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 5th January 2022

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. 

Tamesis Dock

111 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.

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 Green Room

756 user reviews 4

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.


71 user reviews 4

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. 

The Sun Inn

9 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.

Barrio Shoreditch

358 user reviews 4

Amigo Hour and 8 other offers

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. 

Night Tales

95 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.