Radio Rooftop

Afternoon tea, Bars, Mediterranean·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Radio Rooftop

Bronze Award

Impossibly glamorous (and sometimes impossible to get into if you haven't booked) the exclusive rooftop bar at ME London piles on the wow factor with its minimalist monochrome decor and views over the City skyline. On warm days, the prime spots are the white leather sofas by the rooftop edge: perfect for alfresco posing. House cocktails run from the Mexican (a refreshing blend of El Jimador Tequila, cucumber, mint and agave) to South Pacific (Leblon cachaça, kiwi, elderflower and apple juice), while the Champagne list is reassuringly extensive (and expensive), with bottles of Bolly for £100 and jeroboams of Cristal 1999 weighing in at a cool £5,000. Meanwhile, aficionados can pair Cognac or whisky with a Montecristo No.4 from the cigar menu. Daytime eats include risottos, salads and burgers, with dainty tapas on offer when the lights go down.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Bars, Mediterranean
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop
Special Features
Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

About Radio Rooftop

Rooftop bars in London might not be as rare as they once were, but the popularity of Covent Garden’s Radio Rooftop shows no sign of waning.

Found on the 10th floor of the ME London hotel, Radio Rooftop boasts enviable views of London’s skyline and across the River Thames, as well as taking in iconic landmarks such as the London Eye and Big Ben. We’d always recommend booking in advance here too, as it can sometimes be nigh on impossible to secure a table, especially on sunnier days.

While many rooftop spaces rely on the twinkling seduction of London’s night-time skyline to draw people in, Radio Rooftop is actually open from breakfast. Stop by from 7am to start your day with the virtuous likes of smashed avocado on sourdough toast, or treat yourself with something a little more indulgent – perhaps buttermilk waffles topped with chopped banana, maple syrup and whipped cream.

Later in the day, the menu evolves into a series of sharing boards, small plates and larger dishes which all have a touch of Mediterranean inspiration. You can begin with snacks such as crispy calamari with red pepper marmalade or sweet potato and Manchego croquettes dipped in smoked paprika aioli, while mains see ribeye steak served alongside Parmesan-topped chip, as well as pan-fried seabass paired with pumpkin, spinach and chickpeas.

When it comes to desserts, indulgence is the order of the day. Pick from tempting puddings such as churros served with pots of chocolate sauce, a coconut and vanilla rice pudding, or chocolate ice cream sprinkled with a chocolate crumble. If you are more partial to liquid desserts, there is always the option to choose from Radio Rooftop’s vast wine list, which features a range of European leaning bottles. There’s Champagne too, by the glass or bottle, if you’re looking to celebrate.

Location for Radio Rooftop

ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1HA

020 7395 3400


Opening Times

All day
Mon 07:00-01:00
Tue 07:00-01:00
Wed 07:00-01:00
Thu 07:00-02:00
Fri 07:00-02:00
Sat 07:00-02:00
Sun 07:00-00:00

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6 Reviews 


27 August 2021   - Verified Diner

Overpriced drinks!  Our bill for 3 Pimms and 1 Tonic water was £64!!!  After checking the menu when I got home, the Pimms is listed as £11 each and Tonic is listed at £3 each.  
Will never return to be ripped off!,

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Lovely views, furniture seems abit dated
13 May 2021   - Verified Diner

Lovely place to visit and have food and drinks, staff are always so helpful and friendly can not complain..

I think the carpet and furniture seems abit dated and could do with being replaced but other than that lovely atmosphere and amazing views..

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Charlotte H

30 April 2019  
Ridiculously expensive for what it is. Ambience is very stuck up.

Rebecca L

16 July 2014  
Radio is a hard one to review from my perspective because whatever you say about the food, drinks and service, you're partly (if not mostly), paying for the views and setting. You really won't get better views in central London and I think the decor is sublime. That said, in summary, it's a great place to go for drinks in the evening and I'd definitely now recommend it for a meal. I visited on a Wednesday afternoon at lunch time and after reading a number of reviews was nervous about the service and food. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't fault the service – the lady who greeted us was very welcoming and our waitress was excellent – she knew the menu well and was just the right level of attentive. The menu is entirely made up on tapas style dishes, both hot and cold. We ordered 3 dishes each plus bread and a non alcoholic drink each and the bill came to £60 which I thought was perfectly reasonable when you take into account the beautiful decor and views. The food was good – some tapas favourites such as chorizo in red wine and some more adventurous dishes such as pork and paprika toast. I wasn't blown away but it was perfectly tasty. I'd definitely recommend for lunch with a bit of a wow factor. I have been on a Friday and Saturday evening just for drinks and highly recommend it for excellent cocktails and gorgeous night time views with a laid back, buzzy atmosphere. I'm aware of the difficulty gaining entry if you don't have contacts within Radio or the industry. However, if you reserve an area you will have no problems.
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Gabriele R

29 July 2013  
I always wonder when reading negative reviews where the hurt egos end and real facts start. With regards to the Radio Rooftop Bar I sadly have to agree with only 50% of the comments simply because after 2 & ½ hour queue (FACT) we were denied the view of this ‘sleek, glammed-up, ‘Sex and the City’ destination’. I have now learnt that ‘bar at full capacity’ is a better word to turn the ‘unwanted’ away – how else would you explain the door staff still letting friends and ‘fabulous people’ jumping a queue of mostly tired and yet still smiling ‘commoners’? After 1 and ½ hour wait, my friend and I were next in line to become fashionable immortals and finally join the gods sipping cocktails in this brand new Olympus of Aldwich. One more hour went by and not a sign, nor a word, or even eye contact from the tall lady at the door holding the clipboard and sharing jokes with her colleagues. She also decided that it was absolutely acceptable to turn her back to us for most of the time and leave us to wonder whether she would ever unlock the cord between us and the most pretentious entrance to a bar I have ever come across in my life. The rest of the experience you can gather from other people that have actually managed to cross that line……alas I was not one of the lucky immortals to be chosen to grace this current bastion of coolness. It is now my mission to make sure that my –dreadful- experience of the Radio Rooftop Bar ‘entrance’ is shared with everyone I know. Places like this kill the spirit of London, a city where the very diversity of its people creates the exceptional experience that is London…Do the ‘only-fabulous ghettos’ have a place in this? Perhaps they do but I don’t think I will be wasting any more of my time to experience what they think they have to offer!
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Toby N

Perfect – if you are Made in Chelsea
22 July 2013  
Having had lunch at Stk we decided to spent the rest of our afternoon in Radio (incidentally shouldn’t that be Rd to continue the distrust of vowels?) It could, and should, be lovely with the rooftop setting and superb views east and west across the London skyline. Sadly it was rather what I expected Stk to be – I’ve never seen so many volcanic orange tans, which coupled with the blonde extensions and red soles gave a curious colour transition that looked rather like a met office chart of the recent hot spell. Apparently, and I’ll have to take my friends word for this as I’ve never even seen a single second of it, some of the “stars” of Made in Chelsea were in for champagne – so clearly its big here right now and I suspect that it will get rammed after 10pm with people on a mission. It desperately wants to be cool – but they do let themselves down. The music is a horribly safe chilled Ibiza vibe, rather like someone purchased a large Ministry of Sound box set and just put it on a loop. Fine, you can probably get away with Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Moloko etc., but really not Hot Chocolate or Cool and the Gang (both played) – hardly the sort of vibe the cool kids will want. The staff are a mix of curiously disinterested – try getting some of them to take an order – or seem to actively resent the fact you are there, buying drinks that don’t come in cheaply, with the odd one who doesn’t seem to have been infected with cynicism yet. You’ll be looking at £10-£12 for everything – and cheekily enough they bill you with 10% service on everything, even if you go to the bar yourself. Incidentally, don’t try and sit in a seat that is ‘reserved’ even if no one turns up there for at least an hour – a grumpy woman with a 90’s Madonna headset tells you off – perhaps upset that she hasn’t been allowed to appear on TV in The Call Centre. Despite all of that I actually had a good time – which proves that if you go with someone you like and you drink enough rounds of drinks, have a view and some sunshine just about anything is bearable.
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