The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London

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Across London, rooftop restaurants provide diners with spectacular views of the beautiful London skyline. Below, we have listed the best rooftop restaurants in London, which are truly unmissable.

Coq D’Argent

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Coq D’Argent is London’s spectacular French Rooftop Restaurant with panoramic views across the City of London. Providing only the very best French Cuisine, Coq D’Argent is a stylish, fine dining experience guaranteed not to disappoint, and this is why we believe it is one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Just a short distance from major London attractions such as The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral, Coq D’Argent is not only convenient but an unforgettable experience for diners and their guests. During weekdays the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on Saturdays the restaurant is open for Brunch and Dinner and Sunday, open only for Lunch. Head Chef Damien Rigollet has created the A La Carte menu at Coq D’Argent, incorporating only the finest ingredients and developing a variety of French Flavours, each with a contemporary edge.

Coq D’Argent also holds monthly events, giving diners unique experiences, each with different themes. Last Month (November), Coq D’Argent hosted an Alpine Brunch. It is a delicious experience where diners can indulge in a luxurious Cheese Fondue with accompaniments such as a Charcuterie platter and New Potatoes. The New Year will undoubtedly bring lots of new, unique dining events for guests to enjoy the finest French cuisine whilst gazing across the Beautiful sights of the City of London.

Along with exceptional food and views across some of London’s most renowned Landmarks, Coq D’Argent provides its guests with an award-winning wine list created by its Head Sommelier, Andres Ituarte. In 2018, Coq D’Argent won the “Award of Excellence” for its wine list, giving us another reason to include It as one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Website: Coq D’Argent

Address: 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ

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The Aviary

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Found on the 10th floor of the beautiful new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, in Finsbury Square, Aviary Rooftop Terrace and Bar is renowned for its wonderful views and fine dining. Working closely alongside artisanal suppliers, The Aviary Roof Terrace and Bar source the ingredients used to create courses from their exceptional menu from family-run businesses in the United Kingdom to support small British businesses and reflect the excellence of British produce.

Regarding The Aviary’s menu, the combinations of flavours, along with their exquisite presentation and variety of dishes, make it one to remember. Regardless of when your reservation is made, the Breakfast and Main menus are full of unique flavours and options for diners with particular tastes or requirements.

The Aviary Rooftop and Terrace have introduced ‘Igloo’s’ to their venue, a fabulous addition making the restaurant even more memorable for their guests, and this is why we believe that the Aviary Rooftop Terrace and Bar is one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London. ‘Skye-Line Igloos with Talistar’ provides diners with beautiful views of the London Skyline whilst sipping on sensational cocktails under the stars. The Restaurant also provide dining within these Igloos, which can be found on the 9th floor. There are three packages, Bronze (priced at £250), Silver (priced at £295) and Gold (priced at £350), available, presenting guests with exquisite plates delivered fresh from the kitchen, as well as a dedicated Bar Tab throughout their Igloo experience.

Website: Aviary Rooftop

Address: Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

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Sushi Samba

From the bottom floor of the Heron Tower, you are whisked up to the 39th Floor in a glass elevator to what has been described as ‘Sushi Heaven’, Sushi Samba. Sushi Samba City has beautiful Panoramic Views of the City of London, featuring the highest dining terrace in Europe. A haven for Sushi lovers, Sushi Samba provides diners with the finest Japanese/Brazillian cuisine in the most incredible setting; the interior is simple yet effective, with the ceiling intertwined with a display of Bamboo, creating an intimate ambience for diners whilst towering over the beautiful London Skyline providing spectacular views from both the restaurant and terrace.

Diners are in for a treat with delicious culinary creations delivered from The Open Kitchen and Fiery Robata Grill. The Sushi Samba menu is full of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, catering to every taste and preference. Aside from the Sushi items on the menu (which are just divine), Sushi Samba has included Small Plates, Large Plates (both featuring meat, fish and vegetarian dishes) and Robata (fresh ingredients prepared over a traditional Japanese Charcoal Grill, served on Peruvian Skewers).

Regarding Sushi, the Sushi Dishes available at Sushi Samba are in a league of their own. The combination of flavours are exceptional, our favourite was the ‘Tiger Maki’ (Crab Meat, prawn Tempura, Wasabi Mayo, Beetroot yoghurt and Eel Sauce). We also can mention the Green Bean Tempura, found under the Aperitivos section, served with Black Truffle aioli, just delicious.

For the best views of the London Skyline and a taste of one of London’s best Rooftop Restaurants, Sushi Samba certainly isn’t missing.

Website: Sushi Samba

Address: Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

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Found at the top of One New Change, with spectacular views looking over St Paul’s Cathedral and London’s SkyLine is Madisons. Renowned for having beautiful views across London and being one of the top social spots in London for dining and drinking, Madison’s certainly is one of the Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

At Madison’s, there are five menus dedicated to a particular event/time of the day, with specifically designed dishes featured across them all. The A La Carte menu has a selection of culinary masterpieces, one of those being The Roasted Rump of Lamb, served with Dauphinoise Potatoes (cannot go without mentioning how delicious these were!), minted pea puree, confit Shallots and Seaweed Relish, each addition on the plate complementing each other beautifully.

One of the other Menus at Madison’s is called ‘Beats N Brunch’. Every Saturday between 12 and 3 p.m., Madison’s hosts a brunch. For £30 for two courses or £35 for three (including a glass of Moet & Chandon), the restaurant organizes a DJ to serenade diners while they dine in one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Madisons organize wonderful events for their guests. This festive season, Madisons have introduced the ‘Little Lodges’, where guests can purchase tailored packages (depending on the number of guests), including a food menu and a wonderful ‘pod’ for the evening, overlooking the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral and London’s SkyLine.

Website: Madisons

Address: Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF

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The Lighterman

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One of London’s newest additions, Coal Drops Yard Kings Cross, is home to a handful of new, excellent restaurants, each bringing a unique taste and ambience to London. The Lighterman, found on the Eastern side of Granary Square is a pub/dining room set across three floors, serving diners seasonal, modern British produce with European influences.

Opening onto Granary Square, the Ground Floor of the restaurant is open throughout the day, offering diners breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seating is both indoors and outdoors, decked with equipment to adapt to all weather. The Alfresco Dining is found on the first floor, featuring glass walls and a wraparound terrace, giving diners panoramic views of Granary Square and the new Coals Drop Yard, Kings Cross.

Serving seasonal, sustainable produce throughout their menu, The Lighterman offers a Breakfast Menu and an All Day Menu. The Breakfast menu offers something for everyone, whether something light such as their ‘Coconut Oat Porridge’ or something from their ‘hearty’ section, which features their take on a ‘Full English’. Their All Day menu also features some absolute delights. The Kidderton Ash Goats Cheese Parcel, served with onion jam, watercress, and a Walnut Dressing, was the perfect size and a delicious dish. For the main course, The Seared Black Bream exceeded all expectations. It was served alongside Bubble and Squeak and complemented by lemon and dill butter, which was delicious.

The Lighterman is the perfect rooftop restaurant for an informal yet stylish and delicious meal.

Website: The Lighterman

Address: 3 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH

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The Oxo Tower

The award-winning Oxo Tower Wharf is home to one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London. The Oxo Brasserie is found on the eighth floor of the Oxo Tower, with spectacular views across London. Their focus is on flavour and quality, ensuring their menus, food, and service exceed customer expectations, making them one of The Best Rooftop restaurants in London.

The Oxo Restaurant provides diners with an intimate, fine dining experience. The menus are designed by Head Chef Jeremy Bloor, who uses the finest British produce to create exceptional dishes. The Oxo Restaurant is ideal for special occasions, for its beautiful, relaxed yet formal setting, wonderful views across the River Thames and London, and the best British cuisine with contemporary influences. The John Dory, accompanied by Lobster Mash, Soya Beans, Samphire and Lobster Emulsion, stood out for the Main Course. Presented beautifully, the dish was perfectly cooked, a culinary masterpiece of flavours.

A unique element to this restaurant, making it stand out even more, is its extensive wine list featuring over 800 different wines. Hand-selected by the Head Sommelier Diego Muntoni, the wine list (subject to seasonality and availability) features some of the world’s finest wines, hand-selected to ensure diners have a chance to taste some of the world’s very best wines in one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London, dining from an excellently prepared menu, exceeding diners expectations.

Website: Oxo Tower Wharf

Address: Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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Boundary Rooftop

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With views across East London and The City, Boundary Rooftop Bar and Grill is one of London’s hidden gems and one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Suitable for all weather, the Boundary Rooftop Bar and Grill has a heated glass orangery open all year round, and diners are presented with a seasonal menu. In the summer months, The Boundary Rooftop Bar and Grill designed their menu to incorporate Mediterranean influences, featuring delicious grilled meats and fish and some Southern French influences such as Tapenade and a Charcuterie. In the Winter season, The Boundary Rooftop Bar takes inspiration from the Alpine Regions, including a delicious Cheese Fondue and a melting raclette, served over certain dishes. The Cheese Fondue was divine, the taste of the Alpine Regions, accompanied with the perfect additions to dip into the fondue, dining in one of the Best rooftop Restaurants in London, what more could you want?

The Boundary Rooftop Bar and Grill is one of London’s more relaxed rooftop bars. The orangery is decorated with fairy lights and grey ‘tree-like’ decor, bringing a cosy ambience for diners. The seating is covered with a very comfortable white fur rug, perfect for long, lazy lunches, sipping cocktails and eating delicious food from the seasonal menu.

Website: Boundary Rooftop Bar and Grill

Address: 2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD

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Sky Garden

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In 2015, 20 Fenchurch Street, one of London’s Commercial Skyscrapers, became home to The Sky Garden. The spectacular englassed dome of the Sky Pod Bar, with beautiful, west-facing views over the City of London, is one of the Best Rooftop Restaurants in London, not only for its spectacular setting and views but also for the ambience, service, and excellent dishes the restaurant provides.

The Sky Pod bar is an all-day drinking and dining venue with beautiful views, service and food. Below the Sky Pod bar is The Fenchurch Restaurant. The Fenchurch Restaurant is for London’s most discerning diners, creating excellent courses from their British-inspired menu that is presented beautifully. The Fenchurch Restaurant, along with the Sky Pod Bar, is one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London for the simple reason of the variety of choices that is offered to guests.

Providing diners with a British-inspired menu accompanied by an exceptional wine list, The City Garden Bar, also found at The Sky Garden, has been awarded the Best Award of Excellence (2019) from the Wine Spectator Awards. Situated in one of the highest Gardens in London, once again giving diners excellent views of the London Skyline, The Sky Garden has also gained two AA Rosettes.

The Sky Garden is also open as a ‘vibrant place of Leisure’, allowing members of the public to go to the top and enjoy the spectacular views and cocktail creations. The Sky Garden is one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London; the ambience, the food and the service are undeniably fantastic. Regarding fine dining and a beautiful experience, The Sky Pod bar and its exceptional features are certainly one of London’s Best rooftop restaurants.

Website: The Sky Garden

Address: 1, Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF

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Mercer Roof Terrace

The City of London has many hidden gems, serving exceptional food and beverages to their guests, including the Mercer Roof Terrace. Located on Garlick Hill, London, the Mercer Terrace has floor-to-ceiling Glass Doors which open up London’s Skyline, where diners can dine from Modern British Cuisine with the finest British ingredients whilst looking across at London’s Landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and The shard.

The Mercer Roof Terrace has three menus, each designed for different times of the day or different occasions. The first is their weekday menu. Their weekday lunch menu, with three starters, three mains and three deserts, their weekday menu highlights the excellence of British produce and British Cuisine. The second menu is their Lunch and Dinner Menu, a larger menu showcasing the exceptional creations created from British Produce and British influence that The Mercer Roof Terrace can give diners. Even though the menu is larger, the quality is still the same, serving their guests the highest standard of food. The highlight of the experience was certainly the Orkney Scallops, served with Smoked Celeriac, Braeburn Apple and Black Oil, the flavours of the Orkney Scallops combined with the accompaniments was exceptional.

The Mercer Roof Terrace has also introduced an Afternoon Tea, served in true British Style. The Afternoon Tea has been inspired by the Historic Guilds and Merchants that once used to line the banks of the River Thames. To honour these people, The Mercer Rooftop Terrace has created pastries influenced by each theme, one of which is ‘The Great Fire of London’, Kirsch soaked chocolate bun, milk chocolate Ganache, cherries and white chocolate. This unique addition of having a British-themed afternoon Tea makes The Mercer Terrace one of the Best Rooftop Restaurants in London as their British Influence and exceptional food make it an unforgettable visit.

Website: Mercer Roof Terrace

Address: 20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU

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Alto by San Carlo

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On top of one of London’s famous department stores lies Alto by San Carlo. Selfridges is home to a Chic Italian Restaurant serving delicious Italian Cuisine whilst overlooking the Rooftops of both Oxford Street and Regent Street. In countries worldwide, Alto by San Carlo has been serving the finest Italian Cuisine since opening in 1992, when Carlo Distefano opened the first Alto by San Carlo in Birmingham.

Serving delicious Italian favourites to diners, such as wonderful Bruschetta and Antipasto boards, as well as unique street fried foods, such as Sicilian Arancini, each bursting with an exceptional combination of Italian flavours, Alto by San Carlo certainly knows how to do Italian delicacies. Their pasta dishes are just outstanding, with a variety of different flavours, meat and pasta styles used in each dish. The Tagliatelle Bolognese was most definitely one of the best Bolognese dishes I have ever tried, slow cooked for six hours, the rich tomato sauce was complimented the mince and pasta beautifully. If you’re a pizza lover, this is the place to come. Fresh, light, and full of flavours, there are a handful of different combinations of pizza toppings, each as delicious as the other.

Alto By San Carlo displays their knowledge and excellent culinary skills in each dish, making it one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Website: Alto by San Carlo

Address: Selfridges, The Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB

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Rooftop at St James

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The Rooftop St James’ is a beautiful rooftop space in central London that serves alfresco drinks and dining. With beautiful views of Trafalgar Square, this lively, glamorous rooftop venue is one of the Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

In addition to their A La Carte menu, which features delicious dishes serving a combination of British and European flavours, The Rooftop St James’ has a bottomless brunch for £45 partnered with Veuve Clicquot. Throughout the brunch, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label will be free-flowing. Alongside the delicious brunch menu, which features both sweet and savoury options as well as sharing platters, this rooftop restaurant isn’t one to miss.

Cocktails are a key aspect of the Rooftop St James’; a variety of different cocktails display a unique blend of different flavours. These cocktails can be enjoyed on the terrace, with spectacular views across London. For guests requiring a private space, The Rooftop St James’ have their own private dining space which can seat up to 14 guests at one time, with unparalleled views of Trafalgar Square, this room is ideal for celebrating a special occasion in the heart of London.

Alto By San Carlo displays their knowledge and excellent culinary skills in each dish, making it one of The Best Rooftop Restaurants in London.

Website: Rooftop St James

Address: 7th Floor, 2 Spring Gardens, St. James’s, London SW1A 2TS

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Forza Wine

Forza Wine has swiftly become a must-visit dining destination on the South Bank. It offers stunning views from the National Theatre’s rooftop and impressive culinary offerings. The venue transforms a 1960s architectural monolith into a vibrant and sophisticated space. It has more than just wine with its Italian-inspired menu that stretches the definition of ‘snacks.’ Despite their modest label, dishes such as golden cauliflower fritter, lamb shoulder with salsa verde, and buttery broccoli speckled with brown shrimp are substantial and satisfying. The menu encourages communal dining.

Beyond the food, Forza Wine offers a curated selection of wines and cocktails. Their grape daiquiri and chilli rum Lucifer are standout choices, offering unique flavours that complement the meal. The setting, with a wraparound terrace, provides a perfect backdrop for enjoying these drinks, especially in warmer weather.

The restaurant’s atmosphere is eclectic, drawing a diverse crowd, including everyone from first dates to families, who gathered to enjoy the convivial setting. Forza Wine’s trademarked CustardoⓇ, a decadent blend of espresso and custard, offers a memorable end to any meal, securing its status as a central London gem where the focus is as much on creating an experience as it is on serving great food and wine.

Website: Forza Wine

Address: The Rooftop, 133A Rye Ln, London SE15 4BQ

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On the sixth floor of the Chic 1 Warwick members club in Soho, Yasmin offers a unique rooftop dining experience that combines the flavours of the Middle East with the vibrancy of London’s rooftop scene. With a menu crafted by Executive Chef Tom Cenci, Yasmin serves up a delightful array of Middle Eastern sharing plates that draw inspiration from Cenci’s experiences in Istanbul.

The intimate and stylish space accommodates 64 guests on a terrace boasting spectacular views of Soho’s skyline. Guests can indulge in dishes like sumac-cured salmon, harissa bavette steak, and whipped sheep’s cheese drizzled with hot honey, each plate presenting the rich and diverse flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Yasmin’s dessert menu continues to impress with offerings like Turkish delight cheesecake and baklava accompanied by pistachio ice cream. The cocktail menu at Yasmin is equally noteworthy, with signature drinks such as the Grand Bazaar—a twist on the classic Old Fashioned featuring Evan Williams bourbon, Mancino Rosso, bitter honey aperitif, and fig.

Website: Yasmin

Address: 1 Warwick St, London W1B 5LR

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The Queen Of Hoxton

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The Queen of Hoxton is a cultural hub transforming seasonally with whimsical themes that captivate East London’s eclectic crowd. This venue is famed for its ability to morph from a Mexican wrestlers’ den to a Parisian soiree of the 1900s, offering patrons a new experience with each visit.

This sprawling rooftop provides stunning views over Shoreditch, which is distinguished by its iconic brown brick buildings and striking street art. The expansive space ensures that there’s always a spot to relax or dance, making it a rare find among London’s sought-after outdoor venues. While it may not be renowned as a culinary destination, the Queen of Hoxton has a selection of Hispanic-inspired dishes that complement its party atmosphere. Offerings include flavorful soft shell corn tacos, loaded nachos, and chipotle chicken burgers, all paired perfectly with their Latin-inspired cocktail menu featuring tequila-based classics like frozen margaritas and spicy picantes.

Seasonal transformations are not just about decor but extend to the menu and activities, including groovy, bottomless brunch events and lively evenings ideal for mingling and dancing under the stars.

Website: The Queen of Hoxton

Address: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX

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Seabird, perched atop one of London’s high-rises, offers more than just a dining experience—it offers an escape. With its laidback, Californian-inspired ambience and panoramic views, including the Shard, Seabird presents a unique rooftop dining environment.

This restaurant makes a memorable first impression with its stunning locale and a menu that delivers exceptional seafood dishes. Guests can indulge in delicacies such as a soft octopus tentacle neatly tucked into a fried brioche bun, accompanied by sharp padrón peppers and enriched with the gentle heat of sobrasada aioli. Another standout is the whole mackerel, de-boned and served in a pool of spicy, smoked paprika-infused oil, creating a perfect harmony between the fish’s richness and the seasoning zest.

The culinary journey peaks with desserts like the Portuguese doughnuts, a trio of dough balls oozing with a citrussy, vanilla custard, each uniquely topped with ingredients like hazelnut, dark chocolate, or sticky caramel with salt flakes. While the service may occasionally lag, the quality of the dishes and the breathtaking views ensure that Seabird remains a prized destination for those seeking premium seafood and a sublime dining atmosphere in the heart of London.

Website: Seabird

Address: The Rooftop, The Hoxton Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NY

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Brooklands by Claude Bosi

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Brooklands by Claude Bosi, located at the summit of The Peninsula Hotel near Hyde Park, is an ode to the golden age of British aviation and motorsport. This rooftop venue offers a panoramic view of Knightsbridge and Belgravia. The restaurant has quickly ascended to culinary prominence, earning two Michelin stars just months after opening, a testament to Chef Claude Bosi’s exceptional skill and innovation.

The design of Brooklands pays homage to its namesake, the historic Surrey racetrack known for its pivotal role in British racing and aviation. The interior features a curated collection of artefacts, including a vintage Napier Railton race car and a scale model of the Concorde. The restaurant includes two elegantly themed private dining rooms, ‘Napier Railton’ and ‘Mach II’, each reflecting elements of its rich motorsport and aviation legacy.

The menu showcases the best British ingredients fused with traditional French techniques to create modern and timeless dishes. Highlights include turbot with wild sea leeks, Cornish squid with artichoke, and Lake District lamb with mint and pastrami. During the warmer months, diners can enjoy their meals on the terrace, offering a two-Michelin-starred experience amidst London’s iconic skyline.

Website: Brooklands by Claude Bosi

Address: 1 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HJ, UK

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