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.

Last updated on 13th July 2022

Night Tales

109 user reviews 4

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. 

Barrio Shoreditch

372 user reviews 4

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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. 

Tamesis Dock

130 user reviews 4

Imagine this; you're on a barge moored to the banks of the River Thames, taking in the views of London with a crisp glass of vino to hand. Make the dream a reality over at Tamesis Dock, a quirky bar in Vauxhall that's ideal for summertime drinks.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

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. 

La Terraza

27 user reviews 3

For one of the best summer bars in London, look no further than a trip to the gorgeous Spanish oasis known as La Terraza. You'll be transported to the streets of Madrid or Barcelona, all while you indulge in tapas and plenty of booze.

Canal Boat Party

28 user reviews 5

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.

The Sun Inn

11 user reviews 5

Looking for one of the coolest places to drink outside in West London? Head over to Barnes where The Sun Inn is back with its beautiful beer garden this summer, complete with fresh pints, tasty food and sunshine-ready seating areas.

Spritz on the Square

13 user reviews 5

Feel like you've been transported to Europe over at Spritz on the Square, a gorgeous French-inspired terrace pop-up in Canary Wharf. Not only are there two bars shaking up a tasty selection of cocktails, but there are also a couple of petanque courts.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

93 user reviews 4

Make it a hot girl summer this season and head to Bussey Rooftop Bar. The watering hole fronts gorgeous pops of greenery, an outdoor space and plenty of crafty cocktails to hold you over. Plus, the venue whips up five cheese pizzas and much more.


71 user reviews 4

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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. 

In need of summer bars in North London? Wood Green's The Westbury has a gorgeous outdoor terrace for soaking up the sun, or staying in the shade. Better yet, they host monthly DJ nights, regular quizzes and boast a crackin' menu to keep you entertained or fed.