The no-bookings policy of Aqua Shard’s atrium bar makes it a place of pilgrimage for hopeful walk-ins looking for a view with their vodka. Although you can point out the gems studding the capital’s skyline from wherever you’re sitting, arrive early for the best seats alongside the sloping windows if you want unfettered views of St Paul’s, the City, the Thames, Canary Wharf and beyond. The well-executed cocktail list puts an emphasis on tea- and gin-based concoctions to anchor this otherwise anonymous bar in its location.
Cocktails shouldn’t taste better at altitude, but somehow they do – especially when that extra height guarantees that you’re also drinking in sensational views of London. So whether it's a special occasion or you're just wanting to get high in the capital, here are our top London bars with a view – from famed rooftop bars to hangouts with a particularly gorgeous backdrop.