Soak up some of London's best rooftop parties and sounds form way up high this summer. The weather is improving, so head to the best skyscraper terraces and rooftop gardens and get giddy.
London's best rooftop events
The Queen of Hoxton’s party-friendly Shoreditch rooftop is open again for the summer, with a trippy Summer of Love theme. Head up on any day of the week for food, fun and flower power – psychedelic ice cream sandwich, anyone? And check out the venue website for details of special events, including some in association with the Museum of Happiness. Far out.Read more
Ever-hip Parisian electro label Kitsuné hosts a day-to-night party across two venues in Shoreditch. Spend sunset with tropical house DJs on the alfresco dancefloor at The Magic Roundabout, then stroll over to the Ace Hotel for further shenanigans of the indoor variety.Read more
The party people behind Supa Dupa Fly bring their winning ’90s/noughties hip hop night to the Queen of Hoxton rooftop for three summer parties, with big names DJing through headphones – yes, it’s a rooftop silent disco! On June 26 catch club and radio veteran Tim Westwood, on July 31 your host is garage hero The Artful Dodger and on August 28, rounding off the series on bank holiday Sunday, it’s So Solid Crew. Once the rooftop fun finishes at 10pm, it’s all down to the basement till closing time.Read more
Get ready for a soul party on the double-decker roof terrace at the Prince of Wales, with DJs playing Motown classics, edits and remixes till late and a smoky (Robinson?) barbecue. Sign up ahead for guaranteed entry, or take your chance on the door before 5pm. Either way, fingers crossed for a heatwave.Read more
The recently refurbished POW roof terrace is up there with the best places to spend a London summer, and this party ringing in July should see it put to maximum use. DJs from across the funk and disco spectrum will be revving up two terraces' worth of party for a full 12 hours.Read more
London's best rooftop venues
Crane your neck above Café Oto and you might spot this charming roof garden venue, which jumps into action every summer. There’s enough greenery and, er, astroturf on this alfresco oasis to make you forget you’re in Dalston, though you'll soon remember once all the parties, gigs, film screenings and other arty goings-on start. It's even utilised by ace Dalston multi-venue festival Land Of Kings, meaning that you can have fun from way up high while watching the hoi polloi down below.Read more
Great news for the rooftop area atop multi-platform London Fields arts space Netil House: it’s recently been granted a licence to operate as a full-time bar and venue. There’ll be oodles of summer events, including supper clubs, Skyline Cinema, parties, gigs and even hot tub hire. The starting gun is a four-day mini-festival to launch the fun over the bank holiday weekend, and after that you can expect similarly vibrant nightlife taking place over the whole summer.Read more
A cool bar and club all year round, this Hoxton haunt takes the action onto their huge rooftop when summer lands. You'll be able to soak up anything from daytime silent discos (previous spinners at these headphone affairs have included Ashley Beedle and Jazzie B) to film screenings to workshops – rooftop tie-dye, anybody?Read more
This long-standing Brixton venue (formerly called the Brixton Clubhouse and The Lambeth) boasts one of London’s sweetest party terraces, featuring fantastic views across our fair city. It’s a double-tiered affair, and you can expect to hear sublime funk, disco and house at parties helmed by the Slide, Brixton Boogaloo and Up On The Roof crews. As the nights get later and colder, things move inside to the club, though the venue’s ability to enclose the lower terrace means it can hold outdoor parties even in chillier months. Have that, winter.Read more
This rooftop members' club features three suitably plush, themed gardens spread over 1.5 acres. Handily, the venue also holds events open to non-members, so that anyone can enjoy lush and luxurious partying from up high, at themed events, live gigs and DJ nights that lean towards house, funk and disco. Remember to break out your glad-rags and dress to impress.Read more
A chance to add some swank to your skank. This high-end City hotel has quickly established itself a great place to party, with a plush seventh-floor terrace that screams ‘buy a cocktail, stand on me, and look sexy’. There’ll be weekly Sunday daytime shindigs, featuring DJs spinning laid-back but upbeat tunes and a Michelin-starred chef grilling the fancies BBQ food you ever did see.Read more
Not up for a rooftop party?
As much as we love London's dark and dingy pubs, there are occasions when tatty banquettes and yellowed walls don't quite cut it. For a classier night of inebriation, get yourself to one of London's best rooftop bars. Here, you'll find swish cocktails, plush lounges and gourmet bar snacks galore, not to mention a front-row seat to the sexiest skyline on the planet.Read more