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8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in East London - Essential Living

8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in East London

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15.04.21

From Shoreditch to Bethnal Green, there’s no shortage of rooftop bars in East London. This corner of London is a haven for lively social venues and stylish drinking spots.

Dine alfresco with a cocktail in hand, making the most of the British summertime. Or dance outdoors to music by a live DJ as the sun sets over the City.

Here are eight of the best rooftop bars in East London to enjoy with friends or on a date night. Many of these rooftop bars transform into an all-weather space so you can visit with the changing seasons.

NT’s Loft

Located just outside London Fields (and a short walk from our Dressage Court apartments), NT’s Loft is a hidden gem in the Hackney area. The indoor/outdoor space above Netil House is a lively venue for DJ sets and drinks. With its colourful interiors, neon signs and leafy palms, there’s a relaxed Brooklyn vibe to this East London rooftop bar and loft.

Meet with friends over a cocktail in the chic outdoor terrace, soaking up the British summer. If you’re feeling peckish, NT’s has a rotating line-up of street food vendors and kitchen takeovers, so there’s always something different on the menu.

Address: Netil House, 207, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Phone: 020 3976 9605
Email: info@ntbar.co.uk
Follow: @ntloft

The Culpeper

The rooftop bar at The Culpeper doubles up as an urban garden thanks to the leafy foliage and allotment beds. Championing a homegrown ethos, the hotel venue utilises the produce grown on the rooftop in its bar and restaurant menus. You can sip on a cocktail with a difference – any garnish is likely to have come from the garden.

As well as the rooftop bar, there’s a pub on the ground floor of the building and a chic restaurant on the first floor. Whatever mood you’re in, this East London venue has a space to suit every occasion.

Address: 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Phone: 020 7247 5371
Email: bookings@theculpeper.com
Follow: @theculpeper

Queen of Hoxton

The large rooftop terrace of Queen of Hoxton is a vibrant drinking spot in East London. At the heart of Shoreditch’s social scene, the bar-club is lively around the clock. Visit for bottomless brunch at the weekends, a sunny afternoon cocktail with friends or a live DJ set at night.

The rooftop bar is a sun trap in the summer months with iconic views across London. There’s really nothing better than sipping on an ice-cold drink and watching the sunset across the City.

Address: 1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JX
Phone: 020 7422 0958
Email: manager@queenofhoxton.com
Follow: @queenofhoxtonldn

Bōkan

Unwind on the rooftop bar and terrace at Bōkan. This ‘lounge in the sky’ is one of the best rooftop bars in East London for cocktails. Hidden away from the busy streets below, the rooftop space features a specialist gin bar and lounge chairs, with stunning views across the Thames and Canary Wharf.

Visit with friends and work your way through the innovative cocktail menu, carefully crafted by the expert mixologists. The cocktails are inspired by docklands around the world, from ‘The Sea Perfume’ of the North India Docks (gin, sea cordial and lime) to ‘The Old Sailor’ of the West India Docks (bourbon, Galliano liqueur, bitters and muscovado).

Address: Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
Phone: 020 3530 0550
Email: hello@bokanlondon.co.uk
Follow: @bokanlondon

Boundary London

Part of Shoreditch’s stylish Boundary hotel is the Boundary London rooftop bar and grill. Come rain or shine, the all-weather space is one of the best rooftop bars in East London for a cocktail, lazy lunch or date night. The heated glass orangery is open all year around, while the rooftop garden is a haven in the summer months.

Order a glass of bubbly or a classic cocktail and watch the sunset across the East London skyline (including our Dressage Court apartments, just a 20-minute walk away). Choose one of the sharing platters and nibbles to enjoy with your drink. The leafy surrounds of the outdoor terrace will transport you away from the bustle of the city streets.

Address: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD
Phone: 020 7729 1051
Email: info@boundary.london
Follow: @boundaryldn

Allegra

On the seventh floor of the Stratford Hotel, Allegra features an intimate restaurant, bar and rooftop space. It is the ideal venue for a dressed-up date night or special occasion. The modern European dining menu changes with the seasons, utilising the very best produce from a local organic farm. There’s also an extensive list of international wines and cocktails.

Dine alfresco in the stylish wrap-around terrace. The wooden features and wildflower plant beds offer a sleek Scandinavian-inspired vibe. You can enjoy views across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a glass of English sparkling wine and oysters.

Address: The Stratford Hotel, 20 International Way, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 1FD
Phone: 020 3973 0545
Email: reception@allegra-restaurant.com
Follow: @allegrarestaurant

Netil360

One of the best loved rooftop bars in East London is Netil360. The lively venue at the top of Netil House serves an expansive selection of craft beers from local London breweries, plus spirits from the East London Liquor Company. There’s a neighbourhood vibe here, meaning everyone is welcome (including friendly dogs). Unwind with friends and take in the iconic panoramic London skyline views.

As well as the rooftop bar, there are six handcrafted, traditionally designed Finnish rooftop saunas. If you’re looking for an alternative experience, book a rejuvenating sauna treatment before reclining in the bar area with a drink.

Address: Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL
Email: info@netil360.com
Follow: @netil360

Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Roof Park is the only rooftop bar and music venue in the area. Operated by Bootstrap Charity, the venue champions young people and local businesses. Relax, eat, drink, dance and enjoy the views from this multipurpose venue. Take a look at the busy line-up of events, film screenings and live music.

The rooftop space overlooks some of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, making it a stylish haunt for daytime and evening drinks alike. The leafy garden surrounds will make it feel as though you’re relaxing in a sunny park space.

Address: The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Phone: 020 7275 0825
Email: hello@bootstrapcharity.com
Follow: @dalstonroofpark

The Best Rooftop Bars in East London

East London is a hotspot for trendy hangouts and chic rooftop bars. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed place to enjoy a pint or a stylish venue for an evening cocktail and live music, you’ll always find somewhere to visit with friends.

When you live in East London, you’ll have some of the capital’s best venues right on your doorstep.

Not sure which side of East London you want to move to? Read our complete guide to the best places to live in East London.

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