29 of the best rooftop restaurants in London for dining in the sky

If there's a hint of sun coming, book a table at one of these rooftop spots pronto!

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29 of the best rooftop restaurants in London for dining in the sky

Despite its grey and grizzly reputation, London does get some brilliant weather from time to time. Okay, it’s not Barcelona or Faro, but what it lacks in consistency it makes up for in all-out surprise factor. When the weather heats up, we Londoners drop everything to go and soak up the rays. One of the best ways to enjoy a spot of sun is at one of the best rooftop restaurants in London. There's plenty of choice, from street food-style bars atop venues to fine dining in the clouds.


While these restaurants are excellent for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, most would also work well for a more casual meal. We all know the feeling of finishing work on a Friday and rushing to somewhere up high for a drink and some food with your colleagues. It's one of the best ways to end the week. 

Our top priority is always the food, so you can expect only the best dishes at all of these options. But another important factor is the view, so this comes in a close second. Some of these restaurants are as romantic as it gets, while others are perfect places to go in a group. Often restaurants like this double up as killer rooftop bars, perfect for sipping in the sky. There's so much choice that it was hard to boil down the best of the best, but we have.

There really is no better way to make the most of our all too fleeting warm weather than by dining on a rooftop. Ideal for amazing views and catching a tan, you’ll want to be far above the ground to enjoy the stretch of summer and London’s gorgeous views. From South Bank terraces to City high-rises, we’ve rounded up the must-visit rooftop restaurants with outdoor space in the capital for you to enjoy this year. And we’d love to hear from you too, if you have a secret spot to share with other readers.

The best rooftop restaurants in central London

Let's start with the heart of London. Here you'll find a huge range of rooftop restaurants. From hotels to towers, central London has it all when it comes to dining in the sky. 

Rucola at The Conduit, Covent Garden

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What: This chic central London members’ club has a lovely rooftop terrace restaurant that is open to the public on Saturdays. A seasonal Italian menu perfectly matches the setting, where smart wooden tables and rattan furniture meets a bevy of potted plants and views over Covent Garden.
Where: 6 Langley Street, WC2H 9JA
Book now: Rucola at The Conduit

Alto by San Carlo, Marylebone 

What: For those that need a quick refresher on their Italian, ‘alto’ translates to high, and high up is exactly where you’ll be at Alto by San Carlo. Following a string of short popups, Selfridges’ rooftop is now home to this branch of the international Italian restaurant brand. While drinking in the sunshine from its open-air location, dine on the likes of penne arrabbiata or tiger prawns sautéed with garlic, white wine and chilli, before chasing it all with an Aperol Spritz or a glass of bubbly.
Where: 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Book now: Alto 

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Coq d’Argent, The City 

What: Going for the gold standard on a street called Poultry, Coq d'Argent is near the top of the City’s pecking order. We reckon its status as a favourite in business diaries is down to a considerable clutch of attractions including gorgeous roof gardens, a heavily diverting wine list and ravishing good looks. Enjoy dishes such as escargots de Bourgogne or loup de mer (seared fillet of sea bass and mussels), before indulging in dessert such as the fondant au chocolat noir with pistachio ice cream.  
Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Book now: Coq d’Argent

The Culpeper, Whitechapel

What: The Culpeper is a stripped-back, all-day venue dealing in patriotic grub with some Gallic overtones. The real gem of this east London joint, however, is its rooftop, which houses a fully-fledged vegetable farm that supplies ingredients for the kitchen. Head chef Sandy Jarvis works closely with head gardener Jack Astbury to serve guests produce of the highest quality. At the moment, it's serving a regenerative lunch menu featuring the likes of a fennel and mint salad, whole mackerel with crispy kale, and a lemon verbena posset with rhubarb compote and shortbread to finish. 
Where: 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP
Book now: The Culpeper


What: From the moment the lightning-quick glass elevator whisks you up to the 38th floor of Heron Tower, you know you can expect great views of the capital from SUSHISAMBA. Once inside, you can’t miss the incredible rooftop terrace or the covens of young City types splashing serious amounts of cash at the bar. With a direct view of The Gherkin and The Shard off in the distance, nibble on dishes from the restaurant’s Japanese-Latino inspired cuisine, such as Kobe churrasco or tuna belly nigiri.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate (38-39th floor), EC2N 4AY

Madison, St Paul’s 

What: Spectacular views of St Paul’s and the lure of alfresco drinks high above the City ensure that queues for the lift to Madison build early on summer afternoons. Soak up the sunshine on warm summer days while out on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace and lounge. While there, guests can order teriyaki baby back ribs or red prawn linguine with garlic butter sauce. Wash it all down with a punchy Rooftop Sunset cocktail, with vodka, pineapple tepache, vanilla, egg white and black cherry liqueur.
Where: One New Change, EC4M 9AF
Book now: Madison

Market Halls Victoria

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What: Market Halls fabulous rooftop space opens up every summer so you can sun yourself and enjoy great food and drink whilst you wait for your delayed train at the station. Thankfully there’s lots to keep you going here - Black Bear Burger, Butchies fried chicken, DF Tacos and Roti King offshoot Gopal’s Corner, among others, plus a new summer spritz menu and room for a whopping 220 guests. If the rain shows up, there’s even a retractable roof.
Where: 191 Terminus Place, SW1E 5NE
Book now: Market Halls Victoria

Radio Rooftop, Covent Garden 

What: Impossibly glamorous, the exclusive rooftop bar at ME London piles on the wow factor with its minimalist monochrome décor and views over the City skyline. On warm days, the prime spots are the white leather sofas by the rooftop edge, ideal for lounging in the sunshine. For peckish visitors, all-day eats include fried chicken, sliders and salads, along with a selection of indulgent desserts. Pair your meal with a drink from Radio Rooftop’s cocktail list, which features a Soundbyte made with limoncello, Galliano and prosecco, or a pink one made with pink gin.
Where: 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA
Book now: Radio Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Aviary, Barbican

What: Aviary is another rooftop staple, located in Finsbury Square. It’s an oyster, Campagne and steaks kind of place (and we’re here for it). Sip on signature cocktails like the Flamingo, made with gin, lime, apple, kiwi, rhubarb bitters and Champagne, before chowing down on oysters from Maldon, Lindisfarne, Carlingford or Jersey. If a dry-aged steak isn’t boujie enough, go for the whole grilled native lobster with triple-cooked chips and garlic and parsley butter. After a recent refurbishment, this spot is better than ever. 
Where: 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Book now: Aviary

Smiths of Smithfield, Farringdon

What: Things get smarter the higher up you go at Farringdon's Smiths of Smithfield. Head straight to the top floor of the Grade II-listed building for wonderful views of The City and the option to dine outside on the restaurant's wonderful terrace. Choose from a variety of punchy British dishes with prime cuts of meat coming from local markets, or come here on Saturdays for a memorable free-flowing brunch.
Where: 67-77 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ
Book now: Smith's of Smithfield

Aqua Kyoto, Soho

What: It would be easy to think that you'd been transported to another European capital when sitting on the rooftop terrace at central London's Aqua Kyoto. That is, if you couldn't see the London Eye peeking over the buildings in the distance. There's a specific menu that you can order from when sitting on the terrace which features a mixture of Japanese favourites including sushi, tataki, tempura and more, while outdoor heaters mean that it doesn't need to be scorching weather for you to take advantage of this rooftop.
Where: 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Book now: Aqua Kyoto

Angler, Moorgate

What: The only Michelin-starred entry on this list, Angler is certainly one of the best seafood restaurants in London. Sat atop the stylish South Place Hotel, this restaurant turns out beautifully presented dishes in this rooftop space bathed in natural light. Perfect for a truly special occasion, there is private dining available, as well as a tasting menu that provides a culinary journey in this lofty setting. 
Where: 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Book now: Angler

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The Rooftop The Trafalgar St. James, St. James

What: Another iconic location, The Rooftop St. James offers elegant food with an equally elegant view. Look over central London while you enjoy small plates like duck rillettes, salt and pepper fried squid with aioli or a prawn beignet, before moving onto larger plates like grilled salmon with sorrel cream, beef brisket with wild mushroom sauce or an Alpine beef burger with raclette, truffle sauce and curly fries. 
Where: 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Book now: The Rooftop St. James

The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square

What: Spread across three floors, the various roof terraces on top of the iconic Hippodrome Casino are the perfect place to enjoy an early-evening drink in town. There are also electric heaters for those days when it looks sunny but isn't actually that warm. The shared capacity of the terraces is 150, making this the ideal setting for a relaxed drinks party, be it with friends or colleagues.
Where: 10-14 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH
Book now: The Rooftop at The Hippodrome Casino

The best rooftop restaurants in north London

Upmarket north London is home to a well-heeled crowd who know a good thing when they see one. To meet the demands of its residents, north London’s best rooftop restaurants are the perfect balance of chic and comfortable.

Rooftop at The Standard, King's Cross

pizza at the standard

What: The Standard Hotel usually opens its rooftop to the public come April each year, serving an easy going food menu alongside cocktails and some of the best views in north London. Grab a slice of New York-style pizza and watch the sun set over London’s skyline.
Where: 11th Floor, 10 Argyle Street, EC1H 8EG
Book now: Rooftop at The Standard

The best rooftop restaurants in east London

There are lots of things east London is famous for, but we'd argue rooftop restaurants are one of them. Shoreditch, Hackney and the like all have their fair share, as well as Canary Wharf's more corporate options.

One Hundred Shoreditch

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What: One of east London’s most stylish rooftop spots, One Hundred Shoreditch’s trendy bar and rooftop terrace draws in the crowds with its panoramic views and calming jungle of foliage. The cocktails are excellent for those who just fancy a drink (or you can pop into Seed Library next door) and large windows ensure that you have plenty of natural light and views no matter where you are in the room.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
Book now: One Hundred Shoreditch

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch 

What: The change in mood as you step out of the lift is tangible: from the concrete jungle below to an inviting area complete with big, comfy settees, a garden abundant with vines and wild herbs, and great views of east London. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of rock oysters and grilled lobster, and mains of confit duck leg or grilled halloumi with roasted vegetables. Take advantage of Boundary’s extensive drinks menu too by ordering a sweet cocktail, featuring the likes of gin, passion fruit and mint.
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD 
Book now: Boundary

Roka, Canary Wharf 

What: Serving up high glamour with bamboo and polished wood from a high-above-the-ground location, Roka is the antithesis of a modest Japanese restaurant. With an ambience influenced by a boisterous, enthusiastic crowd and consistently top-notch bites, Roka satisfies all rooftop and dining needs on a balmy summer’s evening. While there, guests can indulge in Roka’s decadent menu, which features padron pepper tempura, freshwater eel and baby back ribs with cashew nuts.
Where: 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW
Book now: Roka

Llama Inn, Hoxton

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What: If colourful Peruvian flavours and a sun-baked Shoreditch rooftop sounds like your vibe, there really is only one place to turn. Llama Inn remains one of New York's hottest restaurants of the moment, and the London outpost is just as popular, filling up fast with East Londoners who come for a signature 'Llama Del Rey' cocktail and some of the restaurant's outstanding snacks, skewers and small plates. The terrace is especially lovely, surrounded by plants and crucially, completely open, so it's a proper suntrap throughout the whole day. 
Where: 1 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH
Book now: Llama Inn

Marlin's on the Roof, Shoreditch

marlins on the roof restaurant

What: Tucked away at the top of the Mondrian Hotel, Marlin's on the Roof transports guests to Ibiza with its sun-kissed decor and summery plates. Plentiful greenery, low-hanging rattan chandeliers and wicker furniture offer a laid-back island vibe during the day, while fairy lights illuminate both the indoor restaurant and outdoor terrace when the sun goes down. There's even a little private pool, though it's for hotel guests only.
Where: 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
Book now: Laurel's on the Roof

The best rooftop restaurants in south London

Once you combine the South Bank and Peckham, your cup runneth over in the rooftop restaurant department in south London. Lots of these are set on the roofs of clubs, so be sure to pack your dancing shoes. 

JOIA Rooftop, Battersea

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What: JOIA’s gorgeous views stand out whether you’re in the double-height bar, the beautiful art deco dining room, or up on the roof of art’otel Battersea. As well as a breezy terrace, JOIA Rooftop boasts a private pool (for hotel guests only) which overlooks the power station.
Where: 1 Electric Boulevard, SW11 8BJ
Book now: JOIA

Bussey Rooftop, Peckham

Terrace looking over london

What: The rooftop at Bussey Building is not to be missed. It serves carefully crafted cocktails and delicious pizza against a 360-degree backdrop of London's skyline. Not bad, hey? Enjoy pizzas from Share a Slice, alongside antipasti, sides and desserts. 
Where: 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Book now: Bussey Rooftop

Frank’s Cafe, Peckham

What: Frank’s Cafe is easily one of the most well-known rooftops in south London. It used to be one of Peckham’s best-kept secrets, but now the word is out. Sat atop the music, food and cultural hub that is Peckham Levels, Frank’s is only open during summer. Offering up brunch, small plates, beers, wines, cocktails and more, this is the ideal spot to watch the sunset with a group of friends, or date for that matter.
Where: 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Book now: Frank’s Cafe

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Forza Wine, Peckham

What: Sat atop Market Peckham directly opposite Peckham Rye station, Forza Wine is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to rooftop restaurants. Shoot up to the top floor in a lift and you'll arrive in what is basically a glass cuboid bar-cum-dining room, which leads out onto a glorious terrace area. Offering up snacky Italian crowd-pleasers, you can order the full menu here to share as a group for a little over £100, while the wine list is well worth exploring too, as the restaurant's name suggests.
Where: 133A Rye Lane, SE15 4BQ
Book now: Forza Wine

12th Knot at Sea Containers, South Bank 

What: With a sexy mix of jewel-bright Mad Men-era furnishings and a tweaked Thames terrace with stunning views of the City, 12th Knot oozes decadence for those seeking a glamorous evening out. While out on the terrace, which offers a direct view of St Paul's and Blackfriars Bridge, indulge in the elegant menu, which features oysters, ceviche tacos and charcuterie boards, alongside sliders and croquettes for something more substantial.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Book now: 12th Knot

Seabird, Southwark

What: Seabird in The Hoxton lives up to the Insta hype, with picture-perfect interiors and some of the best cocktails in the city. While you’re quenching your thirst, you may as well treat yourself to some of the restaurant’s mix and match style plates. Our top picks are the moreish pan con tomate which is perfectly seasoned and hides the slightest hint of garlic, the octopus dog (which somehow manages to balance novelty factor with clean, fabulous flavours) and just about anything from the charcoal grill, which kindly gifts fish and meat with its wonderful hum of smoke. Don't miss London's longest oyster menu here too. Views from the rooftop tick off some of London’s best skyline features, like The Shard and its equipped with heaters and blankets for all-year enjoyment.
Where: 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY
Book now: Seabird 

OXO Tower Brasserie, South Bank 

What: High up on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, this fashion-conscious, brasserie-style eyrie offers great views of the South Bank from its rooftop terrace. Here, among its convivial, easy-going surroundings, sun-seekers can indulge in a leisurely summer’s evening at OXO, while tucking into the likes of seared scallops or a sirloin steak for mains, before moving onto desserts such as a blueberry and lemon cheesecake. Expect an extra sparkle in the evening too, as the brasserie is known to be home to live jazz and mellow piano music at times.
Where: Barge House Street, SE1 9PH
Book now: OXO Tower

The best rooftop restaurants in west London

Heading west, you'll still find plenty of choice, perhaps of a more boujie nature. The quality of food here is top-notch, with some options offering options worthy of a serious blow-out. 

The Broadcaster, White City

What: If you find yourself out west and in need of a spot of food or a cocktail, head over to the old BBC Television Centre building at White City - The Broadcaster is the aptly-named new bar and restaurant in residence, and has taken over multiple floors of the old building, including a spacious rooftop where you can catch some rays in the summer, and gaze over the London skyline with a glass of something in hand. The Broadcaster is a pretty versatile venue all-in-all - you'll find rooftop yoga, barbecues and all sorts of other events happening up here throughout the year. 
Where: 89 Wood Lane, W12 7FX
Book now: The Broadcaster

The Roof Terrace at The Sloane Club, Chelsea

roof terrace at sloane club

What: The Sloane Club is housed on a beautiful period building just a whisker away from Harrods and the Saatchi Gallery, but from the ground you’d never know that it hides such a beautiful rooftop terrace. It’s an oasis of calm from the buzz of Sloane Square below, serving an international menu that leans towards comforting pan-Asian dishes.
Where: 62 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8DH
Book now: The Roof Terrace at The Sloane Club

If you can’t get enough of eating outdoors, check out our full list of the best outdoor restaurants in London.

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