Rooftop parties in London

Dance on the ceiling this summer and find the capital's best rooftop shindigs

Soak up some of London's best parties and sounds form way up high this summer. The weather is improving, so head up to the best rooftop venues and get giddy.

London's best rooftop venues

Dalston Roof Park

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.

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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.

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London Fields

Queen of Hoxton

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?

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The Prince of Wales

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.

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The Roof Gardens

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.

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South Place Hotel

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.

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London's best rooftop events

Tuckshop All-Day Rooftop Affair

Critics' choice

Tuck in to a day and night of hip hop, funk, soul and boogie way up high in the blissful surrounds of Dalston Roof Park. Mr Thing from The Doctor's Orders will be playing an all-vinyl set, and other beat-fiends in the line-up include J Felix, Russ Ryan, Tappa and Some-Juan.

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Dalston Roof Park Saturday May 30 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

One Day

Set in Kensington's super-plush Roof Gardens venue, this sky-high party features Dimmi and other DJs spinning sharp house and funk, plus cocktails and a BBQ. Expect a cool crowd and party vibes.

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The Roof Gardens Sunday May 24 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

House of Disco Rooftop Party

Critics' choice

Deep disco-loving party-throwers HoD are getting high for this party – high up on Dalston Roof Park, that is. Atop the lush, sky-high venue you'll be able to hear spacey, nu-disco jams and grooving house, spun by Harry Wolfman, Magnier and a secret headliner. Considering previous HoD guests have included The Revenge, Finnebassen and Tiger & Woods, we could be in for a treat.

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Dalston Roof Park Friday May 22 2015


This mini-festival is set in Kensington's lush Roof Gardens venue, and features DJs, live music and comedy taking place throughout the day, plus cocktails and BBQ food to see you through. Music – spread across both outdoor and indoor areas – is usually of a hip hop, R&B, soul and funk nature. At the launch event, chart-friendly UK hip hop star Maverick Sabre will play an acoustic set, and there'll be further soulful sounds from R&B singer Daley, plus a comedy from Doc Brown.

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The Roof Gardens Saturday June 13 2015 - Saturday August 15 2015

Sunday Sunset Barbecues

These weekly Sunday daytime parties are hosted on the plush seventh-floor terrace of super-cool City pad South Place Hotel throughout the summer. The vibe is cool and glamorous, and there'll be DJs spinning house, funk and disco (from some big names that we just can't reveal yet), plus a special spritzer menu and Michelin-starred chef Tony Fleming grilling the fanciest BBQ food you ever did see.

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South Place Hotel Sunday May 24 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015 Free


Isaac D
Isaac D

Have you guys forgotten Shoreditch House?!? They had a summer rooftop party called 'Pooldisco', which was EVERYTHING!!!!


My favourite is still Coq D'Argent because of the views from the roof top gardens, plus they allow live music like a steel drum band ensemble if you are having a corporate event or private party.