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On top of the world: ten rooftops for a hot date

Posted at 1:30 pm, July 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Sushisamba

Want to enjoy the views of London’s stunning skyline, escape the hectic pubs and bars or find the perfect romantic moment with that special someone? It’s all about taking your date to dizzy new heights, literally. With summer in full swing and another heatwave apparently on the cards, Lovestruck think there’s no finer way to enjoy a drink than up on the rooftops whilst watching the world below. And we quite agree. Here are their top ten lofty date spots…

Sushisamba
‘Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, Sushisamba offers incredible 360-degree views over the city, including the Gherkin, the Shard, Tower Bridge and other picture postcard landmarks. They’ve got one of the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe and the main dining room has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. An amazing date venue – but only if you have a head for heights!’

Dead Dolls House
‘Just like the kind of place you wanted to go as a kid, the latest venue from the Dead Dolls Club guarantees hours of fun. Set in an old textile factory overlooking Hoxton Square, there are Sunday roasts served by pop-up chefs, cocktails in The Parlour and best of all – a rooftop terrace where you can soak up the Shoreditch skyline while munching on one of their very own summer picnic boxes. Designed for two, the boxes are filled with British classics like sausage rolls, cured meats, cheeses and pickles, washed down with some Pimm’s. Total date dynamite, in other words.’

Madison at One New Change
‘Another top city rooftop, Madison is at the top of One New Change shopping centre. It offers spectacular views over St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. Be warned, it’s very popular with the city crowd after work for wine, champagne and cocktails but much quieter at weekends if you want to avoid the masses. There is a selection of interesting tapas on the menu, including British artisan cheese and Italian cured meats. Head there and watch the sun set over the London skyline if you’re angling for a smooch.’

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Dalston Roof Park
‘Located a stone’s throw from Dalston Junction station is the Print House, a former factory, which plays host to Dalston Roof Park every summer, which they describe as an ‘urban utopian oasis’. It might not live up to that but it is home to a pretty cool crowd and there are regular events such as screenings, gigs, yoga and supper clubs. Membership for the whole summer is just £5 and the bar is open from 5pm on weekdays and 3pm at weekends.’

Alfie’s Rooftop Kitchen
‘Right near Marylebone station is Alfie’s Antique Market in a distinctive-looking Egyptian-style art deco building. Hop in the lift to the top floor, where you will discover their contemporary café on the rooftop. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, the food is all seasonal and made with top quality ingredients. Spend some time with your date browsing the antiques on the floors below – there are more than 75 dealers displaying their wares – before heading upstairs for coffee, cake and who knows what else.’

Radio Rooftop Bar, Aldwych

Radio Rooftop Bar at ME Hotel
‘Found on the tenth floor of the one of London’s newest boutique hotels, the rooftop overlooks Somerset House, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. This is a classy choice with white sofas and popping corks aplenty. The cocktail menu is catered by the ONE group with some interesting twists on the classics, such as the ‘Mile High Margarita’ and the ‘Electric Light Company’. On the last Thursday of the month, the bar hosts Frequency, a night showcasing cocktails, finger foods and live DJ music.’

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Queen of Hoxton
‘This rooftop bar has a pretty chilled vibe and caters to the summer party people of Shoreditch. It has astro-turf, a BBQ kitchen, pop-up events and a popular film club, with upcoming screenings including ‘Withnail and I’ (July 16), ‘Coming To America’ (July 21) and ‘Her’ (July 23). There’s also a series of fun, silent rooftop discos.’

Queen Elizabeth Hall Rooftop Garden
‘Designed by the famous Eden Project and run by the Company of Cooks, this little hideaway is a gem within the South Bank. With gorgeous riverside views, fruit trees and wild flowers dotted around, this rooftop is not only pleasing on the eye, but is also surprisingly serene for such a busy area. There is a café/bar on site but it’s also a public place, so you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks if payday still seems a long way off.’

Aqua Spirit
‘Sitting above Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto and Spanish eatery Aqua Nueva, rooftop bar Aqua Sprit overlooks the shoppers of Regent Street. The restaurants are award-winning and the bar is a great destination for pre-dinner, post-shopping date drinks or a nightcap if the night is still young. They don’t take bookings so make sure you get there early and be sure to try a Japanese Velvet: pear-infused vodka shaken with pear puree fresh lemongrass, apple juice, lemon juice and honey liquer.’

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Frank’s Café
‘This pop-up bar is set at the top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham and showcases the work of international artists as part of the Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project. The menu features sharing platters including Buffalo Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Crème Fraiche and Peckham Pastrami, Grilled Rye Bread and House Slaw. Pick a sunny day for your date night and you can’t go wrong!’

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