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When the sun's out, outside on the rooftops of London is where we’d always rather be. This year we’re spoilt for choice, with options spanning all across the capital. Here's our pick of the best rooftops for drinking and dining this summer. 

 

Ned’s Club Upstairs at The Ned

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One of the biggest openings of 2017, The Ned has it all. On the 8th floor, The roof terrace at The Ned is almost double that of the Shoreditch House rooftop. Here you’ll find two bars - Poultry Dome Bar & Terrace and Princes Street Dome Bar & Terrace. It’s members-only, but in our opinion, worth it for the heated pool and sweeping views of St Paul's.

Where: City of London - 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

How high: 8th Floor

Runs till: Permanent

Drink this: Pick up a couple of Soho Negronis or, if you’re thinking about taking a dip, a House Press juice

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Bokan

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One of the highest rooftops in this year's roundup is Bokan at the Novotel Canary Wharf. Spread across three floors this restaurant and bar ,which opened in January, features an open air mezzanine on the 39th floor. Here guests can grab drink, snacks and small plates from chef Aurelie Altemaire whilst enjoying views spanning over The Thames and Canary Wharf. Best of all, it’s open until 2am Thursday through Saturday.

Where: The Novotel Canary Wharf, E14 9TP

How high: 39th Floor

Runs till: The current menu will run until the end of summer

Eat this: Bokan Charcuterie or Cheese ‘Tiles’

Drink this: Choose from of their range of 27 original cocktails. We like the look of The Red Seal – Japanese whisky, lemon, matcha and hibiscus.

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The Roof Deck at Selfridges

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Perched upon Selfridges’ iconic rooftop is the Californian-inspired Roof Deck by Des McDonald. Open from 11am, this West Coast themed terrace, lined with timber beams and tropical palms isn’t all ‘clean living’. The menu from Chef Steve Tonkin (ex-Dean St Townhouse) and extensive drinks list is enough to keep us away from the Oxford St hordes for just a few hours…

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB

How high: 4th Floor

Runs till: Late summer

Drink this: Cucumber and Chilli Margarita

Eat this: Prawns a la plancha, blistered corn & pomegranate or Tuna ceviche, kohlrabi, avocado, cilantro and bonito flakes

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The Lido at The Curtain hotel

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London’s newest hotel, The Curtain is set to open late May. The LIDO there is a rooftop brasserie and Moroccan-style pool, a plant filled haven open to hotel guests and club members. Sunbeds and loungers will ensure guests can make the most of the summer months but there’s also a retractable roof for when things get chilly.   

Where: 45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT

How high: 4th Floor

Drink this: Wines by the glass or cocktails courtesy of Trash Tiki

Eat this: Seafood platters

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John Lewis Gardening Society

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Another hidden oasis in Central London, the John Lewis rooftop is back with their summer installation. The 2017 Gardening Society is themed around the quintessential British summer garden and features bookable Summerhouses and a tiny pub, The Gardener’s Arms.

Where: 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX

How high: 6th Floor

Runs till: 4th September

Drink this: Grab a pint from the Gardener’s Arms

Eat this: Nduja, salami & three cheese sandwich from Morty & Bobs

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Frank’s Campari Bar

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Of course, no list of London rooftops would be complete without a mention of perennial favourite Franks, which sits on top of Peckham’s Multi-Storey Car Park. Chef Joseph Ryan (ex Salon, Brixton) is heading up the kitchen this year so we’re looking forward to see how the menu will evolve.

Where: Peckham Multi Storey Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

How high: 10th Floor

Runs till: Late summer 

Drink this: Campari soda, Americano, Aperol Spritz

Eat this: Ox Heart kebab, brown sugar hot wings, smoked aubergine

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Giant Robot

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The latest venture from Street Feast, Giant Robot is one of their most ambitious projects to date. This space-age structure is home to a range of London’s top street food traders and features a roof garden, the 360° island bar which is open every day of the week. Perfect for an after work drinks or equally an all-day weekend session.

Where: Crossrail Place, London, E14 5AR

How high: Overlooking Canary Wharf

Drink this: One of over 38 craft beers on tap

Eat this: Iberico Pork Sub from Little José or a Pork Belly bun from Yum Bun

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Pergola on the Roof

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White City’s much-loved Pergola on the Roof returns for 2017. One of West London’s largest alfresco dining spaces, this year food comes courtesy of Breddos Tacos, Bonnie Gull, Patty & Bun and 8 Hoxton Square. The space features two bars, has room for 600 and also takes reservations.

Where: Television Centre Multi-storey Car Park, Wood Lane London W12 7RJ

How high: 8th Floor

Runs till: 1st October

Drink this: Le Gran Fizz – a Grey Goose cocktail or if you’re looking to go large – a Magnum or Jeroboam (4x bottles) of rosé

Eat this: Tuna toastada from Breddos Tacos or Salt n Peppa squid burger from Bonnie Gull

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Skylight

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Found near Tobacco Dock, Wapping, this imaginative rooftop is themed around a British urban lawn club.The space is set over three levels of a former carpark and features bookable Croquet and Pétanque courts.

Where: Penning St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, St Katherine’s, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF

How high: 3rd Floor

Runs till: Late summer

Drink this: Blue Moon wheat beer or long cocktails

Eat this: The Fat Chairman burger from We Serve Humans

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Brixton Beach

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A colourful space in the heart of Brixton inspired by the sights, sounds and culture of Cuba. This multi-use space will feature a selection of resident street food traders and will also put on film screenings, fitness classes and weekend performances ranging from DJ’s to Latin American brass bands.

Where: Pope's Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8JH

How high: 2nd floor

Runs till: September 2017

Drink this: Frozen rum daiquiris

Eat this: Japanese fried chicken from Nanban or Fish tacos from Del 74

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Proud Camden Roof Gardens

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Another rooftop which draws inspiration from British gardens, the newly renovated terrace at Proud Camden has been transformed and now features full decking, plenty of foliage and even a water feature.

Where: Proud Camden, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

How high: 1st floor rooftop

Runs till: Late summer

Drink this: Cocktails from Proud Camden

Eat this: Grizzly Bear cheeseburger from Burger Bear

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Aviary

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This is one of the latest openings from ETM, the same people behind the Botanist, and sits at the top of the Montcalm hotel on Finsbury Square. We were rather impressed by the Sunday lunch when we visited, but on a sunny day you'll want to head straight for their roof terrace, which looks out onto Finsbury Square. Plus there are some private rooms with their own terraces that you can hire too. 

Where: Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

How high: 10th Floor

Drink this: Their cocktails come in copper tankards, plus there's on-tap nitro espresso martinis and "frosé" – a frozen blend of rosé wine, Belsazar rosé vermouth and strawberries. 

Eat this: Bites on the terrace include lobster tacos, prawnish pasties and beef yakitori.

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Seaside in the Sky popup at the Gherkin

Seaside in the Sky popup at the Gherkin

Usually open to members only, this six-week summer pop-up at The Gherkin invites guests in for a special experience entitled ‘Seaside in the Sky’. Executive chef Barry Tonks is pushing the boat out with a menu of signature British seafood favourites with English sparkling wine and Plymouth gin cocktails on the side.

Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP.

How high: 39th Floor

Runs till: 24th July - 1st September

Drink this: Nyetimber English Sparkling wine or a Plymouth Gin martini

Eat this: British seafood selection featuring cod, scallops, lobster, crab and oysters

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