Escape the heat! London’s best rooftop bars and gardens

It’s bonkers hot this week. What better excuse is there to cop off early?

1.Dalston Roof Park

18-22 Ashwin St, E8 3DL

It’s in Dalston, yes, but it’s hidden away from the kebab shops, traffic and bars with nonsensical names. It’s a rooftop and a garden. You pay £5 to become a member and it goes towards the Bootstrap charity which helps young people into work. Rooftop + garden + charity = guilt-free sunshine drinking.

 

2. Boundary Restaurant

2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD

Down the road from the DRP is the Boundary – a veritable institution and a hidden (sort of) haven from the mayhem of Shoreditch. In fact, it’s probably the best thing about Shoreditch. The rooftop space includes a weatherproof pergola meaning you can dine there all year round. (And the excellent menu means you’ll want to dine there all year around.) You can’t book, so when the weather’s good be sure to turn up early to avoid missing out.  

 

3. Kensington Roof Gardens

99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA

This is probably the best known of London’s rooftop gardens, and for good reason. The gardens were completed in 1936, took two years to build, and cost £25,000 – which was a lot of money in those days. Their popularity means they’re often booked for private events so it’s best to phone ahead and check availability first.

 

4. Roofnic

535 Oxford St, W1C 2QW

New this year, Roofnic is a first-come, first-served rooftop pop-up serving pork belly steamed buns (of course) salads and staples like ham and cheese croissants. It’s a pop-up job so cocktails are served in jam jars and the seating includes wooden pallets. But it’s on a roof and a welcome escape from the craziness of Oxford Street below and prices are very reasonable. So it’s a winner.

5. Frank’s Café & Campari Bar

10th Floor, Peckham Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

If only there were more multi-story car parks with top floors converted into hip bars. Frank’s Campari Bar (apparently it’s a café as well, but we all know we’re really there to drink negronis) boasts great views, great cocktails, great music and all round great times.

 

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