7 amazing rooftop bars and
beer gardens in London

To all Londoners out there – and those who are in London over the summer -, you better listen up! Summer is (finally) getting closer and this means that you should go outside as much as possible, enjoy the sun, so basically get tanned and meeting up with your friends for a fresh drink. As London is a really big town with plenty of different places to grab a drink, we would like to present you our personal selection of 8 amazing beer gardens and rooftop bars.

 

1) Netil 360

The perfect place to be on a warm summer evening, watching the sun slowly going down over the London skyline with some electro-pop beats playing in the background. Can you wish for anything else?

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2) Earl of Essex

This beer garden is basically the back garden of a craft beer pub and besides serving of course really good beer, you can also get some high quality ciders there. You can enjoy your drink in a really cozy atmosphere with picnic tables and surrounded by some ivy tendrils climbing up the brick walls.

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3) Queen of Hoxton

This rooftop bar located in the heart of Camden is a real hippie adventure. Artistically coloured chairs and picnic tables stand next to pink and yellow flowerpots. To sum up, a happy hippie paradise and if you have a look at their events, you can even find some open-air cinema sessions organised on the rooftop.

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4) Grand Union Brixton

You should totally check out this beer garden if you feel like going on a holiday just for one evening. In this bar you can sit in a beach cabana à la Ibiza while listening to some acoustic live music.

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5) Dalston Roof Park

This rooftop bar is not only perfect to chill and drink with your fellows, but also the place to be for special events just as amazing rooftop gigs that you can check out before going there.

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6) Garden Gate

Have you already been to Hampstead Heath? If you feel like being surrounded by nature and only nature after living day by day the urban London life, this area should definitely be on your “To-Go” list. You will feel las if you were in a completely new setting, far away from London, and at the same time it’s a really good spot for an amazing view over London. AND you can grab a cold beer at The Garden Gate – we just introduced you to the perfect plan for a day trip, right?

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7) Frank’s Cafe

Probably one of the biggest rooftop bars so far. And for all those who didn’t know: Peckham is one of the best places to go out in London! Some recent surveys even made Peckham to one of the areas in which many Londoners would like to live. So let’s start by at least grabbing a beer or a cocktail at Frank’s Café!

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What to do
in August 2016

If you find yourself one of the few who are not away on a tropical island sipping on a fresh coconut, here is some inspiration of some events and activities to get stuck into (some are even free!)

N.B: featuring a fair few rooftops!

Culture

 

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What: Enjoy more than just great music at the classy Wilderness Festival
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 4th-7th August
Last tickets available here. (General camping adult £177 + booking fee)

There is definitely something for everyone to love at the Wilderness from the eclectic mix of exclusive live headliners (Robert Plant and the Flaming lips) and DJs; culinary goodness by the likes of Duck and Waffle; wellbeing curated by Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella (imagine yoga on a paddle board and an sweating in a forest); outdoor ventures in fly fishing and wild swimming; a kids corner; space for jiving and capoeira dance; the Wilderness playhouse showcasing New York’s finest comedy and cabaret, plus much much more… Well what an extraordinary weekend in the country!

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What: Rooftop film clubs
Where: Tobacco Dock, Bussey Building, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton
When: Films running throughout August

Films ranging from recent releases such as The Big Short to classics such as The Beach, the choice is yours. Please see here for available shows.

 

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What: Open air cinema by Film4 Summer Screen
Where: Somerset House
When: 4th -17th August

All you need to bring is a picnic, some wine and a blanket! Ideal on a summer’s evening. Please see available shows here.

 

Wellbeing

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What: Voga, a hybrid of yoga and dance
Where: Kings Cross, Haggerston, Coq D’argent
When: 6th, 20th and 14th & 28th August

Try a new way to keep fit! Pop up events running throughout London. Tickets available at Yplan

 

If it’s especially sunny…

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What: Camden Beach
Where: On the roof of Roundhouse
When: Until 29th August
FREE

A patch of sand on a rooftop, what more could you want?

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What: Beach East
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
When: Until 29th August
FREE

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What: Splash Fest
Where: Battersea Park
When: August 7th
£22 booking in advance

Five water themed zones, slides and much more!

Not for the faint hearted

 

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What: Monkey around on the flying trapeze with the Gorilla circus
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens

For those who wanted to join the circus when they were a kid but never got round to. Suitable for all levels! Bookings here.

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What: ArcelorMittal Orbit
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Bringing a little bit of Thorpe Park to London; a 40 second ride down the world’s highest (178m) and longest tunnel slide!
Book tickets here 

Hungry and thirsty?

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What: Feast at Wray’s Jerk Fest Pop Up
Where: The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye
When: 6th August 2-11pm
FREE entrance!
Brought to you by Wray & Nephew Rum; experience true Jamaican culture; featuring a graffiti mural, 9 live DJs, and Jerk by Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s

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What: Wine & dine at Pergola on the Roof
Where: Television Centre, Shepherds Bush
When: Until 29th August
For bed and table bookings please see here  (also sign up for one cheeky free drink)
Featuring special menus provided by Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and LeCoq

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What:  An evening of cocktails
Where: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch
When: 5th August – 17th September

The Garden Variety Bar is hosting a series of evenings featuring cocktails inspired by the museum’s period gardens. Special creations by Background Bars, Sweetdram and Gimlet Bar.

Book tickets here. 

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What: Sip cocktails with Sipsmith
Where: Craft London, North Greenwich
When: August 3rd – September 20th

Become your own bartender with masterclasses hosted by Sipsmith for FREE! For more details please see here.

 

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What: The Foodies Festival
Where: Alexandra Palace
When: 27th-29th August

Calling all foodies! Expect to feast on sweet and savoury foods all day from BBQ food to street food to pop up restaurants. A variety of bars and drink tents will quench your thirst and there is the opportunity to get merry with the wine, champagne and craft beer masterclasses! Feeling competitive? Join in on the chilli eating competition! Plenty of fun and games for kids and live music playing throughout the day. All in all, a fun day our for all the family.

Tickets available here .

 

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What: BBC Good Food Festival
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: 27th-29th August

The ultimate food festival where there is the chance to explore and shop a range of artisan producers, interviews with renowned chefs, live music and family entertainment all day round. Tickets on sale online here as well as on the door.