With buildings in London getting taller by the day, it only makes sense that we've started looking upwards for things to do. With some of the best views in the city, this week we take a look at the best that London and its rooftops has to offer.
Positioned on the 35th floor of the Walkie-Talkie building, the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street holds the title of London's highest public garden. It also houses bars and restaurants, as well as some of the most impressive 360 degree views that the city has to offer.
Kensington Roof Gardens
Perhaps a little more subtle than the Sky Garden, Kensington Roof Gardens sit overlooking High Street Kensington. Opening in 1938, the arguably historic rooftop aren't short of variety, with Tudor Gardens, an English Woodland and a Spanish Garden which is home to a few flamingos too.
Queen of Hoxton
Up on the roof of one of East London's best loved clubs, Queen of Hoxton offers a hefty cocktail menu full of daiquiris and a BBQ, the rooftop bar is open from 12pm every day until the end of September. And if you get bored of being above ground, you can descend to the basement for the best in gigs and comedy.
Over the river in Peckham, Frank's is quickly becoming a London institution. Open only in the summer, the café and bar is found on the top of a 10-floor multi-story car park. Offering a range of meals made from seasonal produce (the kebabs, fish, and meat that vary day to day), as well as a good cocktail menu, it's not hard to see why so many are fond of Frank's.
The Rooftop Café
A mere two minutes' walk away from London Bridge station is The Rooftop Café, a restaurant that prides itself on having a seasonally dependent, ever-evolving menu. All their furniture is handmade, adding to the intimate feel of the space. They've also got a barbecue on their roof terrace, making it the perfect summer spot.
Dalston Roof Park
With near-daily events like yoga, film screenings and music nights running throughout the summer, Dalston Roof Park offers an endless list of things to do. For a £5 summer membership, you'll be donating to the Bootstrap Charity – which aims to increase the skills of local 16 – 24 year olds in order to help them find employment.
Duck and Waffle
On the 40th floor of London's 3rd tallest skyscraper, Heron Tower, is Duck and Waffle – they city's highest restaurant. It's open 24/7 so you can choose whether you want to watch the sun set or rise – over one of the best views that London has to offer. With a rustic British menu, it's the perfect place for a midnight meal.
Playground and Proof
Right next to London Fields, Playground and Proof is a weekend market and year-round rooftop bar. It's got an indoor conservatory so you don't have to worry about it being cold in the winter. It's also got a seasonal cocktail menu to offer courtesy of Quiquiriqui, as well as cider cocktails from The Cider Box, craft beers fresh from Hackney by 5 Points Brewery and botanically brewed soft drinks from Fentimans.
Vista at the Trafalgar
If gin's your thing, the Vista rooftop bar on the top of the Trafalgar Hotel is worth a visit. With weekly cocktail masterclasses and daily afternoon tea, the Vista provides a rooftop haven, where you can people-watch the tourists below you in Trafalgar Square.
Rooftop Film Club
Found on the rooftops of Bussey Building, Queen of Hoxton, Roof East and Kensington Roof Gardens is London's Rooftop Film Club. Running all summer up until the end of September, the club screens classic, cult and recent films. The film nights are hugely popular and often sell out quickly, so if you're really serious about it you can sign up to a membership that offers a variety of perks.