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 26th February 2021

The Green Room

140 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. 

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.

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.

Pergola Paddington

53 user reviews 3

Looking for the best places in London to drink outside? This gorgeous rooftop bar in Paddington is well up there. Fronting foliage-decked trellises and quality cocktails, Pergola is the drinking and dining destination you won't want to miss this summer.

People's Park Tavern

332 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. There isn't anywhere better to drink alfresco in East London. 

Peckham Riviera

3 user reviews 2

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

116 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.

The Prince Albert Camden

17 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.

The Old Brewery

753 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.

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.


8 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. 

The Narrow

2 user reviews 3

Whether it's a special occasion or just some after work drinks, there's nothing like a great view to take your night from humdrum to oh, honey. Head over to Limehouse where The Narrow's alfresco terrace is the perfect place to pitch up for a pint or a few crafty cocktails while you watch the sun set over the river.

The Castle

191 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.

Simmons Fitzrovia

117 user reviews 4

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. 

The Dog and Fox

937 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.

Bar Elba

1453 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.