The Bloom Gin Rooftop Bar at Vista

Bars and pubs Trafalgar Square
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out Drinking editors, Oct 2017.

Unsurprisingly, the view is everything at Vista. This hotel bar, perched at the top of the Trafalgar Hotel, affords a great vantage point of the capital’s most targeted tourist destination. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of Trafalgar Square’s selfie-stick mob. And from up here, riding a lion statue while balancing your cameraphone at arm’s length looks like quite the skill.

You’ll feel pretty special practically hanging out with Admiral Lord Nelson too, but you’ll pay a premium for keeping such high-flying company. The bar has introduced an admittance fee of £5 per person before you even taken the lift six storeys up. Rooftop bars in London have a well-earned reputation for dizzyingly high prices, but an entrance fee is a tall order indeed.

Each year a new booze sponsor puts its name to Vista, and Bloom Gin has taken pride of place this summer. Bloom-branded flower boxes abound on a fairly generic terrace, with rattan furniture laid out for lazy afternoon sessions. But the crowd here are mostly suited and booted business types, so it’s doubtful much lounging ever truly takes place. You’re better off perching on bar stools around the perimeter and watching all the fun happen down below.

Cocktails don’t meet the mark, unfortunately. From the tipples we tried (at around £13 a pop), The Perfect TEN – Vista’s take on the classic Clover Club cocktail (gin, lemon, fruit syrup and egg white) was too heavy on frothy egg white, while a Youthoria was ill-balanced and fairly synthetic in flavour. You’re best off sticking with a straight-up gin and tonic or selecting from the Champagne list. The tourist crowd will probably enjoy a menu packed with more hashtags than Kim Kardashian’s Twitter feed, but it’s perhaps a tad intense for a client meeting.

By: Laura Richards


Venue name: The Bloom Gin Rooftop Bar at Vista
Address: The Trafalgar
Trafalgar Square
Cross street: 2 Spring Gardens
Opening hours: Open Noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail
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Amazing menu of fantastic drinks which we thoroughly enjoyed in the sunshine. Nice for a treat as the views are stunning but rather pricy.


Walked in about 3pm on a thrusday with no reservation on a cloudy warm day. Appeared to be very exclusive (I would advise booking if coming after this time or on a weekend), and we were seated a little way from the view but none the less very comfortable. Atmosphere relaxed, date types & suits. We ordered vista fling, queens garden party and bondi, which were all nice but expensive, especially the vista which was £17 (flute glass). Had a pleasant drink with friends but having been there, I know better spots to splash the cash with a view but worth a look if you've not been.


Not surprisingly, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this bar is the view. It is a very pretty view, with the London Eye clearly visible in the distance, as well as a fairly clear view of the local area and beyond. On a warm spring day, it is a very pleasant place to unwind.

The mass greenery in the bar is attractive, giving an unusually strong feel of nature in an area of London that could be described as a concrete jungle. I was not allowed to bring my hot chocolate drink upstairs from the bar downstairs (because they only allow juices and cocktails in the rooftop bar), so I wasn't able to taste the array of drinks on offer. However, the atmosphere was pleasant and the view is great.


This place is a must just for the view! With or without a voucher go to the vista bar on a sunny day for a drink.

Booking is a must, especially on the weekend mid summer. Drinks are not cheap but not outrageous.
I had a voucher which included a platter of meats and cheeses with 2 cocktails for under £20. Thoroughly enjoyed it - good quality food and tasty cocktails
Friendly staff and a fantastic view over Trafalgar Square. #TOTastemaker

Great views and excellent location but very very slow service!  Most of the staff didn't seem to know what was going on and we were a group of 20 that had booked the VIP area.  Sadly in this area there isnt many other options, I think they know this so will continue to be popular!

An excellent view over Trafalgar Square and a nice place to have drinks. The service could be more fluent at this level and a live ensemble would sound much better than hypnotic dance music playing in the background. I would recommend this place just for the views, especially if you are having a summer party. You could also consider Coq D'Argent, which has amazing views and more space, or Altitude 360 at Millbank Tower.

Every Sunday there is a fantastic rooftop party BOHO mainly for gays - one of a kind in London. Gorgeous sophisticated crowd, drink offers easy on a wallet and fantastic DJ's. I spotted a few fashion designers - Dean from DSQUARED and Julien Macdonald partying there there recently as well as Nicole Sherzinger and others. Definitely worth getting on a guestlist.

The service in this place is the worst I have ever come across in London. The staff were grumpy and I had to chase my order in person after the waiter who I had asked 3 times to get my drink disappeared. We then had a similarly bad epxerience with our food which took 40 minutes and arrived cold it went back twice. The food (when it diod arrive) was expensive and tasteless. Avoid at all costs - the worst of London. The view is not even all that good.

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