Rooftop gardens - where to find the best in the UK

by Housesimple on 6th June 2018

As soon as the sun starts shining, city-dwellers surge into every inch of available outdoor space — beer gardens, commons, and parks are seething with urbanites desperate to cool off. If you want to get some real fresh air, rooftop gardens can feel like the perfect oasis during a British heatwave. They may not always be advertised as publicly as pubs — and some of them are downright secret — but they’re definitely worth seeking out. Here are the top roof gardens in the UK’s biggest cities, because you deserve a little green space (and an Aperol Spritz, of course).

 

Manchester  — 20 Stories

There’s no shortage of amazing outdoor drinking and dining spots in Manchester — the Wharf is particularly lovely on a hot summer’s day — but the wow factor of 20 Stories gives it the top spot. With trees that grow two-stories tall, a swanky drinks area, and impeccable views, it’s a spot you’ll remember long after you leave.

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Spinningfields is the financial heart of Manchester — with all of the amenities that go with that. If that’s not your style, try heading into the Northern Quarter, which has a funkier, hipper edge with all of the same going-out possibilities.

 

London — Midnight Apothecary, the Brunel Museum

Sure, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Rooftop Garden at the Southbank Centre is an amazing option, but the peculiar charm and hidden gem quality of Midnight Apothecary takes the cake. A proper garden with killer cocktails, this intimate venue is located above the Brunel Museum, so you can end your day of culture off right.

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Rotherhithe is an up-and-coming area with a lot of historical charm and great transport links to the city thanks to its proximity to Canada Water. If you’re looking for somewhere a little trendier, head just a little into Bermondsey for some great hipster bars and warehouse-style living.   

 

Birmingham — The Button Factory

Located in the charming Jewelry Quarter of Birmingham, The Button Factory has a relaxed, locals feel with a more upscale twist. The roof garden is massive and the entire building has been restored while paying homage to the original architecture. Definitely worth checking out.

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The Jewelry Quarter has been home to goldsmiths since the 16th century, so it’s truly an area truly brimming with charm and history. See unusual designs spanning centuries interspaced with modern restaurants, bars, and amenities — all on your doorstep.  If you want a central neighborhood that is full of personality, there’s a lot on offer.

 

Bristol — Marriott City Centre

Grain Barge might be Bristol’s favorite outdoor drinking space for locals, but there’s a real hidden gem atop the Bristol Marriott in the City Centre. With graffitied walls, lush greenery, and heaters for chilly nights, it’s a lot edgier than you would expect from the famous hotel brand.

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Bristol property continues to benefit from the London exodus, so it’s an incredibly exciting time to invest. With Castle Park, river views, and, of course, the station right down the road, the centre is a dream location — for a local or a commuter.

 

Liverpool — Oh Me Oh My

If you’re in the mood for something beautiful and chic, Oh Me Oh My is a secret (but not so secret) rooftop garden bar on top of West Africa House. No reservations are taken, to keep it very hush-hush, but it’s definitely worth a trip — if you can get in.

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The Baltic Triangle is an exciting new development area on the water that continues to deliver.  Brimming with creative industries and new businesses, it has a distinctly hip flair attracting some of the county's best up-and-comers. It continues to grow and blossom, making it an exciting opportunity for a first-time buyer or an investor.

 

A roof garden is the ultimate summer indulgence — you just need to know where to look. Do your research or, better yet, ask a local, and give yourself a break from the crowds.