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The best summer rooftop pop-ups in London

Make sure you’re lounging at one of these towering boozy hotspots when the sun finally comes out to play

By Things To Do Editors
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Socrates once said: ‘Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.’ And while there’s no definitive proof that he was talking about London's blossoming rooftop bar scene, we're about 80 percent sure he must have been.

After all, where else could you play VR foosball with the spires of the City in the background? Or be able to experience the joie de vivre of a festival, without leaving the confines of Camden Town? The rooftops of London, truly, are where it’s at. So here are some of the capital’s best alfresco, at-height drinking locations. Get yourself down there (once it stops raining).

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the sun in our guide to outdoor London

Themed summer rooftop pop-ups in London

1. Queen of Hoxton

Clubs Shoreditch

One of London’s real OG outdoor venues, this year the Queen of Hoxton is outdoing itself with a ‘Las Mexicanas’ theme. It’ll be bringing the lively streets of San Cristóbal to a just-as-lively rooftop in Shoreditch. Fun-seekers will also be able to try their hand at luchadoras (that’s female wrestlers) arm-wrestling, Donald Trump piñata-making and feminist embroidery. Once you’ve broken a sweat, kick back with a giant frozen margarita or a watermelon paloma and soak it all up with everything from vegan tacos to edible insects. One, two, three: tequila!

The Dock. Tobacco Dock Wapping London.
The Dock. Tobacco Dock Wapping London.
Steve Dunlop Photographer

2. Skylight London

Things to do Event spaces Wapping

Some say Skylight’s rooftop has the best views in London. But, while its panoramic vista is something to behold, you’ll also find a load of urban lawn games, a spread of seasonal cocktails and DJs up there too. Knock around some croquet balls before sipping on botanical cocktails.

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3. Wonderfest

Restaurants Camden Town

Missed out on Glasto tickets? Hit up new Camden rooftop hotspot Wonderfest, which is serving  up festival vibes with botanical canopies, flowery installations and an artificial grass lawn. Daytime acoustic sets and DJs at sunset will provide the full Somerset ambience.

4. Dalston Roof Park

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Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Dalston

Dalston’s only rooftop bar, Dalston Roof Park, is admirably right-on, with 100 percent of its profits going towards helping young people and fledgling businesses succeed via  charity the Bootstrap Company. While you’re feeling good about yourself, there’s also a packed programme of alfresco DJ sets, record label takeovers, poetry events and outdoor cinema sessions, plus karaoke and quiz nights to enjoy.

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5. Model Market

Restaurants Street food Lewisham

The makers of Street Feast bring their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, so now the foodies of south east London don't have to cross the river to tuck into offerings such as James Cochran's street food debut, GOAT. Head up to the rooftop to catch a spot of evening sun.

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