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The best rooftop bars in Shoreditch

The finest alfresco roof gardens, decks and terraces for sunny days and summer evenings

Leonie Cooper
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Leonie Cooper
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Bobby Palmer
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London has loads of lovely beer gardens, but there’s nothing like a rooftop bar when the temperature heats up. The combo of a killer view and a punchy cocktail sipped against the city's skyline is unbeatable. And that skyline looks pretty damn good from a Shoreditch vantage point, too. Here are east London’s brightest and best rooftop bars.

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Shoreditch’s best rooftop bars

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Shoreditch

Clamber up to the very top of the sleek, Scandi-style One Hundred Shoreditch hotel and you'll find a Palm Springs-esque rooftop retreat. Up on the seventh floor it's all terrazzo tiles, panoramic views, cactuses, and of course cocktails. Fitting the California theme, expect Margaritas, tacos and tostadas. 

  • Clubs
  • Shoreditch

A sprawling bar-club hybrid, with a rooftop that gets a new, ever-more-vibrant theme with every changing of the season. It's currently celebrating Latin culture, with tequila, tacos and - hopefully, a shed-load of sunshine.  

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Shoreditch

This unsurprisingly popular spot also contains a hotel, restaurant, café and deli. Aside from the wood-burning fire and the dramatic panorama of the City skyline after dark, there’s a weather-proof pergola, allowing the bar and alfresco dining area to stay open in all weathers. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Liverpool Street
  • price 3 of 4

This dizzyingly high viewing platform-meets-cocktail bar can be found up in the Heron Tower, also home to Duck & Waffle. The outdoor terrace is a sight to behold, with an enormous tree sculpture that sparkles after sunset.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Spitalfields
  • price 2 of 4

Culpeper – named after Nicholas Culpeper, the seventeenth-century English herbalist, who lived in nearby Spitalfields – is a tonic for any East Ender. A gastropub which grows its salads and herbs in planters on the roof garden, you can sit up there too, and eat from a seasonal menu under the sun while sipping wine. Ideal.

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  • Restaurants
  • Moorgate
  • price 3 of 4

This 10th floor bar-restaurant with a roomy open-air terrace at Finsbury Square’s Montcalm Hotel has killer panoramic view, and was once hugely popular with the post-work crowd. Cuddle up on modernist furniture and sink spritzes till the sun don’t shine.

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Golden Bee
  • Bars and pubs
  • Shoreditch

Looking for somewhere with a buzz? Well it’s all about the party at this quirky cocktail bar on Singer Street, just around the corner from Old Street tube. Check their listings for regular DJ nights and ticketed parties, with Afrobeats and house music a speciality. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Hoxton

Formerly a bog-standard boozer, now a wannabe-boho hangout off Hoxton Square, with pizza on the menu and beer-engulfed benches on the roof. Compared to some of Shoreditch’s busier,  rooftop hotspots, this one is a bit more down-to-earth.

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Old Fountain
  • Bars and pubs
  • Old Street

This Camra award-winning boozer with a traditional feel serves up craft beer and modern food – and it has a relatively green roof terrace hidden above it. 

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