Looking for an al fresco hot spot to soak up the sunshine with friends post lockdown? Then you’re in luck, as Leicester Square’s newest open-air bar, The Rooftop, has now reopened. Perched five stories above London’s glittering West End, The Rooftop is The Hippodrome’s latest opening and is open until 2am, making it one of London’s few late-night al fresco destinations – need we say more?
Spread across three spacious floors, The Rooftop offers an open-air oasis in the heart of the West End – the perfect spot for socially distanced drinks and light bites with your five favourite friends. Open until 2am seven days a week, this is the place to nab a booking post lockdown and, what’s more, smokers are in luck with designated areas across all three floors. Retractable roofs and terrace heaters mean you’re covered – literally – if April showers hit.
Make up for nights lost to lockdown with signature cocktails shaken and stirred – try the Double Trouble (Ketel One vodka, crème de cassis, orgeat syrup, blackberries, lime and mango) or a Lychee Tang (Bombay gin, peach liqueur, lychee, peach purée and lemon). The bar will also stock an extensive selection of draught and bottled beers and ciders, spirits and mixers and light, summery wines and champagnes hand chosen for al fresco evenings by Head of Wine, Salvo Russo.
Guests looking for food can order from the 24-hour menu – think USDA beef burgers and roast salmon fillet, as well as smaller plates such as USDA meatballs and prawn tempura with sweet chilli sauce.
With just 150 covers available, bookings are open for the fifth floor – which offers views over Soho – and are strongly recommended. Reservations can be made via OpenTable: https://bit.ly/3mmOVZH. Tables on the third and fourth floor will be available for walk-ins.