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.
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.
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.
Looking for a spot to spend those long balmy summer nights? Look no further than Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden - the al fresco spot that's decked out with tasty street food stalls, spacious seating and a huge screen showing all the major sports fixtures, as well as an epic events lineup.
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.
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.
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.
Whatever the weather, we Brits love to drink outside, especially when the bar in question boasts a pretty alfresco space like The Rabbit Hole Does. The Kentish Town bar is the perfect spot for a little open-air sipping, as it pours cocktails, beers, wines and the like.
Clapham's old town is one mighty brunch babe, and prime for outdoor spots; but when it comes to serious dining and drinking under the London light, there's no better than No 32. Seasonal, stylish and boasting a really - and we mean really - nice roof terrace, this is a hard alfresco terrace to beat.
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.
Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Hari Hotel is home to a gorgeous rooftop terrace, decked out with lush green botanicals and twinkling fairy lights. The perfect luxe spot for a tipple or two under the stars or drawn-out lunches, it's a must-visit spot.
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.
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.
Looking for unique places to enjoy alfresco dinks in London? Head to The Skylark Café for a stunning dining experience, complete with indoor-meets-outdoor vibes and seasonal bites. If you're celebrating a party, go all-out with a BBQ on the charming terrace space.
JuJu's Bar & Stage is a great shout for alfresco drinking in London. Not only has it got an expansive beer garden - with heaters for when the sun goes down - but the Shoreditch watering hole also has an array of craft brews, seasonal cocktails and Mezcal.
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.
Head down to modern Irish bar Homeboy Embassy Gardens for a pint or tipple in their outdoor seating. Boasting a relaxed atmosphere, live music, cool decor and a renowned cocktail bar, you can't go wrong with alfresco drinking at this Battersea boozer.
Tear yourself away from Flight Club's cool third instalment for a sunny outside terrace in the heart of Victoria. A circus-themed dream of festoon lighting and tasty frozen cocktails, you'll be able to hide away amongst the surrounding building between rounds of high-tech, high-octane darts.
A spot at The Crown's stunning terrace, which overlooks Victoria Park, is the envy of all. Here, you'll get to enjoy alfresco sips, including craft beer, real ale and all kinds of delicious wine, as well as tasty British grub and Sunday lunches.
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 rooftop and enjoy celebrations featuring Pimm's, BBQ and amazing views, with DJs and dancing to follow.
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.
Fancy a pint by the water? Head over to Hackney Wicks' Barge East where you'll find a boat restaurant and stunning riverside seating area for all your drinking and dining needs. Expect wines, beers, ciders and a selection of cocktails.
Overlooking Notting Hill from the banks of Little Venice, Skylark really is a unique rooftop drinking den in London. If you're a sucker for cocktails, this all-new bar concept will provide the perfect setting for after-work tipples and date nights alike.
Regularly playing host to amazing live music from both bands and DJs, The Lock Tavern has become a part of nightlife folklore in these parts. Alfresco drinking seekers have been enjoying the cosy garden for years with its thick beamed wooden canopy wrapped in ivy keeping you dry through those typical English summers.
Backyard Cinema s one of the best places for alfresco drinks in South London. Join them for an evening of cinema viewing and stunning drinking and dining in the heated courtyard, complete with piles of nachos, droolworthy burgers and freshly baked pizzas, alongside a long list of refreshing sips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Become acquainted with Brazil's famous carnival vibes this summer on Floripa's fun-filled outdoor terrace. This vibrant and colourful Latin oasis is a haven for cocktails fans, as well as catering to ravers ready for festival season with its stream of upbeat sounds and its dynamic atmosphere.
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.