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! Here's a list of recommended venues perfect for a spot of alfresco drinking in London.

Last updated on 11th September 2018




C&B Exchange Square

3 user reviews 4

A greenhouse style bar, Corney and Barrow Exchange Square is the perfect place to be in the summer months. With a croquet pitch and seating outside it is made for alfresco drinking and chatting in the sunshine. Ideal for some after-work drinks or a long, relaxing lunch. Serving up the delicious wine that it's known for, it is a great place to grab a drink in the area. 

Queen of Hoxton

29 user reviews 4

The hip and trendy Shoreditch venue that is Queen of Hoxton boasts a remarkable open top terrace that's always a big hit amongst patrons and visitors alike. Coming with its own bar, garden, kitchen and BBQ, it's a truly ideal spot for alfresco drinking, especially during summer nights. Next up for this summer, head over for your taste of Neverland...

The Old Brewery

172 user reviews 4

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, The Old Brewery is a unique and historic pub located just yards away from the legendary Cutty Sark. An ideal spot to sample London-brewed craft beers and a healthy range of distilled spirits, there's a lovely relaxed outdoor terrace with plenty of room for when the sun makes an appearance.

The Jam Tree Chelsea

23 user reviews 4

With an extensive drinks cabinet (we're talking 38 bottles of wine) and a fantastic garden, Chelsea's Jam Tree offers a top Alfresco Drinking experience to discerning drinkers from all over the capital. The garden comes with extensive covering and heaters so it's perfect to visit all year round - but it really comes into it's own during the summer, when the delicious drinks can be enjoyed alongside Hog Roasts and Meat & Fish cooked over charcoal.

Cosy, warm and familiar once inside, The Castle's beaut of a rooftop terrace helps it to stand out from its Pentonville Road neighbours. Get yourself up here for some pub grub and a few drinks, with a delicious open-air vantage point over Islington coming as an extra bonus.

The Star of Kings

188 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 Refinery, Bankside

161 user reviews 4

A beloved Drake and Morgan spot in the heart of Waterloo, The Refinery does outdoor drinking in London proud. With its smattering of cutesy tables and botanical plotting, to lush summer menus and inherent British charm, this grandiose outdoor space serves well for any and all occasions in the city.

Mooch around the delightful outside area of The Fentiman Arms and soak up the sizzling sounds of their BBQ's during the hazy summer months. Idyllically name the Wild Country Beer Garden, you can glug on your refreshing pint or crisp glass of wine on their beautiful terrace - an oasis space in the heart of London. 

The Crown Tavern

180 user reviews 4

A gastropub wonder at the heart of the Lee community; The Crown Tavern is known for its stunning front terrace, which becomes a hive of activity for contented drinkers when the weather is fine. Pop along on your way home from work where you'll find a selection of cask ales, world-class wines or refreshing long drinks waiting for you.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Rooftop gardens in London get everyone going wild come summer, and it's no exception when it comes to this corker in Farringdon. With a hot-to-trot plant laced roof terrace, guests to Bird Of Smithfield can tuck into a top selection of drinks while getting a good old fashioned dose of the good stuff. And by good stuff, we do mean sunshine.

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Laurel hedges enclose the delightful and spacious outdoor space at the Coat & Badge, which is rightly considered one of the best beer gardens in south-west London. Ideal for everything from people-watching to watching sport on TV with drinks in tow, there's also plenty of cover to retreat to if the weather should turn.

The Jugged Hare

8 user reviews 4

While many may think that Jugged Hare barely has any space outside at all, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find the plot that they're boasting across the road. With a whole area dedicated to drinks and summertime fun, hop across the street and take to a cutesy space of plotted tables, plants and more.

Northbank Restaurant

8 user reviews 4

A beautiful spot complete with plenty of tables for relaxing and drinking while you enjoy the views with a riverside terrace, the Northbank Restaurant is a true gem. One of the top alfresco drinking spots in the area, enjoy some incredible food and drinks but get there early as you can't reserve the popular terrace tables! 

Gigalum

64 user reviews 4

Gracing South London with palm trees, Pimm's and a party atmosphere Gigalum in Clapham meets the criteria for Mediterranean alfresco drinking in London. The cream of the crop of Ibiza DJs hit Gigalum's decks on weekends while the outside decking provides a sublime setting for alfresco dining as well as drinks with a tapas menu that's perfect for sharing. 

Simmons Fitzrovia

91 user reviews 4

The cutesy new plot from the Simmons brand, Simmons Fitrovia is a corker of kitsch cocktails, darling innards and top notch antics to boot. While heralded for their interiors, Simmons Fitzrovia also boast a neat 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. 

Bar&Co

6 user reviews 5

You can't get much more alfresco than on a boat, surely? Bar&Co is permanently moored a stone's throw from Temple Station, sitting on the iconic River Thames. With views looking out on the OXO Tower, the London Eye and Big Ben, this wondrous vessel is ideal for an after-work tipple, full on party night or private function. 

West End on the Thames is all about “the sun above, the water beneath and 360 degree panoramic views of London.” Perfect for office summer parties of anywhere between 2 and 500, head out onto the spacious deck rooftops and enjoy celebrations featuring Pimm's, BBQ and amazing views, with DJs and dancing to follow a little later.

The Devonshire

10 user reviews 3

A trusted boozer on the Balham High Road since way back in 1821, one of the biggest draws of The Devonshire is its beautiful garden out back. Pick out a sunny day and set up camp here for the day; a top choice of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines should spoil you for choice, and there's plenty to feast on when they fire up the BBQ a little later in the day.

The Eagle - Geronimo Inns

113 user reviews 4

A Hammersmith hottie with the back garden to boot, not only is The Eagle an absolute treasure when it comes to their gastro grub offering, alfresco drinks in London have a neat contender on their hands. From cutesy bunting and shed shaped booths, to beanbags and grassy knolls, this sweet garden is a sight to see. 

The Dog and Fox

485 user reviews 4

The Dog & Fox's inviting alfresco space is one of the best beer gardens in south London. The front garden fills up quickly at the first sight of sunshine, as drinkers and diners flock to this Wimbledon Village hub to enjoy quintessential British food and a vast array of boozy favourites in sunny style. There's also a roofed hotel garden available come rain or shine.

The Candlemaker

19 user reviews 4

This cheery beer garden doesn't need the sun to shine to make it smile. Bright yellow cladding surrounds comfy booths, heaters warm happy boozers and fairy lights cast a flattering glow. Potter inside and peruse the stylish 1960's style décor and vibrant artworks. The menu is excellent and varied, meaning you can choose from American, French, Asian and English cuisine. Yum. 

Aeronaut

362 user reviews 4

The beer garden in London to envy nearly any and all beer gardens, you may have to travel to see this absolute dime of a drinking space, but by golly is the journey worth it. Not only grand in size, it's grand in style.  From cutesy circus themed booths and trails of fairy lights, to outdoor heaters and blankets for chilly nights, as far as alfresco spots go, this has quirky on tap.

The Driver

192 user reviews 5

Explore four floors of modern elegance and timeless style before arriving on The Driver's prized rooftop terrace. Towering high above the King's Cross metropolis, drink in those picturesque views and while away those sunny afternoons with a few cocktails for company. There's resident chefs to cook up a host of BBQ treats for when the weather is fine.

 

The Sterling

22 user reviews 4

Sitting at the base of the gherkin, it's highly unlikely that you'll find as iconic an alfresco space in London as this. With London's most recognised building looming over guests in the sunshine, The Sterling is just that, a truly sterling plot. From its grand selection of tables and notably large space, parties are ever hankering to get their mitts on it.

Lock Tavern

4 user reviews 4

The trendy Lock Tavern is a bit of a celeb hangout in Camden Town. Regularly playing host to amazing live music from both bands and DJs it's become a part of nightlife folklore in these parts. Alfresco drinks seekers have been enjoying the cosy garden for years with its thick beamed wooden canopy wrapped in ivy keeping you dry even in those typical English summers.

Devonshire Terrace

149 user reviews 4

A pedigree destination in the heart of Liverpool Street, Devonshire Terrace is an outdoor space in London with plenty of architectural cool on its side. An embedded plot of bespoke tables and darling foliage, grab a glass of champers and indulge in this cool space. With two terraces to boot, it's coming up alfresco trumps.

28 West Bar

82 user reviews 5

A warm and welcoming boozer located on the banks of Canary Wharf's riverfront, 28 West's alfresco space draws a lively after-work crowd. Pitch up on their terrace area and get comfy; there's a global range of craft beers, experimental cocktails and a fine choice of wines that should help. Hungry? Wholesome Americana burgers, steaks and lobster take care of that.

The Miller

5 user reviews 4

Laid-back beers on a summer evening aren't hard to come by when The Miller has anything to do it. A cool plot for London Bridge locals and after-work patrons alike, grab a seat in their heaving garden and work your way through their ice-cold drinks list, there's even a roof terrace for those with more summer hankerings.

Canal Boat Party

25 user reviews 5

Hop aboard the Canal Party Club for a tranquil cruise down the Regent's Canal. The boat is all yours (except for the captain), so you're welcome to bring your own booze, food and music as you take in the sights of North London on a leisurely voyage from King's Cross towards Camden. With transparent covers and a heater, there's no need to worry if the weather should deteriorate either.

People's Park Tavern

167 user reviews 4

Alfresco drinking doesn't just mean standing out in the rain by yourself with a cheeky smoke; it means embracing a meditteranean joy de vivre, a love of nature and the great outdoors as well as the community. People's Park Tavern has a beer garden which creates a sense of love for our British environment, with its views of Victoria Park and constant influx of happy smiling sun-revellers. There isn't anywhere better to drink alfresco. 

The Riverside

224 user reviews 4

Offering two terrace spaces right beside the river, you won't be surprised to see The Riverside fill up quickly for after work drinks in the summertime. It's one seriously stylish place to enjoy a few bevvies, with cracking views and a buzzing atmosphere (there's room for up to 200 guests) as well as a comprehensive range of Young's ales, wines and cocktails.

The Four Thieves

33 user reviews 4

A lush lavender toting garden in the heart of Battersea, The Four Thieves may be a new bean on the block, but they're coming up trumps when it comes to beer gardens in London. From their green hue and tinkering of fair lights, to craft beers and home-made gin, The Four Thieves is a good ol' dose of something different. 

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.

Smollensky's brings delicious cocktails and a feel-good spirit to its terrace that looks out across Canary Wharf. Bartenders are given creative licence to offer contemporary twists on old school classics, with a few new found favourites as well as a good choice of wines, spirits, champers and beers also up for grabs.

Floripa

89 user reviews 3

Become acquainted with Brazil's famous carnival vibes this summer on Floripa's fun-filled, lively outdoor terrace. This vibrant and colourful Latin oasis is a haven for crazy-about-cocktails fans and ravers ready for festival season with its stream of upbeat sounds and its dynamic atmosphere. Sumptuous South American cuisine, live music acts and elaborate, cultural décor make Floripa an authentic slice of Brazil inside the Big Smoke.

The Sipping Room

153 user reviews 4

The Sipping Room in Canary Wharf is the latest addition to the Drake and Morgan family of venues. Open early in the morning and shutting up shop close to midnight each day, the venue serves breakfast, dinner and everything in between. If that wasn't enticing enough, the venue boasts a cosy outdoor terrace that's perfect for both cocktails in the scorching summer and hot toddiess during the colder months.

The Chelsea Pensioner

20 user reviews 5

Sitting under the Simmons umbrella is another corker of a pub in London, with a neat wee alfresco garden to boot. Now known for their vintage interiors and cracking collection of dated collectibles, those looking for a pub with a little oomph head to Chelsea Pensioner for the cool innards and cutesy garden to boot.

Gun

67 user reviews 4

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

Barrio Shoreditch

47 user reviews 4

Colourful, creative and cultural, Barrio Shoreditch brings the Caribbean to East London with its quirky, bubbly outdoor terrace. Fairy lights-clad, spend your summer months in its kitsch, but cool garden area as you absorb the chilled-out, Cuban quality of life. Cocktail heavy, revel in the fragrant fruit juices or sup at some cold beers.

The Fellow

323 user reviews 4

A "stylish gastro wonderland" just around the corner from King's Cross, head to the rooftops to find The Fellow's handsome open-air terrace. Fitted with a handful of wooden tables and cosy corners, settle in for the long run and knock back a few of the venue's signature cocktails. It's heated and covered too, so there's no need to retreat inside should the weather turn.

 

Cinnamon Kitchen

9 user reviews 5

Cool off after an innovative fusion meal of modern Indian cuisine and classic British touches at Cinnamon Kitchen; head out to their large outdoor terrace for some alfresco drinking and dining. Candle-lit tables and comfy chairs set the scene for an atmospheric night of drinking under the stars and the chilled vibe is perfect for a summer evening spent in the buzzing heart of the capital.

Cargo

240 user reviews 3

Shoreditch sunshine is starting to peek through the clouds and it's time to take advantage of those oh so tasty beer gardens. Cargo with its outdoor parasols flouro-feathered like oversized umbrella cocktail sticks together with its impressive wall art and urban graffiti make for a wonderfully wacky feel, encapsulating that typically quirky East London atmosphere.