Thursday, 6 June 2013

5 More New (or reopened or soon-to-open) Rooftop Bars In London

As the sun begins to douse London in happiness, Sophie Kelk investigates how we can all get a little bit closer to it. 

Summer is (finally!) here and where else to take advantage of every minute of that warming sunshine and our city’s fantastic views than on a rooftop bar? Here are the five newest additions to test out… Just get there quick, before the weather changes again!

Gaucho’s restaurant in Canary Wharf has just launched a pop-up pink rooftop beach bar (pictured below and above). Think deck chairs, pink cocktails, chilled beats and fantastic views for that beach club vibe. It’s only open until the 18th June, though, so go soon if you don’t want to miss out.

Coppa bar and BBQ (pictured below) on the rooftop of Emigré Studios, is brought to us by the team behind Lardo. With space for 200 people, (make sure you bring ALL your friends) it’s one of the biggest open-air dining rooms in London and with antipasti, fritte and BBQ, the focus of this rooftop bar is clearly on the food.

Frank’s rooftop bar and café (pictured below) has become an annual institution for Peckham and it’ll be back again from the 30th June. If you’re able to find your way up the car park to the bar, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of London, a wide selection of Campari cocktails and a menu full of yummy apertivo-style food. If you’ve not been before, it’s worth the trip south of the river.

Dalston Roof Park (pictured below) is an elite members-only East London bar full of that arty crowd. What do you get for the £3 annual membership fee? Access to a cool venue with a load of fun events; art installations, cinema nights, al fresco food are just the start.

Another recently opened east London rooftop bar, the premise of Hot Tub Cinema (below), doesn’t take much explaining. Book tickets in advance to enjoy a film from the comfort of your very own hot tub (well, really shared with seven mates). It’s open Thursdays to Sundays and June kicks off with two weeks of ‘Best of British’ films.

Still not satisfied? Well luckily, London still has plenty more roof gardens and terraces to enjoy.

Hot Tub Cinema images courtesy of Todd Pacey. Gaucho images courtesy of Sophie Kelk

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