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 17th August 2022

The Fellow

906 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.


The Candlemaker

124 user reviews 5

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 1960s décor and vibrant artworks, and make sure you check in with their programme of fun events.

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 Coat and Badge

544 user reviews 4

Laurel hedges enclose the delightful 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 live sport with drinks in tow, there's also plenty of cover to retreat to if the weather should turn.

The Devonshire

569 user reviews 4

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. Pick out a sunny day and set up camp here for a top choice of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines that should more than spoil you for choice.

The Old Joinery

1 user review 3

One of the best bars in Greenwich, The Old Joinery is home to a pretty beer garden that's made for alfresco drinking. With a charming pergola, a menu pf street food and thirst-quenching cocktails on offer, this is one unmissable spot in the warmer months.

While it may be a gorgeous traditional pub at heart, The Pembroke in Primrose Hill is also hiding a secret: one of London's prettiest gardens to drink in. Settle down surrounded by greenery and basking in the sun, with sippable cocktails costing just £9 a pop.

The Dog and Fox

1420 user reviews 4

The Dog & Fox's inviting alfresco space is one of the best beer gardens in Wimbledon. 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 Regent

609 user reviews 4

If you're in the Wandsworth area, it's worth checking out the Regent. Fronting a cracking beer garden, the top-notch venue is ideal for their themed bottomless brunches. But it's also a great shout for sun-soaked evenings during the summer with an Aperol spritz in hand.

Aspen and Meursault

59 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.

Grove House Tavern

51 user reviews 5

Grove House Tavern is a charming neighbourhood pub in Peckham, offering a quiet spot for alfresco drinking in South London. Settle down in the spacious outdoor space to indulge in a long list of refreshing tipples alongside lunchtime sarnies from Mondo Sando and tasty bakes from Cutie Pies.

The Crooked Well

323 user reviews 4

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.

Bar Elba

2757 user reviews 4

Sat high above Waterloo, this hidden rooftop bar is bring you island paradise vibes complete with sunny colours, panoramic views and a menu of over 20 different cocktails. Sunning sessions here include drink like Aperol Spritz, Frose and Havana rum slushies laced packed with fruit and heavily laced with the hard stuff. 

The Rising Sun

153 user reviews 4

Boasting delicious burgers, amazing pints and plenty of other tipples, The Rising Sun is a top-notch boozer for an alfresco affair. Along with a cracking menu, it fronts a beautiful beer garden right in the heart of Richmond.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

108 user reviews 4

On the hunt for alfresco spots in South London? Bussey Rooftop Bar whips up top-notch eats such as scrumptious pizzas and Nutella-filled doughnuts. *drool* Enjoy chomping down while tipping back a cocktail in its outdoor space.