Drinks with a View: London Vs the World

London. The city of vibrancy, culture, food, afternoon tea and of course, Big Ben. London really is a city full of life. To get a full glimpse of this bustling city it’s best to do so at a 360-degree angle at one of the capital’s many rooftops bars, whilst enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

Rooftop bars are renowned for their high prices – which can sometimes feel impossible to justify, despite the sensational view. With this in mind, City Cruises have analysed some of the best rooftop bars across London, and around the world, gathering the average price of a drink at each of them to create the ultimate list of places around the world you can enjoy a beverage with the grandest of views.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular rooftop bars in London and just how much it will set you back for a glass of wine or beer to soak up its views:

London – Top 10 cheapest drinks at rooftop bars:

Bar Name/Location

Average Price Of A Drink (£)

Bar Elba, Waterloo

£4.50

Vivo, Angel

£4.70

Queen Of Hoxton, Shoreditch

£4.70

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

£4.75

The Prince Of Wales, Brixton

£4.75

Boisdale, Canary Wharf

£4.75

Skylight, Wapping

£5

Golden Bee Rooftop, Shoreditch

£5

Bird Of Smithfield, Farringdon

£5

Big Chill Roof Terrace, Kings Cross

£5.30

With nearly half of the rooftops located in Shoreditch and the rest being dotted all over the city, you’re bound to be able to catch a glimpse of the biggest tourist attractions the capital has to offer.

But how do London’s rooftop prices compare to the rest of the world? Below is the list of the cheapest rooftop bars around the world. If you take a look at the interactive graphic you’ll be able to see Instagram images of both the view and the bar.

The rest of the world – Top 10 cheapest drinks at rooftop bars:

Bar Name/Location

Average Price Of A Drink (£)

Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Oregon

£4.60

The Canopy, St Petersburg, Florida

£4.60

Sky Bar, Lisbon, Portugal

£5.30

HG SPLY CO, Dallas, Texas

£5.80

Q Rooftop Bar, Richmond, Virginia

£6.10

High Dive, Houston, Texas

£6.50

Lookout Rooftop And Bar, Boston, Massachusetts

£6.50

Perch, LA, California

£6.50

City Lights Rooftop, Charlotte, North Carolina

£6.50

Terrass Restaurant Bar, Paris

£6.80

Despite London being renowned for having pricey labels, fancy drinks in rooftop bars are actually cheaper in the Great British capital in comparison to the likes of New York, Chicago and Hong Kong (yes, really!).

Clare Newman, Director Of Sales and Marketing, from City Cruises comments:

“It’s always great to do some exploring and soak in some fantastic views of the respective cities you are visiting, and all the better to do it with a nice beverage in hand too! It’s great to see that London’s rooftop bars and their fantastic views aren’t breaking the bank so tourists and residents alike can take advantage of them.”

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