Looking for somewhere in Southbank to grab a drink and soak up some vitamin D? Look no further than The Green Room. Part of the National Theatre, this stunning space has previously won awards for its architecture - with glass walls bringing the outdoors in, and a stunning garden to boot.
Summertime Bars in London
Whether it's a fun afternoon in the city or just somewhere to make the most of the lighter hours, make sure you're enjoying the sun with a tall pint in a beer garden, cruising down one of London's many canals on a boat bar, or taking in in the rays on a rooftop. Check out our recommendations for some great summertime bars in London and enjoy that golden beauty while it's still around.
Situated in East London, Dalston Roofpark is a great summertime bar for your daytime antics. From bottomless brunches to DJ sets and sunrise yoga sessions, it's great for any occasion. Plus, they've got signature cocktails, alongside food from BEER + BURGER.
This tavern has got the jubilant good vibes that England only lets slip from under its stiff upper lip in summer time. That's because beer gardens this good make even the most prim and proper British gentleman want to kick back, crack open a beer and get chatting to the people on the next table along.
With a gorgeous garden terrace, a long list of punchy cocktails and a regular schedule of events, The Phoenix is one of London's best bars for the summer months. What's more, they also have an exciting range of street food available, including pizzas, steak and loaded flatbreads.
Tucked away in Shepherd's Bush Market, The Hawk's Nest is a gorgeous outdoor drinking and dining spot that's packed with botanical touches. Here, you can sip your way through a menu of pizza and cocktails, or play pool and catch a live event.
Acting as an oasis from city living, Near & Far brings California to Camden this summer. Decked out to the max with palm trees, pink flamingos and stylish neon lighting, this bar is made even more special when you discover the luscious rooftop terrace.
Tucked under the arches of Hackney Central, Night Tales is one of the city's most beloved venues. Head on over during the summer and you'll find a stunning outdoor space selling a fine selection of London's best street eats, a terrace that's perfect for drinking and dancing and plenty of live music all evening long.
All of this world-cup business and the unavoidable beautiful shots of Brazil that comes with it are making us itch for sunnier pastures. For those of us that can't afford to shell out for a plane to some beautiful Latin city where the BBQ is always cooking and the cocktails are always flowing, Barrio Shoreditch is a more than adequate substitute for the real thing.
The roof terrace at Lockside overlooks Camden lock and the bustling market below. Perfect for post-work drinks or a sun-soaked lunch, the bar serves a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer, along with a casual menu of burgers and sharing plates.
From soaking up the sun on its gorgeous outdoor terrace to catching a Friday DJ night or bottomless brunch party come the weekend, Pergola on The Wharf is one of our favourite summer bars in London. Better yet, it's got sweeping views thanks to its Crossrail Place perch.
The Cocktail Club Bethnal Green is a wonderful watering hole, whether it's for first dates, nights out with pals and birthday celebrations. Plus, there are plenty of happy hour deals, including 2-4-1 on cocktails as well as a fab alfresco area.
Fancy some lip-smacking summertime sips? Then head on over to Gremio de Brixton located at The Crypt at St Matthews Church. This gorgeous restaurant not only has a fantastic alfresco space, but it also whips up some mouthwatering food and drinks too.
If you're on the hunt for a summertime boozer, then head to The Perky Nel. Not only does this gorgeous venue have a 'Gram-worthy terrace space to enjoy alfresco antics with pals, but it also offers revellers bottomless brunches, live music and bespoke cocktails.
If you're looking for stunning rooftop bars this summer, look no further than The Montague on the Gardens. Not only is this pop-up bar bringing you BBQ dishes and cocktails served in coconuts, but the beach huts and sandy scenes are just right for The Gram.
When it comes to whiling away the evening under the London sun, there's not many pubs that offer views and sunshine rays quite like Founders Arms. Join them as they promise authentic British drinks and dining alongside the Thames, all summer long.
One of the most unmissable bars in London, Skylight in Tobacco Dock boasts 12,500 square feet of outdoor space, as well as some sunny sips. You can also check out its Peckham location, which is equally as inviting with its ambience.
One of the best bars for summertime in London, Union Social is fronting the perfect sunny terrace and list of sippable cocktails from its perch at The Gantry hotel. And if you get peckish? There's a range of international plates to choose from on their food menu.
A big Shoreditch hit for activities and cocktails combined, London Shuffle is a must-try for summer weekends spent in the city. From its shuffleboard lanes to its beer garden, enjoy the pop of pastels and a jabbing your mates about their game (or lack of it).
If sipping on a refreshing beer, watching the world and the water go by floats your boat, then make sure to visit The Union Tavern. Brilliant for hot summer days and after work drinks; its foliage-filled, umbrella shaded terrace won't disappoint. Head on down for a jaunt by the canal, and get to grips with London's favourite hobby: drinking in the summer sunshine. It isn't hard to master, we promise.
Step aboard the Canal Party Club boat for a fun-time day out with your nearest and dearest. Aside from the captain, you're welcome to bring your own food, booze and music with you to really make a day of it as you enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Regent's Canal. Worried about bad weather ruining the fun? Don't be! The boat comes with transparent covers and a heater.
If the sun's shining? Head along to Kindred on Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith. This gorgeous venue is home to a swoon-worthy garden space that's perfect for drinks with pals or that sultry date night. If you're thirsty, enjoy its fabulous selection of bespoke concoctions.
Wide-open spaces and cool warehouse conversions aren't the only hidden gems Hackney has to boat. Set on the water alongside the Olympic Park, Barge East isn't just one of London's coolest floating restaurants and bars, get ready for summer cocktails overlooking the water.
Skylark Roof Garden is an urban oasis sitting on the banks of Little Venice. Serving a menu of fresh British eats and frozen cocktails in lush greenery, its stunning food and drinks offerings and exceptional views make it one of London's top summertime bars.
The Gun is a spooky one. It can read our minds. It knows exactly what we dream about on chilly winter nights... the spectacular river-side views, bright parasols, seaside lounge chairs, and cheerful bunting blowing in a cool, wistful breeze. It's got it all. So if you want to visit the soothsayer of British pubs and have your dreams of summer-time materialize before your very eyes then head down to The Gun.
Head up to the 14th floor of this Aldgate hotel to find one of the hottest city bars. Jin Bo Law has a sun-trap rooftop terrace that provide gorgeous views over London, along with a dreamy interior for when the weather isn't perfect.