Crawling through London Rooftop Bars – 2017

Summer is well and truly over. But this week promises to be warm again with temperatures north of 20 degrees (I’ll take what I can get!). So there is still some time to hit the rooftop bars in London before autumn makes itself stubbornly at home!

August was miserable in terms of summer weather (except the bank holiday weekend when it was gloriously warm and sunny). Still, it didn’t stop us from checking out a few more rooftops in London to catch some rays, 360 degree views and beer. Last year, I wrote about my rooftop crawls through London (you can check my blog here). This year, we turned our attention to the following venues.

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Next to popular summer hangout Frank’s is another rooftop bar in Peckham, on top of the Bussey Building. It houses the popular Rooftop Film Club but is also a neat little space for alfresco drinks and conversations. Food options are limited, with posh hotdog company RockaDollar Dogs being the only supplier. Alcohol is on the pricey side, but if you look at the views, it will help with forking out those extra pounds! My suggestion would be to get a bottle of house wine to make it last longer whilst watching the sun go down!

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More information can be found here.

Bokan, Canary Wharf

The Roof Terrace at Bokan (on the 39th floor of the Novotel Hotel in Canary Wharf) is a stylish venue for sophisticated cocktails and spectacular views of the Docklands. It is perfect for after-work drinks, a date or a special celebration. They have a good selection of alcoholic beverages, with prices mostly at par with other London cocktail venues. What I liked about this place was that whilst it had its fair share of the fashionable and the high-heeled, it also had a casual and easygoing vibe. Booking is highly recommended, though walk-ins can grab a table in between reservations. Keep an eye out for the tables next to the windows for maximum viewing pleasure!

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More information can be found here.

Boundary, Shoreditch

It was third time lucky for me at Boundary, as our previous attempts to queue did not secure us a table. However, a combination of an early finish from work and just me on my own meant that I could nab a table for a few hours before the post-work crowds descended. Tables of various configurations allow the flexibility for an intimate date or a gathering of mates (booking required). Heaters are provided for when the temperatures dip towards single figures. This is definitely a place for cocktails rather than wine. Outdoor greenery creates lovely little cozy corners to perch with a drink and a book. Service is friendly and efficient.

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More information can be found here.

Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch

The rooftop of this Shoreditch haunt feels like an oasis in the midst of a steel, glass and concrete jungle. It also is one of the oldest venues for the Rooftop Film Club. The crowd here is mostly young artists and creatives. The food options look really good: juicy burgers are accompanied by healthier choices of squash and sweet potato wedges and fresh salads. All the food is served in sustainable packaging which is fully compostable; this means every time you hang out here, you will be doing the environment some good! The theme of the venue transforms from summer to winter which makes it accessible all year round!

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More information can be found here.

Whatever the season, London always has amazing rooftop bars from where you can admire the stunning skyline of our beautiful and beloved city! I can’t wait to see what venues Summer 2018 brings.

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