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Every so often, all you want is a drink with a view. With its towering skyline, as one of the tallest area’s in the UK, it’s no surprise to find there are plenty of sky bars in Canary Wharf.
There’s a diverse mix of bars and restaurants. Ranging from expansive open air terraces on top of Crossrail Place station, to boutique cocktail bars hidden away between the glass and steel offices of the financial centre.
At the end of the article we’ve included the best residential developments in Canary Wharf with rooftop bars and terraces too. The latest residential sky bars are some of the tallest sky bars in London. These are typically residents — and guests — access only, so you may need to befriend a neighbour to get into those.
Here’s a rundown of the best venues in Canary Wharf with rooftop bars, and as an added bonus, some outside roof terraces too. There’s nothing better than sitting outside with a cold drink on a hot summer’s day, after all!
Inside, outside rooftop combo, Bokan’s sky bar is located at the top of the Canary Wharf Novotel spanning levels 37, 38 and 39.
Not only does it serve excellent food and drink, this is also the highest Novotel in the world — there’s plenty more Canary Wharf trivia here!
For a taste of the views before you go, take a look at the live stream webcam situated on the rooftop.
If you like your roof terraces with live music — look no further. This is one of Canary Wharf’s largest roof terraces, with plenty of outside seating space, heaters, and live music every single day.
Exceptionally popular in summer months, this Canary Wharf terrace looks out across North Dock — perfect for watching the self hire boats and some interesting sailing around the dock!
Pergola Canary Wharf is located at the Eastern end of the famous Crossrail Gardens, taking the opposite of end of the spacious rooftop to Big Easy. Open every day from midday, it’s as popular for afterwork drinks as it is for a relaxed lunch.
Packed with plants, Pergola’s rooftop bar and restaurant is one of Canary Wharf’s most instagram friendly!
One of the highest Sky bars in Canary Wharf, MTHR is around 65 m high, at the summit of The Collective. Sleek, modern styling and an impressive backlit bar, MTHR is the perfect place to get a different take on Canary Wharf views.
Views here not only stretch across London towards Greenwich, but MTHR’s location — around 10 minutes to the south of the main financial estate — mean that this venue also provides excellent views of the Canary Wharf skyline itself.
The relaxed vibe and cocktails at MTHR are well worth a visit. But the real gem in The Collective Canary Wharf’s rooftop has to be the skyline swimming pool — also located on the 20th floor!
High-end asian fusion restaurant ROKA is known for its contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. Less well known is the secluded terrace, overlooking Canada Square Park.
The roof-terrace here is the perfect place to request when booking for dinner, or simply dropping in for a cocktail. Be warned though, bookings will almost certainly be required, especially in summer!
Boisdale at Canary Wharf is primarily known for its live performances. Hosting artists from Jools Holland to Boney M, this longstanding Canary Wharf favourite is at the heart of many best restaurants in Canary Wharf lists’.
It also has a fantastic roof terrace — frequently redesigned in summers — spanning the entirety of the western side of the building, overlooking Cabot Square towards Central London.
It’s also not just a roof terrace to enjoy a cocktail on. Since 2013, Canary Wharf’s Boisdale has been playing host to the Cigar Awards each December, with the open air terrace playing a central role!
Rooftop bars in Canary Wharf aren’t just confined to the commercial buildings within the financial estate. Starting with Pan Peninsula’s Capeesh Sky Bar — now closed — new apartment complexes have begun to offer rooftop bars and spaces for their residents and guests.
Some of these residential bars and terraces are open to the public, but the majority will need friends in high places to get access — pun intended!
Here’s a look at some of the coolest residential rooftops in the area.
Not content with being Europe’s tallest residential development, this huge 230 m residential skyscraper in Canary Wharf has a showpiece amenity space.
The entire 75th floor is a giant roof terrace and bar, offering panoramic views of both Central London and Canary Wharf.
The highest of Canary Wharf’s sky bars is also not just residents only. Landmark Pinnacle also has luxury managed apartments, by brand Cove — and guests staying their will get access to the amenities space too.
The group currently own three build-to-rent buildings in the area, and are known for their all-in-one solution to luxury renting, with a wealth of amenities spaces.
Despite being the smallest of the Vertus properties, 8 Water Street packs in the largest roof terrace. Self-dispensing wine machines, a plant-packed rooftop terrace with views across Wood Wharf — and you can bring your four-legged friend!
Arguably, the trend for luxury developments in Canary Wharf started with Pan Peninsula over a decade ago.
Once known as the Capeesh sky bar — part of the successful Italian restaurant group that still owns the bottom floor lounge bar — the Pan Peninsula sky bar was the first residential sky bar in Canary Wharf. Now closed, its previous popularity means it will undoubtedly be back at some stage.
Located on the 43rd floor, the cosy bar and roof-terrace provided views East across the Isle of Dogs and towards the 02 Arena. It also provided the platform for a successful base jump!
The second Ballymore development on this list, Wardian London is a biophilic haven — packed with plants throughout the 55-storeys.
EcoWorld Ballymore are known for their luxurious amenities, having installed the infamous sky-pool at their latest development in Nine Elms. Wardian London has a suite of amenities, but the crown jewel looks to be the Observatory — a botanical gin at the top of the taller East Tower.
Expect plants, copious gin and some spectacular views. This rooftop bar is right in the centre of the Canary Wharf skyline and stands a huge 183 meters tall!
Perched at the highest point of Wardian, watch the city come to life after dark in the Observatory.
One of the newest rooftop bars in the list, residents at any of the three planned South Quay Plaza buildings receive access to The Quay Club.
It’s a suite of luxury amenities spread across the skyscrapers, ranging from outside hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool, and business lounges. The most spectacular of the amenities space being the Sky bar on floor 56 of South Quay Plaza flagship, Hampton Tower.
This Canary Wharf rooftop space comprises an indoor sky bar and lounge area, that spills out onto the roof of the smaller building, into a dramatic rooftop terrace. South Quay’s location means this rooftop bar gives panoramic views from the heart of Canary Wharf across the London skyline.