London Nightlife: ‘Up on the Roof’ On Its Way

In 1962, the Drifters released ‘Up on the Roof’, a B-side single that eventually topped the charts before going on to be recorded by multiple artists through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. It is a song that might be playing in your head in the knowledge that London’s rooftop nightclubs are preparing for their annual openings.

There is no better way to enjoy those warm London nights than spending a few hours with your best friends overlooking the city at a posh rooftop bar. In fact, rooftop clubbing is extremely popular in the capital. So much so that clubs all over the city without rooftop venues are feverishly working to get something going.


In anticipation of the annual rooftop season, here are a few suggestions for clubs courtesy of Velvet PR, the club guest list specialist.

The Sky Garden

The Sky Garden tops our list because it is open all year – not just the summer months. That notwithstanding, it is also London’s highest public garden offering spectacular views of the entire city. If you are interested in just enjoying drinks with friends, the Skypod Bar offers a relaxing lounge environment that includes small tables and chairs along with couches and bar seating. The floor to ceiling glass means your view is never obstructed.

If your idea of a good night out includes a fine dining experience, the Sky Garden does not disappoint. Make reservations at the Fenchurch Street Bar and Grill, located on the top floor of the building, or the more relaxed Darwin Brasserie. After dinner, take a long and relaxing stroll through the lush greenery of the garden. You may forget you are walking indoors!

Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Roof Park looks nothing more than a typical English garden set atop a four-story building. However, dig around a little and you’ll find there’s a lot going on. By day, the park is used by sun worshippers, families with their kids, and community groups looking to enjoy a park-like setting in the middle of London. At night, however, Dalston Roof Park comes alive with music, dancing and drinks.

Dalston Roof Park’s nightlife centres on the 40ft Brewery and their well-known Bootstrap brews. You can only get these incredible beers during the summer months, so make sure you get to Dalston Roof Park at least once this year. You can also purchase a £5 membership, good for the entire summer, giving you access to special events including free film screenings, concerts, and more.

Bloom Gin Bar

The Bloom Gin sits high atop the Trafalgar Hotel in Trafalgar Square. This excellent venue used to be known as ‘Vista’; it may be one you are already familiar with. This is a small and intimate venue with plenty of wicker, manicured herb gardens, and magnificent views of London icons such as Big Ben and the London Eye. Be aware though – the Bloom Gin is about laid-back sophistication. This is by no means an electro-music dance club where you and your friends will be clubbing the night away. Here it is all about purposeful relaxation.

 The Roof Gardens

The world renowned Roof Gardens of Kensington covers 6,000 square metres at the top of the former Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street. You can enjoy the gardens on their own, and you can even enjoy a meal on the seventh floor Babylon Restaurant on any night of the week. However, if you want access to The Club, you have to be a member. The Club is an exclusive venue offering live music, dancing, and drinks on weekends only.

You’ll know the Virgin-owned Club is a swanky place when you see bouncers at the door checking attire. They do not allow anyone in who is not dressed for success. How do you know what proper attire is? The Club has a simple motto: no effort, no entrance.

 Frank’s Café

If you are the kind of person looking for a great outdoor venue that does not have a dress code or require a membership, the summertime bar at the top of Frank’s Café is just what you are looking for. This very popular nightspot sits atop the Peckham Car Park on Rye Lane. It was originally opened in 2007 as part of a summer art sculpture exhibition. Over the last eight years, it has become one of the most popular rooftop venues in London. Expect big crowds here.

England’s capital is always a great place for the best nightlife in Europe. During the summer, nightlife gets even better thanks to the many rooftop bars and nightclubs. If you have never done a rooftop before, it is something you need to do this summer. There is nothing quite like spending a few hours relaxing with your friends and taking in some great views!


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