Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK © imging/iStock/Thinkstock (

Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK

Weather permitting, the glorious British summertime means evenings can be spent on rooftops with friends, drinking cocktails and ice-cold beers until the early hours. Prepare for when the sun has got his hat on and party in style at one of the best rooftop bars in the UK. Because let’s face it: he may take it off again tomorrow.


Search flights to London


Queen of Hoxton, London

Seasons may come and seasons may go, but the Queen of Hoxton is a stalwart East London institution that adapts to the constantly changing British weather. The popular rooftop is back for Summer 2014, and has been decked out with an abundance of greenery and garden furniture, and some fairy lights for good measure. Open everyday from 12pm–10pm, the venue will be promoting summertime vibes with regular BBQs and frozen cocktails. 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK: Queen of Hoxton © Queen of Hoxton (

Queen of Hoxton © Queen of Hoxton

Bruce’s Bar & Terrace, Manchester

If the New York-inspired Black Dog Ballroom NWS was already one of Manchester’s hippest nights out, then Bruce’s Bar & Terrace tipped the balance. This popular rooftop bar attracts Mancunians en masse thanks to its contemporary urban décor and permanent BBQ installation. There’s even a covered area to safeguard your night against the threat of rain.  11 – 13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP

Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK: Bruce’s Bar and Terrace © Black Dog Ballroom/Jason Lock Photography (

Bruce’s Bar and Terrace © Black Dog Ballroom/Jason Lock Photography 

Frank’s Café, London

It doesn’t get much cooler than Frank’s in Peckham, South London: a pop-up bar and kitchen on the roof of a multi-storey car park. Needless to say, people can’t get enough of this summertime venue, queuing round the block for drinks on the roof Tuesday through Sunday. Events include orchestral performances of Stravinsky and Shostakovich concertos, so you can absorb some classical culture as well as sunshine.   10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK: Frank’s Café © Steve Wilde/flickr (

Frank’s Café © Steve Wilde/flickr

The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Hyped as the latest development of the expansive Rainbow Venues, it seems the Mezzanine has arrived just in time for summer. Forming a balcony that sweeps along the entire length of the warehouse building, the venue has its own bar and even includes an outdoor smoking area. It’s a good place to recuperate from the clubbing mayhem down below too. 160 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0LD

Best Rooftop Bars to Party at in the UK: The Rainbow Venues © HadiAltay/iStock/Thinkstock (

The Rainbow Venues © HadiAltay/iStock/Thinkstock 

Dalston Roof Park, London

Brought to you from the innovative people at Bootstrap Company, Dalston Roof Park is a pop-up bar and creative social enterprise. This local hotspot provides a setting for indie food events and outdoor film screenings, as well as some great acoustic gigs and DJ sets. The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL




Feature © imging/iStock/Thinkstock

Written by insider city guide series Hg2 | A Hedonist’s guide to… whose guides cover all the best hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, sights, shops and spas.

British Airways rooftop cinema London

Where to have that in-flight movie experience on a rooftop in London this summer

Search flights to London   Rooftop Film Club, British Airways’ pop-up film event will whirr and sparkle on May 1,...
Oonagh Shiel
Top 10 rooftop pools

Top 10 rooftop pools

Usually a swimming pool is an added bonus when booking a hotel stay, but in cities all over the world there is a wave of breathtaking pools that have become the main attraction for many hotel guests. Here's our list of the top 10 rooftop pools around the world.
Guest Blogger
8 of the best speakeasy bars in New York

8 of the best speakeasy bars in New York

If you like your cocktails served up with secret passwords, 1920s-era décor and undercover entryways, you’ll be in Prohibition heaven at these eight discreet venues.
Claire Bullen
Travel tips See all
Know your passenger rights in case of an airline strike

Airline strike – what are your rights as a passenger?

Picture this: You’re in a taxi to the airport, totally glowing and zen after a week on a Barcelona beach...
Young women friends with headphones and digital tablet on airplane

How to score cheap last-minute flights

Travelling last-minute can be exciting. It’s a great way to shake up your routine, inject some spontaneity into your life...
Oonagh Shiel