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27 best rooftop bars across Camden

All of the Borough's elevated hangouts for food and drinks with a view

With load more glamourous new arrivals for summer 2024, plus plenty of classics frequented by in-the-know locals, and a teaser of what’s being promised in the future too, here’s our fully revised and comprehensive list of all the best rooftop bars from the West End up to Hampstead.

We’ve divided them into sections, which you can jump to for convenience using this menu. We bet you’ve not tried all of these bars-with-a-scenic-view… yet.

Central Camden / King’s Cross / Kentish Town & Belsize / West End

Central Camden

Best rooftop pubs in Camden Luck Club

The Lucky Club

VIBE: This Margarita and Mezcal joint is a sister bar to the Mayfair original bearing the same name. Whereas that one is renowned for Asian flavours, this curvaceous alfresco terrace focuses on all things Mexican, including a food menu of tacos and tostadas.

VIEW: The Lucky Club Camden sits atop the iconic walls of Camden’s Grade II-listed horse hospital. It’s had a striking £2m refurb, including the installation of a retractable roof and Function One sound, and is a real late afternoon sun trap from which to enjoy views of the Roundhouse and bustling Camden Market below.

CAMDENIST TIP: Make sure you have a gander around the rest of North Yard as part of your visit. It has a rich Victorian industrial heritage, and a growing international foodie scene, and is now a hub of immersive games and theatre, too.


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North Yard, Chalk Farm Rd

The Spirited

VIBE: This cocktail bar in a shipping container is part of the Buck Street site in Camden Market, and throngs with the bustle of numerous streetfood operators and vintage shops below, while also feeling like a VIP seat for Camden Town’s world class people watching. 

VIEW: You are quite litterally looking down onto the mele outside Camden tube and up towards the Market, so expect things to be lively, no matter what time of the day.

CAMDENIST TIP: You might want to check out the fluro delights of the Cyberdog Rave Bar just across the terrace, where the view is more of the models gyrating in the brand’s signature clothing while silent psy-trance blasts out to the dancefloor – for wearers of the headphones provided, silent disco style.

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Unit 3.18, 180-188 Camden High St, NW1 8QP

The Lock Inn

VIBE: Brand new, so we’ve not been yet!

VIEW: It’s another full-throttle Camden Town vantage, looking out across the rainbow flag ‘zebra’ crossings at Jamestown Rd on the main drag up to the Market, a spot that’s always full of human traffic.

CAMDENIST TIP: There are DJs on downstairs when the terrace has to close.

2 Jamestown Rd, London NW1 7BY

Lockside Camden

VIBE: This long-standing party spot at the heart of Camden Market runs all kinds of music promotions, which often spill out onto its front terrace, which can be busier than the inside if the sun’s out.

VIEW: From its waterfront vantage on the Regent’s Canal, Lockside boasts some lovely views of Camden’s industrial heritage locations. These include the Lock, the thronging West Yard food market and it’s all in the shadow of the mighty red Interchange building behind the bar itself.

CAMDENIST TIP: Live music and DJs can start out on the rooftop as early as 2pm on big weekends, so get there early on if afternoon-into-evening party vibes are your thing.

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West Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AF

Lockside Lounge Camden
Koko Camden roof terrace

House of KOKO

VIBE: Elevating drinking and dining high above the main auditorium of Camden High Street’s world famous live music venue, where legends from Prince to Siouxsie Sioux, Noel Gallagher to Katy B have all performed. KOKO’s aim is no less than to be at the centre of the UK’s music universe, with tiered membership granting access to areas up top, including a penthouse and recording studio, a hidden speakeasy and private dining.

VIEW: Looking down onto Camden High Street probably isn’t the best vista in town, however the VIP treatment, pre-gig excitement and special live performances make it one of London’s hottest rooftop hangouts regardless. Move over Shoreditch house, (even with that swimming pool).

CAMDENIST TIP: KOKO’s rooftop also boasts a cocktail bar inside its iconic copper dome, which has been totally rebuilt after a fire ripped through it during the venue’s multi-million-pound restoration. If you can’t get up there, the smoking area above the main entrance is the venue’s other great outdoor spot.

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1A Camden High St, NW1 7JE

The Lock Tavern

VIBE: A Chalk Farm Rd classic, this pub boasts not only a large beer garden and welcoming all-day bar, but a snug upstairs where live bands and DJs often play, leading out onto a great little rooftop

VIEW: You’ve got a peachy view of the historic Great Wall of Camden, the former stables that’s now home to the Market, plus historic Harmood Street, that was saved fronm the wrecking ball and is now one of the area’s nicest residential roads.

CAMDENIST TIP: Grabbing a burger or wrap from the kitchen menu up here makews for a welcome respite from the more hectic streetfood offerings nearby.

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35 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AJ

The Hawley Arms

A very small but fully-fledged rooftop terrace nevertheless, tucked right alongside the Overground line 

2 Castlehaven Rd, NW1 8QU

Studio 48 (formerly Near & Far)

It’s not entirely al fresco, but this greenhouse-style rooftop is weather-proof, and decked out in Californian colours, for sundowners any evening of the year.

48 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, NW1 8AJ

The Cross

VIBE: This renowned 90’s nightclub has been reborn a stone’s throw from its original King’s Cross railway arches location. The clientele have grown up, demanding comfy seats, cocktails and a top notch restaurant these days, but the rave certainly spirit lives on at this 6-floor pub conversion, with a dancefloor in the basement.

VIEW: Clamber up top the top floor and you’ll be rewarded with a  beautiful vantage on all sides, with Islington in front and the hills of Highgate off to your left. The members club vibe is exciting, particular as you don’t need to be a member to enjoy it.

CAMDENIST TIP: It’s worth stopping off on a couple of the other floors on your way up here, which range from restaurant Wild at The Cross to the Soho House-style Barn complete with DJs and the decadent velvet-clad Red Room.

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2-4 Wharfdale Rd, N1 9RY

Rooftop at The Standard

VIBE: Miami-style high-rolling fabulousness. Camden Council’s brutalist former town hall annexe and library has been totally reinvented. Everything about this hotel screams fun and decadence, so the roof – which debuted last summer – is the natural apex of all that. It’s back for a second season (if you can snag a table in good time) including a taco truck run by the people behind the acclaimed Decimo downstairs.

VIEW: brilliant scenes of the intricate spires of St Pancras Station directly over the road, or around the other side for sunset across central London, all framed by the Standard’s colourful palate of parasols, astroturf and kitsch outdoor lounge furniture.

CAMDENIST TIP: While the outside terrace might be the rooftop proper, don’t overlook the new indoor cocktail bar, Sweeties, just one floor down on the 10th, either. It’s a late-night lounge with DJs and all manner of innovative alcohol-based ‘nootropic’ concoctions on the menu, with equally sweeping views of its own.

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10 Argyle St, WC1H 8EG

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Roof Garden at St Pancras

VIBE: A secret alfresco drinks rendezvous for those in the know. Not open yet this summer, but keep an ear to the ground or ask in The Hansom bar, situated in the old horse-drawn taxi rank below.

VIEW: It’s not the highest of rooftop spots, but you’ll still be blown away with unusual angles on a range of architectural landmarks, from the ultra-modern Crick opposite, to the hulking red brick British Library and, of course, the gothic splendour of St Pancras Station, upon which you are sitting.

CAMDENIST TIP: Before/after your drinks up on the roof, sashay down the hotel’s famous staircase (immortalised in a Spice Girls video) into the building’s depths. You’ll be rewarded with some serious pampering at the luxurious subterranean health spa.

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, NW1 2AR

Big Chill House

VIBE: A King’s Cross classic, this huge party venue has a rather lovely roof that a lot of people might not even know exists if they get distracted by all that’s on offer on the other floors. An escape from the multi-room party below as much as a destination in it’s own right. VIEW: Not the most stunning, but for the feeling of being right at the throbbing heart of London’s most dynamic neighbourhood, this rooftop space delivers in spades. CAMDENIST TIP: The various rooms and floors of Big Chill can be hired for private dos, and ‘the space’ up on the roof is a quirky spot for a gathering, from a party to a memorable work meeting. MENU MAP INFO

257-259 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL

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The Lighterman Kings Cross terrace

The Lighterman

VIBE: The Lighterman was purpose-built from scratch in an enviable spot on Granary Square in the heart of King’s Cross. It’s a lively post-work spot, but also great for lunches, and the roof terrace is sizzling when the sun comes out.

VIEW: Kids playing in the dancing fountains below, boats on the Regent’s Canal and sashaying fashion students heading to/from Central St Martins, it’s all go.

CAMDENIST TIP: If the roof is full, all is not lost. There’s also outdoor space on the Square below, plus a large waterfront terrace around on the canal side, so you can get your al fresco drinks fix one way or another. MENU MAP INFO

3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH

Scottish Stores

An honorable mention for this excellent well-preserved King’s Cross boozer, which has an almost ‘secret’ roof terrace with little in the way of a view, but good vibes guaranteed, tucked in amongst old buildings that have seen a thing or two over the years.

6 Caledonian Rd,  N1 9DT

Kentish Town & Belsize PArk

Best Rooftop Pubs Camden Abbey Tavern

Abbey Tavern

VIBE: This huge Victorian boozer in the middle of Kentish Town has all kinds of nooks and crannies from where to enjoy a pint. It’s beer garden is the area’s biggest and always lively when the weather obliges, but the rooftop is quite literally on another level, so snag a spot up there if you can. VIEW: There are no vistas of St Paul’s here, but rather the surprisingly lush back gardens of NW5, complete with the throngs of drinkers below. There are quite enough sights to behold on the pub’s terrace, anyway. CAMDENIST TIP: The Abbey is also the pub with Kentish Town’s latest weekend license, so even when you are turfed inside, there will often be plenty more music and merriment to keep you occupied back down on ground level. MENU MAP INFO

124 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 9QB

The Grafton

20 Prince of Wales Rd, NW5 3LG

Tetto's

VIBE: This is the rooftop bar of a steakhouse run by another of those charismatic salt-wielding chefs, who has designed the whole concept around what makes for a good TikTok. It’s a riot of neon, gold and bold patterning, while the drinks menu goes as far as a 24 carat gold wrapped cocktail that’s sixty quid.

VIEW: Even if the Aberdeen Angus and champagne sparklers elements are not what you seek, this is the only rooftop anywhere around Hampstead, and while it doesn’t have rolling views across the Heath, its a good spot on warm night when you feel the need to get up above things.

CAMDENIST TIP: Could be a good start/finish on a mini pub crawl along Haverstock Hill, where the many boozers all have outdoor (if not up high) space.

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240 Haverstock Hill, NW3 2AE

The Nest

VIBE: The swanky top floor of the Treehouse Hotel next door to the BBC, it’s a sizable lounge filled with foliage that almost seamlessly spills out into a comfy wraparound terrace, where DJs play tunes from their very own wooden treehouse.

VIEW: You really are at the heart of the West End with epic views of The Langham Hotel, down Regent’s St, up to the BT Tower, the Beeb next door and iconic spire of All Souls Church which is virtually downstairs.

CAMDENIST TIP: The rooftop aims to be the most doggie-friendly in London, including running a specially crafted canine-friendly menu, on offer every Sunday afternoon (12-3pm)

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@ The Treehouse Hotel, 14-15 Langham Pl, W1B 2QS

Royal Opera House Piazza Terrace Bar

VIBE: Still a bit of a hidden gem this one, as most people don’t know you can head up to the top of the Royal Opera House these days, even if you’re not a ticket holder. It’s heated and covered, too, but delightfully airy on summer nights.

VIEW: Beautiful views of Covent Garden and theatre land make this a hit. You can also get a feel for the Opera crowd when there’s a show on, which is always fun.

CAMDENIST TIP: Try coming up here during the day when it’s very quiet. It’s like a dreamy little oasis in the hubbub of the West End.

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The Royal Opera House, Bow St, WC2E 9DD

Flute

VIBE: The swanky top floor of the Treehouse Hotel next door to the BBC, it’s a sizable lounge filled with foliage that almost seamlessly spills out into a comfy wraparound terrace, where DJs play tunes from their very own wooden treehouse.

VIEW: You really are at the heart of the West End with erch which is virtually downstairs.

CAMDENIST TIP: The rooftop aims to be the most dog

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@ The Treehouse Hotel, 14-15 Langham Pl, W1B 2QS

The Devonshire Arms

VIBE: The downstairs gastro boozer is one of London’s hottest tickets right now, with crazy long waiting lists for tables, so this brand new al fresco extension – comprising of 40 more covers – will really help.

VIEW: Not the highest rooftop in the area, but atmospherically set just off Piccadilly Circus, 

CAMDENIST TIP: To really push the boat out, your al fresco cocktails can become either before or after a mea

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240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR

8 at The Londoner

VIBE: High-end decadent Japanese izakaya food and drinks high above the former Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. This gleaming new hotel has got enough going on to draw in actual Londoners as well as visiting tourists, particularly those who love a good rooftop terrace.

VIEW: Leicester Square is home to many bars with decent vantages, but the overall experience here is one of being enveloped by opulent surroundings for a really special occasion, set under the stars in the Shima garden.

CAMDENIST TIP: There’s still a cinema downstairs despite the site being comprehensively flattened in the process of creating this luxe hotel. There are loads of other dining and drinking options in the hotel to try too.

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38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX

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Tattu

VIBE: This recently opened London outpost of Instagram-tastic Chinese empire Tattu is perched atop the Outernet Now Building, and it’s dazzling in every respect. Step through a corridor of 8k video walls (and ceiling) before being whisked into an oriental wonderland, with easy-on-the-eye food and drinks to match.

VIEW:  From historic St Giles in the Fields to the twinkling lights of Soho and the City beyond, plus the colourful Renzo Piano Google offices and 60’s icon Centrepoint which are both neighbours.

CAMDENIST TIP: After dinner and drinks, head into the 2,000 capacity live music venue HERE that’s located in the basement below, (the biggest to open in central London since the 1940s). For the dream package, book a room at the exclusive Chateau Denmark right next door.

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The Now Building, Outernet, Denmark St, WC2H 0LA
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Aqua Spirit

VIBE: The international Aqua Restaurant Group have swish restaurants and bars in the world’s top locations, and alongside one up The Shard, there are no less than three in one glam building on Regent’s Street. Aqua Spirit is the destination cocktail bar up top, for those looking to impress.

VIEW: You’re slap bang in the middle of the West End here, perched above the curvaceous splendour of  Regent’s Street, so this one is an effortless stunner in all directions.

CAMDENIST TIP: To really push the boat out, your al fresco cocktails can become either before or after a meal delicate Japanese cuisine at Aqua Kyoto, or contemporary Spanish tapas plates at Aqua Nueva, which also has a section of rooftop for dining.

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240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR

Glasshouse at the NYX

VIBE: 125ft up in the air, with an all-weather retractable roof so it is possibly to make the most of every conceivable combination of the elements. The bar itself is filled with bold and colourful art including neon pieces and a playful cocktail menu matches the decor, with vibrant twists on the classics.

VIEW: Excellent skyline eye-candy, Holborn is a great location for checking out the likes of the Barbican and the new financial towers across the City and out East.

CAMDENIST TIP: Although the rooftop can fit a fair few people, there are only 46 actual seats, so a trip here – especially on a balmy summer’s eve –  needs to be cleverly planned in advance.

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50-60 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR

Best rooftop bars Camden Glasshouse at NYX
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336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

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35 The Market, WC2E 8RF

Garden Rooftop

Assembly Hotel, 31 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0LS

LSQ Rooftop

1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA

Coming, but when..?

Corrigan Hawley Wharf

Hawley Wharf

VIBE: Celebrated Irish chef Corrigan leaked his own news to the press in an interview last year, revealing he was preparing to open a brand new restaurant in the prime rooftop space at Hawley Wharf. Little more is known about his plans so far, but we’re hoping he opens in time to catch some summer weather, as the outdoor waterfront terrace will be fantastic, combined with what’s very likely to become Camden Town’s most in-demand dining destination, too. VIEW: Panoramic urban drama. From Camden Lock and it’s thronging bridge alongside the former TV-AM building (now Viacom) on the canal to one side, or the very close proximity to railway lines with the rolling hills of Hampstead Heath beyond. CAMDENIST TIP: You’ll also be able to enjoy the photo ops from up top without a restaurant booking, as there’s a nice picnic-style seated area where you can bring street food up from the 60 vendors downstairs to enjoy perched amongst the original chimney pots. So far, it hasn’t opened yet, but check out Richard’s restaurant in Mayfair. MENU MAP INFO

Hawley Wharf, Camden Town 

Zedwell Sky Bar

VIBE: The computer-generated images of this 1,000 capacity rooftop pleasure palace atop the Trocadero building look like nothing London has seen before, but a series of lockdown-related delays have seen it’s grand launch pushed back time and again, with a proposed new opening date still known. VIEW: Rumoured to be operated by the glitzy Tao group of Las Vegas fame, when it does open the sights will no doubt be as much the patrons as the prime West End streetscape all around. CAMDENIST TIP: While waiting to get a first peek at the Sky Bar, you can stay in the cocooned rooms of the Zedwell hotel beneath, where the outside world – including all-natural light – is shut out so you can catch decent ‘z’s at any hour in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. MENU MAP INFO

Zedwell Piccadilly Circus, Great Windmill St, W1D 7DH

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