Central London


Alto @ Selfridges

Selfridges rooftop restaurant in Bond Street London  - a taste of Italy

Best for: 🍽

No Nearest tube: Bond St – 1 minπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Selfridges store

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

Selfridges rooftop restaurant in Bond Street London  - potting sheds
Selfridges rooftop restaurant in Bond Street London  - a taste of Italy
Selfridges rooftop restaurant in Bond Street London  - a taste of Italy

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Knightsbridge Dining at Harvey Nichols

Aqua Kyoto

Aqua rooftop bar in Oxford Street, London

Best for: 🍸🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ₯ƒπŸΉ

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

Location: Opposite London Palladium theatre

View: General London rooftops

Dress code: No flip flops or tracksuits.

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? Yes now due to Covid you can

Warm weather only? Yes

Visited / photos taken on: 2020

Rooftop review: This is one of 2 rooftops in the same building under the Aqua brand. Have always found Kyoto to be vibrant, fun and busy. Obviously Social distance rules mean the crowds that used to stand around can no longer do that but the table service is great and still a great crowd – just sat down!

Address: 240 Regents St, W1B 3BT

Website: Click here

Aqua rooftop bar in Oxford Street, London
Aqua rooftop bar in Oxford Street, London

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


Aqua Nueva

Aqua rooftop bar in Oxford Street, London with a bottle of rose wine in a bucket and glasses of wine

Best for: 🍸🍷πŸ₯‚πŸ₯ƒπŸΉ

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

Location: Opposite London Palladium theatre

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? Yes since Covid

Warm weather only? Yes

Last Visited / photos taken: 2020

Rooftop review: This is one of 2 rooftops in the same building. The featured above is the other. Neave has a slightly quieter feel and has been second to reopen since Covid-19. (They also have a terrace at the back for private hite hire.

Address: 240 Regents St, W1B 3BT

Website: Click here

2 chairs and a table on rooftop bar at Aqua Oxford street
Tables and chairs on the edge of a rooftop bar Aqua
Rooftop bar in oxford street empty table and chairs

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


B&H Garden Room

Views of London eye from B&H Garden Room rooftop in London

Best for: 🍽πŸ₯‚β˜•οΈ

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

Location: Almost opposite Leicester Sq tube

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

Stood at a bar
people sat in a garden setting rooftop
sofas on a rooftop

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


Bisushima

Best for: 🍱 🍣

Nearest tube: Charing Cross πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ5 mins

Location: On top of the Bisushima Hotel opposite the Portrait Gallery

View: Trafalgar Square

Dress code: πŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘—πŸ‘š

Vibe: Sunshine and sushi

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾 (champers only)

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Rooftop review roundup: A cute little terrace tucked up high away from crowds below. A popular tourist spot yet still relatively quiet rooftop. Sushi is their specialty and in the sunshine feels like you could be abroad in a European city. There’s another even smaller long terrace just for drinks. Which at night is magical with the London eye lit up. It is a little on the pricey side and once sat down the views of Trafalgar Square aren’t as easy to see but definitely worthy of a drink or 7!

Address: 8 St Martins Place, WC2N 4JH

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftops sushi then Sushi samba rooftop is for you!


Coqbull

Best for: πŸΈπŸ”πŸ₯©πŸΉ

Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ(exit 1 from the tube) 1 min

Location: On the old Jamie Oliver restaurant

View: not much

Dress code: πŸ‘•πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘–πŸ‘ 

Vibe: Fun after worky

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes – mainly burgers

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No – when it rains there are heaters and rooftop covers

Rooftop review roundup: This could be a new favourite for its fun factor. Super friendly lovely staff, great tunes and the best cocktails, best hangover food ever! This is going to be an epic addition to the soho scene!

Address: 17 – 19 Denman Street, W1D 7HW

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might like The Big Chill at Kings Cross


The Dorchester Rooftop

Bartender making drinks behind a bar at the Dorchester new rooftop bar view of london

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸΈπŸ½

Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ7 mins

Location: On top of the Dorchester Hotel

View: Hyde Park (and one end is House of Parliament, St Paul’s and the Hsard way in the distance)

Dress code: πŸ‘ πŸ‘”πŸ‘’πŸ‘—πŸ‘ž(βŒπŸ‘ŸπŸ§’πŸ©³)

Vibe: Elegance personified

Prosecco price: Just champagne 🍾 🍾🍾🍾🍾 (and other drinks!)

Food available? Yes special curated menus

Booking available? Essential

Smoking allowed? Yes in the lounge and selling cigars

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Umbrellas only, heater and hot water bottles. If the rain really hits the rooftop then it will be closed and they will contact you if you have a booking.

Rooftop review roundup: Staff couldn’t have been more attentive and thoughtful – even calling the day before with weather update. Food was truly delicious (be warned the chunky chips may be addictive). Summer soft tunes played till 6 when the evening live music began. Really was a little taste of summer days and champagne ways. If you fancy something new, fabulous and a little naughty on the purse strings then this is for you. For more read my full rooftop write up here. Ps second visit there was now a minimum spend for bookings – you can though walk in for just drinks in the ‘lounge’ depending on availability.

View of London rooftops from rooftop bar
a singer with a microphone and a fire and heater on a rooftop bar
2 empty chairs sat overlooking Hyde park from a rooftop bar

Address: 58 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might love St James Rooftop


Flight Club

The potting shed at fight club rooftop bar with bunting around it

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ»

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

Location: Above the dart 🎯 emporium! Behind Victoria Palace Theatre

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

red telephone box on a rooftop in London
sign that says 'Bloomsbury Shoreditch 2 miles' and 'Chicago 3947 miles' in front of shed
Pink Sofa on a rooftop

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John Lewis Rooftop – Willows on the roof

caravan with doors open  and signs to to the bar in yellow

Best for: 🍸🍽

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

Location: 6th floor of John Lewis department store (but you need to go to 5th then there’s special elevators or stairs through β€˜place to eat section’).

View: The eye

Dress code: Casual πŸ‘–πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Vibe: Relaxed

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes – the resturant and cabins not the general outside areas

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

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 main resturant is enclosed is weather proof and there’s even some private cabins you can hire.

Address: 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX

Website: Click here

outdoor dining. Lots of people sat in the sunshine with wine at wooden table and chairs
Sign saying The house of lights on a shed on a rooftop bar empty chaors and table in front of it

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


Kitchen at Holmes

light bulbs on a wire running across the sky with a railing in amongst London rooftops

Best for: πŸ·πŸ΄β˜•οΈ

Nearest tube: Baker Street πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ1 mins

Location: Baker Street at the Homes House hotel

View: Rooftops of London buildings like you’d see on a book cover or Mary Poppins

Dress code: πŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘”πŸ‘žπŸ‘Ÿ

Vibe: Smooth chill out tunes were actually playing so that says it nicely!

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes but only for May as it’s a Private members club.

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: Usually only for members of the Home House group this ‘secret’ rooftop opened to the public during April 2021 while we can’t dine inside. So if you need to escape the bustle of the city this is heaven. Genuinely feels like you are in an old movie. Service was fabulous and thoughtful. Food delicious. All in all a total gem!

Address: 108 Baker Street, W1U 6LJ

Website: Click here

green leave tree arch empty chairs with blankets on them
Glass of red wine, bread on a plate and selection of meats and cheeses on a plate
empty chairs and tables at the rooftop

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you will love The Culpeper at Aldgate.


LSQ Rooftop

Glass of gin with slice of lemon in it at sunset being held with a hand with purple nail varnish

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸ₯ƒπŸ·

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

Location: Next door to the M&M store on Leicester Sq gardens, on top of the Indigo Hotel

View: The London Eye & general london

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

Vibe: Quiet … still quite a secret!

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

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: I went when it first opened and then was not yet busy for a Saturday – considering it is in the hub of London. 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 you are in for a treat as the views are spectacular. 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

View out to London to the London eye
Rooftop at Indigo Hotel LSQ views over london

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


Knightsbridge Dining

colourful summer garden rooftop with red flowers and a tub of lemons

Best for: 🍷🍾πŸ₯‚

Nearest tube: Knightsbridge πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ30 seconds!

Location: On the 5th floor of the Harvey Nichols department store

View: Nothing

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ₯ΏπŸ‘–πŸ§£πŸ‘ž

Vibe: Afternoon tea time

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: A colourful cute rooftop with impeccable service. A little on the pricey side for what it is but perfect for a pit stop when needing some refreshments.

Address: 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

Website: Click here

Lemon vine wrapped around railings with a table and chair in front
lemon and red flowers wrapped around the celling
empty table and chairs surrounded by red flower and lemons

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this then you need will love Alto at Selfridges


Orrery

Best for: 🍽

Nearest tube: Baker StreetπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ 6 mins

Location: Marylebone High St, on the restaurant

View: Nada

Dress code: πŸ‘•πŸ‘–

Vibe: Piano Bar

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes for the terrace

Rooftop review roundup: A cute little Michelin star French rooftop terrace in the heart of Marylebone. However I didn’t find the food or service that special. They have a lunch special deal which means it was good value for money. It was a shame they have the awning up all the time though I suspect directly in the sun would be hot but its not often in London that happens.

Address: 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5RB

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this restaurant then you you might like De Robertis in Malta


Pantechnicon

2 table and chairs in front of glass doors that show the rooftop bar

Best for: 🍽🍷

Nearest tube: Knightsbridge πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ 6 mins

Location: Heart of Knightsbridge, with its own grand building.

View: nothing

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ₯ΏπŸ‘’πŸ‘ πŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ§₯

Vibe: Understated chic

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No they have an indoor restaurant but also can cover the terrace, have heaters and rugs

Rooftop review roundup: Japanese and Nordic influence this cute lil rooftop terrace echoes an Anthropologie Copenhagen vibe. Simplicity and splendour. They call it the roof garden as it is by Finnish horticulturalist Taina (means β€˜little tree’) Suonio. The food is exquisite albeit a small menu, the service impeccable and whilst this isn’t a rooftop for views it is the perfect lunch spot after some serious Knightsbridge shopping! It even has its own shop on the floors below (note to shop before the cocktails πŸ˜‰)

Address: 19 Motcomb St, SW1X 8LB

Website: Click here

2 empty chairs beside a round table
A round bowl with scallops and a bowl with broccoli with a yellow sause over both
large green plant by the door leading out to a terrace

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might like B&H Garden (above)


Plaza Terrace Bar

Blue sky and clouds blue rooftops and building s

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

green sofa chairs by the rooftop
greenery at rooftop bar

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: B&H Garden Room at Leicester Square


Prince of Wales Feathers

sign that says 'prince of whales feathers'  empty tables and chairs

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

sign that says 'prince of whales feathers'  empty tables and chairs
sign that says 'prince of whales feathers'  front of the pub

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Radio Rooftop

2 champagnes glasses together with somerset house in the background

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸΈ

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

Location: ME Hotel. Opposite Somerset House right on the corner of the strand

View: Somerset House & The Shard / city

Dress code: πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘” ‘Smart and Glamorous’

Vibe: Swanky and night chilled by day.

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

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 or dining with a city back drop. By night get your glad rags on!

Address: ME Hotel, 10th Floor, 336 – 337 Strand, WC2R 1HR

Website: Click here

black sofas at radio rooftop
Black sofas and views out to the river Thames
shard at sunset. views from rooftop bar

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


Soho House -180 The strand (members only)

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸΈ

Nearest tube: Temple – 5 mins

Location: 180 The Strand

View: All of London!

Dress code: Cool casual

Vibe: Chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes but not to the public

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: The newest Soho House in London with everything you could want from a rooftop… the best views, vibes and pool! So it will be disappointing to most its a private members club but find yourself a member and become friends as they are allowed to take guests. That’s what I did! But if you have the cash and need a networking space this is truly one of the best places in London.

Address: 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this one then you will love their White City rooftop pool.


St James Cafe

Glass of Rose being held overlooking St James Park

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

empty benches and trees
St James Palace

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


The Nest

views over Oxford street london

Best for: πŸΎβ˜•οΈπŸ₯‚πŸΈπŸ·

Nearest tube: Oxford Street – 4 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈGreat Portland Street – 9 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Treehouse Hotel, opposite the BBC

View: All of London! 🀩

Dress code: Smart casual πŸ‘šπŸ‘”πŸ‘—πŸ‘–

Vibe: Piano bar, elegant

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾+

Food available? Snacks, small plates and sharing plates (or there is a restaurant on the floor below)

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes (outside)

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes but the inside has floor to ceiling windows.

Rooftop review roundup: A much needed addition to rooftops this side of London. Perfect for post shopping champers with Oxford and Regent Street just below. The staff are warm and welcoming and the views are some of the best in London. It’s not catered for winter outside but they have created a gorgeous treehouse vibe bar on the inside. In the summer I can see this being ridiculously popular as you step outside you can walk around the bar in the middle – providing 360 views of the city! From BT tower, to the shard to the famous shopping street below! Currently it’s only open to the public in the day so do call ahead to check it will be open when you are planning to go. I will definitely be back!

Address: 14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS

Website: Click here

Empty chairs and tables
a jungle themed rooftop with sofas
BT Tower

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


The Rooftop, St James (formally Vista)

2 champagnes glasses with the the london eye in the back ground

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸΈπŸ·

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

Location: Just to the side of Trafalgar Sq on top of the The Trafalgar hotel

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

Visited / photos taken on: 2019

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

Rooftop review: Always was a big favourite in it’s ‘Vista’ days. The vibe is now less afternoon tea parties and more champers at sunset – I 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

Trafalgar square London from The rooftop St James
London eye at night
people sat at the bar at the rooftop
sofas and empty tables and chairs

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


The Roof Terrace – Ham Yard

Stone fountain and garden furniture on Ham Yard rooftop

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΈπŸΉπŸ»πŸ·

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

Location: On top on the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho

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

LIme green sofas on Ham Yard rooftop
gathering of people for a celebration

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


Soho Sky Terrace

(formally known as Toy Roof)

Best for: 🍹🍾🍷

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

Location: 6th floor of the Courthouse Hotel, opposite to Liberty store and next door to the Paladium theatre

View: Nothing iconic except Liberty store

Dress code: smart casual πŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Vibe: Chilled tunes, young and fun

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes – finger food, πŸ” and πŸ•

Booking available? Yes but it’s min spend of Β£50pp

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No – open all year round with heaters, plastic side sheeting for the winter.

Rooftop review roundup: 2020 update that its changed names so some of these details may not be as up to date. But it’s still a small terrace with a big personality – great for post work, pre theatre, post shopping drinks.

Address: 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7HL

Website: Click here

Views over Liberty building in London

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Chiringuito in Bethnal Green


The Windmill Mayfair

Red wine in the foreground with empty tables and chairs behind and Christmas stockings on the wall

Best for: 🍷πŸ₯‚πŸΊπŸ₯ƒπŸΈπŸΉ

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

Location: Just off Regents St along from ‘Sketch’

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

Empty chairs and tables with Christmas stockings
red wine glass

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


The Wing

BT Tower in the back ground with empty pink chairs in front on the rooftop club The Wing

Best for: πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ’»

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus – 2 minπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Location: Just off Regents Street, behind the giant Top Shop

View: BT Tower

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘”

Vibe: Quiet, work, meetings

Prosecco price: ❌ all aboutβ˜•οΈ except for a few evening events

Food available? Just snacks like cake!

Booking available? Yes, it’s a private members club so you need to know a member who can book and sign you in.

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: An adorable diner style little cafe style rooftop in the middle of the crazy city. This is a women’s only (men are allowed for meetings) private members work & meeting space so ideal if you are a freelancer or just need a quiet London base … with a rooftop!

Address: 14 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8QW

Website: Click here

Green chairs at the Wing
Pink and green diner chairs on the Wing rooftop cub

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Ham Yard rooftop just a few minutes walk away!