With summer approaching and temperatures soaring, what better way to cool off than in a rooftop pool, soaking up the skyline, picante in hand, while Balearic beats are blasting. Who needs the beach when you have a pool with a view? Take a dive in to our list of the best British rooftop pools for you to enjoy this summer…
Best Rooftop Pools
Float above the city in the crystal clear, gravity defying Sky Pool, stretching 25 meters across the Embassy Garden’s legacy building. The experience that has been likened to flying, allows you to swim with uninterrupted sightlines in every direction. Head to the Sky Deck and Orangery for post-dip drinks and nibbles.
Where: 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7AY
The Mondrian Shoreditch
If you’re searching for the ultimate summer hotspot, then look no further! Inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and decadent pool parties of Hollywood Hills, Laurel’s on the Roof, at the Mondrian Shoreditch, is a glittering rooftop restaurant, bar and pool, that brings the allure of retro glamour to East London. Accompanied by the DJ’s electric funky beats, devour a range of delicious delights from lunchtime to dinner. The menu draws upon Californian classics, with signature dishes including the Malibu Shrimp Cocktail, ‘Half A Dozen’ Jersey Oysters and Cobb Salad.
Where: 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PT
Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel
Fancy swimming in style like James Bond? Two scenes took place in the Canary Riverside rooftop pool, during filming for Skyfall. The sleek glass design provides a memorable swimming experience overlooking the Thames, come rain or shine. Enjoy the spa and wellness facilities whilst you’re there, offering a sauna, steam room and three storey gym!
Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, E14 8RS
St Brides Spa Hotel
Swim in a cliff top pool overlooking Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, while breathing in the fresh sea air and listening to the soothing sound of the crashing waves. Afterwards, reawaken, rejuvenate and rebalance the mind, body and soul, with a selection of indulgent spa treatments. Fine dine on fresh local seafood in the cliffside restaurant, accompanied by the sun setting on the horizon.
Where: St Brides Hill, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, SA69 9NH
Situated in Melton Mowbray, the home of the humble but scrumptious pork pie, is Ragdale Hall Spa. Offering a vast array of award-winning facilities, this is a spa seekers paradise. The rooftop pool features reclining underwater massage jet seating, an infinity edge overlooking the rolling hills of Leicestershire, and is pleasantly heated to 35 degrees.
Where: Ragdale Hall Spa, Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PB
Thermae Bath Spa
Overlooking panoramic views of the historic city, Thermae Bath Spa is an award-winning Natural Spa where you can bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. Why not make your trip a wellness weekender? Read about DOSE writer Emily’s Bath break here.
Where: Thermae Bath Spa, The Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1SJ
White City House
Located in West London and occupying part of the former BBC Television Centre building, White City House has 1960s-style interiors and artwork that recalls classic British TV shows. The rooftop pool boasts a curved bar, serving up small plates like tuna tataki and cocktails such as Soho House’s iconic Picante de la Casa.
Where: 2, Television Centre, 101 Wood Ln, London, W12 7FR
King Street Townhouse
King Street Townhouse’s rooftop infinity pool is unique to Manchester. Fall in love with the panoramic views of the city’s best side, including the clock tower and the spires of Manchester Town Hall. Step in, lay back and let yourself float away into blissful serenity.
Where: 10 Booth St, Manchester, M24AW
Shoreditch House is one of London’s most popular private members clubs, with an exclusive membership list, fantastic facilities and restaurants providing mouth-watering menus. Set in a converted warehouse, it has a heated rooftop pool with mind-blowing views across the City and East End.
Where: Ebor St, London, E1 6AW
Soak up the summer sun while looking out toward St Paul’s, in this signature Soho House rooftop pool. The hotel also boasts an array of luxurious amenities including a spa, gym, multiple restaurants and bars and even a basement nightclub.
Where: 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.