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 UK rooftop bars where you can kick back and soak up the sun.
Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, London
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.