Swankiest rooftop bars to sip cocktails in London

London Travel

Londoners certainly know how to party in style! It is home to some of the finest nightclubs, bars and restaurants, not to mention there always is a gig or performance on in some part of the city all year round. If you want to party like never before then London is the place to spend an exciting holiday in.

If you plan to stay in comfort there are numerous fine luxury hotel in London. And if you travel in the off season you could get some terrific hotel as well travel deals, which would help to save substantially on travel and accommodation expenses.

To stay in comfort without having to break the bank a good option is The Montcalm Royal London House located in the heart of London near Finsbury Square, just a short stroll from Liverpool Street. It also offers easy access to some of the best nightlife hot spots in the area.

 For those planning a trip to London at this time they will miss the recently concluded London Cocktail Week, which was held from the 03-09 October. It was a smashing success at The World Class House and simultaneously celebrated at more than 200 bars in other parts of London. Some of the biggest names like Bacardi Rum and Tia Maria participated along with an array of mixes and cocktails to die for. With great snacks and terrific food it was a fiesta that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

However, while the soiree is certainly over there are other great places to enjoy some of the best cocktails in London. Some of the finest cocktail joins with terrific views of the London skyline are...

Sushisamba:  To get to Sushisamba you will need to climb aboard a glass lift which will whizz you up to the roof of the (formerly Heron Tower) rechristened as Salesforce Tower in London. You will get an eclectic choice of cocktails and avant-garde cuisine. The food is simply scrumptious and is a high-end fusion of Brazil, Japan and Peru.  Sushisamba is known to be out of the finest restaurant in the city apart from being out of the highest. There is no better place to revel in the sophisticated ambience of its terrace, sipping on a martini and catching a breathtaking view of the city skyline, as never seen before!

The Roof Gardens:  To say The Roof Gardens is swanky would be an understatement at the very least. With fruit trees, a fountain, fish in a stream and pink flamingos in the heart of London, it is to be seen to be believed. It is seven stories up from the Kensington High Street shops and could be described as an oasis in the surrounding concrete jungle. And to top it all the place houses an amazing three roof gardens. There is nothing quite like sipping on an exotic cocktail surrounded by sheer elegance of the Babylon restaurant and getting a great aerial view of London.

Big Chill House: Well if you really want to chill out with friends and are in the vicinity of St. Pancras International Station or King’s Cross head straight to the Big Chill House, which is just a short stroll away! With fantastic seasonal drinks, a great lunch menu and sizzling Bloody Mary’s (only on Sundays), all of which can be enjoyed in a laid back sun-kissed roof terrace on a cold nippy morning! It does not get better than this! Though, if you are in the mood to really party drop in on a Friday or Saturday evening, when some of the best DJs can be seen in action.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden: A lot many locals probably walk along the South Bank without actually being aware that there is a swanky bar to be found atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Get up the stairs and you will find yourself in a classy Eden Project designed Roof Garden cum bar/cafe with woodland, a meadow and ample place to settle down to enjoy your drinks in the tranquil surroundings. The only hitch is the place opens only in the summer months!

Netil 360: A great indie cafe Netil 360 also serves as an informal workspace in the afternoons. It is when dusk begins to set that the place undergoes a complete transformation into a trendy and exciting rooftop bar. Located in Hackney it is well known for its superbly crafted beers, movie screenings (outdoors) and a number of unusual spirit concoctions, which certainly is a hit with its regular patrons. And not to forget superb views of the city way below!

These are just a few of the top spots (literally) to enjoy a fabulous evening swigging down cocktails and enjoying a magnificent view of the London skyline, when twilight approaches!