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Bar Elba

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Waterloo
4 out of 5 stars
Bar Elba
Venue says Join us for rooftop bottomless brunches every Saturday & Sunday, or head on up for our outdoor cinema Tues, Wed & Sundays. Book Now!

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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A Napoleon-themed rooftop bar.

Welcome to party island. You’ll have to battle past crowds of frazzled commuters at Waterloo station and climb up a series of brightly coloured staircases to get there. But it’s worth it to reach this buzzy rooftop oasis with swoonsome views of the city’s skyline. It takes its inspiration from the tiny island of Elba, just off the Tuscan coast, where Napoleon Bonaparte was forcibly sent in 1814. He took his horse and a few hundred of his closest pals. Political exile? Apparently he just partied in the Med for 300 days.

Enough of that, though. Bar Elba’s historical theme is as loose as they come. With fairy lights, communal benches and a sizeable cocktail list, this rooftop bar is more about the (bona)party than the nineteenth-century military leader. The bar boasts a small wine, beer and cider menu, as well as a selection of bubbles for those with an emperor’s budget. Cocktails are sweet and summery: the frosé, a velvety-smooth, rosé and vermouth-spiked strawberry slushie, was easily the stand-out, while the Aperol Spritz was solid and came served in big sharing jugs for the thirsty.

Balmy Italian paradise, Bar Elba is not. But, as the sun sets over Waterloo, with a view of the Shard glinting in the day’s last light, it is a sweet place to be. Of course, there’s no proof that the premise is in any way historically accurate, but ‘liberté, egalité, rosé’? That’s a motto I can get behind.

Bar Elba says
Rooftop cocktail bar in the heart of Waterloo, just a stone's throw away from the London Eye. Serving up epic views, cocktails & parties seven days a week. Choose one of our delicious cocktails, beers or wines and watch the sun set over the Southbank.

Perfect for private hires, birthdays, group bookings, Christmas parties, romantic date nights and much more.

Head on up for Bottomless Brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Elba Fest bottomless brunch will make up for all those missed festivals of 2020. Serving up chrome griddled burgers & fries (Vegan option available) and bottomless Prosecco & beer.

Fancy watching a movie outdoors while the sun sets over London's skyline? Of course you do! Our outdoor cinema is the perfect spot to kick back, relax and enjoy a cocktail while watching old school classics!

In true party island fashion, Napoleon BornToParty is popping party pods up on the roof just in time for Autumn. Book your very own party pod under the stars. You’ll have full use of the pod with unlimited drinks packages, a cosy Scandinavian vibe & private dining.

Don't forget to ask about our picnic afternoon tea too! Enjoy a luxurious picnic hamper & Prosecco with a 360° view over some of London's most iconic buildings.

Drunk on power, Napoleon almost achieved his goal of European domination, but he got himself exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba. He took 600 of his closest mates and his favourite horse, Marengo, with him. He stayed for 300 days.


Address: Rooftop, Mercury House
109-117 Waterloo Road
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
Opening hours: Open Mon-Wed 3pm-12am; Thurs-Sat 12pm-1am; Sun 12pm-12am
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