the world’s most inspiring rooftop spaces
posted: August 8, 2014
Warmer weather, longer days–that means reveling in the best al fresco delights.
Don’t limit your rooftop activity to sipping on cocktails though–we curated a list of six inspiring spaces where you can relax, indulge, and get sweaty while enjoying fantastic views from rooftops around the globe.
For the movie buff: Rooftop Cinema, London
Swayze at sunset? Yes please. Complete with comfy deck chairs, blankets and wireless headphones, London’s Rooftop Film Club is by far the coolest place to catch a flick in the city this summer. They’ve got the ultimate cinema experience dialed, with everything from cult classics to retro favourites showing nearly every day until the end of September.
Head to the original Queen of Hoxton location for a cool Shoreditch vibe, with a BBQ and bar on the rooftop or check out Peckham Rye’s Bussy Building spot for a laidback atmosphere, with a cocktail in hand and stunning views over the city (don’t forget to watch the film though!).
For the foodie: Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar, London
Another gem in the heart of Peckham, Frank’s sits atop a multi-story car park that’s open all summer long. Feast your eyes on stunning views of Central London while munching on BBQ classics (think baked potatoes, chicken wings and baked mac n’ cheese) with their signature rooftop ponzu sauce.
The rooftop is sponsored by Campari, so grab a negroni, = try the BBQ bulgogi pork belly with kimchee, sit back, and enjoy the rotating roster of visual and performing arts. You can even bring your little ones and furry friends along for the fun.
For the classically indulgent: Reflections, Vancouver
Raise a glass at Reflections atop Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia, complete with over-sized teak couches, private cabanas, fluttering curtains, an open fire pit and a drink menu packed with unique cocktails and tasty BC wines. Try the signature Hotel Georgia (made with gin, orgeat, lime, egg white, orange blossom water, and a touch of nutmeg dust) or have a refreshing glass of the Joie Farm Noble Blend, a BC classic.
For the urban gardener: HK Farm, Hong Kong
Hong Kong has no shortage of rooftop bars with stunning views of the iconic Victoria Harbour skyline, but to satisfy your green thumb, head to the 4000sq foot rooftop in the unlikely setting of Ngau Tau Kok. Up there, HK Farm grows organic fruits, herbs and vegetables (everything from string beans and papaya to jalapeno peppers and okra) using soil from a local farm and waste from nearby restaurants to create natural fertilizer. If you want to buy herbs, head over during one of their weekend open houses–they’ll cut them right there in front of you.
Not headed for Hong Kong anytime soon? Create your own organic rooftop or patio garden, nothing beats harvesting your own organic veggies from the comfort of your own home. Don’t have the space? There are plenty of places to rent out garden plots in community gardens everywhere.
For the (not-so-indoor) cycling enthusiast: Club Fitness, New York
We love ourselves a sweaty indoor cycling session, but we could do without the stuffiness of being contained within the four walls of a studio during hot summer months. Head up to Club Fitness New York for an outdoor rooftop cycling session in the sunshine, while taking in part of the city’s skyline. It’s a members only club, so if you’re only in town for the day, check out the studio, grab a complimentary day pass, and head up for rooftop access.
For the water baby: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Fancy a dip? Head up 55 stories to the top of the Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel (the world’s most expensive hotel building) to swim on top of the world. The infinity pool stretches 150 meters across the hotel’s three towers and has stunning views across Marina Bay and the financial district, complete with chaise loungers and palm trees. The pool is for hotel guests only, so choose your hotel wisely when in Singapore (we know where we’ll be staying on our next trip!).
Tell us, what are your favourite rooftop spaces?
Alicia-Rae is a writer, adventurer and our blog assistant editor. You’ll never catch her without her pen, notepad and camera in tow. She’s a DIY aficionado, and believes the best, and most beautiful, things in life are homemade. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.