1. Rooftop Film Club
With four venues at the Bussey Building, Queen of Hoxton, Roof East and Kensington Roof Gardens, the Rooftop Film Club is the place to be this summer. Showing iconic movies such as Dirty Dancing, Top Gun and The Big Lebowski, if you missed them on the big screen when they were released, here’s your chance to catch them in a truly unique cinematic experience! Also showing newer films like La La Land, Arrival and Oscar winner Moonlight, there’s a movie for everyone! Oh, and no need to worry about the pesky outside noise, each guest is given a pair of wireless headphones so you don’t even need to worry about that guy in front of you munching too loudly on his popcorn! Tickets start at £15.
2. Movies on the River
I know this isn’t actually a rooftop event but I just had to give it a mention! Time Out presents Movies on the River, London’s first cinema on the river. Throughout June and July, the boat will sail up the Thames where watchers can watch the movie with a view of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and more, after watching the beautiful sunset. Films include Jaws, Clueless and Finding Nemo, tickets start at £29.
3. Brixton Beach
In the heart of Brixton, Brixton Beach brings Cuban vibes to South London. Opening May 26th, Brixton Rooftop will be transformed into a paradise, with the best DJs, food and cocktails to accompany. With artists such as Paul Woodford, Ben Pearce and Norman Jay MBE, this is a party not to be missed! Running all summer long, you can join the party from £10 a night.
4. Frank’s Café
On the top pf Peckham multi-story car park, Frank’s Café is a rooftop bar and restaurant with a difference. Frank’s was designed by Bold Tendencies, a 10-year summertime non-profit commissioning art project. Frank’s Café is their flagship commission, having welcomed over half a million visitors.
5. Dalston Roof Park
Boasting two bars, in-house catering and a retractable roofing system, Dalston Roof Park is Dalston’s only rooftop venue. With Africa Day celebrations, DJ sets and festival launches, Dalston is the place to be. With tickets starting from £5, it’s a no-brainer where I’ll be spending my summer days this year.
For a more sophisticated evening, head on over to Finsbury Square, where you will find Aviary. Located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Hotel, you can sip champagne whilst gazing at the London skyline with loved ones, watching the sunset as you eat a delicious meal. You can even book a private dining room to make the night even more special!
7. John Lewis
Opening for its second summer, the John Lewis Gardening Society rooftop is hosted at their flagship store in Oxford Circus. Rumoured to be the world’s smallest pub, you can grab a drink at the Gardener’s arms, or you can have a delicious British-inspired meal from their rooftop menu. There will also be fitness and gardening classes, to make those early morning workouts a little easier to love.
8. Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Situated in the Southbank centre, the roof garden hosts stunning riverside views, allotments, fruit trees and wild flowers. So you can explore the beautiful nature or you can grab lunch at their café. With free entry, it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny summer’s day in London.
9. Roof East
Located on top of Stratford Shopping centre, Roof East hosts an abundance of exciting summer activities. Grab a drink at the Roof East bar, get a hole-in-one at Birdies Crazy Golf or roll away all your problems at Rooftop Rollers Roller Disco. You could also zen out beautiful summer skies at Rooftop Yoga or experience London’s only batting cage experience. With so many more fun attractions throughout the summer, Roof East might just be the most exciting venue in this list.