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London's Best Rooftop Bars, Restaurants And Spaces

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KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS
Kensington Roof Gardens

As the sun begins to beat down on London town, summer is well and truly upon us - hurrah! And frankly, there's no finer place to be than perched on top on of a rooftop to soak up the rays.

Whether to marvel at the London skyline or simply escape the hustle and bustle of life in the capital, here are some of the best rooftops from across the city.

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  • Boundary
    Boundary is the kind of establishment cool enough to take your mates, but respectable enough to take your parents.

    The venue has recently added a steel, timber and glass pergola - which full covers the dining area so that they are open every day and all year round - whatever the weather.

    The wild herb theme, together with a canopy of grape producing vines makes for a treehouse feel. Very cool.

    Boundary
    2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
    020 7729 1051
  • Queen Of Hoxton
    Outdoor cinema, rooftop yoga, all-day BBQs and a series of craft events throughout summer - Queen of Hoxton has got it all.

    With vibrant ice-cream colours, shady umbrellas, picnic benches and sun lotion dispensers, it is fully equipped for long hot summer days. As night falls continue to enjoy the outdoors, or head downstairs for a party in the ground floor bar.

    Queen Of Hoxton
    1-5 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
    020 7422 0958
  • Frank's
    Frank's is like discovering some magical waterfall after having to trek through miles of prickly jungle. Arduous, but worth it, and instead of jungle you have the grotty streets of Peckham and the piss-smeared floor of a multi-storey car park.

    A long bar serving yum, reasonably-priced cocktails and cold beers, with a view that overlooks London. The staff are fun, the crowd is cool but not intimidating and you never stop feeling like you've stumbled on a genuine London secret.

    Frank's cafe
    10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Story Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
  • Madison
    This rooftop bar has an unbelievable view of St Paul's, great sofas and an upscale (but relaxed) atmosphere.

    Just avoid it on Tuesdays through Fridays, when it's full of bankers guffawing into their two-third-pints of Heineken. Lovely on Sunday afternoons.

    Madison
    Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London EC4M 9AF
    020 8305 3088
  • Dalston Roof
    Dalston Roof Park is perched on top of a tower block in the darkest heart of east London, entered through an art gallery and seemingly endless flights of graffitied stairs. Boy is it worth it.

    The city of London sparkles in front of you, there's artificial grass and sweet-smelling flower pots, candy-striped deck chairs and cushions to lounge on with a fruit cider, and the cheeriest bar staff in town. The regular outdoor cinema is held in the middle of the gorgeous rooftop allotment, and there's rotating pop-up food stalls.

    Dalston Roof Gardens
    The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
    020 7275 0825
  • Kensington Roof Gardens
    Kensington Roof Gardens
    Walking into Kensington Roof Gardens, you feel like you're in some kind of luxurious Spanish haçienda. The gardens are beautiful, there are (real) flamingos strutting about and the only piece on London skyline you can see is a gothic church.

    Sure spirits are pricey, but the wine is reasonable. And it's much cheaper than jetting off to Spain.

    Kensington Roof Gardens
    99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA
    020 7937 7994
  • The Roof Garden Bar, on the South Bank
    Head up the winding yellow stairs above the Queen Elizabeth Hall and you'll find this great - and slightly hidden - summery spot, where they serve Greenwich Mean Time beers, Pimms and more.

    Of course, the RFH terrace cafe below is nice, too - but you'll have better view over the Thames (and more of a chance of getting a seat) up here.

    Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, London
    020 7960 4200
  • Coq d'Argent
    This is one of the best rooftop bars in London – just don’t go on a weekday! On a Saturday or Sunday however it’s one of the most peaceful locations you’ll find in this city.

    Yes, drinks are fairly pricey (freshly squeezed orange juice will set you back more than some beers) – but the roof garden, relaxed décor and an amazing view of the City of London are definitely worth it.

    Coq d'Argent
    No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
    020 7395 5000