5 rooftop bars in the UK

What could be better than enjoying a drink or food with a beautiful rooftop view, the sun on your face and the wind in your hair? Here’s our pick of some of the best rooftop bars in the UK worth scaling heights for.

Varsity Club, Oxford
Laid out over 3 floors, with a phenomenal roof terrace offering stunning views over the dreaming spires of Oxford, this bar really is the best place to view this University City from on-high. Situated on High Street, you can enjoy cocktails, coffee or a bite to eat, and there’s even a nightclub if you’re going large.

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View from the top of Varsity Club. Photo: T.Hall

John Lewis, Oxford Street, London
In Summer 2019, one of London’s largest roof gardens presents ‘Roof Fest’. Featuring live shows and DJ sets, there’s plenty of reasonably priced grub on offer, and a Fever-Tree Gin and Tonic Garden so you can kick back with a cold one. This roof garden makes a great sun trap and a welcome escape from the madness of Oxford Street.

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Grain Barge, Bristol
This converted Bristol barge is one of the city’s best-loved gems, offering a relaxed and friendly vibe with great views of the harbour and SS Great Britain from the top deck. Enjoy live music, locally-sourced food and a range of craft beers, wines and coffees. If the sun doesn’t surface, you can always relax below deck, watching a variety of watercraft pass by.

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Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Leeds
This indie venue has a jam-packed event calendar offering everything from live music and art to film and games nights. Spread across three floors, you can also enjoy one of Leeds’ most trendy roof terraces with views to boot.

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The Forth, Newcastle
This traditional pub just oozes vintage character and urban cool. It’s a lively place and is only a short stroll from Newcastle Station. It’s best-kept secret? A cute and cosy rooftop terrace tucked away at the top.

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