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10 of the UK's best rooftop bars

20 AUGUST 2014

With the last days of summer creeping up on us and autumn on the horizon, now is the perfect time to make the most of the last few rays and enjoy some of the UK's best rooftop bars and terraces.

Here at HELLO! Online we've got the best pick of Britain's al fresco bars, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the cool summer breeze and our favourite skylines.

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Radio Rooftop Bar is located on The Strand, on the tenth floor of the chic ME London Hotel

Situated on The Strand, ME London Hotel is home to one of the capital's hottest new rooftop drinking spots: the Radio Rooftop Bar. Open every day to both hotel residents and the public until the early hours, this trendy bar offers the finest cocktails as well as tapas to whet the appetite. From the tenth floor of the hotel, enjoy panaromic views of the city's most impressive sights from St Paul's Cathedral to the London Eye.

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You could almost be in the Mediterranean at Shoreditch's Boundary Rooftop Bar, open all year round

From The Strand to Shoreditch... any Londoner or visitor to the capital ought to pay a visit to the Boundary Rooftop Bar in London's East End. It's open all year round, meaning you can relax Mediterranean-style under the grapevine on the weatherproof pergola and enjoy delicious food and wine, whatever the weather. From simple bar food and oysters to chargrilled steaks, there is something for everyone.

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Enjoy some of the best views of Cambridge from the Varsity Hotel & Spa rooftop terrace

The luxurious Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge boasts an equally impressive rooftop bar with picturesque views of one of the world's most famous university towns. Forget a walking tour of the city, you can see it all from the Varsity terrace, glass of champagne in hand, where boutique chic meets classic Cambridge in the heart of the city.  

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Located high up London's Heron Tower is Sushisamba's funky rooftop bar

It would be wrong to forget Sushisamba's groovy rooftop bar on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in the capital's financial district. Soak up the glitzy atmosphere, complete with 360-degree views of central London, the bar's indoor tree sculpture and vibrant street art to boot. 


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Manchester's Roof Garden Playground has a chic yet relaxed bar-lounge feel

Heading north, Manchester's Roof Garden Playground is a must.

Originally a Victorian school house, it is now part of the Great John Street hotel. The chic hotel's bar-lounge is perfectly located, just a stone's throw away from the city's most exclusive shops and theatres.

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Vista, The Trafalgar Hotel's rooftop bar offers panoramic views of one of the capital's most famous squares

Back in the capital, be sure to make a trip to Vista, the stunning open-air rooftop bar overlooking London's Trafalgar Square.

Step back from the hustle and bustle of city life and admire Nelson's Column and the National Gallery from, undoubtedly, one of the best viewpoints.

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Marco Pierre White's Birmingham rooftop bar is one of his most modern yet ultra-chic

British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White's rooftop bar is one of Birmingham's best drinking spots.

Described by Marco himself as "affordable luxury", the ultra chic 25th-floor bar boasts panoramic views of the city as well as its own glass-fronted balcony.

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One of the West End's most popular rooftop bars is Aqua Kyoto, located just off Regent Street

Settled in the heart of the West End, Argyll Street's Aqua Kyoto rooftop terrace is more popular than ever. With a smart-casual dress code, be sure to drop by for a post-work refreshment or cheeky weekend cocktail.

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Head south to Newquay's Scarlet Hotel to experience the best rustic Cornish country life

Further south, Newquay's Scarlet Hotel is also a rooftop favourite.

Cornwall's "grown-ups only" hotel offers breathtaking sea views and a chance to enjoy Cornish country life at its best.

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Sir Richard Branson's glamorous Rooftop Gardens are located 100 feet above Kensington High Street

Last, but by no means least, are Kensington Rooftop Gardens. Part of Sir Richard Branson's exclusive Virgin portfolio and located in one of London's most high-profile boroughs, 100 feet above Kensington High Street, the terrace and gardens are certainly worth a visit.

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