There are a few rooftop bars in and around the City, but Aviary is by some margin the best of the lot. It’s inside Montcalm House in Finsbury Square, and after jumping in the lift, you’ll hop out to one of the loveliest terraces in town. Seriously - the only time we’ve seen this many sofas in one place was when we were squatting in Ikea. The view over the square and the skyscrapers of the City is excellent, and though it gets crowded on a nice day, there’s plenty of room to sprawl with mates.
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Brigadiers is a very good and very fun Indian restaurant near Bank in the City, specialising in barbecued meats.
Kym’s is a lively and modern Chinese restaurant on Bloomberg Arcade in the City, specialising in small plates and meats.
BBQ restaurant Pitt Cue is all about eating your body weight in smoked and slow-cooked meat. It’s close to the City for perfect after-work eats.
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Portobello Star is a very popular local hangout that also happens to make great drinks. Especially ones with gin.
Max’s Sandwich Shop
Max’s Sandwich Shop in Stroud Green serves inventive sandwiches with buckets of personality. It’s fast becoming a North London institution.
At Trailer Happiness you’ll find tiki vibes, rum-heavy cocktails, and lots of people starting (and ending) a rowdy night out in Notting Hill.
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Shoreditch Sky Terrace
Shoreditch Sky Terrace bar’s hidden location and crowd control means that you feel like you are at a private pool party in Ibiza.
The Culpeper is a designer gastropub that's good for groups, with an upstairs restaurant, and a rooftop bar and garden.
Frank’s Café & Campari Bar
Frank’s in Peckham is a rooftop bar with the most impressive view of the London skyline, and has the added bonus of serving reasonably priced drinks.
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