Few things are more enticing to Londoners than an afternoon spent drinking in the pub. One such thing, however, is an afternoon spent drinking on a rooftop. In advance of the Bank Holiday weekend, we’re recommending our 5 favourite spots.
1. Southbank Centre Roof Garden
Where? Southbank (SE1 8XX)
Why? This roof garden boasts over 150 species of native wildflowers and the opportunity to picnic alongside Southbank’s tote-bag-wearing, coffee-drinking trendies. More here.
2. The Culpeper Roof Garden
Where? Aldgate East, E1 6LP
Why? Named after Nicholas Culpeper, an Aldgate-based 17th-century herbalist, the Culpeper promises great views and their signature Lemon-Thyme Ambrosia: brandy, calvados, and prosecco. More here.
Where? Bishopsgate, EC2N
Why? Situated near the top of the Heron Tower, Sushisamba offers an impressive circular bar, memorable cocktails and views for miles. More here.
4. Queen of Hoxton
Where? Hoxton, EC2A 3JX
Why? The roof of the Queen of Hoxton is open all year round, serving food and killer cocktails. In the summer months they host rooftop film events too. Recommended. More here.
5. Kensington Roof Gardens
Where? Kensington, W8 5SA
Why? At 75 years old, this is the grandfather of London’s rooftop drinking holes. It might have sold out to Virgin and charge some hefty premiums, but it does have four resident pink flamingos. Can’t argue with that. More here.