Cocktails with a View in the Capital

Cocktails shouldn’t taste better at altitude, but somehow they do – especially when that extra height guarantees that you’re also drinking in sensational views of London. So whether it's a special occasion or you're just wanting to get high in the capital, here are our top London bars with a view – from famed rooftop bars to hangouts with a particularly gorgeous backdrop.

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  • Although you can point out the gems studding the capital’s skyline from wherever you’re sitting, arrive early for the best seats alongside the sloping windows if you want unfettered views of St Paul’s, the City, the Thames, Canary Wharf and beyond.

  • Breakfast, brunch, late night, desserts: “all day” dining is redefined at Duck & Waffle. We serve from sunrise to sunset to sunrise again -- and every hour in between.

  • Elevate to the 14th floor of Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate and experience the breathtaking views of London's most iconic skyline.

  • Welcome to 12th Knot. Formerly under the guise of Rumpus Room, this is our rooftop bar and lounge. Stylish seating, cocktails celebrating seasonal ingredients, DJs and live music - all set against an unrivalled backdrop of the River Thames and London.

  • Overlooking the iconic dome of St Paul's Cathedral, Madison Restaurant, Tapas & Cocktail Bar offers sensational panoramic views from one of Europe's largest public open air roof terraces.

  • Serving up spectacular views of the city, in an atmosphere that’s toned-down and relaxed, but pretty damn special all the same.

  • The Phoenix Arts Club is one of London's last remaining independently owned and operated venues, based in the heart of the west end and located in the original rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre.

  • The Rooftop is a space for sipping individually crafted cocktails and drinking in the inimitable city view. Complete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating, the sky-high space lends itself as a year-round experience.

  • Vertigo 42 is London’s finest destination Champagne Bar. Located at the top of Tower 42, one of the city’s highest buildings, the stylish bar offers spectacular panoramic views overlooking London’s most iconic landmarks.

  • Summer starts now at Radio Rooftop with Botanical Garden and Mexican Hacienda pop-up at Radio Rooftop, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire and Patrón Tequila.

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