As summer skies return and the post-pandemic buzz hits the streets of London, Hyde Park picnics are not the only thing we are looking forward to. Amongst lessening lockdown restrictions and the reopening of some of the Capital’s hottest spots, there’s a lot to be excited about this summer.
One post-pandemic activity that is catching the eye of those of us heading back into the city is rooftop bars. Emerging as a half in half out Covid-safe option for those of us looking to get our London foodie fix, rooftop bars and restaurants have become incredibly popular in the aftermath of Covid-19. In fact, amongst social media savvy Genzenials, some of London’s most funky rooftop bars have gone viral around the world.
Whether you’re a London local or visiting from far away, many of us have turned to social media for an all-inclusive travel guide to the city this summer. Platforms such as TikTok have become more popular than ever amongst foodie fans and beverage connoisseurs thanks to its 60-second video feature, advertising some of the city’s most aesthetic spots. From close-ups of mouth-watering platters to colourful cocktails, it’s time to start adding some of the Capital’s hottest rooftop spots to your summer list.
1. Forza Wine, Peckham
With a stunning view of the cityscape panorama and delightful grilled flatbreads that pair perfectly with a bottle of wine, Forza Wine is an unmissable spot to visit this summer. Based in busy Peckham where the streets are filled with young millennial go-getters. This rooftop bar allows you to step away from the hustle and bustle of the street for a calming experience, filled with a luxury style ambience.
Enjoy a wide selection of top-quality tapas plates, sharing platters and glamorous desserts, alongside a generous drinks menu with a vast selection of both alcoholic beverages. Some of the best-iced coffee London has to offer.
Better still, this instagrammable spot is decorated with industrial charm, potted plants and a sleek Peckham style finish, ideal for an elegant twist to a night out.
2. The Nest, Marylebone
For all things natural try one of London’s only treetop designed rooftops, full of agricultural elegance. With 360 degree views of the city, embrace The Nest’s green theme throughout their popular TikTok worthy space, nestled in the centre of affluent Marylebone.
Enjoy exposed wood interiors, foliage and woodland themed indoor and outdoor seating. Better still, their creative cocktails and popular sharing platters are also naturally sourced, perfect for vegetarian and vegan foodies.
With its eclectic style and cosy cushion based seating, make yourself feel right at home here. From heated outdoor spaces to soft blankets provided on colder evenings, even the curse of British weather can’t take away the joy from this rooftop spot.
3. CLF Art Cafe, Peckham
If you’re looking for a roof bar with an injection of London’s vibrant art scene within it, CLF Art Cafe has got you covered. The lounge bar has become nothing short of a sensation on TikTok amongst the younger generation. Thanks to its ability to not only make some of the best cocktails that Peckham has to offer, but also celebrate London’s vibrant and ever-growing arts scene.
It’s service only, Hennesy roof garden is where music dreams are made of. With a post-modern, industrial design and an integrated stage set. Enjoy live music performances, comedy stand up and a fresh taste of some of the newest up and coming artists across the city.
Surrounded by natural foliage and exposed wood for a beach bar, take on a 21st-century cocktail club, embrace South London culture with the likes of Jazzheadchronic (The South London Soul Train) and some of London’s finest cabaret for a 30’s theme approach to modern dining.
4. Roof East, Stratford
Just because you work a 9-5 in the office, doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. That is the sole purpose of the Roof East, Rooftop bars in Stratford. As an expansive space designed as a boozy playground for adults. This TikTok hotspot is certainly going viral amongst locals who are in great need of some simple pleasures post-pandemic.
From rooftop crazy golf to baseball batting cages, amazing assault courses and brightly coloured inflatables. This adult playground is not to be missed if you’re looking to enjoy summer skies in the wackiest way possible. Our pro-tip for summertime visitors is to come protected and prepared for hot weather as you enjoy a day of booze-filled activities in the sky. Grab that factor 50 and you’re good to go!
Better still, for the night owls, this one-stop activity zone turns into a rooftop cinema in the evening. Join the Roof East Film Club to relax and watch some of your favourite classics amongst the nighttime buzz of Stratford’s beautiful centre. Gorge out on international street food, enjoy creative cocktails and comfy seating for the ultimate wind down in the city.
5. Aviary, Finsbury Square
If you’re looking for a fancy approach to London’s rooftop scene, look no further. Aviary Rooftop Bar in Finsbury Square is injecting unbeatable glamour to the rooftop scene with their Post-Covid igloo additions to fine dining.
With a 21st century contemporary design, their glass igloo pods are the pace to be if you’re looking for a special night out on the town. Finished off with stunning colourful seating and sofa cushions you can sink into. This place is not one to miss, especially with the fluctuating British weather.
Cosy up to faux fur throws, enjoy botanical-themed cocktails and an al-carte menu filled with seafood, punchy appetisers and British classics.