Up in the Air – London’s top 5 roof tops!

When the weather is getting better you don’t want to grab a drink in a dark speakeasy or basement bar. Here are London’s greatest rooftops with a wonderful view over the city.

1.       Shoreditch House (Shoreditch):

The Soho House Group opened its first Members’ Club venue in, make an educated guess, Soho, London. This was in 1995. By now, they have ten houses – five in London, one in the countryside, one in New York, one in Los Angeles, one in Miami and one in Berlin. Shoreditch House is London’s biggest location and has the best roof top. You can only enter the spot if you are a member or are accompanied by one. Once you are inside, get up to the roof, lie down on one of their beds in the lazy lawn, order a bottle of rosé and celebrate life. The pool is heated so you don’t have to be bothered with London’s chilly temperatures.

Good for: People watching, sun bathing, cocktails, creative input
People: Private members’ club for those in the film and media industries; young, loaded and energetic crowd

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am-3am, Sun 8am-12am
Shoreditch House Homepage

2.       Aqua (Oxford Street):


Aqua possesses not one, but two great roof terraces on the 5th floor right next to vibrant Oxford Street. Enjoy some wine, cocktails  or sake one either their ‘Spanish’ or ‘Japanese’ roof or have some lunch while looking all over London. The service is a bit slow and inattentive, so get your drinks at the bar and stay calm. The view is worth it.

Good for: People watching, sipping on wines and cocktails, great view
People: Mixed bunch of hip locals/visitors/shoppers, age range 25-45

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-4pm (depends on weather)
Aqua Homepage

3.       Boundary (Shoreditch):

Shoreditch has quite a few roof tops such as Queen of Hoxton and Shoreditch House. As the others, Boundary is a popular spot for sun worshippers, especially the hungry ones. They offer snacks and food from the grill and don’t think you can get away without spending much because the place is in the East. Dinner can be quite expensive. Boundary also offers hotel rooms, just in case you decide to spend the night after a few drinks…

Good for: Different kind of cocktails
People: Shoreditch crowd, age range 2339

Opening hours: the Rooftop will be open from midday on Friday 30 March until sundown on Sunday 30 September, all subject to weather conditions – Check their Twitter Feed
Boundary Homepage

4.       The Roof Gardens (Kensington):


Entering the Roof Gardens is like stepping into another sphere. Flamingos, fountains and beautiful flower arrangements let you forget you are in a busy and hectic city like London. Sit down at one of the tables, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the view over the city. You can have dinner at their restaurant Babylon (7th floor) or dance the night away at London’s only rooftop Private Members’ Club. The also host special events and movie screenings.

Good for: Escaping the hassle of the city, cocktails, nature lovers
People: Mixed bunch of hip locals/visitors, posh and loaded, age range 25-45

Opening hours: The Club: Fri-Sat 10pm-3am; Babylon Restaurant: Mon– Sun Lunch 12pm–2.30pm;
Mon– Sat Dinner 7pm–10.30pm; If you’d like to find out when The Gardens are open to visit, please call:
T: +44 (0)207 937 7994
The Roof Gardens Homepage

5.       Soho House (Soho):

Right in the middle of quirky and busy Soho you find the first and original Soho House. Not as big as Shoreditch House but taking into consideration that it is in crowded Soho, the place is quite spacious and more important, has a roof terrace! Hip, trendy and creative members have a drink and look over Soho’s roof tops while talking about their latest record deal. Come hee, if you want to be above the crowd.

Good for: People watching, dining, cocktails, creative input
People: Private members’ club for those in the film and media industries; young, loaded and energetic crowd

Opening hours: Sun-Wed 6pm-12am, Thurs-Sat 6pm-1am
Soho House Homepage