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

8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in South London

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There’s nothing quite like soaking up the British sunshine with a cocktail in hand. Pair your drink with stunning views over London to complete your summertime mood. Thankfully, there’s an abundance of rooftop bars in South London to enjoy, whether you’re looking for a cosy neighbourhood atmosphere, stylish date night venue or vibrant social scene.

Discover eight of the best rooftop bars in South London, from Greenwich to Peckham and everywhere in between.

The Duke

Located on the cusp of Deptford and Greenwich (and just a two-minute walk from our Union Wharf apartments), The Duke is an all-round good spot for a drink. Inside, you’ll find a traditional pub with cosy sofas. Then head upstairs to visit one of the most chilled rooftop bars in South London.

Decked with fairylights, plants and heaters, this all-weather rooftop space is good throughout the day. Visit in the summer months to soak up the British sunshine with a local craft beer in hand. Stay until evening to order a delicious wood-fired Neapolitan pizza from Wandercrust.

Address: 125 Creek Road, Greenwich, London SE8 3BU
Phone: 020 8469 8260
Follow: @thedukedeptford

Craft London

The three-floor eatery and bar, Craft London, is the perfect place to visit for brunch through to evening cocktails. Set atop the stylish restaurant in Greenwich Peninsula is a panoramic rooftop bar, designed by Tom Dixon. Celebrate a special occasion with friends and loved ones, enjoying spectacular 360-degree views of London’s skyline. The cocktail menu is carefully crafted to echo the seasonal nature of the restaurant dishes. Whether you want a fruity or a classic cocktail, you can expect only the finest spirits, paired with locally grown garnishes and homemade infusions.

As well as the rooftop bar and outdoor terrace area, you can indulge in fine dining British cuisine by Stevie Parle in the first floor restaurant. Or pop by the ground floor café for all-day brunch.

Address: Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ
Phone: 020 8465 5910
Follow: @craftldn

Frank’s Cafe

Created by Bold Tendencies, Frank’s Cafe is a relaxed summer pop-up. This rooftop bar in South London transforms the rooftop space of a multi-storey car park into a lively neighbourhood hangout.

When you live in and around the Peckham area, Frank’s Cafe will become your local for a pint with friends. You can expect beers from London breweries, alongside classic cocktails and wines. If you’re feeling peckish, the venue also serves a simple menu of brunch dishes and sharing nibbles. On certain days, you can look forward to live music and performances by local artists.

Address: Bold Tendencies, 7th-10th Floor Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Follow: @frankspeckham

Eighteen Sky Bar

Situated on the eighteenth floor of the Intercontinental Hotel by the O2 Arena is Eighteen Sky Bar. The iconic bar offers stunning views over Canary Wharf, the arena and the Thames River. Toast to a special occasion with a bottle of bubbly or choose this South London rooftop bar for a romantic date night.

The cocktail menu is inspired by London, with cutting-edge takes on classic drinks. ‘Sky High’ is a sweet-sour combination of gin, cherry liqueur and cranberry juice. ‘Pink Carnaby’ is a refreshing mix of lemongrass-infused vodka with cucumber, elderflower syrup and tonic water. Order some light bites and nibbles to complement your drinks as you watch the sunset.

Address: 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0TW
Phone: 020 8463 6868
Follow: @eighteenskybar

Forza Wines

For drinks, snacks and views in South London, visit Forza Wine. This Peckham rooftop venue is the younger sibling of Peckham’s Italian restaurant, Forza Win. You can expect the same relaxed vibe as the restaurant with the added bonus of rooftop views over the area.

There’s a pared back drinks menu and rustic Italian-inspired light bites to nibble on. Whether you’re a cocktail drinker, a beer enthusiast or a wine lover, you’ll find a refreshing beverage to quench your thirst.

Address: The Rooftop, 133A Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4BQ
Phone: 020 7732 7500
Follow: @forzawine


With its luscious palms, marble-top tables, and wicker chairs, you’ll enjoy a touch of Mediterranean allure at Seabird. This light and airy rooftop bar doubles up as a seafood restaurant. Oyster fans can take your pick at the longest oyster menu in the whole of London. As well as the oyster menu, there’s an array of other sea-to-table dishes, influenced by Spanish and Portuguese cuisine.

Pair your seafood dish with a drink from the expansive cocktail, wine and Champagne menu. Then sit back and relax, basking in the views over the River Thames and iconic London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral.

Address: The Rooftop, The Hoxton, Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8PB
Phone: 020 7903 3050
Follow: @seabirdlondon

Bussey Rooftop Bar

With its sprawling outdoor terrace area, Bussey Rooftop Bar is home to one of the largest rooftop bars in South London. You’ll be transported into a tropical oasis of foliage, flowers and wooden decking – a far cry from the bustle of the surrounding Peckham high street.

Visit on a warm summer afternoon or evening to make the most of the frozen cocktails on the menu. Thanks to its neighbourhood atmosphere, this is a popular haunt where everyone’s welcome (including your furry friend). While you’re sipping on your cocktail in the sun, you can enjoy spotting all the cute dogs.

Address: Roof B Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4SL
Phone: 077 6113 4946
Follow: @busseyrooftopbar

Lost in Brixton

The bright and cheerful Lost in Brixton will instantly uplift your mood. It’s one of the liveliest rooftop bars in South London – a hidden gem and leafy paradise tucked away in Brixton Market. The huge rooftop bar is the ideal place to hangout with a group of friends for a cocktail and dance to live music.

There’s a sociable vibe from day to night. You can enjoy Latin-American-inspired cocktails and local craft beers amid the tropical settings, feeling as though you’ve left the city behind. If you want something to nibble on, the bar works in partnership with street food vendors at Brixton Village. You can order food to be delivered straight to your table.

Address: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS
Phone: 020 8187 1038
Follow: @lostbrixton

The Best Rooftop Bars in South London

South London is home to stunning views over the River Thames that are best enjoyed with a drink at a rooftop bar. When you live in South London, you’ll have a vibrant social scene on your doorstep, scenic surrounds and some of the best cycle routes in London.

If you’re considering moving to South London, read our complete guide to the best places in the area, from Greenwich to Peckham.

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