The best rooftops in London
by Calum Donoghue
From sky-high cocktail bars to chic chef take-overs, these are London's best rooftops
We may not have the LA sunshine, but when it comes to rooftop bars and restaurants, London boasts a plethora of penthouse pitstops. Perfect for sipping cocktails and soaking up the city's iconic skyline.
The Dorchester Rooftop
In its 90th year, The Dorchester has launched its first ever rooftop restaurant and bar: 'The Dorchester Rooftop' – and it's already the hottest ticket in town. The new space is host to a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups led by executive chef Mario Perera, featuring modern and informal French dining by Jean-Philippe Blondet of Alain Ducasse, a Sri Lankan extravaganza and more exciting residencies to be announced soon. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with a lounge area to relax with a cocktail or glass of Champagne, whilst enjoying a live band and DJ.
Perched on the 7th floor of The Stratford (from the team behind Chiltern Firehouse and St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel), Allegra is a restaurant, bar and terrace made for long, lazy lunches and late-night dinners overlooking East London. Head Chef Patrick Powell uses ingredients from a local, organic farm, for an exceptional dining experience, whilst the interiors fuse cutting-edge style with cosy, old-world opulence which flows onto the Allegra terrace.
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Upper 5th at Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
Set high above the former Old Street Magistrates Court, the five-star Courthouse Hotel was made famous for holding the Kray twins at the height of their notoriety. The rooftop, Upper 5th, is one of London’s chicest spaces, complete with an artisan cocktail menu; perfect for warm afternoons and long summer evenings.
The Rooftop at The Trafalgar St James
The Rooftop is the perfect spot to take in the views of Trafalgar Square and enjoy alfresco drinking and dining. Taking inspiration from Japan and Korea, dishes are meticulously curated for those looking to explore new and innovative flavour sensations. For colder nights, The Rooftop is complete with blankets and heaters, along with a retractable roof to make the most of when the sun starts to shine.
Take your perch in The Nest with unparalleled 360-degree views of London. The wraparound terrace is decked with loungers and the menu features playful, market-driven cocktails and bar bites that draw inspiration from the tree and showcases local ingredients, as well as a brilliant selection of wine and beer.