/dry weather only? NO – the beauty with the refurbish is it now will be open all year

Rooftop review: Always was a big fav in it’s ‘Vista’ days and whilst the vibe is now less tea parties more champers at sunset – I still love it! The booking option is amazing, the staff and atmosphere, great – it’s just probably a little more dressy now. BUT the pay off for all year round and having and area with a retractable roof – genius!

Address: 7th Floor, Trafalgar Hotel, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Sq, SW1A 2TS

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: La Dolce Vita in Barcelona


13. The Roof Terrace – Ham Yard

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΈπŸΉπŸ»πŸ·

Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus – 3 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top on Ham Yard Hotel

View: London buildings

Dress code: Smart Casual πŸ‘•πŸ‘šπŸ‘–πŸ‘—

Vibe: Chilled yet bustling

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Snacks only

Booking available? Yes and a must as this rooftop is for pop ups and hire only

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: This is a private terrace but they put on a lot of pop ups – rose on the roof & yoga in the summer to hot gin and heaters in the winter. I’ve done the latter a few times and most recently came to a private hire drinks event. The weather has never been kind when I have been – usually grey and rainy (hence the pics are a little dull) but there is a cover over the sofas so still totally doable. Staff couldn’t be more helpful, as it’s a hotel there’s also a cloakroom and worse case there’s a gorgeous bar and resturant downstairs if you just wanted to swing by the terrace for one drink.

Address: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: John Lewis Rooftop – no 6 above


14. The Windmill Mayfair

Best for: 🍷πŸ₯‚πŸΊπŸ₯ƒπŸΈπŸΉ

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus – 5 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: None

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ‘”πŸ‘•πŸ‘Ÿ

Vibe: Traditional pub

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No – heaters and umbrellas

Rooftop review roundup: A little corner to come up for air in busy bustling area. Though it’s popular and as no booking means you have to take your luck. Summer heaving and Winter has hot gin! (Oh and inside the also a room called the pie room! πŸ₯§)

Address: 6/8 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AZ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: The Tankard in Kennington


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