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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Oxford Street
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Scandi-inspired rooftop bar on Oxford Street.

Please note, Sisu is now closed. The space will reopen as Woody Bear for winter 2017.

There are few things that make Londoners more smug than sipping cocktails on a sunny rooftop. Unless, of course, you’re sipping cocktails on a sunny rooftop while looking down on stressed-out Oxford Street shoppers, knowing you’ve successfully escaped hell on earth for a boozy rooftop haven. That’s the case at Sisu, the bar formerly known as Notch (and Roofnic before that). Each year the space gets a new look, and this year it’s had a Scandi-inspired makeover with wooden trellises, green chairs and plenty of foliage.

The cocktails in jam jars remain, though, which means minimal queues at the bar – staff just add ice and shake. But old fashioneds and negronis in tuna tins are so last year; now it’s a DIY job, using a coin-operated machine to produce these two favourites. If you don’t fancy mixing your own drink, try the Mamba, a delicate mix of gin, rhubarb and pear.

On my Friday night visit, it was buzzy but not uncomfortably rammed, which was refreshing for a rooftop bar. It probably helps that its unsuspecting entrance is somewhere between Primark and a tacky tourist shop. Fingers crossed the crowds stay on the ground.


Address: 535 Oxford Street
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
Opening hours: Daily, noon-10pm
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