With US-UK travel prices down, there is no better time than now to go to London. You go for business, you go for pleasure, you go to take your daughter to see the new Harry Potter play (ahem, Mom…). Whatever your reason, it’s crucial to get away from Buckingham Palace and the London Eye so you can see the “real” London. And what better way to do so than by indulging in spirits on some of the best rooftop bars the city has to offer?
Culpepper Rooftop Garden
If you’re the kind of person who likes farm-to-table, is into environmentally friendly atmospheres, head to the Culpepper Rooftop Garden. Nestled against the side of London’s skyscrapers, Culpepper offers a green hideaway that will calm even the most frustrated financier, yet has those million-dollar views we’re all looking for at a rooftop bar. With rustic tables and climbing vines, you’ll feel like you’re in some kind of urban oasis, sipping on cocktails made with herbs plucked from the planters near the bar.
Radio Rooftop Bar
If money is no object, take a lift up to the Radio Rooftop Bar, where you’ll be treated to a 360 degree view of London’s skyline. Sure, it might set you back about 80 pounds, and the cocktails are so strong that you’ll wake up with a pounding hangover, but between the magnificent view and rubbing shoulders with London’s finest (Hello, you might see Pippa Middleton!), we think it’s worth it. Just be sure to book a reservation early. There is no way you’re getting in without one—unless you’re Prince Harry.
Rooftop Bar & Grill at The Boundary, Shoreditch
Rooftop bars don’t always have to be about the booze. This rooftop oasis—while only open until 11:30—is the perfect place to have a romantic or even corporate dinner. With menu items like fresh oysters and 28-day dry-aged rib eye, why not? Best part? It’s open all year round. With an outdoor patio, you’ll be able to take in the views during summer, and in the winter, they have indoor seating with floor to ceiling glass windows. In other words, it’s the perfect option to impress a date or the big client you want to acquire.
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Calling all Hipsters! We found your rooftop spot. With niche picnic tables painted in fading pinks, greens, and blues, the vibe changes each year. This year the bar theme is Dr. Strange, pumping out a 1960s vibe, and transporting guests to the spiritual revolution. Find beatnik records and books strewn across the shelves, and flower power margaritas being served with peace signs.