Al fresco drinks at the Upper 5th in East London

Rooftop bars come into their own in the city- offering exceptional views over the rest of the world, often with DJ’s or films or a festival vibe. 

The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch
The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch

However, the latest addition to East London scene is a much more sophisticated affair; The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch stands pride of place on the roof of the converted Old Street Magistrate’s Court and police station, with a sultry New York vibe within a Grade II listed Baroque-style building. 

This summer, you can enjoy a range of drinks and nibbles (and summer time barbeque) in an intimate setting, while watching the sun set over the panoramic views of the city. The hotel itself once housed the Krays, and its cells have been transformed into quirky rooms, so expect the rooftop terrace to sync with its inventive theme. 

The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch Vegetarian Platter
The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch
The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch
The Upper 5th rooftop terrace at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch

You can find it opposite Shoreditch Town Hall on Old Street, bang in the middle of the trendy East London triangle, so the square mile skyline is pretty spectacular. Summer in the city has never looked so good!

For more information, check out the website www.shoreditch.courthouse-hotel.com

Sara Darling is a freelance travel, fashion and lifestyle writer. In a previous life she was a fashion luvvie, but quit to follow her gypsy soul! When she is not clutching her passport, microphone or glass of fizz, she can be found avec snorkel in exotic oceans, scouring international flea markets for covetable jewellery, watching indie films or checking out photography exhibitions and wishing she could take a better picture. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram on @wordsbydarling and @1stclassdarling

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