Get sky high with the best summer rooftops for food and drink. We share our top 10…

1. Bussey Building: Rooftop Cinema Club

What to Eat: Catch a film or chill while taking in the views over Italian snacks and wood-fired sandwiches from Forza Win. 

What to Drink: Indulge in the Besame Mucho with Tequila, regal rose, pink grapefruit, pomegranate, garnished with peppercorn; or go for the Bramley Fizz with apple, Mango Lillete, nettle cordial, star anise and prosecco. Bring on the bubbles.

The Bussey Building | 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST

Tuesday to Sunday 5pm, serving fresh food and drinks until 11pm. 

2. John Lewis: The Gardening Society

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John Lewis has collaborated with Night Tales bringing three of London’s hottest food vendors for rooftop feasting.

What to Eat: B.O.B’s Lobster serve their signature Lobster rolls, and a few twists including a new lobster melt on grilled sourdough, Baha fish tacos and brunch time Lobster Benedict. From 1 August it’ll get meaty with Shotgun serving up brisket, pork belly and snacks including a suckling pig stuffed pretzel roll with bacon jam and carolina mustard sauce.

What to Drink: Sip on cocktails which will incorporate herbs freshly picked from The Gardening Society’s garden.

Don’t Miss: Fat Buddha Yoga on Tuesdays.

The Gardening Society | The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX

Monday to Wednesday: midday until 8pm; Thursday-Saturday: midday to 11pm; Sunday: midday to 6pm

3. Pergola on the Roof: Mediterranean Garden Vibes

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What to Eat: Get sharing small plates with a nod to Spanish and Italian flavours from Salt Yards award-winning charcuterie. For the ultimate burger Patty & Bun is right up there. Summer isn’t complete without a nod to the spit – LeCoq’s rotisserie meat is one to keep an eye out for; or take a step further with ‘wild food’ dishes from Rabbit who focus on wild and foraged ingredients. They’ll be getting BBQ dishes on, including broad bean hummus, plaice and cucumber ceviche.

What to Drink: Cocktails and wine.

Pergola on the Roof | Multi-storey Car Park, Television Centre, Wood Lane W12 7RJ

4. Notch: Tin Can Cocktails and Nikkei Street Food

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What to Eat: Indulge in Nikkei street food – a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cooking from the Fudo shack. Start off with the Seabass Sashimi Pizza (on a tortilla base) with ceviche miso and anchovy miso – refreshing and packed with flavour. Want something hot? Choose Tacos with fried chicken; pulled beef with anticucho short rib; or tofu with shitake; or simply feast on the Spicy Baffaro Wings. 

What to Drink: Get your Negroni on in a tin can. #CannedClassic

Notch | 535 Oxford St, London W1C 2QW

5. Brixton Beach Boulevard: Miami Beach Vibes

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What to Eat: Brixton locals, The Other Side, will be serving up their exceptional buttermilk-fried chicken buns, alongside Lucky Pierre and their very American, French fries. Look out for Nanny Bill’s with killer sandwiches and croquettes and Miami Bass’s Scallops and Lobster sauce. Newcomer, Mac To The Future, with their gourmet version of the mac n’ cheese classic, that we’ll be heading across the river for.

What to Drink: Kick back, soak up the sun and sip on cocktails, before swapping your flip-flops for dancing shoes and letting loose to the neon madness of Miami.

Brixton Beach Boulevard | Valentia Place, Brixton, London, SW9 8JH

6. Roof East: Olympic Park Views and Rooftop Cinema Club

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What to Eat: Choose from a variety of street food including the Flaming Liberty – famous for badass burgers; Cachina – Peruvian grill with flame-grilled marinated beef heart skewers on the menu; pimped up posh dogs that are gluten-free from Rockadollar Dogs; Korean street food wraps from Bo Ssam Boy. 

Don’t Miss: The Strawberry Shack for innovative twists on British Strawberries and Cream.

What to Drink: Go for cocktails including the Roof East spritz with Suze, Prosecco, orange bitters, soda, orange slice.

Roof East | Floors 7 & 8, Stratford multi storey car park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE

The pop up is open every Friday from 5pm-11pm and every Saturday 12pm-11pm.

7. Rocket: City Dining

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What to Eat: Enjoy a unique Neapolitan pizza or Californian style salads and grills, if you’re up for something light. Then there are signature dishes including the Surf and Turf Salad, Rare Beef and Chip Salad or a King Prawn, Green Chilli and Smoked Black Pudding Pizza. 

What to Drink: Wash it down with beautifully crafted cocktails and wines.

Rocket | Churchill Place, London, E14 5RB

8. Queen of Hoxton: A Tribute to Doctor Strange

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What to Eat: Before you tuck into some of the more indulgent offerings, The Queen is offering some slightly healthier fare, in the form of a BBQ Salmon Fillet or a Superfood Salad. Perfect for those who want to leave room for dessert!

What to Drink: Bring your friends and – in the words of The Beatles, our ’60s heroes – come together to quench your thirst with the punnily named retro punch bowl The Limes They Are a Changin’. If sharing’s not your thing, make sure you sample the take on the classic margarita, which is served refreshingly frozen, and packed with blood oranges.

Don’t Miss: Yummies Deli rainbow tie-dye ice-cream sandwiches!

Queen of Hoxton | 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX. You can travel back in time ‘til October 2016. FREE ENTRY*. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12-10pm

9. Frank’s: Campari Bar

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Franks Cafe and Campari Bar, Peckham © Oskar Proctor

What to Eat: There’s plenty of choices to share on an evening out including Hot Wings, Smoked Aubergine and Pitta, daily specials, and Ox Heart Kebab. If you make it out on a weekend check out the brunch menu for your hangover.

What to Drink: It’s all about the cocktails at the Campari Bar – go for the Aperol Spritz, or the Negroni Sbagliato with Campari, Martini Rosso and prosecco, as well as other cocktails, beers and wines.

Frank’s Cafe designed by Practice Architecture at Bold Tendencies

Frank’s Cafe | 10th floor, Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

10. Angler Terrace: Hidden City Terrace

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What to Eat: Angler Terrace in a city hidden gem. Look out for delicious terrace food bar snacks including the Crisp Cornish Squid with Jalapeno Mayonnaise, paired with a great cocktail list to unwind after work.

Don’t Miss: Soak the afternoon sun with BBQs, live DJS and lavender and olive trees. And there’s a retractable roof over the terrace so you don’t need to worry about rainy days.

Angler Terrace | 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF 

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