In London, thanks to it’s array of high-rise buildings in the city, there are many opportunities for wining and dining on the top floor. Read on for ilikelondon’s list of some of the best rooftop restaurants in London.
Situated on the 10th floor of five star hotel the ME London, the Radio rooftop bar is a unique venue that blends productivity, lounging and social indulgence to create an alluring atmosphere. Based in the Strand and Aldwych area, from the rooftop you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the city spanning a number of landmarks. Shard London, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern and Southbank can all be spotted from the comfort of a sofa.
Indulge further with a tantalising Spanish inspired Tapas menu, served by their bar staff. From black olive and bitter chocolate tapenade, to dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in Pancetta. They also have a wide selection of wines, cocktails, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. Brunch is at 1pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday, although it is advised to make reservations. The nearest tube stations are Temple and Covent Garden.
Offering a three floor space at spanning 45,000 square foot at the top of 20 Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Garden is simply stunning. It’s 360- degree panoramic views of London are unrivalled and is London’s highest landscaped public garden. On level 36 you will find the Darwin Brasserie, which opens all day and offers staple European dishes under a chilled atmosphere. Level 35 is the Sky Pod, an all-day wine and dine space situated amongst the gorgeous sky gardens, with breath-taking views of the city. The exclusive Fenchurch Restaurant serves a British contemporary menu with a varied selection of meat and fish dishes as well as vegetarian options. Sky Garden is also open to events, private dining and group bookings, with spaces which can hold a capacity between 16 and 450 guests. Book a table at Sky Garden today and experience a luxury night out in London on a higher level. Nearest tube station is Monument Station.
Relatively new, the Golden Bee bar which opened in 2012 in Old Street, is a great late-night roof terrace which has a cocktail bar and club. The trendy east end venue fits perfectly with the buzzing crowd of Shoreditch and offers great views of East London. Enjoy an array of cocktails such as the passion fruit Mojito, Bellini or Strawberry Collins, complete with lush sofas to lounge on and two 60 inch screens, perfect for enjoying a match with friends on a summer evening. Group bookings are accepted but reservations fill up fast so be sure to book well in advance. The nightclub below is a convenient place to shake your legs, with DJ’s playing House and Electronic Music till 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Golden Bee is a great venue to spend some of your nights out in London. The nearest station is Shoreditch station.
Located on the top floor of the Tower 42 Estate on Old Broad Street, Vertigo 42 is in the heart of the city and open to both Tower 42 occupiers and the general public. Their champagne bar offers impressive views on one of London’s highest buildings. They serve a high range of champagnes as well as cocktails, wines and foods, such as pork pies, chicken bites, smoked salmon and Mediterranean skewers. Their bar is reservations ONLY, so please do book online before arriving. The venue is also available for private hire. Nearest Tube stations are Bank and Liverpool Street.
Located on the 38th and 39th floor of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, Sushisamba restaurant offers an exceptional fusion of dishes from Brazil, Peru and Japan, bringing their stylish mix of cuisine, culture and music to the city. The highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, you can enjoy panoramic views of London from even the two glass elevators, which will get you to the 38th floor in incredibly speedy fashion. At the bar you can enjoy a lovely view of the Gherkin and surrounding buildings. The restaurant itself is beautiful with exotic bamboo-lattice decorations on the ceiling and windows surrounding the room. The food is exquisite with a robust range of sushi dishes. The nearest tube station is London Liverpool Street.
Enjoy live music while having dinner, a drink with friends after work or even lunch while soaking up impressive dynamic views of the London’s capital. The iconic Oxo Tower is a great place to wine and dine, with a lavish cocktail bar, restaurant and a buzzing brasserie with an open kitchen. These spaces are linked together by a 250 foot garden terrace which offers a fantastic view of the city. It’s scenic surroundings are perfect to spend a special romantic evening in London. Nearest tube stations are Southwark, Blackfriars or Waterloo.