The UK might not be the first place you think of soaking up the views from a rooftop pool but for those in the know, these watery wonders offer exclusive spaces to swim outside, socialise and relax while taking in the world below.
Set atop city hotels, overlooking the best of Britain's countryside and even by the sea, these rooftop pools provide the ultimate places to unwind. Some are open to guests whatever the weather (even snow!), others come with retractable glass roofs to keep you covered when it rains.
You'll find hotel rooftop pools surrounded by red and white candy striped day beds, bubbling hot indoor-outdoor pools, and pools with bars and restaurants that serve up cocktails and gourmet treats to swimmers.
Located in the likes of London, Manchester and Edinburgh, along with Pembrokeshire and Loch Lomond for those who like to truly escape, our pick of Britain's best hotel rooftop pools will make you want to book a short break at home.
Discover some of the best hotels with outdoor pools around the UK...
Britain's best hotel rooftop pools
Britain's best hotel rooftop pools
An open-air, blue-tiled, 16-metre rooftop pool surrounded by plants, this watery spot at Shoreditch House is fully heated and open all year round. There are changing rooms on the rooftop, red and white striped poolside daybeds with umbrellas and blankets, plus a bar to sip cocktails while you take in the exclusive atmosphere.
Located in the centre of Edinburgh overlooking the city's iconic castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a must-visit for spa lovers thanks to its spectacular Hydropool. A highlight of the fifth-floor One Spa, this iconic rooftop pool offers an indoor-outdoor experience, with invigorating jets providing a flow of warm water as you relax amid the bubbles and take in the stunning views.
Located 550 yards from Hoxton Square and 650 yards from busy Brick Lane, The Curtain is a fabulous spot to relax after a day of exploring London's East End. Its Moroccan tiled rooftop pool is available to guests and members only, with a retractable glass roof and walls making it a year-round destination. Guests on the rooftop can also enjoy the delights of a day-to-night brasserie, which serves up creative Côte d'Azur-inspired fare alongside unrivalled views of Shoreditch.
On a headland overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour with amazing elevated views of Carmarthen Bay, St Brides Spa Hotel's wonderful spa boasts Britain's only infinity edge pool with a sea view. The outdoor pool is heated to body temperature for the perfect year-round retreat and when the tide is in it blends seamlessly with the ocean.
The stunning infinity pool at Canary Riverside Plaza allows swimmers to see the River Thames around you as you swim in a glass-encased stretch of heated water. The 20-metre rooftop pool is one of the only swimming pools that overlooks the Thames. It even featured in James Bond film Skyfall as a sleek Shanghai hotel rooftop pool.
The pièce de résistance of this charming hotel is the spectacular south-facing rooftop Infinity Spa Pool, which is open to hotel residents only. Delivering a sense of calm, beauty and peace over the hustle and bustle of the growing city below, King Street Townhouse's seventh-floor rooftop pool offers unrivalled views of the spires and clock tower of Manchester’s iconic Town Hall, alongside a steam room and relaxation area.
Situated high on the seventh floor of The Berkeley, beyond the hotel's lush secret garden, is a heavenly rooftop pool with a view. With London visible through arched windows, the pool area was designed for guests to make the most of natural light. The swimming pool itself is tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic, offering poolside loungers and tables and chairs for relaxing in style.
Overlooking Loch Lomond and a golf course with Ben Lomond visible in the distance, the rooftop pool at Cameron House was designed for guests to make the most of the beautiful views and surrounding scenery. The pool is heated to 36C and can be enjoyed in all weathers, including the snow.
The hottest hotel to hit London in 2017 offers guests and members of Ned's Club a heated pool overlooking the capital's skyline. Ned's Club Upstairs is the panoramic rooftop space, which also features two converted domes with outdoor terraces for eating and drinking. Meanwhile, The Ned's Roof Bar has a retractable roof and heaters, offering views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral, plus food prepared on a rotisserie grill and wood oven.