It’s easy to get all hot and bothered in London in the summertime, which is where the city’s rooftop terraces come in. A cool breeze, great views, delicious cocktails and craft beers – what more could you want on a sultry summer evening?
We can’t get enough of the rooftop bar at Netil House, a workspace and studios just up the road from the East London Hotel in London Fields. Netil360 is totally hidden from the street, making it the sort of place you feel cool just knowing about. Once you’ve climbed the unlikely-looking concrete staircase and emerged onto the sprawling terrace, you’ll find local artists and designers enjoying the view as they sip on local craft beers. Spirits are from the East London Liquor Company and wines from around the world. There’s another bar, NT’s, with a much smaller terrace, in the same building. So why not make a mini crawl of it and visit both?
Another fantastic East London rooftop bar you won’t find unless you’re looking for it is Dalston Roof Park, a 15-minute Uber ride north of the hotel in trendy Dalston. It’s got a great back story – inspired by New York’s High Line, it began life as a collection of allotments with a pop-up bar and events programme curated with the volunteer gardeners in mind –but that’s not why we love it. We love it because they have great DJs playing, serve food made from seasonal, ethical and local ingredients (just like we do here at the hotel) and there’s a retractable roof in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
There aren’t very many London pubs boasting roof terraces, which makes The Culpeper extra special. The rooftop of this grand old pub is home to Piculpeper, a breezy terrace restaurant and bar that celebrates the art of preserving, from the food menu to the cocktails to the décor, which is inspired by the humble gherkin. Jump in an Uber (it’s a 12-minute drive) or do the half-hour walk via Brick Lane, East London’s vibrant curry mile.