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It was Leonardo da Vinci who said, ‘Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward.’ And while we can't guarantee that he was talking about the joy of drinking in rooftop bars, it must have at least crossed his mind.
These are the best rooftop bars in central London, concentrated around Soho and Covent Garden and with such breathtaking views of Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and the like, you'll start to feel jealous of Nelson up there on his column, drinking it all in. They can be tourist traps at the height of summer, and there’s a chance of racking up a drinks bill as tall as the setting – but for views like this, it should all be worth it.