Bōkan 38 Bar & 39 Rooftop
If you’re wanting to escape the busy streets of the City, head to Bōkan’s easy-going rooftop, featuring a specialist gin bar (try The Red Seal, you won’t regret it we promise), creative cocktails inspired by London’s Docklands, rooftop daybeds for lounging and, of course, sensational views of London.
GQ recommends paying a visit on a Sunday so you can sit back and enjoy its Sunday jazz sessions.
Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, E14.
Less of a rooftop and more an urban lawn club in the sky, Skylight ticks all the boxes for a summer day out. Located in a former car park with a 360-degree backdrop of the London skyline there is croquet and pétanque to be enjoyed, street food to be consumed and jugs of cocktails (get the Sky Tai) to be sipped.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, E1W.
This summer the north- and south-facing terraces at Radio Rooftop have been transformed into a botanical garden and Mexican hacienda. Located on the tenth floor of ME London, enjoy the views from St Paul’s to Big Ben while sipping on a tequila cocktail (we suggest your try the Patrón Reposado) and feasting on a Mexican tapas board.
Open until 31 October. Strand, WC2R.
Looking for something a little more laid-back for a sunny Saturday afternoon? Netil 360 has everything you could possibly need. What was once a members-only space in 2013, it has been transformed into an open space that is a hotspot for hipsters and creatives alike. As well as wines from around the world, you’ll find a variety of draft beers to be enjoyed while watching the panoramic views of London. Plus, it has an all-weather heated indoors for the unpredictable English summer.
1 Westgate Street, London Fields, E8.
Following the success of its flagship Pergola on the Roof, Pergola has opened a new sky-high bar in Olympia. A year-round spot in Kensington with a glass roof, floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of luscious greenery, this rooftop has seating for more than 500 people, giant day beds, stunning views of West London and an impressive Spritz selection (we counted seven in total), plus food offerings from the likes of Marmalam, Salt Shed and Jefferies. What more could you want?
Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, W14.
Calling all sunseekers, this summer an Italian heaven has arrived at The Berkeley. Pay a visit to the rooftop, which is usually only reserved for hotel guests, and take a dip, indulge in a spa treatment, feast on poolside arancini and limoncello sorbet, all finished off with an Aperol Spritz. Bliss.
Four hours’ access to La Dolce Vita from £75. Open 1 June until September 2019. Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X.
Step inside the glass elevator (for less than 30 seconds) and head to the famous 38th floor of Heron Tower, home to the impressive Sushisamba rooftop bar. Perfect for impressing your date, it is the ideal spot for an indulgent evening drink while you watch the sun go down – the Sesame Old Fashioned is a
GQ favourite. Peckish? Its Samba Snacks go down a treat, from lobster taquitos to classic pink shrimp sashimi.
110 Bishopsgate, ED2N.
With beautiful views of the Thames, atop Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre sits a stunning rooftop bar and café that is well worth a visit this summer. The space is home to more than 100 varieties of fruit trees, wild flowers and more, which is maintained by Grounded Eco Therapy, who help people who have experienced homelessness, addiction and mental health problems. A blissful spot for an after-work Spritz or pre-theatre Pimm’s.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1.
Head up to the tenth floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel for Aviary: a smart, sky-high celebration of all things ornithological. The grand roof terrace has a marble outdoor bar with views of Finsbury Square, The Gherkin and beyond. Take in that city view with a Not A Cosmopolitan (Tanqueray gin, St-Germain elderflower, Mondino amaro and lime) in hand. For food, you can go unashamedly Seventies: choose a king prawn cocktail and Longhorn flat-iron steak with whipped blue cheese followed by a minty “After Eight” Arctic roll.
22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2.
The perfect place for a Friday evening to spend in a buzzing atmosphere, delicious drinks, great music and a view across the city of London skyline. Head up to the top floor of the One New Change, where the terrace offers everything a night out should have. We recommend going for the truffle fries and the potted crab and crayfish washed down with a Pornstar Martini or Mexican Smoked Negroni .
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M.
Eat out and eat well at Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch’s mercifully un-hipster restaurant with a view. A garden atmosphere indoors and out, you can dine in the Orangery on the fare from Boundary’s hearty but sophisticated robata grill, featuring a particularly fantastic fish and seafood selection. If you’re up there for a sunny cocktail or three, while away an evening in the open-air rooftop garden cosy as the evening cools thanks to a roaring open-wood fire.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2.
Located on top of the former Dickins & Jones department in Oxford Circus, Aqua is the perfect pre-dinner drinks venue. Take to one of the two rooftop bars beyond the restaurant and sip in style while lounging on wicker armchairs and banquettes listening to electronic music. Also take in the Mayfair skyline with one of the bar’s signature cocktails, the Smokey Fig (Cîroc Vodka, Mezcal and fig syrup). It’s delicious.
240 Regent Street (entrance on 30 Argyll Street), W1B.