Bar with a view: London's best lofty lookout for summer

Searching for Summer: London's best lofty lookout





How's this for a view of London's skyline?

This summer, we're loving the rooftop bar Vista at the Trafalgar Hotel, which offers incredible views of the city, from the curve of the river Thames as is sweeps past the towering spires of Westminster and Big Ben to the arch of the London Eye.

The Trafalgar Hotel sits smack bang on Trafalgar Square and from the roof it feels as though you can almost reach out and shake Nelson's hand on top of his column.

Vista at the Trafalgar has the capacity for 180 guests and is now open for Spring/Summer 2013, so book your perch in the sky now before the infamous British weather lets us down.


Have you found somewhere in London with a better view? Tell us below and check out some of the best views from bars in the world in our gallery below while you're at it.

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Bar with a view: London's best lofty lookout for summer

Fantastic service and delicious cocktails made by an award-winning bartender are just a couple of the things that attract Dubai's glamorous set to this beautiful bar located on Level 51 of the Hotel Tower of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Drinks are served to you 1,024 feet into the sky and for the atmosphere you'll have the sun beaming through the windows in the day and the glittering city lights at night. Visit jumeirah.com

This vibrant city wouldn't be the same without its rooftop bars. One of the best is 230 Fifth, with its incredible views of New York City from the chilled-out Rooftop Garden or the sleek Penthouse Lounge. The Rooftop Garden is heated in winter and you'll even be given a red hooded cloak to keep warm, so you can enjoy the view from above any time of year. Visit 230-fifth.com

Mumbai's highest rooftop bar, Aer is located 34 floors above the bustling streets on top of the Four Seasons Hotel. Mingle with the city's social crowd as you relax in a chic setting with impressive views that make you feel like you're high up with the stars. Aer is simply stunning whether you stop for a glass of champagne or for the whole night to work your way through its delicious cocktail list! Visit fourseasons.com/mumbai

For a breathtaking view of Mount Etna and Taormina, head to the Grand Hotel Timeo and relax on its amazing 25,000 square-metre Literary Terrace, where you'll want to sit for hours with a Bellini or Limoncello in your hand. It was once a meeting spot for Audrey Hepburn and Sofia Loren, and has offered inspiration to authors like D.H. Lawrence with its panoramic views of Taormina's bay. Visit grandhoteltimeo.com

For spectacular views of Madrid, go to the rooftop of the ME Madrid Hotel where you'll be whisked up from the ground floor in a private elevator and can take in the unobstructed panorama over the famous Plaza Santa Ana. Get cosy on the cushion beds with a few dishes from the tapas menu and a fine glass of wine for the perfect evening under the stars. Visit memadrid.com

This glass-walled bar in the Austrian Alps is located high up in the mountains giving you world-class views of the ski slopes of Obergurgl and beyond. Relax and observe the magical setting with 360-degree views and a drink in your hand - the perfect stop-off point for glamorous skiiers! Visit tophochgurgl.com

Standing high over the River Thames is the OXO Tower and its bar with a classic cruise liner feel and strikingly modern touches. Spectacular views of London and St Paul's Cathedral, an extensive drinks menu and sleek interiors make it one of London's top spots to take in the surroundings after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Visit harveynichols.com

Set on natural rocks overlooking the Indian Ocean is the unique open-top Rock Bar at Bali's Ayana Resort. With 40 signature cocktails to choose from, an elevated DJ booth and superstar views, this stylish bar is the place to be seen after dark. In the day you can relax to the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks and in the evening watch the sunset over the horizon. Visit ayanaresort.com

This bar on top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel is an attraction in itself for visitors to the bustling city. It's located 61 floors above street level and the views are as breathtaking as they come, making you feel as though you're watching high up from the clouds. After eating a selection of grilled seafood in Vertigo, move over to Moon Bar and chill out in the unique setting. Visit banyantree.com

Whether you want laidback afternoon tea or an energetic evening of cocktails and music, Vista Bar at Cape Town's One&Only Resort offers awe-inspiring views of Table Mountain through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The cocktails are inspired by the spice routes of the Cape of Good Hope and DJs take to the decks to entertain guests with chill out, lounge and deep house music. Visit capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com

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