Words by: Ben Olsen
As summer descends on London, find a higher state of consciousness among the city’s chicest rooftops.
The urge to escape the city crowds is strong during the summer months, shaped by our desire to seek our own space and new sources of inspiration. As the temperature rises in London, some of the city’s most revitalising settings are found high up amid its skyline, boasting unparalleled views and the chance to pause and catch breath from the pace of life at street level, or become energised by creative expressions amid good company. Here are five of our favourite rooftop retreats.
White City House
With sweeping views across the capital, the Soho House group’s latest opening is set in the BBC’s former headquarters and is one of its most impressive ventures to date. Taking inspiration from the Sixties, its rooftop bar and pool boasts beautiful design touches including terrazzo tiles, vintage sun loungers and a lovingly curated cocktail and bar food menu, making it the perfect spot for luxuriant summer lounging.
Find inner peace at altitude with the early-morning yoga classes on offer at London’s Sky Garden. Set 36 floors up among lush greenery and with panoramic views of the Square Mile below and across the River Thames, these dynamic vinyasa flow classes suit all abilities while the setting is certainly worth lingering for long after the session ends.
Queen of Hoxton
Offering one of London’s most striking cinematic experiences, the Queen of Hoxton is the perfect place to indulge in a little Hollywood escapism amid the rooftops of Shoreditch. Featuring a mix of silver-screen classics and cult favourites, the movie schedule on this top floor terrace is never short of special and comes accompanied by comfy director's chairs, blankets and a standout cocktail menu.
Pergola on the Roof
An alfresco take on the food hall concept, Paddington’s Pergola on the Roof brings together a vibrant mix of food and drink entrepreneurs in an inspiring environment. Featuring hidden gardens, a high line bridge, bursts of greenery and DJs over the weekend, this is where the city’s creative crowd come to unwind and catch the sun’s rays at the end of the working day.
Frank’s Campari Bar
One of south London’s most sophisticated alfresco spots, Frank’s rooftop bar brings a touch of luxe to one of London’s most vibrant creative communities. Celebrating its 10th year this summer, Frank’s charm lies in its beautiful views across the river, especially at sunset, which pair perfectly with one of the city’s best negronis.
Frank's Campari bar. Image Credit: Peter Landers