Best London Rooftop or Venue with a View

Aviary

London’s latest rooftop hotspot, Aviary, ten floors above Finsbury Square, offers breathtaking views of the capital’s iconic skyline, sensational cocktails and internationally renowned DJs for a vibe that’s more Café Del Mar than City of London.

This alfresco ‘room with a view’ features the sort of furniture and soft furnishings seen in the pages of a glossy interiors magazine – picture sink-in sofas, scatter cushions and vintage lampshades while fire pits, lit at night, ensure that chilling under the stars comes without…well any chill.

Food is taken as seriously as Aviary’s liquid libations with a week-day lunch menu that’s big on seasonal British ingredients and responsible sourcing from whole bone-in wild fish through to rare breed steaks Come evening, it’s all about bar bites – think lobster tacos, prawnish pasties and beef yakitori.

Aviary’s summer sips are as delicious as they are instagrammable Shaken and served by some of London’s finest mixologists, contemporary concoctions come in copper tankards and pineapple sharing serves.

The rooftop terrace at Aviary – an uplifting alfresco experience with added altitude.


Coq d’Argent Restaurant & Bar

The rooftop garden, originally designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, takes its inspiration from Corbusier’s Fifth Elevation, bold and formal. The interior of the restaurant is sleek and elegant using rich walnut veneer wall panelling, Jura limestone flooring, soft leather chairs and mocha upholstered banquettes.

Coq d’Argent sits high above the noise of the City, surrounded by a secret garden. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and panoramic views of our covered and heated rooftop terraces.

A masterclass in French cooking at its best, the restaurant is the ideal place to escape those day-to-day stresses and enjoy top-class food, discreet service, fine wines and the feeling of being well and truly taken care of. Coq d’Argent has a long established reputation for excellence, not only in the quality we bestow but also for the care and attention to detail displayed by the whole team.


Madison

Located on the roof of One New Change in the City of London, Madison overlooks the iconic neoclassical dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Gherkin, Shard, London Eye and City of London From informal luncheons to cocktail and canapé parties as night falls, relaxing at the bar or enjoying drinks and cocktails on the Madison terrace whilst watching the sun set over the city skyline, a visit to the chicest and most fabulous roof terrace in Europe is a must Designed in partnership with the award-winning bar designer Mango, Madison’s interior design utilises the glass structure of One New Change and embraces the use of natural light and modern design to create an undeniably stylish vibe The polished glass ceiling panels are softened with eucalyptus wood flooring, carpet and colourful hand blown Italian glass chandeliers The elegant floor to ceiling bar is lit with Verner Panton globe pendants creates a dramatic focal point As night falls, Madison’s low lighting and cool but comfortable furnishings combine to give a relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere.


Searcys at The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, informally known as The Gherkin due to its unusual shape, was built by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster in 2004.The building has become a recognisable feature of London’s Skyline. The skyscraper, located in the heart of the City of London, is home to Searcys at The Gherkin which operates on the top 4 floors of this beautiful building. Level 39 and 40 are situated in the glass dome at the top of Searcys at The Gherkin and offer unforgettable 360 degree views of London from 180 metres high. When in the dome you feel like a bird in the sky as you are surrounded by clear glass and have views across London seeing as far as Kent on a clear day.

Both floors are available for exclusive hire for corporate and private events. Searcys at The Gherkin also operates as a bar and restaurant for the tenants of the building and its private members. Located on level 38, Searcys at The Gherkin, has two beautiful private dining rooms and also homes one of the most unique and exclusive Private Members’ Club in London.


Tamesis Dock

Tamesis Dock, a 1930’s Dutch Barge, has been a joint collaboration between a brother and sister team Neither had any hospitality experience however they had some boat- building experience and a vision that the river was an under-utilised opportunity

They found Tamesis (formerly known as The English Maid) in a run down and degrading state but in an area that they believed was developing and with views that were unrivalled.

With 2 outside decks covering East to West we get incredible sunsets every night and boast amazing views of Westminster Palace, The London Eye, Battersea Power Station, MI5, MI6, and all the ducks, cormorants and birds that have made their home near us

We have an interest in technology and have collaborated with universities to develop reed-beds on the side of the boat to encourage bio-diversity, flora and fauna. We have developed most of the in-house software that we use from our events calendar to the stock control program.

We have now got a second boat in Nine Elms (also a 1930’s Dutch Barge), which we believe will be a great complement to Tamesis and continue to take the river from strength to strength.


The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens in Kensington has long been one of London’s most spectacular and extraordinary landmarks. Originally designed as an escape from London rather than a pedestal above it, The Roof Gardens comprises of three themed gardens spanning across 1.5 acres, a Club and Babylon Restaurant all 100ft above Kensington. Events at The Roof Gardens are nothing less than spectacular, from dinners to discos, barmitzvahs to weddings, business meetings to training days to BBQs on balmy summer nights! Our friendly Event Planners can create any vision for as few as 50 guests up to 500. And of course every guest is treated to the extra special attention that our staff are famous for. No other location in London offers beautiful rooftop gardens with fully grown oaks and fruit trees, a flowing stream stocked with fish and wildlife and of course the resident flamingos.


The View from The Shard

Since opening in 2013 The View from The Shard has fast become one of the most sought after event spaces in London. Sitting at 800ft, this is Western Europe’s highest event space and a truly unique venue to entertain your guests and dazzle your friends. Situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, The View is almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. It is the only place to experience 1,000 years of history with views of up to 40 miles across one of the greatest cities on earth. The View offers a triple-height viewing gallery on level 69, with unrivalled 360 degree views. Guests may also ascend to the highest accessible point of The Shard, level 72, an open-air viewing platform exposed to the elements and sounds of the city below, for the chance to gaze up to the shards of glass that form the top of the sculptural building as they disappear into the sky. Available at all times of the day, you could start your morning with a breakfast served on Level 69 and inspire your guests with the view over London during sunrise.