Alfresco Drinking In London

When it comes to stylish pub gardens and trendy rooftop terraces, London suffers from an embarrassment of riches. Frankly, anybody who argues that the capital isn't the greatest city to enjoy an ice-cold drink in the sunshine, is lying through their teeth. Whether you're after an Aperol spritz in the sun or craft beer by the riverside, here's a list of recommended venues perfect for a spot of alfresco drinking in London.

Last updated on 2nd December 2021

Truman's Social Club

139 user reviews 4

Truman's Social Club is an all-new alfresco drinking and dining destination in Walthamstow. Currently acting as a large beer garden and street food market, the venue has hopes of expanding to include an on-site brewery, taproom, live music space and artist studios in the near future. 

One of the best places to drink outside in East London, The Turks Head is a quirky spot mixing a traditional pub with a cool modern outdoor area. Head to the covered and heated alfresco terrace and tuck into a range of brunch fare, burgers and baguettes while sipping on tasty beers.

Take your drinks outside with a visit to one of Vagabond's various terraces. From a stunning fairy-lit snug in Battersea through to street-side wining and dining in Fulham, you're guaranteed quality menus in gorgeous settings.

The Steeles Pub

1 user review 2

Hankering for a Sunday roast in a beer garden? Want to chow down on your burger while feeling the breeze? Then The Steeles Pub has alfresco dining for you. Packing juicy steaks, stacked burgers and crispy fries, this is quality comfort food at its best.

The Lion & Unicorn

751 user reviews 5

Kitted out with mismatched furniture, snug sofas and an airy ambience, this neighbourhood gastropub also features a courtyard for sunny season drinking and dining. Freshly prepared British grub is on the menu, washed down with a whole catalogue of wines, ales and craft beers. Bliss.

The Crooked Well

206 user reviews 5

For outdoor drinking and dining in South London, The Crooked Well is one of our favourite pubs. Located just off Peckham Road, the friendly watering hole serves a mouthwatering selection of modern British cuisine, from premium steaks to crab cakes and braised lamb shank.

Simmons Fitzrovia

120 user reviews 4

One Fitzrovia's favourite party spots, Simmons is a corker of kitsch cocktails, darling interiors and top notch antics to boot. While heralded for their decor, the Fitroy Street bar also boasts a wee selection of alfresco seats for outdoor supping. With its fake grass and white picket fence, it's a cute ol' place to grab a cocktail or three. 

One of the best places to drink outside in London, The Understudy is a gorgeous bar inside the National Theatre. Head down for craft beers and street food with a side of river views and people watching from their bustling alfresco square.

The Adam & Eve

25 user reviews 4

The Adam & Eve in Homerton is a fantastic pub for a bit of alfresco boozing, what with its pretty garden, outdoor screens and ample selection of beers. As for food? The kitchen dishes out a tasty selection of fusion Thai street food.

The Three Compasses

171 user reviews 5

If it's dreamy burgers and delicious pub grub that you're after, look no further than this East End boozer. Burgers come in all sorts of ways; from vegan to veggie and meat, while Sunday roasts stacks come in hot at affordable prices, washed down with oodles of craft beer.

Aspen and Meursault

17 user reviews 5

One of the best places for alfresco dining in Battersea, Aspen & Meursault brings the wine and dine experience to the next level with their snug courtyard and pretty plants. Drink up and enjoy nibbles such as chorizo bites and boozy cheese boards.

The Star of Kings

353 user reviews 5

There's so much going on at The Star of Kings it can be tricky to keep up. Offering a completely different dining experience every three months, fronting an entertainment schedule brimming with live music and DJs yet retaining the good old-fashioned feel of a solid pub, The Star completes its impressive résumé with a lovely alfresco area.

The King of Prussia

112 user reviews 5

Boasting a covered and heated terrace to the front, The King of Prussia is one of our top picks for alfresco drinking in North London. The friendly boozer boasts a huge selection of local ales, along with summer spritzes and fruity craft sips.

Aqua Kyoto

2 user reviews 5

Specialising in sublime Japanese dishes alongside carefully crafted cocktails, Aqua Kyoto is one of London's most exciting drinking and dining destinations. That's not all though as the rooftop retreat has a stunning outdoor space that's ideal for alfresco sips in summer months.

C&B Exchange Square

13 user reviews 3

A greenhouse-style bar, Corney & Barrow Exchange Square is the perfect place to be in the summer months. With a croquet pitch and outside seating, it is made for alfresco drinking and chatting in the sunshine. Ideal for some after-work drinks or a long, relaxing lunch, you'll find them serving up the wine that it's known for, alongside cocktails and pints aplenty.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

A nice wee spot by the river in Notting Hill, those looking for alfresco drinks in London won't be hard pushed to enjoy the pub antics of this babe in the west. Grab a pint and settle down for a drink by the river as The Union Tavern not only boasts a top selection of beers, their suburban hankerings are more than adored.

Peckham Riviera

10 user reviews 3

One of the best bars in Peckham, this unique foliage-covered courtyard is an excellent option if you're looking for affordable cocktails, street food and live music. Stop by for their daily happy hour to take full advantage of some cheap drinks in a pretty space.


71 user reviews 4

A Grade II listed early 19th century building, The Gun is an excellent pub sitting on the banks of the Thames. With amazing views of the river and the O2, this charming boozer with let you enjoy their great riverside terrace, alongside a seasonal British menu and some exquisite drink options to accompany it.