Rooftop Bar Ideas
Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.
Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!
Rich in history, the HAC Estate has received exceptional guests since the 18th century. We have four rooms which are licensed for civil marriage ceremonies: The Prince Consort Rooms, Long Room, Queen's and Ante Rooms. The Armoury House is ideal for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. Our stunning garden spaces are available at an additional hire fee for an outdoor reception. The grandeur of the estate will surely help make your wedding celebrations a memorable experience. Please contact us for a viewing appointment.
The Play Room is a unique private event space at Bounce Old Street, with the ability to accommodate up to 90 standing guests. Hiring the room for up to 6 hours include 3 ping pong tables, a private bar with a dedicated mixologist, LCD screen, plug and play iPod docking station, UV lights with iridescent artwork across the entire room.
Our Roof Garden has an expansive retractable roof, offering an abundance of natural light and a south-facing terrace with panoramic views of Belgravia - the perfect backdrop to any event, including Christmas parties, weddings, summer parties and corporate events. The space can accommodate up to 120 seated or up to 160 guests standing using both the indoor & outdoor spaces.
Sadler's Wells has a 1500 seat main auditorium which is equipped with advanced theatre technology ensuring unbeatable technical service, from computer controlled flying to state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.
Five floors up, our brand new, premium State Rooms cater for social receptions of up to 240 people, or for formal dinners and conferences of up to 160 people. It's a flexible space for business or pleasure. Most appealing is the rooftop terrace, providing stunning views over London. Room hire ranges from £1800-3000 or DDR is £70.
NT's Loft is a vibrant and versatile cultural space in the heart of London Fields available for hire Sunday - Thursday for both corporate summer receptions, drinks receptions and private events. A short walk of London Fields overground and Bethnal Green tube stations. Based in Netil House the venue offers intimate and relaxed space in the main bar which extends out to our all-weather terrace which overlooks the Capital, making the venue ideal for summer parties. Our in-house AV is included within the hire fee and can be adapted to your event needs and branding.
For the most premier of occasion, opt for The Rooftop. Enjoy a delicious array of convivial small plates and carefully crafted cocktails complete with stunning views of the city skyline as the ultimate backdrop for your event. Opt for the premium al fresco dining of The Gallery. Alternatively relax at The Deck for a cocktail reception, our sun-drenched conservatory. Available for exclusive & non-exclusive parties.
Some say ginger can cure diabetes, colds, headaches and the flu. We make no such bold claims, but this is a lovely light room thanks to it's floor length windows. A bright, large and flexible room for up to thirty five people in cabaret seating. The room benefits from a private kitchen and refreshment station, perfect for a cuppa or wagon-wheel during the session. All our spaces are flooded with natural daylight, flexible in layout and come fully equipped with AV facilities, equipment and stationery.
An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.
The Barbican Hall is the ultimate venue for larger conferences. This fixed seating arena has fantastic acoustics, tiered seating, superb technical resources, and beautiful lighting making it an excellent, professional and modern setting for a day conference for up to 1950 delegates. The sight lines are excellent, making it so everyone in the room has a wonderful view of the stage and whoever is on it. Air conditioning and cushioned seats ensures all guests will remain cool and comfortable throughout the duration of your event.
Our Elegant dining space has been created to provide comfort and luxury to its dinners.
Ideally located in the centre of venue and covering over 2000m2, the Mezzanine has an exceptional abundance of light and has the perfect space for large exhibitions, awards evening dinners, gala dinners, large conferences and more. It's proximity to the breakout rooms makes the space ideal for a conference to run alongside a large exhibition.
We can host Weddings, please get in touch for more information.
With beautiful views across the London rooftops, you can enjoy a selection of smaller and larger plates, cocktails and wine. With an all year round terrace perfect for sunny summer afternoons or cozy winter evenings. Smiths is the ultimate destination for your event in Farringdon.
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What is a rooftop bar?
A rooftop bar is a space at the top of a restaurant, hotel or other establishment or building which is able to welcome guests to enjoy food and/or drinks. There are all kinds of rooftops across London, the UK and further afield which have been transformed into impressive event spaces for unforgettable, unique experiences for guests.
Why are rooftop bars popular?
Rooftop bars are extremely popular for outdoor events of all types, and for good reason.
Firstly, it goes without saying that rooftop spaces provide fantastic views of their location, making them an extremely popular choice for particular times of the day, such as sunrise, sunset and nighttime. The most popular rooftop bars are usually ones that offer great views of across cities, green spaces, landmarks, or other beautiful vistas. The higher the better!
As well as wonderful views, rooftop bars are popular because they offer a unique experience for guests. The sense of exclusivity and luxury that goes hand-in-hand with rooftop bars is undeniable, meaning that rooftop bars could be an ideal location if you’re trying to impress your guests. Key clients, stakeholders, investors… whoever you’re meeting with, they are sure to be seriously impressed with a private space at the top of a magnificent building. Many rooftop spaces are decked out with plants and luxurious furnishings which complement the event and add to the sense of occasion. Rooftop bars also offer an outdoor space in locations where this may be limited, such as in Central London, making them highly desirable and often very busy in peak times, such as summer.
Rooftop bars are also popular due to their versatility. Whilst traditionally associated with making the most of the weather at summer-time events, many rooftop bars provide blankets, heaters or full-blown covers which can be used in colder temperatures too, perhaps for Christmas parties. Some larger rooftop bars, such as Trafalgar St James, even offer a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, to accommodate all kinds of weather. Rooftop spaces are also great for making your own - you could hire the whole space and deck it out with your branding and company colours, even down to the cushions!
Among a whole host of other reasons why rooftop bars are popular, they bring with them a cool, urban atmosphere. Guests feel like they’re escaping the hustle and bustle of the city below them and stepping into a perfect backdrop to any celebration high above ground level, whether that’s a team party or a romantic engagement. This also makes them extremely “Instagrammable”, which is an important factor in marketing these kinds of spaces.
What are the best rooftop bars in London?
There are so many rooftop spaces in London that it’s impossible to list ALL of them. But read on below for some of our favourites, separated by location.
The best rooftop bars in South London
Whether you’re heading to Waterloo’s suave rooftop space Auberge, Brixton’s crown jewels The Prince of Wales and Lost in Brixton, or a leafy sky-high paradise at Uncommon Borough, South London offers rooftop spaces for all kinds of events.
Why not host a team building event with a sunset drinks reception at the rooftop at the O2? A casual team get-together on Doggetts Coat & Badge’s sundrenched roof terrace overlooking the Thames? Or a swanky evening of cocktails at Eighteen Sky Bar?
If you’re looking for something more intimate, the Lucy Loft Suite at the Bermondsey Square Hotel offers an extremely private slice of rooftop heaven, perfect for an engagement or cosy get together.
Spend time exploring more rooftop venues in South London to find your perfect fit.
The best rooftop bars in North London
North London offers a completely different vibe to South London. Why not try out a bottomless brunch at King’s Cross’ Big Chill, relax in a laidback oasis at Near and Far in Camden, or invite all your team down to the large terrace at Abbey Tavern for an away day or light-hearted summer party.
For a more corporate feel, the terrace at 30 Euston Square offers an ideal networking area, whilst Bubba Oasis offers a truly beautiful, bohemian space that could be used for more holistic events, such as yoga classes! The only limit is your imagination.
Browse all of our rooftop spaces in North London for more inspiration.
The best rooftop bars in East London
Effortlessly cool East Londoners are known for their love of rooftop raves. NT’s, Skylight at Tobacco Dock and TT Liquor are examples of cool artsy venues perfect for all kinds of events, whether that’s a dance-all-night party or a unique twist on a corporate meeting or away day.
How about taking to the seas with a celebration at Barge East, a sophisticated soirée at Aviary, or maybe head down to Upper 5th Shoreditch for jaw-dropping panoramic views? For a more cultural ambiance, Coq D’Argent oozes glamour with its French menu and boasts St Paul’s Cathedral as a neighbour. We also love Boundary, a stylish rooftop terrace with a heated orangery, offering views across the East London skyline. For a stunning terrace with a more urban jungle-feel, try ROKA Canary Wharf, or for a chance to unwind after a day of meetings, [Events @ No 6] (https://hirespace.com/Spaces/London/178411/Events-No-6/Terrace-Room/Events) is just the ticket..
The best rooftop bars in West London
For a luxury event oozing class, West London is the place to be. Whether you’re feeling posh with a private dinner at the Fifth Floor Terrace of Harvey Nichols or the Veranda at The Kensington, love the exclusivity of private members’ club Century Club, or want to wave to the Queen from Green Park’s No 4 Hamilton Place, you’re sure to impress your guests with these elegant settings.
For more of a casual feel, we love Runway East Soho’s hidden terrace or Pergola Paddington for a floral al-fresco experience, complete with street food and drinks to see you into the evening. You could host a fun teambuilding activity at Cathedral View, or head to Darcie and May for a nautical twist on a summer party or team get-together. For a more eccentric and unusual option, try the rooftop at Mr Fogg’s Residence.
Check out some more rooftop venues in West London and enquire about your next events.
The best rooftop bars in Central London
When you think about fabulous rooftop bars, ‘Central London’ may not be what first springs to mind. But you’d be wrong! One of the most impressive rooftop spaces we love for any event throughout the year is the rooftop at Trafalgar St James, whilst 41 Portland Place offers a surprisingly spacious grassed terrace ideal for a post-conference or away-day networking reception. For a 12th-floor view of the City (yes,12th floor!!), brand new venue City Pavilion is a stellar choice, and the rooftop terrace at Sea Containers offers a pretty damn good view of the city, too.
Ready to take your corporate conference to the next level? Invite everyone to loosen their ties and head out for some drinks on the terrace at Farringdon’s Goldsmith’s Centre or Smith’s of Smithfield. Or, for an award-winning backdrop for your cocktail evening, head to Madison’s in St Pauls.
If you like what you see, have a browse of our other Central London rooftops.
What kind of events can I hold at a rooftop bar?
You can hold lots of different types of events at a rooftop bar, although some will work better than others. Whilst traditionally associated with networking drinks receptions and summer parties, we think they are a unique spot for winter parties too, as long as there are covers or heaters to keep toasty. Many people hold weddings or their wedding receptions on rooftop bars, as well as product launches, corporate entertainment, engagement parties, private dinners - you name it!
If you’re wanting to go down the corporate route, you could hold meetings, workshops, conferences or even exhibitions at a rooftop bar, depending on the space it has. You could also run a hybrid event; just make sure you liaise with the venue to work out all the details.
How much does it cost to hire a rooftop bar in London?
The cost of hiring a rooftop bar really depends on the venue itself and what’s included in your package. Most venues will offer a private or semi-private hire option, which means you hire out the whole space, or part of it, for your event. This is a great option to add a sense of exclusivity to your events, plus it ensures everyone who is there, is supposed to be there.
If you need it, your package may include a certain amount of food and drinks for the event, too, which will also add to the overall venue hire cost. If you’re planning on making your event hybrid, you may also require technology and technical support, which will also be at an additional cost.
The cost of hiring a rooftop bar in London will also depend on the location and when you want to hire it. For example, hiring a swanky rooftop bar in Knightsbridge during mid-summer will likely be much more expensive than hiring a rooftop in south London during Spring. Decide when you want to hold your event, and then chat to a selection of venues that you like to discuss costings and availability.
Top tip - When talking to venues, make sure to mention everything you’ll need for your event so the venue knows to add it in before the event. You don’t want any hidden added costs! Check out our guide to venue finding for more guidance.
What are the main considerations when looking for a rooftop bar in London?
There are a few considerations to think about when looking for a rooftop bar for your event in London.
Firstly, you’ll need to decide what type of event you want to hold. Rooftop bars are great for lots of different styles of events, but what works for some spaces won’t work for others. For example, you’re unlikely to be able to find a venue that can host 3000 delegates for a conference on a rooftop in London! But for a smaller event, or maybe a party, networking event or drinks reception, rooftop venues are perfect. Once you find a venue that you like the look of, be transparent with the venue manager about what you’re hoping to achieve.
Next, you’ll want to choose your date, and be flexible. When it comes to rooftop venues, the time of year is pretty important. Holding a rooftop event in mid-January may not get quite the uptake you’d like! Consider the usual climate and weather conditions for the rough time of year you’d like to hold your event and make sure to have a backup option in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Next thing to consider is the cost. Determine your event budget and try to stick to it. The cost of venue hire will vary depending on the location, time of year, and specific day you’re planning to hold your event. For example, holding a summer party at a popular Central London rooftop bar such as Madison’s will definitely cost more than a rooftop party at a lesser-known venue during autumn. It all depends, so do your research and ask the venue when their peak times are too, to try and keep costs down.
The next thing you’ll need to consider is the location you want to focus on. We’ve mentioned a few venues in different parts of the city above, but we suggest either using our free venue search tool or talking to one of our venue experts who will offer you tailored suggestions based on your event brief. Think about where your guests are coming from and how easy it will be for them to get there, and also think about other amenities nearby in case you want to do something else after. Also consider accessibility for any disabled guests, eg is there a lift or is it just stairs?
Another thing to think about is how your event will look and also any extras you’ll need. Do you need any production and where will you set this equipment up? Where will you put your branding? If you’re having catering, is there an in-house supplier or will you need to bring your own? Is there room for entertainment? It’s definitely worth doing a site visit to any venues you consider, as pictures can be deceiving and you’ll want to see how the event will work in person. Bear in mind most venues will offer packages with things like catering, AV and branding, so be sure to ask them about what they can offer when you go on your site visit too.
Can I run hybrid events at a rooftop bar?
Yes! Hybrid events can be done anywhere as long as there is strong wifi, enough power and space for setup. Ask the venue if they use an in-house AV partner or whether you’ll need to outsource, and if so, make sure your supplier has access to the venue when they need it and that there is enough space for them to make it all work seamlessly.
You’ll need to consider the type of hybrid event you’re holding. If you’re holding a presentation where you require a screen, or a speaker is dialling in, be sure not to set it up in a spot where there’s too much sunlight - the in-person delegates won’t be able to see properly! If your speaker is in-person, then make sure the sound and streaming quality is good enough for your virtual attendees to see/hear properly.
If you’re holding an away day, make sure your virtual delegates are able to easily talk with your in-person delegates. We suggest breakout rooms using a platform like Arena with a mixture of virtual and in-person delegates, but again make sure all your delegates can be seen and heard easily and clearly. If there’s wind on the rooftop, then your virtual attendees probably won’t be able to hear very well. Speaking of weather, make sure there’s no exposed cables or tech equipment that could be damaged if it rains!
Read this blog on Hybrid 101 by our tech partner London Filmed for more insight, our complete guide to planning hybrid, or this tech guide by White Light on the technology you’ll need and how to use it.
What do I do if it rains at my rooftop party?
Rain is probably the biggest threat to the success of a rooftop event. It’s important with any event to have a contingency plan, but for a rooftop event you 100% need to make sure you have a backup in case it rains or suddenly gets super windy and cold. No one wants to stand at an event wet and shivering!
There are a few different options that rooftop venues may offer. They may have a retractable roof, which is probably the best option to quickly and easily resolve the issue immediately. If not, many venues will have semi-covered rooftops (which is also useful in case the sun gets really intense) or even indoor space that can be used as a backup.
Make sure to talk to your venue manager about what they will do if the weather does turn, and be clear on exactly what will happen and when. You should also be aware of the health and safety protocols for this; if lots of people are rushing inside from the rain will the floors be slippy and pose a health risk? These are things the venue needs to have considered to ensure the safety of your guests, so make sure to ask them about it.
Fun ideas for your rooftop event
There are so many ways you can make a rooftop event an unforgettable experience for your guests. Below are a couple of suggestions on how you can take your rooftop event from dull to dazzling!
If your guests love food (I mean, who doesn’t!) then wow them with a treat for the senses in the form of Sixth Sense’s creative offerings. From nitrogen ice cream, alcoholic mist, dragon’s breath popcorn, magical candyfloss, and a whole array of other incredible foodie experiences, your guests are sure to be impressed. Plus, you can add your branding to the set up so it’s completely bespoke to you and your brand. Check out all of our catering suppliers to tempt your tastebuds.
Looking for some engaging entertainment for your event? This could take the form of soothing background music, a roving magician or even a laugh-a-minute performance from a comedian. Perhaps you’re looking for a more hands-on experience for your guests? Fun activities led by WildGoose or GOTO Events are always a crowd pleaser, and you can never go wrong with a photobooth! Browse all our entertainment suppliers to get some inspiration!
Whatever event you’re planning, there are always ways to spice it up and make it an exciting and memorable experience for your guests, so think outside the box and get creative! If you’d like some help with your event brief or just want some more ideas, get in touch with our event experts who’d be happy to help.
About Rooftop Bars
Our selection of London's best rooftop venues, from secret spots to well-known rooftop bars. London's growing skyline means we're getting spoiled for choice for cool rooftop venues with breathtaking views of the city. Well away from the bustle of the streets below, these prime spots are the place to be during the summer months, but are also great options if you're looking for a Christmas bar in London.
So whether you want to wow your guests at your next corporate event, or want to bring the right vibes to a cool summer party with friends, there's always going to be an ideal rooftop spot in this great city. Click through to a venue's profile to enquire for free. Got questions? No problem. Give our Venue Experts a call, let us know what you're needing, and we'll be on hand to offer some free professional advice.
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