16 August 2013

3 of the best rooftop bars in London

We've been having a brilliant summer in London this year so we've been seeking out bars with outdoor space, preferably with stunning views and a breeze. I've been working very hard to find the best bars to tell you about and, although there are so many to chose from, here are my top 3. 

Newly opened and already a firm favourite with long queues snaking round the block to nab a stool at this fabulous bar is the Radio Bar. I went when it had just opened on a stormy eve which blessed us with a rainbow right over London - hope that's a lucky sign! Sitting 10 floors above the Aldwych you can see for miles across some very famous skylines.

It's trademark pointy end!

Lucky rainbow?

Looking over Waterloo bridge to the South Bank

The Shard and Tower Bridge

Looking right to the London Eye and Big Ben

The most amazing bar is at the top of the Gherkin which doesn't do the whole summer thing as it is indoors but you are sitting right inside the top of the roof dome and it is a really incredible experience at 180 metres above street level. If you go mid evening you can go from day to night and enjoy the changing light as the cocktails go down! There are 360 degree views to wow you but just one catch - it's private members only!

Arriving at the Gherkin - bar is in the dome at the top!
On top of the world

Right at the top of the building

Lovely view over the Tower and Tower Bridge

Canary Wharf

Shard with the 'Walkie Talkie in front

Sun going down - as did the cocktails!
Lights across Tower Bridge

My 3rd bar on this list is the Quarter Deck on the South Bank, or more accurately, over the Thames next to the South Bank!  They have put up a building which sticks out into the river and on the top there is a small and lovely bar. You feel like you are at sea, especially as HMS Belfast is moored next to you! The bar is part of the Imperial War Museum who run HMS Belfast so it has a military as well as nautical feel. We were lucky enough to have the most fabulous light over Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and rather too many wines later we were still enjoying this new and very welcome bar...

IWM- Imperial War Museum

Bar with a view...

On deck!

Love that light

Getting dark.....

HMS Belfast protecting the Tower!

Hope you enjoyed 3 of my favourite London rooftop bars but, who knows, new ones may be opening right now to over take these so I'll keep an eye out and bring you any more that catch my fancy!

Bye for now

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