Cocktails are great, aren’t they? Whether you like them sweet and creamy or zesty and sharp, over ice or served straight up, they can add a touch of elegance to any affair. They’re so great, in fact, that only one thing makes them better: a view.
Lucky for us, London's skyline is dotted with cocktail bars with killer views. From South London rooftop drinks to the glossy reflections of the Shard, here are our top picks of London’s best sky bars.
We couldn’t do this round up without talking about The Shard. It tends to divide opinion, but whether you love it or hate it, it’s a sure-fire way to impress out of towners. Right by London Bridge station, make your up the lift, for a pricey-but-worth-it drink or two.
Fairly new on the scene, Forza Wine is a spin-off its Peckham sister and neighbour, Forza Win. A favourite all year round, Forza Wine’s classy grapes, seasonal sharing plates and impressive views keep the punters coming back again and again.
Like your best friend’s older sister, Mthr is classy, stylish, and plays excellent music. Head up to the 20th floor of The Collective Canary Wharf for globally inspired sharing food, grown-up cocktails and views across the City. Stick around at the weekend for DJ sessions or boozy brunches to a backdrop of live music.
Right next to St Paul’s, Madison Terrace offers up some lovely views of the basilica and beyond along with delicious, if a little spenny, cocktails. Look out for DJ nights and various events on their website.
Sitting atop the impressive Sea Containers building, 12th Knot is a pretty fancy place. Sip on craft cocktails at sunset or stay late with DJs and live music. The balcony overlooking the river Thames is perfect for warmer evenings.
Sky Pod Bar
All the way up in a lift again, this time up for cocktails at the top of the Walkie Talkie building. The views from Sky Pod Bar are pretty spectacular, plus you’ve got trees, landscaped gardens, and various viewing platforms. There really is a whole world up here.
East London’s finest, Netil 360 is well known for its pints of Aperol Spritz and relaxed rooftop feel. Open from April to through to December, this is more of a fair-weather spot so don’t all rush there mid-Jan.