The Spaces: 7 of the best rooftop bars in London this summer

Even in a famously rainy London, the sun comes out just enough to give us a taste of summer.

A slew of new rooftop bars and restaurants have opened their doors (and their windows) this season to embrace the elusive rays. Many more have woken up from hibernation, refreshed and reopened for alfresco drinking and dining.

Here, we round up the best rooftop bars and restaurants – new and returning – that are taking design to the skies of London in some spectacular settings this summer.

The former BBC Television Centre in White City is undergoing a sea change, with the Grade II-listed complex set to become homes, cafes, shops and a new Soho House. But amid the transformation, up on the roof, events specialist Incipio has created a Mediterranean-inspired pergola, lined with leafy flora. Visitors will have a choice of food between Salt Yard, LeCoq, Rabbit and Patty & Bun up in the 400-cover rooftop.

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