Top rooftop cocktail bars for a Friday night drink

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There’s nowhere quite like London for finding a really great rooftop bar. The city is well known for it’s skyline, and these venues really make the most of it with fantastic and varied ways to spend your Friday night at a rooftop cocktail bar in the capital…

Radio Rooftop Bar

As one of the city’s most widely ‘hyped’ locations, this rooftop bar combines contemporary design with a fantastic, panoramic view of London from up high, ideal for those seeking to check out the view while visiting the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch. Opened in 2013 and looming above the Strand, it draws in visitors from all over the city, and has developed a reputation for exclusivity – so arrive early and dress to impress! The atmosphere is evocative of a slick summer holiday venue, and the cocktail list is eclectic and equally as exclusive as the bar itself.

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Frank’s Café

In the heart of Peckham lies Frank’s Café, a summer-only venue which has already gained enduring notoriety and cult-status amongst locals and visitors to London alike. Open May-September each year, Frank’s is situated atop a multi-storey car park, offering the most unusual location for watching the sunset with a cocktail and enjoying the city skyline. Specialising in ultra-trendy Italian cocktails, the bar is currently sporting a brand-new look for 2018, and also offers a delicious menu with everything from kebabs to grilled fish and table-service available.

Dalston Roof Park

This creative space is packed full of retro features such as colourful graffiti and fake grass underfoot, as well as plenty of real plant life and lots of vibrant bunting. The bar has a regular turnaround of DJs offering live music, and the drinks menu is relaxed, much like the venue – as well as offering plenty of delicious food from local vendors who take on monthly residences. For those staying at our hotels near Shoreditch and looking for a chilled out vibe in the summer sun, this should certainly make the list.

Aviary

Conveniently located near the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, Aviary is a haven for city workers hoping to shed their professional woes. It also welcomes an assortment of visitors from all over the world, simply seeking a space to enjoy a drink and see the city from above. Offering both a bar and restaurant, it’s perfect no matter what the British summertime throws at you, all whilst relaxing with a cocktail or two. There’s a modernist aesthetic and a gastropub-themed menu; the space gets quite busy at weekends – but is well worth the trip for the welcoming atmosphere and great view.

Golden Bee

This Shoreditch mainstay bills itself as one of the city’s finest rooftop bars, and it’s a claim they can make with confidence. Just a few minutes from Old Street Station, there’s a great drinks menu and a house music-centric playlist courtesy of the venue’s resident DJs. Expect comfy seats and a suitably buzzing atmosphere.