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Where to Eat and Drink on a Roof in London

Time to drink and dine al fresco — at altitude

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When — or if — warmer weather sets in, the only way is up to escape London’s smoggy, humid streets. And, let’s face it, nothing beats finding a sun trap with a large glass of something chilled in hand and the promise of eating al fresco. To will the summer on, here are the best places to enjoy food and booze in the sun.

London’s restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars reopen for indoor service from 17 May, with the rule of six in place. Customers can check with individual venues to determine their availability and Covid-secure measures before deciding to visit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Marksman Public House

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254 Hackney Rd
London E2 7SJ, UK

Sure, the small terrace of east London boozer the Marksman looks down onto Hackney Road traffic, but it’s surprisingly pleasant. There’s limited space but bag a table when the sun is out and it’s a sweet spot to sink a few pints in the afternoon and linger on for some beef and barley buns — sun’s out, buns out.

2. The Boundary Project

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2-4 Redchurch St
London E2 7DD, UK

Escape the streets of Shoreditch on a warm evening and head to The Boundary Project, where the chic rooftop features both an outdoor terrace and a glass-covered orangery for all-weather enjoyment. But before the night descends into a rosé-tinted haze, order snacks like charcuterie, skewers from the robata grill or a chic seafood platter for two.

3. The Culpeper

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40 Commercial St
London E1 6LP, UK

Hidden above Commercial Street, dining on the roof of The Culpeper is enjoyable in rain or shine thanks to a quaint greenhouse that looks onto the restaurant’s herb garden. The posh pub-with-rooms offers a what’s-in-season-and-delicious menu. Right now there’s grilled hispi with chermoula, day boat fish with samphire and asparagus with lemon yogurt.

4. Duck & Waffle

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40th, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AY, UK

For banging food and cocktails with 24/7 views of the London skyline, Duck & Waffle is hard to beat. The 40th-floor restaurant in the Heron Tower serves up plates to rival the view: there’s the eponymous ‘Duck & Waffle’ — confit duck leg with fried egg and mustard maple syrup — for breakfast, seasonal small plates throughout the day, and a late night menu featuring ox cheek doughnuts, salt beef grilled cheese sandwiches, and slow-cooked lamb sloppy Joes.

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5. 12th Knot Rooftop Bar

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20 Upper Ground, South Bank
London SE1 9PD, UK

The swanky bar on the 12th floor of the Mondrian London hotel is a place for special occasions. Sip a dry martini or a classy punch (FYI: with three types of rum), while admiring views of the Thames and St Pauls. There’s an outside terrace to drink al fresco, or in case of summer showers, take shelter inside on a plush jewel-toned sofa. Booze soaker-uppers are in plentiful supply: lobster rolls, truffled croque monsieur, buttermilk popcorn chicken and more.

6. Galvin at Windows

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22 Park Ln, Mayfair
London W1K 1BE, UK

Chris Galvin is the chef-patron of this fancy Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the Hilton at Park Lane, while guests are welcomed by charming First Dates maître d’, Fred Sirieix. As well as dishes like langoustines with pickles and truffle gnocchi, diners are treated to 360º views of London’s skyline.

7. The Midnight Apothecary

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Railway Ave
London SE16 4LF, UK

Venture to Rotherhithe to find Midnight Apothecary: the pop-up cocktail bar will be resident on the roof of the Brunel Museum. Open on select dates, tickets must be purchased in advance for admittance to a bar serving creative, seasonal drinks infused with ingredients picked from the garden in which it resides. There’s also usually a campfire for keeping warm and toasting marshmallows.

8. Frank's Cafe

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Bold Tendencies, 7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

It wouldn’t be right to miss Peckham’s multi-story car park stalwart, which opens for the summer. Frank’s dependable negronis and spritzes — and incredible views across London — are the perfect accompaniments to a lingering summer eve. Food is perfect for snacking and sharing: think datterini tomatoes on toast, barbecued lamb ribs and double-fried plantain. Fancy a change of scenery while working from home? Coffee and pastries are now served during the day.

9. Madison

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Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, St Paul’s
London EC4M 9AF, UK

The entrance to Madison is through a shopping centre and towards the end of the week there may be a queue for the lift up, but the view accompanied by a glass of something refreshing is worth it. St Pauls’ dome rises next to the terrace, foregrounding sweeping city views. Head to the restaurant’s bar and lounge to splash out on cocktails or share a bottle of the decent house red. Top tip: get there early to beat the city slicker crowds.

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10. Sabine Rooftop Bar

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Unit 7, 10 Godliman St
London EC4V 5AJ, UK

The towering dome of St Pauls isn’t a bad view to drink in while sipping on a cocktail. Sabine is a shiny new spot overlooking the majestic cathedral, serving fancy-pants cocktails and a short menu of small plates. Most definitely a place to shake off a sweatpant-filled lockdown and slip into something worthy of that view.

Cocktails at Sabine, a new rooftop bar in East London
Sabine is a shiny new spot overlooking the majestic cathedral, serving fancy-pants cocktails and a short menu of small plates
Sabine [Official Photo]

11. Netil360

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1 Westgate St
London E8 3RL, UK

Pint of, er, Aperol spritz anyone? Classy probably isn’t a word used to describe Netil 360 but it’s FUN. The mood encapsulates that first frisson of summer on every ascent of the seemingly endless stairs of Netil House that ends with popping up on the astro turfed rooftop (although that could just be being out of breath and gasping for a pint of anything). The music and bass level are non-offensively ~vibey~ and an evening up there slips by very quickly… just like those Aperol pints.

12. Dalston Roof Park

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The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St
London E8 3DL, UK

Beers from 40FT Brewery, natural wines aplenty, pizza from Gordos and supporting a local charity? We’re there. Dalston Roof Park not only has all the makings for a good time, all profits go back into Bootstrap Charity, which supports new small businesses, social enterprises and start-ups. As well as providing the backdrop to a great night any day of the week, keep eyes peeled for film screenings and daytime DJ sets later in summer.

13. Forza Wine

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The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln
London SE15 4BQ, UK

“Drinks, snacks, views” is the strapline for Forza Wine — and it does what it says on the tin. But of course, this spot is by the people behind relaxed pasta joint Forza Win, so it delivers all that in an effortlessly cool and unpretentious way. The chilled out atmosphere invites languishing over another glass of wine and grazing on those snacks: panzanella, cauliflower fritti, skirt steak with confit garlic. Get one of everything — there’s a reason one of the choices is “the whole menu” —but leaving room for whatever soft serve is on offer is a must.

14. Seabird

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40 Blackfriars Road 14th Floor, South Bank
London SE1 8NY, UK

Choose a table under cover or alfresco at Seabird, the rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark, and prepare for a seafood feast. Something raw is a must — the oyster menu is exquisite — then mix and match plates like prawn croquetas, spider crab bisque, and lobster and chips. The octopus roll is something else: a meaty, smoky tentacle smothered with aioli, in a hot dog-style brioche roll.

Food and wine at Seabird, the new rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark
Seabird, is the new rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark
Seabird [Official Photo]

15. Roof East

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7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd
London E15 1BB, UK

Rather than a teddy bear’s picnic, this not-so-nursery rhyme ends in a grown-up playground with food stalls slinging pizza and kati rolls, bars serving booze and areas for crazy golf. Roof East has got something to keep everyone — big kids included — amused.

A group of friends sitting in a table at Roof East in Stratford
Roof East has got something for everyone
Roof East [Official Photo]

16. The Rooftop at The Standard, London

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10 Argyle St
London WC1H 8EG, UK

Food and drink is paired down at The Standard hotel’s 11th-floor rooftop, but menus deliver just what anyone could want for an evening overlooking King’s Cross. Hot dogs and nachos will keep people fed, and a simple drinks menu with a few cocktails and wines on tap hit the spot (especially after sharing a pitcher of chilli-spiked tommy’s margarita…). Kick back and enjoy — and check-in for a sleepover if it gets late.

17. Roof Garden at Pantechnicon

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19 Motcomb St
London SW1X 8LB, UK

At the top of chic restaurant and retail spot Pantechnicon is a leafy oasis, decked out just like the lifestyle store downstairs. The food is just as refined as the interiors and leans towards Nordic. Expect dishes like fire-grilled aubergines with morels and garlic sauce, and beef tartare with cream and roe — and for ‘sauces’ to veer into foam territory. The cocktail list makes plentiful use of delicious akvavits.

18. Pergola Paddington

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4 Kingdom St
London W2 6PY, UK

Let the twilight stream in at Pergola Paddington’s mammoth rooftop terrace. It sticks to a tried-and-tested formula of food stalls, bars with a dependable drinks list, fairy lights and greenery-draped beams. This summer, burgers, bao and rueben sandwiches are among the snacks on offer. There’s also a new outpost in Canary Wharf.

People gathered at Pergola Paddington
Pergola Paddington sticks to a tried-and-tested formula of food stalls, bars with a dependable drinks list, fairy lights and greenery-draped beams
Pergola Paddington [Official Photo]

19. Bussey Rooftop Bar

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Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

Looking over neighbouring Frank’s Cafe and across London’s skyline, the view from the top of the Bussey Building only gets better as the sun goes down and the city lights up. Social enterprise Share a Slice slings chewy-crust pizzas and a fully stocked bar will keep the party going all night. It’s a fairly small spot that exudes a cosy, down-to-earth, neighbourhood atmosphere that makes its visitors want to settle in for the evening.

People at Bussey Rooftop Bar, which is on the top of the Bussey Building
Bussey Rooftop Bar exudes a cosy, down-to-earth, neighbourhood atmosphere that makes you want to settle in for the evening
Bussey Rooftop Bar [Official Photo]

20. Lost In Brixton

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Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln
London SW9 8PS, UK

The clue’s in the name to find this buzzy rooftop spot — the entrance is hidden within the warren of Brixton Market. It’s by the same group as Pergola but happily, food comes from traders closer to home. Fish, Wings & Tings serve jerk chicken and codfish fritters, The Joint sends out ribs and burgers, and from Jalisco there’s burritos and quesadillas.

People drinking at Lost in Brixton, a buzzy rooftop spot within Brixton Market
Lost in Brixton is hidden within the warren of Brixton Market
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21. Cha Cha x Sister Jane

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36 Golborne Rd
London W10 5PR, UK

A sleek restaurant on top of a fancy clothing store (sorry, “showroom”), Cha Cha, which has set up camp on the roof of Sister Jane, is very chi chi. Brunch, lunch and dinner dishes are elegant and perfect for pairing with a matcha latte, margarita or a glass of something sparkling.

22. TT Liquor

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17B Kingsland Rd
London E2 8AA, UK

This summer, the spirit aficionados at TT Liquor will launch a roof terrace at the top of their specialist store and space where they usually hold tastings and classes. With the Overground in eyeline, sip on spritzes inspired by plants in the garden. As well as cocktails there’ll be local beers and wine — and, importantly, covered booths in case the weather turns sour.

1. Marksman Public House

254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ, UK

Sure, the small terrace of east London boozer the Marksman looks down onto Hackney Road traffic, but it’s surprisingly pleasant. There’s limited space but bag a table when the sun is out and it’s a sweet spot to sink a few pints in the afternoon and linger on for some beef and barley buns — sun’s out, buns out.

254 Hackney Rd
London E2 7SJ, UK

2. The Boundary Project

2-4 Redchurch St, London E2 7DD, UK

Escape the streets of Shoreditch on a warm evening and head to The Boundary Project, where the chic rooftop features both an outdoor terrace and a glass-covered orangery for all-weather enjoyment. But before the night descends into a rosé-tinted haze, order snacks like charcuterie, skewers from the robata grill or a chic seafood platter for two.

2-4 Redchurch St
London E2 7DD, UK

3. The Culpeper

40 Commercial St, London E1 6LP, UK

Hidden above Commercial Street, dining on the roof of The Culpeper is enjoyable in rain or shine thanks to a quaint greenhouse that looks onto the restaurant’s herb garden. The posh pub-with-rooms offers a what’s-in-season-and-delicious menu. Right now there’s grilled hispi with chermoula, day boat fish with samphire and asparagus with lemon yogurt.

40 Commercial St
London E1 6LP, UK

4. Duck & Waffle

40th, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK
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For banging food and cocktails with 24/7 views of the London skyline, Duck & Waffle is hard to beat. The 40th-floor restaurant in the Heron Tower serves up plates to rival the view: there’s the eponymous ‘Duck & Waffle’ — confit duck leg with fried egg and mustard maple syrup — for breakfast, seasonal small plates throughout the day, and a late night menu featuring ox cheek doughnuts, salt beef grilled cheese sandwiches, and slow-cooked lamb sloppy Joes.

40th, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AY, UK

5. 12th Knot Rooftop Bar

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD, UK

The swanky bar on the 12th floor of the Mondrian London hotel is a place for special occasions. Sip a dry martini or a classy punch (FYI: with three types of rum), while admiring views of the Thames and St Pauls. There’s an outside terrace to drink al fresco, or in case of summer showers, take shelter inside on a plush jewel-toned sofa. Booze soaker-uppers are in plentiful supply: lobster rolls, truffled croque monsieur, buttermilk popcorn chicken and more.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank
London SE1 9PD, UK

6. Galvin at Windows

22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE, UK

Chris Galvin is the chef-patron of this fancy Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the Hilton at Park Lane, while guests are welcomed by charming First Dates maître d’, Fred Sirieix. As well as dishes like langoustines with pickles and truffle gnocchi, diners are treated to 360º views of London’s skyline.

22 Park Ln, Mayfair
London W1K 1BE, UK

7. The Midnight Apothecary

Railway Ave, London SE16 4LF, UK

Venture to Rotherhithe to find Midnight Apothecary: the pop-up cocktail bar will be resident on the roof of the Brunel Museum. Open on select dates, tickets must be purchased in advance for admittance to a bar serving creative, seasonal drinks infused with ingredients picked from the garden in which it resides. There’s also usually a campfire for keeping warm and toasting marshmallows.

Railway Ave
London SE16 4LF, UK

8. Frank's Cafe

Bold Tendencies, 7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, UK

It wouldn’t be right to miss Peckham’s multi-story car park stalwart, which opens for the summer. Frank’s dependable negronis and spritzes — and incredible views across London — are the perfect accompaniments to a lingering summer eve. Food is perfect for snacking and sharing: think datterini tomatoes on toast, barbecued lamb ribs and double-fried plantain. Fancy a change of scenery while working from home? Coffee and pastries are now served during the day.

Bold Tendencies, 7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

9. Madison

Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF, UK
London’s best rooftop restaurants and bars: Madison One New Change Justine Trickett/Madison London

The entrance to Madison is through a shopping centre and towards the end of the week there may be a queue for the lift up, but the view accompanied by a glass of something refreshing is worth it. St Pauls’ dome rises next to the terrace, foregrounding sweeping city views. Head to the restaurant’s bar and lounge to splash out on cocktails or share a bottle of the decent house red. Top tip: get there early to beat the city slicker crowds.

Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, St Paul’s
London EC4M 9AF, UK

10. Sabine Rooftop Bar

Unit 7, 10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ, UK
Cocktails at Sabine, a new rooftop bar in East London
Sabine is a shiny new spot overlooking the majestic cathedral, serving fancy-pants cocktails and a short menu of small plates
Sabine [Official Photo]

The towering dome of St Pauls isn’t a bad view to drink in while sipping on a cocktail. Sabine is a shiny new spot overlooking the majestic cathedral, serving fancy-pants cocktails and a short menu of small plates. Most definitely a place to shake off a sweatpant-filled lockdown and slip into something worthy of that view.

Unit 7, 10 Godliman St
London EC4V 5AJ, UK

11. Netil360

1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, UK

Pint of, er, Aperol spritz anyone? Classy probably isn’t a word used to describe Netil 360 but it’s FUN. The mood encapsulates that first frisson of summer on every ascent of the seemingly endless stairs of Netil House that ends with popping up on the astro turfed rooftop (although that could just be being out of breath and gasping for a pint of anything). The music and bass level are non-offensively ~vibey~ and an evening up there slips by very quickly… just like those Aperol pints.

1 Westgate St
London E8 3RL, UK

12. Dalston Roof Park

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL, UK

Beers from 40FT Brewery, natural wines aplenty, pizza from Gordos and supporting a local charity? We’re there. Dalston Roof Park not only has all the makings for a good time, all profits go back into Bootstrap Charity, which supports new small businesses, social enterprises and start-ups. As well as providing the backdrop to a great night any day of the week, keep eyes peeled for film screenings and daytime DJ sets later in summer.

The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St
London E8 3DL, UK

13. Forza Wine

The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln, London SE15 4BQ, UK

“Drinks, snacks, views” is the strapline for Forza Wine — and it does what it says on the tin. But of course, this spot is by the people behind relaxed pasta joint Forza Win, so it delivers all that in an effortlessly cool and unpretentious way. The chilled out atmosphere invites languishing over another glass of wine and grazing on those snacks: panzanella, cauliflower fritti, skirt steak with confit garlic. Get one of everything — there’s a reason one of the choices is “the whole menu” —but leaving room for whatever soft serve is on offer is a must.

The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln
London SE15 4BQ, UK

14. Seabird

40 Blackfriars Road 14th Floor, South Bank, London SE1 8NY, UK
Food and wine at Seabird, the new rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark
Seabird, is the new rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark
Seabird [Official Photo]

Choose a table under cover or alfresco at Seabird, the rooftop restaurant at The Hoxton hotel in Southwark, and prepare for a seafood feast. Something raw is a must — the oyster menu is exquisite — then mix and match plates like prawn croquetas, spider crab bisque, and lobster and chips. The octopus roll is something else: a meaty, smoky tentacle smothered with aioli, in a hot dog-style brioche roll.

40 Blackfriars Road 14th Floor, South Bank
London SE1 8NY, UK

15. Roof East

7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1BB, UK
A group of friends sitting in a table at Roof East in Stratford
Roof East has got something for everyone
Roof East [Official Photo]

Rather than a teddy bear’s picnic, this not-so-nursery rhyme ends in a grown-up playground with food stalls slinging pizza and kati rolls, bars serving booze and areas for crazy golf. Roof East has got something to keep everyone — big kids included — amused.

7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd
London E15 1BB, UK

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16. The Rooftop at The Standard, London

10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG, UK

Food and drink is paired down at The Standard hotel’s 11th-floor rooftop, but menus deliver just what anyone could want for an evening overlooking King’s Cross. Hot dogs and nachos will keep people fed, and a simple drinks menu with a few cocktails and wines on tap hit the spot (especially after sharing a pitcher of chilli-spiked tommy’s margarita…). Kick back and enjoy — and check-in for a sleepover if it gets late.

10 Argyle St
London WC1H 8EG, UK

17. Roof Garden at Pantechnicon

19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB, UK

At the top of chic restaurant and retail spot Pantechnicon is a leafy oasis, decked out just like the lifestyle store downstairs. The food is just as refined as the interiors and leans towards Nordic. Expect dishes like fire-grilled aubergines with morels and garlic sauce, and beef tartare with cream and roe — and for ‘sauces’ to veer into foam territory. The cocktail list makes plentiful use of delicious akvavits.

19 Motcomb St
London SW1X 8LB, UK

18. Pergola Paddington

4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, UK
People gathered at Pergola Paddington
Pergola Paddington sticks to a tried-and-tested formula of food stalls, bars with a dependable drinks list, fairy lights and greenery-draped beams
Pergola Paddington [Official Photo]

Let the twilight stream in at Pergola Paddington’s mammoth rooftop terrace. It sticks to a tried-and-tested formula of food stalls, bars with a dependable drinks list, fairy lights and greenery-draped beams. This summer, burgers, bao and rueben sandwiches are among the snacks on offer. There’s also a new outpost in Canary Wharf.

4 Kingdom St
London W2 6PY, UK

19. Bussey Rooftop Bar

Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, UK
People at Bussey Rooftop Bar, which is on the top of the Bussey Building
Bussey Rooftop Bar exudes a cosy, down-to-earth, neighbourhood atmosphere that makes you want to settle in for the evening
Bussey Rooftop Bar [Official Photo]

Looking over neighbouring Frank’s Cafe and across London’s skyline, the view from the top of the Bussey Building only gets better as the sun goes down and the city lights up. Social enterprise Share a Slice slings chewy-crust pizzas and a fully stocked bar will keep the party going all night. It’s a fairly small spot that exudes a cosy, down-to-earth, neighbourhood atmosphere that makes its visitors want to settle in for the evening.

Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln
London SE15 4ST, UK

20. Lost In Brixton

Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PS, UK
People drinking at Lost in Brixton, a buzzy rooftop spot within Brixton Market
Lost in Brixton is hidden within the warren of Brixton Market
Lost in Brixton [Official Photo]

The clue’s in the name to find this buzzy rooftop spot — the entrance is hidden within the warren of Brixton Market. It’s by the same group as Pergola but happily, food comes from traders closer to home. Fish, Wings & Tings serve jerk chicken and codfish fritters, The Joint sends out ribs and burgers, and from Jalisco there’s burritos and quesadillas.

Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln
London SW9 8PS, UK

21. Cha Cha x Sister Jane

36 Golborne Rd, London W10 5PR, UK

A sleek restaurant on top of a fancy clothing store (sorry, “showroom”), Cha Cha, which has set up camp on the roof of Sister Jane, is very chi chi. Brunch, lunch and dinner dishes are elegant and perfect for pairing with a matcha latte, margarita or a glass of something sparkling.

36 Golborne Rd
London W10 5PR, UK

22. TT Liquor

17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA, UK

This summer, the spirit aficionados at TT Liquor will launch a roof terrace at the top of their specialist store and space where they usually hold tastings and classes. With the Overground in eyeline, sip on spritzes inspired by plants in the garden. As well as cocktails there’ll be local beers and wine — and, importantly, covered booths in case the weather turns sour.

17B Kingsland Rd
London E2 8AA, UK

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