Top 10 rooftop terraces in London

By Ceri Tinley, A Luxury Travel Blog

As we all know, the weather in the capital can be a little unpredictable. During the winter months we become accustomed to taking shelter from the driving rain in dingy basement bars, whilst trying to keep our core temperature above zero. So when the sun finally does come out, it is justifiably a major cause for celebration. Here in the UK weather forecasters are predicting the hottest summer since 1976, as indeed they have been doing every summer since 1976. But just in case they might be right this time, it’s good to know where to find a sun terrace should you need one. Space on these terraces is at a premium on a hot summer’s day, so once you have decided which one is your favourite, you might like to keep it to yourself…

1. Aqua

The central location of this roof top cocktail bar, just off Oxford Circus, makes it a perfect place to escape from the crowds down below. Even luxury shopping can be exhausting in the height of summer. There are two large external terraces with sensational views down Piccadilly, and across the West End. They do get a little crowded, but that’s a small price to pay for the pleasure of enjoying your favourite cocktail in the glorious sunshine, in the centre of a great city. In spite of its name, the Porn Star Martini is quite delicious.

2. Radio Rooftop Bar

Located on the 10th floor of the shiny new ME Hotel on The Strand, Radio Rooftop Bar offers incredible views of the London skyline. The extensive terrace area is equipped with stylish sofas and extremely efficient heaters which means that you can still sit outside even when the sun is long gone. This is a destination for the sleekly dressed and genetically blessed – even the cocktails are good looking, and have unspeakably glamorous names. Since opening last year, Radio Rooftop Bar has become THE place to be on a hot summer’s evening. Booking a table in advance is advisable – but once you are installed at your table, the lively music and electric atmosphere might just keep you here until the early hours…

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