Living the High Life

BATD ON Jul 18, 2013 AT 11:29 am

School night or not, we simply can’t bear to stay indoors these, super warm. days. Which means long walks alongside the Thames (in a bid to cool down) and taking in London’s skyline from some of the highest, and most delightful, bars amongst the clouds – we’re hoping there’ll be a breeze up there!

The Boundary Rooftop

The Boundary Rooftop. Be patient with the queue because we promise the panoramic views of East London together with the alfresco dining and extensive choice of cocktails will be totally worth the wait. Book a table within the 48-seat restaurant or simply lounge, icy cool drink in hand, on one of the rustic wicker chairs beneath the grape-bearing vines. Who needs the Med?

The Boundary Rooftop, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD


Sushisamba Restaurant

Sushisamba. If you’ve yet to venture Eastwards to SushiSamba’s unique combination of imposing loftiness – and Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion food, now is the time to do it. Plump for a table on one of the two, supremely high outdoor terraces and look down, if you dare, onto the City and the Thames below. Worth it for the express lift to the 39th floor alone. Take your cocktails and ceviche with a side order of vertigo.

SushiSamba, Floors 38 & 39, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY


Skylounge Rooftop Bar

Skylounge. Offering some of the best nighttime views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the ever-impressive Shard, and with cocktails entitled, Millionaire Mojito (mint muddled with fresh lime, Plantation 5 year golf rum, bitters, gomme syrup with a champagne float – natch!), you’d be forgiven for overlooking this banker’s bar, which inevitably draws a suit-heavy crowd. But don’t, because, whilst you may well have to wait for terrace-space to become available after-work, when it comes to the weekend, the city crowd gives way to a more relaxed vibe. Head there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for the delight that is the terrace bbq, and don’t miss out on the Rum Shack pop up complete with Jamaican patties, all-spice monkish and prawn skewers and a backdrop of reggae beats!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, London, EC3N 4AF


Frank’s Cafe

Frank’s Cafe . This simple bistro provides the ultimate summer chill-out location.  The vibe is quite simply, anything goes, so pull on your tee, sandals and sunnies, and grab a seat beneath the illuminated red canopy where you can dine on Frank’s signature brunch dishes, sup cocktails until the sun goes down and then enjoy the twinkling lights of South London from 10 (car park) storeys high.

10th Floor, Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Coppa Bar & BBQ

Coppa Bar & BBQ. It’s unlikely you’ll ever get tired of the view across the Thames and London’s impressive, and ever increasing skyline, but should you wish to change it up, why not head to the Hothouse Roofop overlooking London Fields this weekend. Open Friday at 5 pm (perfectly timed as we spill out of over-heated or over-airconned offices) through to Sunday, the team at Coppa have created a suitably summery atmosphere thanks to deck chairs, sun loungers and the obligatory open-air cocktail bar. If you’re lucky, you’ll bag one of the super-cute beach hut booths to dine on authentic Italian bbq. All the joys of summer, without getting sand in your shorts!

Hothouse Rooftop, Martello Street, E8 3QW.

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