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Winter Rooftop Bars in London

No matter what season you visit London in, there is something to be said for taking to the skies and enjoying a view over the city, particularly as the sunsets and London’s nightlife begins to take over.  Whilst we don’t mean to literally take to the skies, there are lots of options if you want to enjoy a drink, maybe a bite to eat and some company as you watch the sun set over this historic and magnificent city.  That said, a number of the city’s rooftop bars do close when the colder weather sets in leaving you with a more limited selection of places to head.

However, there are some rooftop bars which stay open all through the year, so grab some friends and head to one of these excellent rooftop bars which are the ideal place to hole up for the evening as dusk falls over London:-

The Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens in Kensington was London’s first rooftop bar and it continues to lead the way staying open year round for guests to enjoy.  Consisting of one and a half acres of themed gardens this is a truly unique space which is open to the public and is completely free of charge; there is a bar on the terrace if you want to enjoy a drink or Babylon restaurant which is situated on the 7th floor of the building and which also offers great views across London.  It is possible to hire the gardens for private use so it is worth checking whether the gardens will be open whilst you are in London to avoid turning up to find they are closed.

The Sky Pod Bar
The Sky Garden used to be one of London’s best kept secrets and although it is gaining in popularity, it still offers one of the best views across the city.  The Sky Pod Bar which is located within the Sky Garden (incidentally London’s highest public garden!) offers a lounge environment with a relaxed vibe coupled with floor to ceiling glass windows meaning you don’t even have to brave the elements on the outdoor terrace if you want to appreciate the views over the city.  This also makes it an excellent choice for winter if the weather has take a bitter turn as you know that you can retreat inside if it all gets to be a bit too much out on the terrace, but without compromising your view of London.  There is also a restaurant within the Sky Garden which would make a good option for somewhere to eat although you do need to have booked a table in advance for this.

Queen of Hoxton
The perfect option if you are booked to stay at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel, the Queen of Hoxton is a truly unique player in the game of rooftop bars.  The venue itself is a nightclub, bar, performance space and art gallery but it is the rooftop terrace which truly sets the Queen of Hoxton apart.  Twice a year the terrace is totally transformed and converted following a specific theme.  This year has already seen a transformation into a Tribute to Dr Strange and this winter the terrace will become a Nordic Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall, wigwams, fire pits and more drinking horns than you can shake a helmet at.  If you want something different for your night out then the Queen of Hoxton is an absolute must.

Radio Rooftop Bar
Think stunning riverside views, the chance to bump into a celebrity and an ultra-chic setting and you’ve pretty much summed up the Radio Rooftop Bar.  The terrace here offers views across London with landmarks such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye all visible.  It can boast to having an impressive list of celebrities who regularly visit and booking a table is fairly essential if you don’t want to find yourself queuing for hours to get in.  However it is worth noting that there is a minimum spend imposed on all table reservations of between £50-100 depending on the time and day you visit so keep this in mind when planning out your trip.  The Radio Rooftop Bar is a classy option for anyone looking for a high-end night out and its central location makes it the perfect choice.

Boundary Rooftop Bar
‘You won’t find a better view of East London than at the Boundary Bar’ claims one of the reviews of this fabulous bar which is the ideal choice for anyone staying in one of the hotels near Shoreditch station.  Sit underneath a giant sail and look out across the capital city whilst sipping one of the warming hot cocktails on offer during the colder months; there is no denying that there’s something rather special about a night spent at the Boundary Rooftop Garden.  Add into that a winter garden, an open-pit fireplace and an orangery and you’ve got a stylish and enjoyable night out.

Dalston Roof Park
Another great East London option and a trendy one to boot is Dalton Roof Park.  The theme of the Roof Park changes each year; in a previous year visitors were encouraged to remove their shoes to fully enjoy the faux grass and there was a Middle Eastern BBQ on offer with craft beer available too.  This roof garden is a whole community experience; it is used during the day by those wishing to catch the sun (during the summer), and by families and community groups as well but during the evening it transforms with music, dancing and food and drink too.  In order to visit the Roof Park you have to be a member but as this only costs £5 for the entire year we think the fee is pretty worth it.

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