Isn't there something rather magical about being up in one of London's summer rooftop spots? Down below is the rest of the city with all the crowds and the exhaust fumes; and there's you, looking out over the rooftops with an amazing view, a lovely cocktail in your hand and the promise of good food on the way. Here's our pick of the best new rooftop takeovers for Summer 2016.
Dates: Runs till end September,
How high? Television Centre - Multi-storey Car Park, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ
It’s all about: This takes over the old BBC TV centre car park roof on Wood Lane and gathers together four top London restaurants in one spot.
Drink this: Grab something from their roaming drinks trolley.
Eat this: Lots from the key food installations up here. That's Salt Yard (modern tapas), Rum Kitchen (West Indian chow), Rabbit (Seasonal, British, wild and foraged produce), Patty & Bun (no frills gourmet burger bar)
Dates: Runs till 4 September,
How high? Top floor of the Ham Yard hotel in Soho
It’s all about: the rooftop at the Ham Yard hotel, which is normally reserved for guests staying there. This is your chance to book in for a vermouth masterclass, with accompanying snacks on the roof.
Drink this: Vermouth cocktails, of course!
Eat this: As much antipasti as you can.
Dates: Runs till 30 August
How high? 39th floor of the Heron Tower
It’s all about: the 10 botanicals that make up Bombay Sapphire. Bartender, Rich Woods has come up with all manner of interesting ways to serve the gin up.
Drink this: Matcha punch - a sharing drink featuring Star of Bombay, banana and pineapple mixed with a matcha green tea infusion
Eat this: Crispy lobster taquitos
Runs until: mid September
Opening times: Mon-Fri 12pm- 10pm. Sat/Sun/Bank hols 10am to 10pm
It’s all about: the swings. Perch on a swing overlooking Oxford Street and enjoy canned cocktails as you watch the tourists go by.
How high? Fourth floor
Drink this: Canned negronis
Eat this: Tofu tacos with shitake, avocado, sweet potato and yuzu mayo
Runs until: 4 September
Opening times: Open from 3pm, Monday to Saturday
It’s all about: Paris meets Provence as this Moorgate bar teams up with the boozy, floral St Germain elderflower liqueur
How high?: 7th floor
Drink this: The St Germain cocktail with champagne, soda and St Germain
Eat this: Szechuan peppered calamari with bloody Marie Rose sauce
Runs till: 30 September
It’s all about: making like you’re on the West Coast - check out the beach area complete with sand and palm trees
How high? 12th floor
Drink this: Grapefruit & Jalapeño or Strawberry & Basil Margaritas
Eat this: Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, Roasted Cauliflower Tostadas with Avocado & Black Bean
Runs till: 4 September
It’s all about: Mixing the English summer vibe with three of London’s top restaurants/street traders - The Diary, BOB’s Lobster and Shotgun
How high?: Sixth floor
Drink this: British Garden Julep blends gin, garden pea syrup, lemon juice, freshly picked mint and ginger ale.
Eat this: BOB's Lobster's Lobster melt on grilled sourdough and Shotgun's Suckling pig stuffed pretzel roll
Runs until: end of August,
Opening times: Monday to Friday 12pm- 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm). Saturday 5pm- 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)
It’s all about: chasing that Italian buzz with this entirely Aperol-themed pop-up overlooking Smithfield market
How high? Fifth floor
Drink this: Aperol Spritz
Eat this: Go on Tuesdays between 5-7pm for free aperitivo
Runs until: mid September
Opening hours: Every Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday 12pm-11pm
It’s all about: gazing over the Olympic park scoffing dogs and cocktails and playing crazy golf
How high? 7th and 8th floors
Drink this: Roof East spritz - Suze, Prosecco, orange bitters, soda, orange slice
Eat this: The Chilli Marrow dog from Rockadollar Dogs
Opening hours: Sunday – Wednesday – 12pm – 12am. Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30am
It’s all about: being high above Camden market on this Alice in Wonderland-themed terrace drinking cocktails in teapots and playing croquet
Drink this: Choose between the gin-based ‘Tweedle-Dum’ and ‘Tweedle-Dee’ cocktails
Eat this: Falafel and houmous burger