The sky is the limit. Yep, we say that every summer, but we can guarantee you have probably not sunbathed and sipped cocktails on any of these rooftops before.
Here’s our pick (in no particular order) of the hottest high rise bars for 2014.
COPPA, London Fields
Love Lardo in Hackney? Hipsters rechoice! Summer is sorted now its southern Italian sibling, COPPA, has opened its rooftop bar and rosticceria (think free range chicken served either Nduja-marinated or seasoned with rosemary and lemon). Beach cabanas, deckchairs and ice cold cocktails will transport you right out of E8…
Ashmolean Dining Room, Oxford
Views all over Oxford can be enjoyed from this fabulous restaurant on the fourth floor of the Ashmolean Museum. The architecture, fine wine and seasonal ingredients rival even the hottest European spots (almost).
Yacht d’Argent, London
Sound familiar? Well, it is the infamous London restaurant Coq d’Argent, only this year, it’s had a luxe French riviera style cool-over, complete with sails (well, canopies) and vintage posters and everything. Champagne…!
Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Love all things Brazilian but not in anyway interested in the World Cup? You’re not alone. This place hosts not only stunning views of Cambridge but a Brazilian-inspired menu at The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill to help you soak up all those caipirinhas in the sunshine.
Ting and Gong, Shangri-La, London
If anything was more anticipated than the über hip Shangri-La hotel up The Shard, it’s London’s highest champagne bar (don’t they all claim to be?) with jaw-dropping views, world-class cocktails and a shimmering infinity pool. And… relax.
Orrery, Marylebone, London
Want proof that quaint ol’ little Marylebone is actually one of the hottest dining destinations in the capital? Look no further than luxe French restaurant Orrery which turns its sublime secret terrace into a rustic Provencal garden this summer with an alfresco menu to match. But sshh, don’t tell everyone…
The Cloudy Bay Chelsea Garden Terrace, Harvey Nichols, London
Bit of a mouthful, but it’s oh-so-handy, after a spot of (window) shopping, to have this fab new rooftop ‘sensory experience’ inspired by the Marlborough winery’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden. It also coincides with London Wine Week (now we’re talking) 2-8 June. Chin chin.
Library, Soho, London
A bird’s eye view of Theatreland? It’s all about the new terrace that’s open to the public despite being part of this very cool new private member’s club. Like the best house party you’re definitely invited to…
It may rain more up north but that doesn’t stop places like Angelica boasting a rooftop to rival London’s finest. This summer, they’re launching the super exciting ‘Sunday Session’ rooftop parties. Just take an umbrella.