With a skyline that features the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the River Thames, London is a city that’s worth taking in from as high as you can. It’s even better if you can take in a panoramic view over the English capital on a warm summer’s evening (yes, London does have them from time to time!) with a glass of champagne in hand.
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You’ll find a selection of Asian-inspired cocktails at this Aldgate rooftop bar, the crowning glory of the Dorsett Hotel. You’ll find yourself admiring views of the imposing Gherkin building, the Shard and the Walkie Talkie, while sipping on a cocktail mixed to perfection and thanks to their dedication to the craft of mixology, you won’t be surprised to hear people calling the cocktails some of the city’s best. Expect a young professional crowd, sleek floors with a long bar showing off golden highlights, an outdoor terrace and some strategically positioned plants for a touch of greenery. It’s seriously sleek, seriously modern and seriously beautiful.
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Step into a perfectly manicured circular rooftop garden at Coq D’Argent in London’s exclusive banking district. Everything is sculpted to within an inch of its life, with perfectly pruned hedges and glorious wisterias draping around the terraces. If it sounds like a playground for the rich and famous, that’s because it is. You won’t be heading here for a cheap night out, you’ll be going for the experience. Their classic French restaurant serves delicious food hot off the grill, perfect for a lavish occasion or celebration.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Dubai or Miami when you cast your eyes over the Golden Bee in Shoreditch. The new rooftop terrace in the hipster neighbourhood of Shoreditch was unveiled in 2017, and features palm trees, live DJs, a huge U-shaped bar and even a retractable roof so that you can enjoy the glittering view of the city, whatever the weather. There are stylish couches dotted around the whole area where you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of the cosmopolitan Shoreditch area in true comfort.
There’s no way to succinctly sum up Midnight Apothecary. It’s part of the Brunel Museum and your entrance ticket (roughly R60) includes entrance to the museum of Marc Brunel,whose mission was to build tunnel shafts through the Thames. Not only can you visit the tunnels themselves, you also gain access to the pop up bar on the roof where – get this – you sip on botanical cocktails and munch on marshmallows in the herb garden. And not just that; nope, there’s also a firepit, so that you can roast the marshmallows. The cocktails are all made with seasonal produce thanks to the ‘cocktail gardener’ responsible for the mixology. It’s all a bit wacky and eccentric, but it’s a memorable night and something a little less mundane than drinks at the local pub!
When the claim to fame is ‘London’s Highest Public Garden’, then you know you’re in for a treat. So popular is Sky Garden that you have to book your slot and buy your ticket in advance before stepping into the lift and ascending to the top, where you’ll be greeted by floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The area is circular so you can see the entire city of London as you walk around, and it’s teeming with three storeys of plants and flowers, somewhat unsurprisingly given the name. The drinks are fairly affordable given the location, and you’ll be shielded from the London weather if the rain decides to make an appearance.