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 5th August 2021

The Castle

296 user reviews 4

Cool, casual and cosy, 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, and plenty of heaters to keep you toasty in the evening.

The Star of Kings

325 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.

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 Old Brewery

980 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.

The Lion & Unicorn

674 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.

Head up above the bustling streets to London Bridge Rooftop where you'll find house tunes, 90 minutes of bottomless booze and a buzzy atmosphere. There'll also be tasty burgers and breath-taking views across the city at this weekend brunch event.


27 user reviews 4

There's nothing more British than watching the tennis with a glass of Pimm's and freshly baked scones to hand. This summer, you can enjoy all of this and more, as The Courtyard plays host to a series of unmissable screenings with tasty afternoon teas served throughout. 

Simmons Fitzrovia

117 user reviews 4

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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. 

People's Park Tavern

437 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.

The Prince Albert Camden

46 user reviews 4

Camden's Prince Albert offers one of the areas best alfresco drinking experiences. Quality battered cod and chips comes on wooden serving boards with a refreshing slice of lemon on the side. Or if it's just the refreshing part you're after, then its very popular beer garden is a haven for a zingy tipple.

Cocktails in the City 2021

1042 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.

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.

The Crooked Well

111 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.

The Crown Tavern

777 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.

The Three Compasses

140 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.