Contrary to Game of Thrones “Summer is coming”, and as someone who might not like being inside all the time and may also like to go out for a drink or to see a film, I thought about giving you some ideas about rooftop bars and cinemas to visit in London over the warmer months!
Queen of Hoxton – Rooftop Bar and Cinema in Shoreditch
The Queen of Hoxton is one of the most famous clubs in Shoreditch. I myself have been there a few times now and always had a perfectly good time. While the drinks may not be the cheapest in London they don’t make that big of a dent in one’s finances either. The club itself has two floors + the rooftop bar and all of them play different kinds of music so there should be a floor with good music for everyone. The rooftop cinema usually has screenings from Sunday to Tuesday at 9 pm starting at the beginning of May.
Where: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX
View cinema programme: https://rooftopfilmclub.com/london/venue/queen-of-hoxton/
Roof East – Rooftop Bar and Cinema in Stratford
This season, Londoners can get an extra helping of fun as Roof East opens its doors earlier than ever before. It’s an explosion of brightly coloured backdrops, quirky visuals and non-stop fun- every Instagrammer’s dream- all teamed with a selection of delectable drinks and an assortment of the best rooftop games around (including Curling, Bowling, Shuffling, Cornhole, Jenga, Table Tennis, Foosball or Table-top Curling and many more). The rooftop cinema screenings usually happen from Tuesday to Sunday at 8.30 pm starting at the beginning of May.
Where: Roof East, 45a Broadway, London E15 1XD
View cinema programme: https://rooftopfilmclub.com/london/venue/roof-east/
Bussey Building – Rooftop Bar and Cinema in Peckham
Perched atop the iconic Bussey Building, Bussey Rooftop Bar literally stands above the rest as the highest drinking hot spot in Peckham, offering delicious cocktails, seasonal bites and unrivalled 360-degree views of London’s dazzling skyline. Screenings at the rooftop cinema can usually be attended from Tuesday to Sunday at 8.30 pm starting at the beginning of May.
Where: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London, SE15 4ST
View Cinema Programme: https://rooftopfilmclub.com/london/venue/bussey-building/
Prince of Wales – Rooftop Bar in Brixton
The Prince of Wales pub & POW forms a large music venue with two-tier outdoor roof terrace in Brixton. A great location for late night drinking and dancing.
“The best outdoor terrace in London’ you’ll find the sounds of sunset then the night – every weekend!” says Time Out Magazine.
Where: The Prince of Wales & POW, 467-469 Brixton Road, London, SW9 8HH
Sky Garden – Botanic Garden high above the City of London
While this is not exactly a rooftop bar because it’s not on top of the roof, Sky Garden has a fantastic view over the London skyline being located on the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street Building. Enjoy yourself and some drinks in this botanical garden high above all the noise of the City of London. I would recommend booking a time slot in advance. Visiting is always free but with a booked time slots (which also costs nothing) so you can be sure that they let you in as only a certain amount of people can be up there at a time.
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
The Garden at 120
Last but not least, The Garden at 120 a new addition to the crayon box. A new mid-level roof garden on Fenchurch Street. This suspended pocket park lives 15 floors high, atop One Fen Court. And the best bit? It’s completely free. No pre-booking necessary, just turn up and ride the lift up.
The roof garden offers 360-degree views, but as it’s only 15 floors high, some pesky neighbouring skyscrapers are unfortunately in the way.
Where: 10 Fenchurch Avenue, EC3M 5BN. Nearest stations are Aldgate and Monument.
Summer opening times: between 1 April – 30 September (Monday to Friday 10:00hrs – 21:00hrs). Winter opening times: between 1 October – 31 March (Monday to Friday 10:00hrs – 18:30hrs).
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF.