The summer is in full swing turning London, especially the underground, into a huge sauna. The daily commute has become a humid, unbearable hell and the lack of air conditioned buildings makes for long hot days in the office – you definitely deserve a pint. Peppermint has scoured the capital to give you some of the best beer gardens and rooftop bars that London has to offer, to cool you down this summer with a refreshing beverage al fresco.
(1) You arrive at uber-chic rooftop terrace bar and restaurant via the panoramic glass lift, hurtling through 38 floors of the Heron Tower in a hair-raising matter of seconds. SushiSamba, an American import brings a bizarrely affable fusion from Japan, Brazil and Peru. Drink up some of the best views over London in one of the city’s tallest buildings whist sampling from the short but sweet cocktail menu. Don’t expect much change from a tenner for one drink but it is well worth the extra cash just for being in such an unbeatable location.
Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY. Open now until Autumn 2014 (weather permitting).
(2) Short of going to the beach, summer in the city requires outdoor entertainment and The Queen of Hoxton has it all and at altitude; rooftop yoga, al fresco cinema screenings, all-day BBQ’s and craft events, set in a vibrant lollipop coloured picnic benches. If the weather disappoints, no need to worry, just head downstairs to continue the part at the ground floor bar.
Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
(3) The tenth floor of the ME London hotel on the Strand is home to The Radio Rooftop Bar with panoramic views of the infamous skyline with all of its iconic buildings visible including Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Cocktails and Tapas are available, priced at around £10, but a splurge, with these unforgettable views, you won’t regret. This is a refined establishment so smart attire is necessary.
The Radio Rooftop Bar, 336-337 The Strand London WC2R 1HA
(4) Dalston Roof Park is tucked away in one of the cities darkest spots, on top of a tower block in the east end. You enter, in typical London style, via the art gallery situated below, onto a beautiful terrace. Used by the locals for its frequent outdoor cinema screenings in the summer – it is equally a peaceful spot to unwind mid-week, with fabulous views of St Pauls Cathedral. The perfect place to sample street food from one of the rotating stall and a cheaper alternative to the other swankier roof top bars.
Dalston Roof Gardens, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Written By Abby Ward, Edited by Laura Thompson