These 13 London rooftop bars have been named the best in the world

Cocktails at the ready! A new report revealing the best rooftop drinking spots across the globe includes 13 London bars.

Updated on • Written By Holly Butterfield

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These 13 London rooftop bars have been named the best in the world

A recent study ranking the best rooftop bars in the world has revealed that 13 of them are in London. Just in time for spring!

The study was carried out by digital signage software company Mandoe Media, which used data to analyse almost 1,000 rooftop bars across 135 cities worldwide. It weighed up three different factors to create the definitive list: customer service, affordability and how often the location was shared.

Over 700,000 customer reviews were analysed, with rankings based on bars with 'excellent' customer experience, affordable drinks and the highest number of Instagram shares. 


The results have been whittled down to the top 200 rooftop bars in the world. The report also published the best rooftop bars in the world for different categories, including most affordable, most Instagrammable and the best rooftop bars in the UK.  

Whilst the top two spots went to the AkaAza Rooftop Bar in Bangkok and The Rooftop at Serras in Barcelona, there are 13 London locations that have made the cut.

rooftop bar at Madison
Book a table at London's best rooftop bar: Madison

Coming in top of the London-based rooftop bars, and 12th overall, is Madison. Its swanky rooftop terrace boasts idyllic views of St. Paul's Cathedral, and is located bang in the middle of London's financial district.

Following hot on its tail is Roof East in Stratford, which comes in at 14th on the list. This edgy urban rooftop serves up cocktails, film screenings, crazy golf and so much more.

rooftop bar at coq d'argent
Book a table for you and your friends at the Coq d'Argent rooftop terrace.

Jumping down a few places, there are several other London bars in the top 100, including Coq d'Argent (50th), The Culpeper Rooftop (54th), Jin Bo Law Skybar (55th) and The Rooftop at The Standard (65th).

Check out the full London rankings:  

12th: Madison
14th: Roof East
50th: Coq d'Argent
54th: The Culpeper Rooftop
55th: Jin Bo Law Skybar
65th: The Rooftop at The Standard
68th: Willows on the Roof
107th: The Rooftop St James
122nd: LSQ Rooftop
142nd: The Golden Bee
149th: Aqua Spirit
155th: Boundary Rooftop
185th: Radio Rooftop London

You can always count on Brits to head straight to a beer garden or rooftop bar the moment the sun comes out, and with summer just around the corner, you might want to get yourself booked in for a cocktail or two at one of these locations.

Looking for more recommendations? We've got a complete guide to the best rooftop bars in the capital, alongside a list of London's best rooftop restaurants for alfresco dining, if you're more about the food than the drinks. 

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