East London's best bars to drink while you tan

More sanctified than secret, this is a local’s bible to the holiest outdoor locations in Shoreditch (and the surrounds) for combining the soaking up of much-needed Vitamin D while filling up on Pimms. The word on the tube is that conditions are officially clement, so here are the best sun drenched venues to catch some rays and throw back a few while we’re still blessed with the beams.

Rockwell House, Shoreditch

Gone are the days of looking at the sun as if it was a huge suspended lemon that you just wanted to pluck from the sky and squeeze all over yourself. Just us? We were already awestruck by the appearance of this typically bashful season, but Rockwell House has tripled the glee with its 3000 square foot roof terrace; hosting edgy urban events from beat-boxing jams, rap spits and graffiti hacks to family fun days for worthy causes such as saving the bees. Complete with a shelter draped in fairy lights, the sound of bottles clinking and a spiral staircase that leads down to a giant chessboard on a sub terrace, Shoreditch’s best kept secret can best be accessed by liking the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhouse?fref=ts) and found four minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High Street station.

10-14 Hewett St, EC2A 3NN


Pub on the Park, London Fields

The thought of draining down a hand pumped pint or four of real ale and pigging out with a BBQ in the biggest beer garden this side of sunny London city is seductive to say the least. The fact that Pub on the Park has a resident DJ to spin those midsummer jams on weekends, outdoor screens to facilitate the groans and cheers of footy fans, and a ping pong table for pure simple fun is just downright carnal. Allow your summer spirit to be turned on at this smashing hangout, three minutes’ walk from London Fields overground or nine minutes from Bethnal Green tube.

19 Martello Street, E8 3PE


Golden Bee, Shoreditch

Shoreditch isn’t all raw, rough and rugged. There’s a sprinkling of sophistication and some of it landed on the lofty promenade of Golden Bee - a metropolitan rooftop cocktail bar that overlooks the city scape offering a glitzy alfresco escape from the street level rat race. The panoramic views and rattan seating offer the perfect antidote to hipster-packed hangouts, while a suitable food menu of sushi platters and drinks list that includes a glass of Apple Crumble promise a summer full of flavour – just four minutes’ walk from Old Street tube.

Singer Street, EC1V 9DD



The Waterhouse Restaurant, Haggerston

A social enterprise that opens its kitchen to apprentice cooks, this canal side eatery offers not just top notch British grub made by the talented hands of our future chefs, but water views and a wholesome atmosphere on a plate – all for a modest price. With an array of local brews and wines to wash the palate clean, this sun deck is the perfect place to watch dusk fall on the endearingly offbeat aesthetic of flat complexes, Victorian warehouses, tidy cafes and graffiti strewn walls – just six minutes’ walk from Haggerston overground.

10 Orsman Road, N1 5QJ



Dalston Roof Park, Dalston

Described on its website as an urban utopian oasis overlooking the capital, it’s not hard to be sold there and then. But this project really is up there (literally); a lush canopy that floats above the landscape and routinely holds events amid The Big Smoke’s skyline. Film screenings and fresh tunes fill the London air with the lovely hum of culture, while pots of bio-life add bursts of colour to what would otherwise be just another brick office block. The kick of knocking back a few and wolfing a picnic on a green amongst the clouds is like no other - join the new mile high club now, located bang in between Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction overgrounds.  

18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL