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.


Pergola on the Roof


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)

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Vermouth on the Roof at Ham Yard


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.

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Artistry in Alchemy terrace at SUSHISAMBA


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


St Germain for Angler Terrace


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


Santa Monica at Skylounge


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


John Lewis’s The Gardening Society


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


Aperol Spritz Terrazza at Bird of Smithfield


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


Roof East at Stratford


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


Proud Wonderland


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


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