Top 10 Best Rooftop Restaurants in London with Roof Terraces

Top 10 Best Rooftop Restaurants in London with Roof Terraces

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High Street Kensington rooftop restaurant — I want one-and-a-half acres of Spanish and English woodland up on a roof and I want it now! Luckily, Sir Richard Branson pampers to my every whim and so has given me the Kensington Roof Gardens. Taking a lift up to the sixth floor, I found a secret world of scenic gardens with flamingos, winding pathways, and burbling fountains. The hectic London city below my feet was forgotten as I sipped on a flute of champagne and mingled with people of the beautiful description. It really is quite remarkable to see this living breathing garden 100ft above west London’s busy streets

Rooftop restaurant next to the canal — The view of the Grand Union Canal in from the Portobello Docks is probably one of the more calming rooftop restaurant experiences in London. The restaurant is not directly on a main road either, so quieter times are assured (although the restaurant is also child-friendly, so that could swing the other way). The sunshine peak hours on this 50-seater terrace are 12-5pm (long lunches!) and in the unlikely event of the British sun becoming too unbearably hot, umbrellas provide shade at every table. Visit on a Sunday and you might get lucky because, occasionally, live music is also provided. Chillax to the max!

Bank rooftop restaurant — A French restaurant to impress, a leafy roof terrace with its immaculate lawns, and bistro-style tables — the perfect place to spend those balmy summer evenings in the City of London, with views out across St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Monument and the Bank of England. The atmosphere is relaxed and although I was looking at some of London’s most impressive views, the feeling was more continental than Cockney. Client entertaining, business meetings, and networking should always been done from up here, thinks I.

London Bridge rooftop restaurant — The Shard isn’t the only building next to London Bridge station with a restaurant in the clouds. Admittedly, the Rooftop Café is only six floors up, but the views are still excellent. Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch until 3pm and coffee and cake until 5pm, the restaurant serves dinner on Thursday and Friday nights. The simple, daily changing menu, courtesy of Australian chef Magnus Reid, might feature the likes of onglet steak with avocado salsa or chicken and pancetta croquettes followed by blackberry and passionfruit fool. The large outdoor terrace can be hired for events and functions too. Pah, who needs the Shard!

St Paul’s rooftop restaurant — the floor to ceiling angled glass window of this restaurant gives the appearance of dining alfresco, but without the blustery winds. There is still a roof terrace though, on which you can start and end your evening with a cocktail and romantic views across to the Cathedral, or the London Eye. The stylish interior and impressively rich views have proved Madison popular from early morning until beyond dinner with City folk conducting informal meetings and client entertaining. A tapas menu is provided at the cocktail bar and the main restaurant boasts its own Josper grill. Alternatively, there is a decent sized starter menu with some intriguing additions.

London is full of hidden gems. The Roof Top Kitchen at Alfie’s Antique Market is one such treasure, located on the third floor of London’s largest indoor antiques market in Marylebone. The café serves an extensive brunch and lunch menu alongside a selection of freshly baked homemade cakes — ideal for enjoying with a pot of tea on the sunny terrace for that truly British experience.

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High Street Kensington rooftop restaurant — I want one-and-a-half acres of Spanish and English woodland up on a roof and I want it now! Luckily, Sir Richard Branson pampers to my every whim and so has given me the Kensington Roof Gardens. Taking a lift up to the sixth floor, I found a secret world of scenic gardens with flamingos, winding pathways, and burbling fountains. The hectic London city below my feet was forgotten as I sipped on a flute of champagne and mingled with people of the beautiful description. It really is quite remarkable to see this living breathing garden 100ft above west London’s busy streets

Top 10 Best Rooftop Restaurants in London with Roof Terraces

Rooftop restaurant next to the canal — The view of the Grand Union Canal in from the Portobello Docks is probably one of the more calming rooftop restaurant experiences in London. The restaurant is not directly on a main road either, so quieter times are assured (although the restaurant is also child-friendly, so that could swing the other way). The sunshine peak hours on this 50-seater terrace are 12-5pm (long lunches!) and in the unlikely event of the British sun becoming too unbearably hot, umbrellas provide shade at every table. Visit on a Sunday and you might get lucky because, occasionally, live music is also provided. Chillax to the max!

Bank rooftop restaurant — A French restaurant to impress, a leafy roof terrace with its immaculate lawns, and bistro-style tables — the perfect place to spend those balmy summer evenings in the City of London, with views out across St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Monument and the Bank of England. The atmosphere is relaxed and although I was looking at some of London’s most impressive views, the feeling was more continental than Cockney. Client entertaining, business meetings, and networking should always been done from up here, thinks I.

London Bridge rooftop restaurant — The Shard isn’t the only building next to London Bridge station with a restaurant in the clouds. Admittedly, the Rooftop Café is only six floors up, but the views are still excellent. Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch until 3pm and coffee and cake until 5pm, the restaurant serves dinner on Thursday and Friday nights. The simple, daily changing menu, courtesy of Australian chef Magnus Reid, might feature the likes of onglet steak with avocado salsa or chicken and pancetta croquettes followed by blackberry and passionfruit fool. The large outdoor terrace can be hired for events and functions too. Pah, who needs the Shard!

St Paul’s rooftop restaurant — the floor to ceiling angled glass window of this restaurant gives the appearance of dining alfresco, but without the blustery winds. There is still a roof terrace though, on which you can start and end your evening with a cocktail and romantic views across to the Cathedral, or the London Eye. The stylish interior and impressively rich views have proved Madison popular from early morning until beyond dinner with City folk conducting informal meetings and client entertaining. A tapas menu is provided at the cocktail bar and the main restaurant boasts its own Josper grill. Alternatively, there is a decent sized starter menu with some intriguing additions.

London is full of hidden gems. The Roof Top Kitchen at Alfie’s Antique Market is one such treasure, located on the third floor of London’s largest indoor antiques market in Marylebone. The café serves an extensive brunch and lunch menu alongside a selection of freshly baked homemade cakes — ideal for enjoying with a pot of tea on the sunny terrace for that truly British experience.


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