High above the treetops or towering above the 18th Century stone buildings are some of the most breath-taking London rooftop bars.
Drink in the sunset with a gorgeous girl and a delicious cocktail at some of these wonderful hotspots. We have chosen three of our favourite rooftop bars in the clouds for your inspiration.
The Dorchester Rooftop
Currently undergoing extensive remodelling, do not be put off by the current concrete exterior of this iconic London hotel. Frequented by mega stars such as Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand The Dorchester has a glittering history. Up above Park Lane sits The Dorchester Rooftop. It hosts seasonal pop-ups and themes. Last summer the bar was awash with pink bougainvillea flowers as it was transformed into Beverly Hills iconic Polo Lounge. It served the legendary Prickly Paloma cocktail and the McCarthy salad from the world renowned Los Angeles super restaurant. It was a roaring success and since then each limited edition pop-up has been as much fun as the last. Currently, The Dorchester Rooftop has a collaboration with Courvoisier to bring London a taste of St Tropez. The cushions and decor could have come straight form the Hotel Byblos. Colourful muted neons and geometric prints embellish this beautiful venue which overlooks Hyde Park. The list of sundowners is extensive, bringing you a taste of both the French and Italian Riviera’s with cocktails such as The Portofino (gin and lemonade) and The Valensole (a lethal combo of tequila and mezcal with lime). Make a date fast before the next pop-up rolls around.
The 12th Knot at The Seacontainers
Overlooking the River Thames we have the quirky yet beautiful 12th Knot bar at the top of The Seacontainers Hotel. Yes, you’ve guessed it, the bar is 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 glazed area. I have been sat in the 12th knot in the dead of winter with the rain lashing against the panes and it is still just as wonderful as when the sun is shining. Of course my tipple would be a spicy Bloody Mary in the colder climes rather than a fruity Aperol Spritz in the sun. You really can still have a wonderful experience in any season here. Sumptuous sofas indoors and small stools on the terrace make this such a social spot. Live music on a Wednesday and Dj’s over the weekend, this is a hip and happening place without being pretentious. Everyone is welcome here. No tricks or gimmicks just good cocktails, a great atmosphere and stunning city views from one of the best rooftop bars in the city.
Jurema, The Mandrake
Can’t get to the Seychelles, Brazil or Antigua for an evening; simply book yourself a spot at Jurema. It really feels like you are in a luscious green utopia far far away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan London. Technically not a rooftop bar, being only one floor up but your head will be dizzy at the thought that yes, this is in London. Bamboo chairs and huge hanging vines await you in this tranquil yet sophisticated venue. You will feel like you are in the grown-up adaptation of Tarzan; just bring your Jane. No wonder this place won Global outdoor space at the AHEAD awards. Botanical cocktails are served with names such as The Blue Lotus (a grey goose and champagne concoction) and Olea (Russian vodka, olive juice and champagne finished off with a caper leaf). Jurema also serves a fantastic lunch and dinner if you wanted to stay a while; ceviches, meats and seafood are all on offer; just perfect for an al-fresco dinner date.