The City & Shoreditch

14 Hills rooftop

14 Hills rooftop restaurant views of the shard, city, st Pauls

Best for: 🍽πŸ₯—πŸ§†πŸ₯˜πŸ₯‚πŸ΄

Nearest tube: Monument 🚢5 mins

Location: On top of a business boss building

View: All of London – the shard, the gerkin, Sky Gardens even St Paul’s round the corner

Dress code: πŸ‘‘πŸ‘’πŸ‘šπŸ§£πŸ§₯

Vibe: Elegant summer sereneness

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: This insta famous foliage fabulous restaurant wasn’t waiting for indoor dining to reopen. In stead they have expanded. Got a license for the rooftop above and set up a pop up rooftop for the summer. πŸ™ŒπŸ‘ Food is as fabulous as you’d expect from this brand, service impeccable and views to accompany you. One note is, this is a rooftop usually for the businesses in the building. As such part of the licence means you can’t freely walk round or indeed get as great a pic as these views cry out for. But as an alternative to cooking at home, its not too shabby! Summer champagne city lunching and dining ahead! For my full review click here.

Address: 15th Floor, 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA

Website: Click here

14 Hills rooftop restaurant views of the shard, city, st Pauls
14 Hills rooftop restaurant views of the shard, city, st Pauls
14 Hills rooftop restaurant views of the shard, city, st Pauls

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this then definitely check out Coq du Argent


Altitude

Best for: πŸŠπŸΏβ€β™€οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ«–πŸ₯“πŸ₯šπŸ₯πŸ₯‘

Nearest tube: Old street

Location: On top of the Mondrian Shoreditch hotel

View: The City

Dress code: πŸ‘™πŸ©±πŸ₯Ό

Vibe: Hangover heaven

Prosecco price: πŸ™…β€β™€οΈ

Food available? Breakfast

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: Only for dedicated rooftopers – to access this rooftop you either need to be a member of the Curtain or stay over night at the hotel and then the pool is yours for breakfast until midday to enjoy. Check out is usually 12 but they were kind to extend ours till 1 so we could max the pool and then potted back down in our robes to get changed and showered in our room! Breakfast was delicious, service a little slow but sitting in a robe on a rooftop pool with the sun shining … well could have been on a real holiday. And yes the pool is small but perfect for helping that hangover!

Address: The Mondrian Hotel, 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you can make friends with a Soho House member then you will love Soho House at the Strand.


Angler

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸΈβ˜•οΈ

Nearest Tube: Moorgate – 3 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Liverpool Street – 5 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the South Palace Hotel

View: Offices / City

Vibe: Elegant

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾 (champers only)

Food available? Yes – Michelin star seafood 🦞

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No – retractable food

Rooftop review roundup: Beautiful hotel and equally beautiful terrace – dressed for winter when I went. Chilled and cosy. The resturant is next door and indoor.

Address: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF

Website: Click here

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


Aviary

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸ·

Nearest tube: Moorgate – 5 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈor Old Street – 7 mins

Location: On Finsbury Square Garden on top of the Montcalm Royal London Hotel

View: The City

Vibe: Gorgeous and classy

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: Elegant gorgeous rooftop with stunning sunset summer view’s of the city. The resturant is enclosed with the bar but the terrace is open. In winter it’s transformed into a winter terrace – with igloos! (I have also visited at a summer bank holiday and be warned – get there early, the resturant is bright and airy and loads of room for lunch but if you fancy heading out for drinks on the terrace you could be queuing!)

Address: Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX

Website: Click here

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


Birds of Smithfield

Best for: 🍽

Nearest tube: Farringdon – 6 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ or Barbican – 5 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Location: Opposite Smithfield Markets

View: City

Dress code: πŸ‘” in the week more smart casual evenings and weekends

Vibe: City folk but evenings more fun

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes – seasonal opening

Rooftop review roundup: Cute little rooftop with its own bar and on a lovely summers night make a great dinner date (and no relations to Smiths of Smithfield)

Address: 26 Smithfield, EC1A 9LB

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Smiths of Smithfield


Boundary Project

Best for: 🍸πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸ·πŸ₯ƒ

Nearest tube & train: Shoreditch high street train – 2 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ or Old Street Tube – 11 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Boundary Hotel

View: London sky line πŸŒ‡

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

Vibe: Chill & chic

Prosecco price: Just champers 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes πŸ‘Œ

Booking available? Yes for resturant

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No – all year round. Heaters and undercover resturant πŸ‘Œ

Rooftop review roundup: Love this place – it’s relaxing, yet super chic, amazing food and lovely staff.

Address: Entrance in Redchurch Street – 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7dd

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Terrace Bar In Lisbon


Cloud M

Best for: πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ₯‚β˜•οΈ

Nearest tube: Tower Hill – 1 min πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Location: Above Citizen M hotel

View: Now this is special – you have Tower Bridge,Tower of London, The Shard, The London Eye, The City and Savage Gardens rooftop! 😍

Vibe: City

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? No

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes for the terrace

Rooftop review roundup: Super cool hotel that’s ahead of the game in terms of customer service and experience. All are welcome on the roof – it’s so perfect for work meets and drinks. The outside part is limited but made up for the insta worthy inside as below!

Address: 40 Trinity Sq, EC3N 4DJ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Jin Bo Law


6. Coq Du Argent

Best for: 🍽πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸ₯ƒ

Nearest tube: Bank – mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈor Mansion House – 3 mins

Location: I always get lost but it’s a over a lot of offices, with its own elevator – worth getting lost for!

View: The city

Dress code: Smart Casual

Vibe: The resturant inside is fancy and mid week lunch was full of suits but the terrace was dressed more chilled.

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes – French

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? Partly

Rooftop review roundup: Classy gorgeous terrace. The resturant is enclosed and a favourite for city meetings and there’s a little covered heated terrace area too. Outside the rooftop is in a circle with a secret garden where the views of the city will take your breath away. And in the winter there are snug little huts for hire.

Address: No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

Website:Click here

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


The Culpeper: Rooftop Greenhouse

Best for: 🍸🍷🍽🍾

Nearest tube: Aldgate East – 3 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

View: City in the distance & general london

Dress code: Chill πŸ‘šπŸ‘–πŸ‘•

Vibe: Chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾 (Just!)

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes – encouraged. In the winter they turn the greenhouse into private hire dining.

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes though the greenhouse is small but warm and dry

Rooftop review roundup: They had a summer mission to grow 13 different varieties of cucumber πŸ₯’ summer of 2018 – it really is a restaurant in a garden oasis. If you eat too you may well be eating vegetables from this rooftop garden. But what I like most about this rooftop is they keep the roof free from allowing standing so it’s never squishy and you get a seat! You can wing it on the day and see if there is space – they offer a fab service of buzzing you if a table becomes free but book to guarantee a spot. Food is great, views spectacular, service superb.

Address: 40 Commercial Street,
E1 6LP

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Rio Marvavilha In Lisbon


Jin Bo Law

Best for: 🍸🍹πŸ₯‚πŸ·

Nearest Tube: Aldgate – 1 min πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: 14th Floor of the Dorsett City Hotel

View: The city skyline πŸ™ & The shard

Dress code: Smart casual but I’d dress it up πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘”

Vibe: Swanky but chill

Prosecco price: No actual prosecco but sparking wine 🍾🍾🍾 (and some awesome cocktails)

Food available? Snacks only

Booking available? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/dry weather only? No the terrace area is a strip & limited (like Rumpus Rooms & 1 Leicester Sq) but the good thing means like the others it has a inside that you can be warm, dry and still enjoy the views.

Rooftop review roundup: A firm favourite for the wow factor. Fun and yet also chilled. Great tunes and just that place that makes you feel fabulous. And there’s even a cocktail called City Sky line πŸ‘Œ

Address: 14th Floor – Dorsett City Hotel, 9 Aldgate High St, EC3N 1AH

Website: Click here

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


Madisons

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΈπŸΉπŸ₯ƒ

Nearest tube: Mansion House – 2 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ or St Paul’s – 2 mins walk or Bank tube – 5 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of One New Change Shopping centre – you need to go into the Center and there’s usually a security guard to show you up.

View: St Pauls

Dress code: Smart casual – dressed up πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘”

Vibe: Swanky city boy vibe but fun.

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾 (sparking wine/ champers only – no prosecco)

Food available? Yes though the terrace is more for drinks and snacks due to seating (also an adjoining indoor restaurant with great views)

Booking needed? No

Warm/ dry weather only? Yes

Last Visited / Photos taken: 2018, 2020

Rooftop review: Probably one of the most famous London rooftops for its magnificent insta friendly view of St Paul’s and a fashionable rooftop for city types and tourists alike. (FYI The seating is limited so on a warm day you probably be standing & just to note you aren’t allowed walk down to the edge right by St Paul’s with drinks but the pics from the bar are pretty insta worthy)

Address: One New Change building – 8th floor, EC4M 9AF

(You have to go into the shopping centre to access the lift)

Website: Click here

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


Maya

Best for: πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ 🐠

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

Location: On top of the Hoxton Hotel

View: City

Dress code: πŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘ πŸ‘š

Vibe: Mexico City

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾 but you’ll want a tequila cocktail!

Food available? Yes – Mexican

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: What a a slice of Mexican heaven. Hidden behind a discreet green door on Willow Street you are transported to a tiny terrace that features tequila pretty happily! The food is delicious and the cocktails to match. The views are a little hidden but as the sun shines down, the Mexican music washes over you and the tequila kicks in… this is definitely a happy rooftop!

Address: 1 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might like The Boundary

Mercer Roof Terrace

Best for: 🍹🍸🍽

Nearest tube: Mansion House – 2 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Canon St – 5 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Vintry and Mercer Hotel

View: St Pauls & The Shard

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

Vibe: Chille

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: Gorgeous oasis of calm, fabulous views and even better cocktails 🍹lovely staff. In winter it becomes home to igloo’s making it a rather special destination all year round

Address: Vintry & Mercer Hotel
19 – 20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU

Website: Click here

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


No 3 Smiths of Smithfield

Best for: 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ½πŸ·

Nearest tube: Farringdon – 4 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ or Barbican – 5 minsπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Location: Opposite Smithfield Market

View: St Paul’s, the Shard, the city

Dress code: Smart casualπŸ‘–πŸ‘”πŸ‘—πŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Vibe: Chilled to party downstairs!

Prosecco price: 🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? No – have heaters and retractable roof

Rooftop review roundup: Great fun, feels formal but actually great vibe and super friendly staff. Perfect for after work drinks. (Also has downstairs fun and resturant inside adjacent to the terrace and no relation to Birds of Smithfield)

Address: 67-77 Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ

Website: Click here

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


PocketSquare Skyline Bar & Terrace

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸ₯—

Nearest tube: Aldgate πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ8 mins

Location: On top of the Hyatt Place hotel

View: City – not wow ones but great to have different London ones!

Dress code: πŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ‘ πŸ‘š

Vibe: Chill

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No

Rooftop review roundup: ” Where the city meets the east end” Focusing on fabulous cocktails with light bites to pair with each signature drink, this rooftop is a welcome addition to this area.

Address: Hyatt Hotel, Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might LSQ in Leicester Square .


Queen of Hoxton

Best for: πŸΉπŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ

Nearest tube: Liverpool St – 8 πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈOld street – 9 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈMoorgate – 10 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: Just down from NSPCC

View: Not much – office buildings but themed to make up for that!

Dress code: πŸ‘•πŸ‘šπŸ‘–πŸ‘—

Vibe: Casual in the day, party at night

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾

Food available? Snacks

Booking available? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes!

Rooftop review roundup: It’s a slight youth hostel student vibe and a LOT of stairs to climb but worth it and the walls on way up are all themed and changed so lots of insta opportunities. The rooftop is small, compact and cute! This is an unusual one in London as it always is changing so this is its current theme but will change again for Winter. So last Winter it was Moulin Rouge and had indoor cover, then we had Mexican (featured) and winter was Wizard of Oz. Weekends are rammed but worth it for the fun young vibe (Oh and they also have summer screenings πŸŽ₯)

Address: 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Bar Elba in London at Waterloo


Sabine

Best for: 🍸🍹πŸ₯‚

Nearest tube: Blackfriars/ St Pauls πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ7 mins

Location: On top of the Leonard Hotel

View: St Paul’s (and the shard)

Dress code: πŸ‘šπŸ‘”πŸ‘—πŸ‘–πŸ‘ πŸ©΄

Vibe: Floral feast of fun and fabulousness

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes best bar nibbles

Booking available? Yes essential!

Smoking allowed? No

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? No – there are areas including the main bar that are inside, parts of the terrace have roofs if needed.

Rooftop review roundup: What a treat this rooftop is. Brand spanking new and a welcome addition to the rooftop scene. We have only had the marvellous of Madisons owning this St Pauls view and boujee vibe but Sabine is a serious contender to steal our hearts and Instagram feed. The food was fantastic, staff and service so attentive and fun, vibe on point and the view… well even in the rain and wind it was fabulous! For my full review click here.

Address: 10 Godilman Street, EC4V 5AJ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you love this place then you might like Mercer rooftop (above)


Savage Gardens

(Formally Sky Lounge)

Best for: 🍷🍸πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸΊ

Nearest tube: Tower Hill – 2 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Double Tree Hilton

View: Tower of London & The shard

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

Vibe: Self described as ‘London’s wildest Rooftop Bar’ certainly one the places to be seen. By day has a more chilled cocktail and summer day vibe.

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Yes

Booking available? Yes πŸ™ and lovely friendly on email

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? It has a retractable roof but the bar that has the same views is also gorgeous

Rooftop review roundup: Renovated a few years ago the terrace is bright and colourful and constantly adjusting its look. Inside the bar has sweeping views that when you walk through too gives you that wow moment. Clientele is transient with a mix of hotel guests and but lovely staff and great cocktails!

Address: 12th Floor, Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF

Website: Click here

Savage Garden rooftop bar view

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


14. Sushi Samba

Best for: 🍣 πŸ₯‚πŸΉ

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street – 3 mins πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈor Aldgate – 7 mins πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On top of the Heron Tower sharing the building with Duck and Waffle

View: The city of London 🀩

Dress code: πŸ‘—πŸ‘•πŸ‘šπŸ‘”πŸ‘– (dress up if no booking)

Vibe: Fun & cool

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available: Yes – Sushi! πŸ€ͺ

Booking available? Yes for the resturant – make sure you book in advance as it’s always popular. You can try your luck with the doorman – certainly for the bar.

Last visited /photos taken: 2018

Warm/ Dry weather only? No – whilst the resturant is floor to ceiling glass and indoors the bar is outside and open all year which is why it made the rooftop cut not an awesome alternative as it’s neighbour Duck and Waffle did!

Rooftop review roundup: On the 38th floor the views are sweeping over London, the resturant is bright airy and orange! Staff were brilliantly helpful and the sushi was incredible. Loved it for lunch – imagine stunning at night too. Having also been for dinner above at Duck and Waffle which is much more intimate. It’s not cheap though but worth it for a special occasion.

Address: Heron Tower 110 Bishops Gate, EC2N 4AY

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Duck and Waffle (an awesome alternative and in the same building!)


Skyline

Best for: πŸ₯‚πŸΉπŸ•πŸœ

Nearest tube: Tower Hill πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ1 min

Location: 7th floor – On top of Tower Suites of the Blue Orchid Hotel

View: One of the best spots for Tower Hill and the Shard

Dress code: πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ‘–

Vibe: Boujee

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? πŸ•

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2021

Warm/dry weather only? Yes

Rooftop review roundup: this new rooftop just arrived to rival some of the best known rooftops in town. Don’t be fooled by the lift entrance and feeling like you are in the wrong place. This has been a rooftop for residents… till now. Now it’s had a facelift and is finding its feet and is set to be fabulous fun! Weekend vibe is boujee ibiza with DJs, bouncers and all the views for an Insta feed. It even has a photo flower arch. Evenings get hot and sweaty! The week days however are more chill. Food is available and booking is a must. This new roofto of the best known rooftop in London.

Address: 100 Minories, EC3N 1JY

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this then you’ll love the views at Jin Bo Law

15. The Residence – (Currently closed)

Best for: πŸ₯‚

Nearest tube: Tower Hill – 1 min πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Location: On 6th floor of the Four Seasons – Tower Hill

View: Tower of London, Tower bridge & The Shard

Dress code: Smart Casual πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘–πŸ‘”πŸ‘— – Four Seasons is a Smart hotel which you have to walk through so you may want to be smart.

Vibe: Lazy summer days, suits after work, meetings and dates!

Prosecco price: 🍾🍾🍾

Food available? Snacks

Booking available? Yes

Smoking allowed? Yes

Last visited /photos taken: 2019

Warm/dry weather only? Yes and it’s only open in the summer and Thursday – Saturday’s late afternoon onwards and as a pop up summer 2029 … TBC if it’s returning

Rooftop review roundup: Called The Residence because it is! Actually where people book a very large swanky amazing apartment in the hotel – part of why it’s currently just a summer ‘pop up’ but hoping it will become a summer staple as the staff as super friendly, the views incredible, tunes are chilled and it’s all rather perfect.

Address: 10 Trinity Sq, EC3N 4AJ

Website: Click here

Rooftop extra tip: If you like this rooftop then you might also like: Jin Bo Law (above)