Ah, London. Exploring London from the ground is exciting on its own, but have you ever taken a moment and checked out some of the best rooftop bars in London? You’d be surprised – they’re not all luxurious and they’re certainly an excellent scene for a date, New Year celebration or just a good old catch up with your best friends. We recommend you make a reservation for all of these and prepare your camera storage for the best Instagram shots ever. Ready? Let’s go!
See also: Where to Find the Best Views in London
7 Rooftop bars in London with the best view
1. SkyGarden Sky Pod bar
Charming views and cocktails with a menu that changes from morning to evening.
Recommended drink: Firework Hot Cocktail
Closest tube station: Monument
**Address: **1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF, United Kingdom
[Botanical Views ??](https://www.instagram.com/p/BKkyXLgAxIt/)
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It’s just gorgeous (and quirky at the same time). Neon lights, an aquarium, a lounge bar and a red-themed party room? Sold. Out of all the rooftop bars in London, this one is our favourite.
Recommended drink: Little Portland
Closest tube station: Oxford Circus
Address: 16 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8BP, UK
[#Tuesdaymotivation what a sight! #londonbars #londoner #viewfromthetop #liverpoolstreet #rooftop #rooftopview #rooftopping #ldn #londonlife #gherkin #cityscape #finsburysquare #montcalm](https://www.instagram.com/p/BP650j2Aeog/)
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3. Searcys (The Gherkin)
No words are needed ?
Recommended drink: Fleur Solaire
Closest tube station: Aldgate
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP, UK
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4. Bird of Smithfield
One of the most colorful terraces you can find in London and creative cocktails!
Recommended drink: Ryan (with Gosling rum)
Closest tube station: Farringdon
Address: 26 Smithfield St, London EC1A 9LB, UK
[Kicking off the weekend with bubbles & cocktails on the roof top terrace… @birdosmithfield 2nd birthday party w/ @veuveclicquotuk & @theknottedvine ????? #eatlocal #supportlocal #clerkenwell #london](https://www.instagram.com/p/2tovjWv6kJ/)
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5. Sky Lounge
Part of the Hilton Hotel, Sky Lounge lives up to the expecation. It’s fancy, it has a restaurant, and most importantly, it has a lounge bar.
Recommended drink: Fancy Bellini
Closest tube station: Tower Gateway
Address: 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF, UK
[#Gala night! Private event at the #SkyLounge, starting the evening with delicious #drinks and breathtaking #views ??](https://www.instagram.com/p/BQGrqe_lQAe/)
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6. Queen of Hoxton
You just have to experience it ?
Recommended drink: Freya’s Nettle Love Elixir
Closest station: Shoreditch High Street
Address: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX, UK
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Pro tip: this is where you should spend your New Years Eve in London. Book early. (Please note that Vista will reopen in Summer 2017)
Recommended drink: Margarita
Closest tube station: Charing Cross
Address: 2 Spring Gardens, St. James’s, London SW1A 2TS, UK
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