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8 of The Best Bars to Soak Up The Summer Sun

London, get ready, here comes the sun! Summer's finally showing its face, and we're getting ready to make the most of it with trips to the best summer bars in London! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots for those precious good-weather days, so whether you’re after a classic cold beer or a cocktail concoction, crack out your sunglasses and get ready to soak up the sun in one of these stunning settings.

1. Trafalgar St James

The rooftop at the Trafalgar St James is the perfect destination for those looking to soak up some sun and city sights this summer. With a stunning rooftop, centrally located above the hustle and bustle of the city, the heated terrace ensures that whatever the weather may bring, you'll be able to enjoy yourself in comfort. Meanwhile, an expertly-curated drinks menu will help you create the perfect summer evening, that guests won't forget in a hurry!

Location: Trafalgar Square

Capacity: 138 reception

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Trafalgar St James Rooftop

2. Century Club

Boasting a sky-scraping rooftop bar, Century Club gives guests a taste of the high life. Revel on the decking, recline on the comfy chairs, and if it starts to rain? Relax, there's a retractable cover! This venue's set to make sure you have the gathering of the century (or at least, the summer) so sit back, chill out, and drink in the view!

Location: Soho

Capacity: 60 standing

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Century Club

3. OXO2

OXO2 is a stylish venue on the South Bank with stunning views of the River Thames and London skyline which is perfect for summer drinks with friends or larger groups. Available for exclusive hire, the space makes for a magnificent backdrop for a day or evening soiree, where guests can indulge in drinks and nibbles as they soak up the breathtaking surroundings, making it the ideal spot to celebrate special occasions this summer.

Location: Waterloo

Capacity: 400 reception

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4. The Oyster Shed

Situated just beside London Bridge, The Oyster Shed enjoys unparalleled views over the Thames and The Shard, cementing its reputation as a sought-after summer spot. There's plenty of space for large parties in the venue's open-plan ground floor, and the private Captain's Table and raised Observation Deck provide an exclusive setting for more intimate events.

Location: Monument, City of London

Capacity: 350 standing; 140 seated

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oyster shed

5. Farzi London

Located just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus, Farzi London offers a unique blend of traditional Indian flavours with a modern twist. The venue is characterised by its chic decor and innovative cocktail menu, making it a stylish choice for both casual drinks and upscale gatherings. With options for private dining and an open kitchen layout, this venue provides a dynamic setting for enjoying avant-garde dishes and creative drinks in the heart of the city.

Location: Piccadilly Circus

Capacity: 100 People

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Farzi London

6. Pergola on the Wharf

Set against the backdrop of Canary Wharf, Pergola on the Wharf boasts a picturesque outdoor terrace perfect for summer gatherings. This venue promises an alfresco dining experience enhanced by lush greenery and panoramic views of the city skyline, making it a prime spot for socialising under the sun. The spacious setting accommodates both large parties and intimate gatherings, inviting guests to revel in the vibrancy of London’s business district with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

Location: Canary Wharf

Capacity: 750 people

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Pergola on the Wharf

7. Lost in Brixton

Tucked away in the heart of Brixton, Lost in Brixton brings a hidden tropical escape to the bustling urban environment. This rooftop bar is known for its vibrant atmosphere, featuring a retractable roof that opens up to the warm summer sky. With an emphasis on local craft beers and an array of Latin American-inspired cocktails, it's a perfect spot for those looking to find a lively yet cosy nook away from the city's hustle.

Location: Brixton

Capacity: 600 People

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Lost in Brixton

8. NT’s loft

Dreaming of an LA vacation? Take a plane-less trip across the pond with NT's palm trees and rooftop cocktail bar - that's right, this terrace comes with its very own cocktail bar to cater to your every whim! A music venue by night, you'll find sun-seekers soaking up the rays with a Sangria here through the summer - go on, you know you want to join them!

Location: Hackney

Capacity: 70 standing

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NT's Loft

Don't waste a second of good weather when it finally arrives this summer! Get in touch with one of our venue experts today to stake your claim to the hottest seats in the house, or check out some of our other super summer bars here.


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