UK has ‘Europe’s best rooftop bar’ for boozy brunches and sunset cocktails

We may not have had the brightest summer this year, but most Brits are still keen to get out and enjoy the long days. One of our favourite places to pass the time in the sun is in a beer garden – and it’s even better if it’s a rooftop bar with a view.

While in your minds-eye you might picture a beautiful bar off an Italian piazza or one above a Portuguese beach it seems there are plenty of lovely rooftop bars in the UK. One was even found to be the "best in Europe" by Big 7 Travel.

They used scores from social media users to draw up a ranking of the top 50 best rooftop bars in Europe for 2023/ Those looking for the perfect British option can take a look straight at the top-rated bar of the list.

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Unexpectedly, the winning bar is based in a multi-storey car park in Peckham, London. Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies is "only open during the summer months", according to Big 7 Travel.

The bar is filled with plenty of tables, benches and seats for drinkers to relax on and offers gorgeous sunset views of the London skyline. You’ll be able to spot the Shard, Canary Wharf, the Walkie Talkie and many more famous landmarks.

The terrace offers plenty of shade under a large tarpaulin for those avoiding the sun. Plus, there’s a menu of tasty food to order from with recipes from snacks like ice cream sandwiches and flatbreads to brisket sarnies, grilled prawns, hot wings and kebabs.

You can also get large jugs of Pimm’s, white port and tonic, white sangria and rum punch. If you opt to head to the rooftop for bunch – served from 11am to 4pm on weekends – you can get grilled cheese, beans on toast, salmon with scrambles eggs or a brisket hash.

Plus, cocktails like Bloody Marys, Garibaldis and Cuban Coffee – that’s coffee with rum! Delicious!

Big 7 Travel said of the bar: "Take in 360 views of Peckham and beyond from Frank's Cafe – a relaxed rooftop bar on a multi-storey car park. The power is in its simplicity, as well as its excellent, seasonal food."

It added: "As well as great food, you’ll also find a wide range of drinks at decent prices – music to everyone’s ears in London."

After the UK bar there were winners in Madrid, Spain, Reykjavik in Iceland, Switzerland, Turkey and Lisbon, Portugal. However, a total of five UK bars made the top 50 list.

These included: 20 Stories in Manchester – in spot number 21 the northern bar has a beautiful terrace with wide-reaching views, flowers and trees and classy white decor. Directly after the Mancunian bar was The Culpeper, London at number 22.

In at number 27 was Forza Wine, London while Cold Town House, Edinburgh was in at number 39. Matou in Liverpool rounded out the UK winners in number 41.

Top 50 rooftop bars in Europe:

  1. Frank's Cafe at Bold Tendencies, London, England
  2. Azotea del Circulo, Madrid, Spain
  3. The Roof at the Reykjavik Edition, Reykjavik, Iceland
  4. Schweizerhof Flims, Flims, Switzerland
  5. Oroya, Madrid, Spain
  6. 16 Roof, Istanbul, Turkey
  7. Sky Bar by Seen, Lisbon, Portugal
  8. Patchwork at Sa Punta, Ibiza, Spain
  9. Skyline Bar 20up, Hamburg, Germany
  10. Mama Shelter, Bordeaux, France
  11. Hotel Croce di Malta, Florence, Italy
  12. Salling Rooftop and the Roof Garden, Aarhus, Denmark
  13. A for Athens, Athens, Greece
  14. Play Label Rooftop, Brussels, Belgium
  15. Mas Rooftop Bar, Helsinki, Finland
  16. TakeT, Gothenburg, Sweden
  17. Seven Restaurant, Sicily, Italy
  18. Restaurant Silo, Copenhagon, Denmark
  19. Herbarijs, Riga, Latvia
  20. Sercotel Rosellon, Barcelona, Spain
  21. 20 Stories, Manchester, England
  22. The Culpeper, London, England
  23. Terraza Danieli, Venice, Italy
  24. Sophie's, Dublin, Ireland
  25. Klunkerkranich Rooftop, Berlin, Germany
  26. Terrazza Borromini, Rome, Italy
  27. Forza Wine, London, England
  28. La Muna, Zurich, Switzerland
  29. MH5, Munich, Germany
  30. Park Bar, Lisbon, Portugal
  31. Terraza Hotel Dona Maria, Seville, Spain
  32. Das Loft Bar & Lounge, Vienna, Austria
  33. Stockholm Under Stjarnorna, Stockholm, Sweden
  34. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  35. Sky Bar at Hotel Almudaina, Mallorca, Spain
  36. Aurora, Vienna, Austria
  37. Fishing the Roof, Florence, Italy
  38. Liebling, Hidden Rooftop Bar, Budapest, Hungary
  39. Cold Town House, Edinburgh, Scotland
  40. Kranen Bar at the Munch Rooftop Bar, Oslo, Norway
  41. Matou, Liverpool, England
  42. Hugo's Terrace, St Julian's, Malta
  43. High Note Sky Bar, Budapest, Hungary
  44. Floor17, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  45. Illum Rooftop, Copenhagen, Denmark
  46. Aloha Bar, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  47. Skybar, Vilnius, Lithuania
  48. Lift, Tirana, Albania
  49. Level 27, Warsaw, Poland
  50. Terraza Tamaran, Gran Canaria, Spain

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