If there’s one thing that everyone on this planet can agree on, it’s that a good view can take anyone’s breath away. It’s even better with a tasty tipple in hand, am I right?
Luckily, London’s skyline is one of the most iconic in the world so it’s no wonder that some of London’s bars are head and shoulders above the rest.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, hosting a work do, or on a hot date, let those sweeping views be your wingman.
GONG Bar: The one in Western Europe’s tallest building
Situated in Western Europe’s tallest building The Shard, GONG is art of the swish Shangri-La Hotel. It oozes sophistication complete with low-lit settings, dark, stylish interiors and dickie-bow donning bartenders.
The cocktails are exquisite and pretty quirky too. Many were inspired by inventions that revolutionised the world. Take the hot air balloon for example. And then there’s the view. At home in the prime location of London Bridge, you can see sone of London’s iconic landmarks wherever you’re facing.
RSVP ahead and request the best seat in the house by the windows at sunset, and watch as the sun sets transforming London into a city of twinkling lights. Perfect for dates? Sure is IMO.
Bokan 37: The Lesser Known One
Perhaps one of the lesser-known bars with a view because of its location. Anchored on top of Novotel, 38 floors up in Canary Wharf, this rooftop bar has beautiful vistas of London from the East End.
With a plush indoor bar area, laid-back luxury vibe, and a cracking panorama, Bokan is one of the nicest bars that I’ve been to.
The cocktail menu is innovative, paying homage to the London’s Docklands. If you’re feeling peckish, a top-class restaurant delivering a modern European fare is just beneath on level 36 placating appetite. Incredible in the summer during warmer climes, watch London transform as the sun sets in East London. Perfect for parties? Check.
St. James’s Bar: The One Overlooking a London Landmark
There aren’t many bars that overlook an iconic London landmark, but St. James’s does.
Overlooking historic Trafalgar Square, St. James’ rooftop bar in central London treats guests with comfy seats and a fully stocked up bar. It’s perfect for summer parties and the company do’s. Admittedly, it’s a little on the small side, but that just adds to the exclusivity of this central London rooftop bar.
City Social: The Smart One In The City
Almost hidden within a high-rise office building, City Social is a bit tricky to find. Persevere with the lift system, and you’ll be met with a classy, low-lit, sophisticated bar/restaurant smack bang in the middle of the City.
On a level with the other soaring skyscrapers of London, gaze out and admire the views overlooking the City of London and beyond.
Naturally, you’re in the City so, expect a lot of clientele to be suited and booted. But don’t let that put you off. No one will bat an eye lid. These city slickers with their ties off and top buttons undone, are ready for to wind-down from a day’s toiling in the City’s boardrooms. Expect smartly dressed staff and top-notch service.
Jin Bo Law: The Popular City One
Perhaps an odd name compared to others, but there’s nothing doubting the cocktails and views at this City bar.
Elevated 14th stories up, this chic interiors of JBL offers unparalleled views sweeping across the City of London. Explore the rooftop terrace and admire the incredible landmarks that is Tower Bridge, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and beyond. The cocktails aren’t half bad either concocted from unusual ingredients, taking you on an a journey of cocktail discovery.
That’s my top picks of the best cocktail bars with a view. Have I missed anyone? Let me know! 👇 Cheers 🍸