Lets all party on the roof

Other | Wednesday 19th June 2013 | jim

Bored of always going out and walking down some steps into a dingy, dark club? Yes, well why not head for the roof. Its outside and in London you are sure to have some sort of good view. A number of parties have begun to take place on roves across London, quite often partying on the roof first before heading into the darkness of the club at night. Taking inspiration from New York roof and loft parties some of the coolest nights have decided that people are no longer content with partying inside, so moved it outside. Festivals are of course outside too, but they are huge and impersonal. The roof parties give you the feeling of being in a tiny club, while being outside. The weather may not be the best for it in London at the moment, but so what? The parties are super-fun and look set to be London’s most fashionable thing to do. The DJs are not just guys who know how to work a computer either. Some of the top DJs in the world are heading to the London skyline to mix tunes for groups of lucky crowds amongst this strange and new setting.


Dalston roof garden has just opened, and has a bar open from 5pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends and has a huge selection of events coming up. Some of the events are film nights, but some of them are club nights that have been moved to this exclusive rooftop venue, inside a specially created cover. It seems, as in New York when space began to get cramped below that people began to move to the roof. This space strives to push the boundaries on re-imagining space to create new unconventional places for events.

This definitely looks set to be a hot spot this summer.


XOYO loves is a new event that already has a few nights under its belt. Having hosted nights such as Skreamism, Skream’s own curated night. XOYO loves, since its conception seems to have gained in popularity with every event having sold out so far. The event begins during the day on a roof terrace of the South Palace hotel, before heading to the renowned, nearby, XOYO to continue the night. The future nights of this event are actually set to take place on Dalston roof gardens too.


Further South has at least two options:

The Clubhouse in Brixton has been hosting a number of pre-parties on its plush rooftop terrace overlooking the London skyline. The rooftop terrace features a bar and even a Jacuzzi, as well as having played host to a number of great parties including one with Norman Jay.

check their facebook for future events

In Peckham, back for another year, Franks bar will open again on the 30th of June and although playing host to any nights, is a fantastic bar in the heart of the south east. The bar on the top floor a car park overlooks the London skyline from a far and is the perfect place to while away summer evenings before heading to the number of clubs below.


Jim Roberts