High above the treetops or the 18th-century stone buildings are some of London’s most stunning rooftop bars. Enjoy the sunset with a pretty girl and a delicious cocktail at one of these wonderful hotspots. We have picked three of our favourite rooftop bars in the clouds to inspire you.
This iconic London hotel is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, but do not be put off by the current concrete facade. Frequented by megastars such as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand, The Dorchester has a glittering history. Above Park Lane is The Dorchester Rooftop. Seasonal pop-ups and theme nights are held here. Last summer, the bar was covered in pink bougainvillaea flowers as it transformed into Beverly Hills’ iconic Polo Lounge.
The legendary Prickly Paloma cocktail and McCarthy salad from the world-famous Los Angeles super restaurant were served. The event was a huge success and every limited edition pop-up since has been as much fun as the last. Currently, The Dorchester Rooftop is working with Courvoisier to give London a touch of St Tropez. The cushions and décor could be straight out of Hotel Byblos. Colourful, muted neon tones and geometric prints adorn this beautiful spot overlooking Hyde Park. The list of sundowners is extensive, with cocktails like The Portofino (gin and lemonade) and The Valensole (a lethal combination of tequila and mezcal with lime) offering a taste of the French and Italian Riviera. Make an appointment quickly before the next pop-up.
Overlooking the Thames is the quirky but beautiful 12th Knot Bar on the roof of The Seacontainers Hotel. Yes, you guessed it, the bar is located on the 12th floor. What I love about this rooftop bar is that it is an evergreen bar. All year round, this place is beautiful because of the glassed-in area. I have sat on the 12th floor in the middle of winter when the rain was lashing against the windows, and it was still just as beautiful as when the sun was shining. Of course, in the colder climes I’d rather drink a spicy Bloody Mary than a fruity Aperol Spritz in the sun. You really can have a wonderful experience here at any time of year. Lush sofas indoors and small stools on the terrace make this a convivial place. With live music on Wednesdays and DJs on weekends, this is a hip place without being pretentious. Everyone is welcome here. No tricks or gimmicks, just good cocktails, a great atmosphere and a stunning view of the city from one of the best rooftop bars in town.
If you can not get to the Seychelles, Brazil or Antigua for an evening, just book a place at Jurema. Here you really feel like you are in a lush green utopia, far away from the hustle and bustle of big city London. Technically, Jurema is not a rooftop bar, as it is only one floor up, but you will feel giddy at the thought that you are actually in London. Bamboo chairs and huge hanging vines await you in this quiet yet sophisticated venue. You’ll feel like you are in the grown-up version of Tarzan; just bring your Jane. No wonder this place won the “Global outdoor space” award at the AHEAD Awards. Botanical cocktails with names like The Blue Lotus (a concoction of grey goose and champagne) and Olea (Russian vodka, olive juice and champagne, topped off with a caper leaf) are served. Jurema also serves a fantastic lunch and dinner if you want to stay a little longer; ceviches, meats and seafood are on offer – perfect for al fresco dining.
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