Staying in a London hotel with a rooftop bar has its perks. Fresh cocktails just steps away, gahgeousss views over London, and an easy walk home after you’ve had a few too many.
This list covers the top London hotels with rooftop bars, but before you get booking, here’s how to take advantage of a good London rooftop hotel…
When are London’s rooftop bars open?
Most of the London hotel rooftop bars on this list are open all year round. Because we’re used to pretty crap weather here, in order to make the most of these amazing spaces for as long as possible, they’re typically equipped with covered or enclosed areas, heat lamps, blankets, and other warming items so you can enjoy the rooftop even if it’s snowing (which, doesn’t happen often.)
Be sure to check with the hotel if the rooftop will be open when you’re in town.
Are London hotels with rooftop bars expensive?
Some are, some aren’t. If you visit in the off-season (November, Jan-March), you can probably find some good deals on rooms.
The actual drinks at London’s rooftop bars tend to be more expensive than the average city cocktail, but I mean, you’re really paying for the view…
Are London hotels with rooftop bars reserved exclusively for hotel guests?
It depends on the hotel. Some of the hotels listed below leave their rooftop as exclusive for hotel guests, some are members clubs so you’ll find Londoners hanging out alongside you, and some are totally open to the public.
Here are some of the top London hotels with rooftop bars.
1. Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
The Ham Yard Hotel, located in Soho and part of my favourite boutique hotel chain, Firmdale, has a rooftop bar and garden on its fourth floor. Reserved just for hotel guests, up there you’ll be within a leafy jungle that includes two bee hives, Whitmas benches, and well… a bar. The hotel has over 100 rooms, and includes a library, spa and gym, and bowling alley for its guests, plus more. By the way, all of the Firmdale Hotels in London do beautiful afternoon teas for a really reasonable price.
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2. ME London, The Strand
Located on The Strand, just steps from Covent Garden, this avant-garde luxury hotel has a super-popular rooftop bar and restaurant Radio Rooftop. Book in advance if you want views over Somerset House while you sip your cocktail. In the winter, they typically get winter-y and Christmas-y with the decor. A large part of the rooftop is enclosed so you can keep warm if you need.
Back to the hotel… there’s a wide selection of luxurious rooms to pick from, some of which include a private terrace with views over the city.
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3. The Trafalgar St. James, Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar St. James is a Hilton property that’s far more modern and luxurious than most Hiltons I’ve been to. Head up to (the very small) The Rooftop for views over London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. Besides the views, the location of the hotel is very central, and smack-dab in the middle of most of the city’s most famous attractions.
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4. The Mondrian, Southbank
One of my favourite London hotels with a rooftop bar, The Mondrian’s sexy and futuristic London outfit is located in the Sea Containers building, right on the River Thames. On the ground floor is the award-winning Dandelyan bar, run by expert mixologist Mr. Lyan (although he’s closing it and rejigging it soon.) The real draw of staying at the Mondrian is on the top floor, where you’ll find Rumpus Room, which has been given the accolade of “The Best Bar in London” many times over. Expect views, expensive drinks, and possible celeb sightings.
The hotel itself has a major range of rooms, spanning from the typical Mondrian-esque standard room, up to suites with private terraces overlooking the London skyline.
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5. Dorsett City Hotel, Aldgate
Stay in east London, at the Dorsett City Hotel, and you’ll be a lift-ride away from one of the city’s newest rooftop bars, Jin Bo Law. From the 14th floor you’ll spot Tower Bridge, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and more iconic London buildings.
The hotel itself has 4-stars, located in City of London’s Financial District, and even has a luxe 24-hour restaurant (plus a gym in case you want to work off that 2am meal.)
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6. The Montcalm Royal London House, Finsbury Square
Housed in the former Royal Mail head office, The Montcalm Royal London House’s rooftop bar and restaurant, called Aviary, is one of my favourites in the city. Head to the 10th floor for lovely views of the skyline, and grab a cocktail or choose to eat at the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. (By the way, Aviary is included in the 3-Day London Itinerary.)
The Montcalm brand is known for good service, beautiful rooms and overall being a great value. Stay here and you’ll also be located close to Shoreditch and Old Street, two great areas to explore and definitely eat and drink well.
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7. The Boundary, Shoreditch
The Boundary is housed within a converted Victorian warehouse in East London. With just 17 individually designed rooms, each inspired by an iconic designer or design movement of the 20th century, you’ll be in an incredibly unique spot if you choose to stay here.
The Boundary’s rooftop, called the Orangery, is famous with Londoners because it’s very beautiful and is a great spot for a post-work drink whether it’s summer or winter (it’s heated, don’t worry.)
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8. White City House, White City
Located in the old BBC Television Centre, this 45 bedroom-hotel and members club (part of Soho House) is brand new for 2018. The rooms start from “tiny” and go up, and are decked out with mid-century design elements.
On a nice sunny summer day, White City House’s rooftop is the place to be seen. Head to the 10th floor for pool-side cocktails overlooking White City and the rest of London. When you get bored of that (like you would ever), there’s a multi-floor members and guest space where you can eat well, get some work done, workout, and network with the city’s creatives (but no photos allowed, so as to respect the more recognisable of the members.)
9. The Ned, Bank
The Ned is another London hotel associated with Soho House, but being located in City is a whole different experience to White City House and Shoreditch House (mentioned next.) The Ned took over an old bank, and now has 250 1920’s-inspired bedrooms, ten restaurants, a panoramic rooftop bar and pool, plus a basement bar that’s located in an old vault. Only certain rooms get access to exclusive member areas, FYI.
This is the place that the city’s financiers go to blow off some (major) steam on a Friday night. Expect a bit of chaos, or if you need some calm, visit the new (and somewhat hidden) Martini bar on the ground floor.
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10. Shoreditch House, Shoreditch
OK this is the last Soho House mention, I promise.
Shoreditch House’s rooftop is always popping when the weather is even just half-way decent (I’ve literally seen people swimming in the pool while it was raining.) Way up top, besides the 16-metre heated pool, you’ll find a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant, plus lots of space to take your cocktail(s) because there’s a “Lazy Lawn” where you can drink and comfortably pass out when the night should really be over for you…
Stay at Shoreditch House and you’ll feel like you totally fit in with all of the creatives that flock here at all hours…
11. The Curtain, Shoreditch
The Curtain is a five-star hotel and members club (nope, not Soho House!) with 120 luxurious guest rooms, complete with king-size beds, bespoke artwork, and toiletries with their own signature scent. The Curtain has a gorgeous little rooftop restaurant and heated pool where cocktails can certainly be enjoyed. When you’re all pruney, head to Marcus Samuelsson’s London outpost of Red Rooster, and if it’s a Sunday, definitely check out the Sunday Gospel Brunch, complete with live music.
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12. The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
This is the swankiest spot on our list of London hotels with rooftop bars, which, if you know anything about London, you would have already known after seeing its Knightsbridge location.
The Berkeley’s 7th-floor rooftop and swimming pool is lined with white and gold mosaic tiling and is more of a spa than a place for some sky-high beer swigging, but they do offer wine along side juices and other healthy treats so this definitely counts as a rooftop bar, IMO.
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