Hurrah, summer is here at last! Elevate your drinking experience at one of the capital’s finest luxury rooftop bars and sunny, sky-high al fresco pop-ups
Pergola Paddington Central
Pergola Paddington Central returns for summer 2018, set in Paddington Basin. This lively urban oasis is built on two levels and brings together pop-up bars and food vendors including Patty & Bun; DF Mexico and Vietnamese barbecue maestro, MAM. The al fresco rooftop space is ideal for sunny evenings and can accommodate large parties, as well as walk-in guests.
Opening 26 April; Wednesday-Sunday, 5 Kingdom Street, London W2 6PY
Rumpus Room, Mondrian London
Pair altitude with attitude at the Rumpus Room, found on the 12th floor of the Mondrian Hotel on the Southbank. Gleaming gold and plush velvet interiors, curated by Jacu Strauss, set the tone for this chic cloud-skimming bar and restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer twinkling views over London and there is an al fresco terrace, perfect for sunny days.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
Perched atop the Boundary Project in Shoreditch, this cool rooftop retreat serves laidback glamour, with panoramic views of London. Select from a menu of deli snacks and grilled options, which can be enjoyed al fresco or beneath a weatherproof pergola.
2-4 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD
For sophisticated drinks at dizzy heights, head to SUSHISAMBA in the City. Located on the 39th floor of East London’s Heron Tower (officially 110 Bishopsgate), the sleek restaurant offers a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. Shoot up in the tummy-flipping glass elevator and head to the renowned rooftop bar, serving glamour, cocktails and namesake sushi until late.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
While not strictly a rooftop, The Hari makes it into our list for its al fresco terrace, which is located upstairs from the hotel bar and is an ideal suntrap on warm days. The modern hotel offers gleaming, contemporary interiors that stand out against the post code’s more traditional offerings. A retractable roof ensures that it is suitable for all forms of British weather this summer.
20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ