In sunny weather, something happens to the streets of London. Commuter-routes are quieter, streets are emptier, and almost everyone is happier. Sunshine makes London residents flock to pubs, bars and parks, determined to make the most of the lighter nights and warmer weather, this being the much-used excuse for ‘just one more’ drink. Luckily, we’ve got your summer socialising sussed with our picks of the top 3 rooftop terraces in London, meaning you can enjoy a cocktail or five in the sunshine without jostling for pub pavement space: the perfect excuse to enjoy the heatwave if ever there was one.
1. Peroni bar at Skylounge Book Skylounge
Peroni bar at Skylounge
Offering jaw-dropping views over the London skyline, taking in sights such as The Shard, St Paul’s and the Tower of London, Peroni bar at Skylounge is a slick and sophisticated 12th floor cocktail bar with an Italian menu and BBQ grill to boot. Resident DJs get diners and drinkers in the mood for a dance, while the bar serves up imaginative cocktail concoctions and beers. The BBQ serves up a tantalising summer menu, including charcoal-grilled fish marinated in sticky honey and Moroccan lamb burgers, while Italian platter dishes are ideal for sharing. Dine, drink and dance until the sun goes down, and then some.
2. On the Roof with Q Book On the Roof with Q
On the Roof with Q
Indulge in a spot of al fresco afternoon tea in amongst the herbaceous borders at On the Roof with Q, perched atop Selfridge’s department store in the heart of London’s shopping district. Kitted out like an English garden with an abundance of lush greenery, the Alice in Wonderland-esque rooftop terrace in London affords fantastic views across the city. For something a little more substantial, the seasonal BBQ grill menu serves up delights such as Inka grilled tiger prawns and Q burger with avocado, smoked slow and low to create an intense flavour. BBQ dining on a rooftop terrace in London: what’s not to love?
3. Tanqueray Citrus Garden at Vista at The Trafalgar Book Vista at The Trafalgar
Vista at The Trafalgar
Arguably the chicest of all rooftop terraces in London, Vista at The Trafalgar overlooks the iconic Trafalgar Square: the glorious sandstone facades providing a beautifully romantic setting. With slick, Italian-style décor comprising sleek black gloss table and chairs and monochrome accents, the Tanqueray No. TEN Citrus Garden summer pop-up at Vista at The Trafalgar in London offers a fragrant journey through an oasis of botanicals, with ten cocktails available for sampling. Inspired by the new art-deco look Tanqueray bottle, the Citrus Garden is set to host gin-tasting cocktail classes, making Vista at The Trafalgar the most sophisticated rooftop terrace in London: your citrus-infused summer starts here.