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 May 2022

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.

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.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

29 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.

The Adam & Eve

52 user reviews 4

The Adam & Eve in Homerton is a fantastic pub for a bit of alfresco boozing, what with its pretty garden, outdoor screens and ample selection of beers. As for food? The kitchen dishes out a tasty selection of fusion Thai street food.

The Four Thieves

199 user reviews 4

A lush lavender-toting garden in the heart of Battersea, The Four Thieves are coming up trumps when it comes to scoping out alfresco drinking spots in London. From their green hue and tinkering of fair lights, to craft beers and home-made gin, The Four Thieves is a good ol' dose of something different. 

Peckham Riviera

11 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.

Spritz on the Square

13 user reviews 5

The sun is shining, the SPF is on and it's time to head on over to Spritz on the Square. Found in Canary Wharf, this French-inspired pop-up is the perfect place to while away summer days. Pop along to enjoy delicious drinks and a game or two of petanque.

The Castle

367 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 Candlemaker

122 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.

Aspen and Meursault

46 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.


1016 user reviews 4

One of the best beer gardens in London, you may have to travel the length of the district to see this absolute dime of a drinking space, but by golly is the journey worth it. Not only grand in size, it's grand in style, with circus-themed booths and festoon lighting, to outdoor heaters and blankets for chilly nights.

Grove House Tavern

40 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 Dog and Fox

1355 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 Devonshire

546 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.

Bar Elba

2516 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.