Britain's top rooftop bars

Thursday 01 January 1970

As the temperatures soar in the British summer, it’s time to enjoy any outdoor space possible with an ice-cold beer or thirst-quenching Mojito. So we got DesignMyNight to find the best rooftop bars in Britain where you can kick back and soak up the sun.

Queen of Hoxton | Shoreditch, London, England

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As cutting-edge as they come, this rooftop hangout in Shoreditch delivers a multitude of summer friendly activities: grab a beverage in their dark and brooding basement bar, before arriving in a sky-high world of silent discos, BBQs and guest DJs in their rooftop bar and garden. Alternatively, if you're after something a little more chilled, these fellas regularly play host to London's Rooftop Cinema Club, screening classic flicks and cult favourites. Find the Queen of Hoxton.

The Roof Gardens | Kensington, London, England

Sadly currently closed (as of 3 January 2018), but we're hopeful for a new owner, Kensington Roof Gardens were long a famous hotspot for stylish, relaxed glamour. Boasting no fewer than 70 full-grown trees, trickling streams and a even some resident pink flamingoes, not to mention unique city views, it was a unique habitat for creatures of the night.

Golden Bee | Old Street, London, England

Golden Bee rooftop bar, London Decorated with modern style and about as good looking as they come, Golden Bee is a hidden party gem towering high above Old Street. Spread across a series of 3 floors, the rooftop bar serves up a heady dose of expertly crafted cocktails, an utterly cosmopolitan view of East London and an attractive clientele of mixed professions. Find Golden Bee, London.

 

Ubiquitous Chip | Glasgow, Scotland

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A charmer on Glasgow’s picture perfect Ashton Lane, Ubiquitous Chip is a heady choice of boozer when you fancy a little outdoor action. Nestled in among the higgledy-piggledy of Glasgow’s West End rooftops, the terrace offers a relaxed and sun-soaked haven. Find Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow.

Roof Garden Playground | Manchester, England

Roof garden Playground, Manchester A happening party spot above Manchester’s city centre, this sun-kissed spot offers a south-facing terrace and all the ingredients for a fun-filled party experience. Still something of a hidden gem on Manchester’s party scene, Roof Garden Playground combines candle lanterns and a smooth atmosphere with a hot tub and killer DJ sets. Find Roof Garden Playground, Manchester.

The Church Inn | Birmingham, England

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Arrive on a sunny day in the city’s Jewellery Quarter as Birmingham’s pleasure seekers take to the rooftop bar and terrace of The Church Inn to sup away on bespoke cocktails and catch a film screening. Overflowing with charm and character, The Church Inn offers one of the most delightful al fresco drinking spots in Birmingham. Find The Church Inn, Birmingham.

Bohemia | Brighton, England

Head upstairs at Bohemia and find yourself immersed in an urban sun-trap; a socialite’s paradise and secret garden getaway. Welcoming sun junkies throughout the day, Bohemia’s rooftop bar injects Brighton’s party people with a much needed dose of Vitamin D, alongside a cracking soundtrack and a late licence throughout the week. Find Bohemia, Brighton. Compiled by Rebecca O’Malley for DesignMyNight.com.

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