Urbanologie 12 Apr 2017 05:13pm

London's latest rooftop bars and terraces

From rooftop establishments boasting marble-lined pools and views of St Paul's, to multi-floor venues serving show-stopping experimental cocktails, Urbanologie brings you a pick of the best rooftop bars gracing the UK capital in time for summer
Caption: Perched on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, the Aviary is a stunning sky-high venue.

The Aviary

Perched on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel by Finsbury Square and with views of some of London’s most iconic buildings, the Aviary is a stunning sky-high venue. The 6,000 sq ft rooftop dining destination, designed by Russell Sage Studio, features an impressive central bar which elegantly divides the stylish restaurant area from the opulent bar and lounge. Head chef Dan Loftin, previously of Kensington Place, serves only the highest quality, responsibly sourced British meats and seafood. Enjoy an array of beautifully crafted cocktails that embrace botanical themes, using natural ingredients, out on the terrace.


Occupying the top three floors of the new Novotel Complex in Canary Wharf sits Bokan, a multi-floor restaurant and bar and one of London’s latest cloud gazing venues. Cushion-covered beds paired up with sundowner cocktails and frequent DJ sets, by select international talent, occupying the roof terrace every Thursday to Saturday throughout the summer. In the kitchen accomplished head chef, Aurélie Altemaire (formerly of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon), brings precisely executed, yet relaxed modern European dishes whilst Danilo Tersigni (of Mr Fogg’s) curates a list of show-stopping experimental cocktails. Accessed via an express lift, the unique space has been designed to make the most of the stunning views.

The Ned

One of London’s most anticipated openings, The Ned is set in the historic Lutyens Building and has masterfully recreated the old Midlands Bank headquarters into an exclusive hotel, restaurant, bar and a private members’ club by Soho House. Members and guests only will be able to enjoy the eighth-floor rooftop space with an impressive marble lined, 10-metre lap pool and views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. The pool comes paired with a private bar and restaurant set between the buildings and features two rooftop domes which have a retractable glass roof and outdoor heating, enabling guests to enjoy the venue all year round.

Rumpus Room

The recently refurbished Rumpus Room is inspired entirely by the Bright Young Things (a group of hedonistic, bohemian young aristocrats). Set on the 12th floor of the hotel, accompanying an outdoor smoking terrace and commanding views of Parliament, St Paul‘s and The City, the venue has been recrafted into an accessible and casual space, suitable for any occasion. Expect lush greenery, plush sofas and comfortable lounge spaces with a menu of British-American inspired cocktails and food. Every Wednesday and Thursday features live music by London’s latest bands and DJs.

The Curtain

The Curtain (opening from May) will provide guests and members with exclusive access to the rooftop terrace and all-day lido restaurant and bar. The venue will boast a show-stopping year-round heated pool, with accompanying daybeds and will play host to frequent live performances and events. The Curtain is a hotel, restaurant and members' club that is set to redefine the Shoreditch scene. Centred around 120 guestrooms, it will include six suites, a 24-hour fitness centre, treatment rooms, co-working space and 6,000 square feet of event space, with a ballroom, screening room and much more. This is the latest hotel from New York hotelier Michael Achenbaum, who is behind the city's Gansevoort hotels.

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