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Is summer really complete without an obligatory visit to a rooftop bar?

As summer nears, rooftop bars begin to fill - and for good reason. There's nothing quite like sitting in the sunshine watching the world go by from a gorgeous terrace with fantastic views. With that in mind, here's our top ten choices of rooftop bars to get you in the summer spirit.

The London, Hollywood

Located on the famous Sunset Strip in LA, The London is lavish in all senses of the word. Head here to hang around with Hollywood's elite and beautiful. As it's LA, there's a pool and amazing lounging beds (they don't do deck chairs in Hollywood). If people watching and celeb spotting aren't good enough, the bar boasts wonderful sights of the Hollywood Hills and LA.

Sky Bar at Sirocco, Bangkok

This bar is best known for two reasons - being featured in The Hangover 2 and having ridiculously amazing views. This rooftop bar at Lebua State Towers offers an evening you'll never forget (unlike in the film). It's located 63 floors up so you can watch the sun set over basically the entire of Bangkok whilst sipping on fantastically expensive cocktails.

Le Bain at The Standard, New York

This is another extremely cool rooftop bar. It describes itself as a 'penthouse discotheque' during the evening. If you're heading there for a quick moment in the sun, the grass area is full of lounge chairs with unspoilt views of Downtown, the Hudson and even the Statue of Liberty herself.

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Another rooftop bar with a pool! You probably won't find a more breath taking view of the city than at this hotel. It's exclusively for hotel guests during the daytime, but at night is open to the public. It offers exquisite dining options as well as a vast list of different alcoholic tipples.

Glenmore at the Rocks, Sydney

Glenmore is a local favourite. With sweeping 180 degree views of the magnificent surroundings, this roof deck is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The atmosphere is very casual, so expect flip flops (or thongs, for the Aussies), jeans and more along with no judgement. And the food is Gastro-pub galore - even better.

Boscolo Exedra Rome, Rome

This hotel's roof garden is pure luxury. The hotel itself is absolutely amazing, so it's unsurprising that the upstairs bar caters to high society. Known as the 'Posh Terrace', visitors can relax by the pool with cocktails or fine-dining dishes. Plus, the view is equally as superior.

Pod 39, New York

Situated in the Pod hotel, this terrace is the coolest on the list. You can sunbathe in the day during the summer, or spend the evening glancing around at the lights of the Big Apple. The scene is casual and quirky, so prepare for a relaxed and chilled experience.

Galaxy Restaurant and Bar, Athens

Purple lighting, modern pod chairs and an unmistakable view - these are just a few of the things this rooftop bar offers. Atop a Hilton hotel in central Athens, Galaxy is THE place to hang out on an evening. There is Mediterranean cuisine on offer as well as an array of alcoholic beverages.

Sky Garden, London

If you've ever visited London, it's likely you will have walked past this building and thought to yourself "what on earth is that?".. Despite it's confusing exterior, the 'Walkie Talkie' is home to the amazing Sky Garden. Admission is free so you can bask in the magnificence of the beautiful foliage for absolutely nothing!

Hotel de Rome, Berlin

Wrapping up our list, this trendy bar offers views of Berlin that are incomparable, along with snacks and drinks served throughout the day and early evening. The summertime furniture beckons, so don't be surprised if you catch a visitor having a little nap in the sunshine - it's all normal in Berlin.

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