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 7th May 2021

People's Park Tavern

369 user reviews 4

Alfresco drinking doesn't just mean standing out in the rain by yourself for a smoke, it means embracing a love of nature and the great outdoors. 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.

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.

Fulham Beach

408 user reviews 4

One of the best places for alfresco drinks in London, Fulham Beach is back for another season of cocktails and activities. Book one of their cute beach huts for you and the gang and get ready to raise a glass to the summertime.

The Coat and Badge

365 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 Dog and Fox

1002 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 Crooked Well

43 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.

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.

The Fellow

688 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 Green Room

252 user reviews 4

Looking for a pre-National Theatre pitstop? Look no further than The Green Room, the stunning glass-walled bar and restaurant that sits in the heart of Southbank. Grab a table in the light-flooded dining room or head outside for cocktails and canapes on the lawn. 

London Craft Beer Cruise

109 user reviews 5

For alfresco drinking with a difference? Why not climb aboard one of the London Craft Beer Cruise Company's boats for a day of sampling some of the UK's tastiest sips. Tickets include five pints of your choice, set to a backdrop of London's most iconic views.

The Lion & Unicorn

585 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.

Cocktails in the City 2021

959 user reviews 4

One of the best things to do in London this summer, Cocktails in the City is letting you get your alfresco drink on in true style. Bringing together an incredible array of top-notch bartending talent, the event is treating you to sublime sips and non-stop live music.

The Old Brewery

823 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 relaxed outdoor terrace with plenty of room for when the sun makes an appearance.

Peckham Riviera

8 user reviews 4

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.

The Three Compasses

124 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.

Bar Elba

1726 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.