Skylarking: London’s top 10 rooftop terraces

  • aqua nueva W1
    Near Oxford Circus, a “fancy” nightclub-style Spanish rooftop operation, with surprisingly striking outside space; the food can be good but the staff sometimes act “like they’re doing you a favour” – one reason, perhaps, the place inspires little survey commentary
  • Sushisamba EC2
    “A magical lift journey” wafts diners to this “memorable” 38th-39th-floor bar-terrace-restaurant, by Liverpool Street; it ain’t no bargain, of course, but this is one of the very best rooms with a view, offering Japanese/South American fusion fare that’s sometimes a “wow”, and service much improved on the early days.
  • Roofnic W1
    A new rooftop bar only accessible via a (not so) secret entrance between 533 and 535 Oxford Street complete with AstroTurf flooring, wooden benches and foliage.
  • Coq d'Argent
    An “impressive” favourite for “power-dining” – this popular City vantage-point owes its fame to its rooftop gardens and “wonderful views”; otherwise, it’s a “sterile” sort of operation, and “massively overpriced” for what it is.
  • The Boundary E2
    It’s the “magical” rooftop dining area which excites reporters on Sir Terence Conran’s “cool-looking” Shoreditch venture (which also has a spacious basement restaurant); portions can be “small”, though, and service is on the “sketchy” side.
  • Bird of Smithfield EC1
    The summer roof terrace is a major attraction at this ex-Ivy chef’s solo debut – a sophisticated Smithfield brasserie; fans applaud its comfort food and laud it as an “expensive but impressive” experience, but not all reporters are wowed.
  • Angler, South Place Hotel EC2
    The “superb view and splendid terrace” seal the appeal of D&D Group’s “stunning” top-floor room, over a trendy hotel “in the heart of the City”; aside from the “eye-watering prices”, it’s a “good all-rounder”, where fish dishes in particular are “top-notch”.
  • The Fellow N1
    “In an upcoming area handy for King’s Cross and St Pancras”, a gastropub that offers an “interesting and varied” menu (including “excellent skin-on chips”); the roof terrace is an unexpected boon in summer months.
  • Vintage Salt @ Selfridges W1
    The latest incarnation of Des McDonald's rooftop restaurant is inspired by a Cornish fishing village, with a menu comprising of grills and salads, as well as fish 'n' chip and afternoon tea menu. The Drift Bar specialises in British G&Tea cocktails, craft beers and English sparkling wine.

Now that the warm weather is finally here what better way to enjoy an al-fresco meal, or drink, than with a dazzling view? London has plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces but fresh-air vantage points from which to see the capital’s iconic skyline can be hard to find. From post work drinks and dinner in the City to nights out in Soho and post shopping pitstops on Oxford Street, here are our top 10 rooftop terraces…

 


Vintage Salt SelfridgesVintage Salt @ Selfridges W1

The latest incarnation of Des McDonald’s rooftop restaurant is inspired by a Cornish fishing village, with a menu comprising grills and salads, as well as the traditional fish & chips. The Drift Bar specialises in G&Tea cocktails, craft beers and English sparkling wine.

 


SS Orange TreeSushisamba EC2

“A magical lift journey” wafts diners to this “memorable” 38th-39th-floor bar-terrace-restaurant, by Liverpool Street; it ain’t no bargain, of course, but this is one of the very best rooms with a view, offering Japanese/South American fusion fare that’s sometimes a “wow”, and service much improved on the early days.

 

 

the_fellow3The Fellow N1

“In an upcoming area handy for King’s Cross and St Pancras”, a gastropub that offers an “interesting and varied” menu (including “excellent skin-on chips”); the roof terrace is an unexpected boon in summer months.

 

Angler-Terrace-1400x1050Angler, South Place Hotel EC2

The “superb view and splendid terrace” seal the appeal of D&D Group’s “stunning” top-floor room, over a trendy hotel “in the heart of the City”; aside from the “eye-watering prices”, it’s a “good all-rounder”, where fish dishes in particular are “top-notch”.

 

bird of smithfieldBird of Smithfield EC1

The summer roof terrace is a major attraction at this ex-Ivy chef’s solo debut – a sophisticated Smithfield brasserie; fans applaud its comfort food and laud it as an “expensive but impressive” experience, but not all reporters are wowed.

 

rooftop boundaryThe Boundary E2

It’s the “magical” rooftop dining area which excites reporters on Sir Terence Conran’s “cool-looking” Shoreditch venture (which also has a spacious basement restaurant); portions can be “small”, though, and service is on the “sketchy” side.

 

Coq_dArgentCoq d’Argent EC2

An “impressive” favourite for “power-dining” – this popular City vantage-point owes its fame to its rooftop gardens and “wonderful views”; otherwise, it’s a “sterile” sort of operation, and “massively overpriced” for what it is.

 


MS_AQUA_TERRACE_4aqua nueva W1

Near Oxford Circus, a “fancy” nightclub-style Spanish rooftop operation, with surprisingly striking outside space; the food can be good but the staff sometimes act “like they’re doing you a favour” – one reason, perhaps, the place inspires little survey commentary.

 

Roofnic_4Roofnic W1

A new rooftop bar only accessible via a (not so) secret entrance between 533 and 535 Oxford Street complete with AstroTurf flooring, wooden benches and foliage.

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