Where To Drink Outside In London

In a city teeming with skyscrapers and jammed roads, it's no wonder that Londoners flock to some of the city's green spaces and rooftop for a drink outside come summer, or winter. But where can you find these gems? From beautiful rooftops in Peckham, to brimming beer gardens in East London, here are our top picks for some of the best places to drink outside in London.

Last updated on 28th July 2022

People's Park Tavern

555 user reviews 4

With a beer garden the size of a small park, this pub (next to the much loved Victoria Park) has one of the best outdoor drinking spaces in London, and definitely the best al fresco dining in east London. Along with numerous tables for drinking, eating and whiling away the summer months, there's also a whole crazy golf pitch to have a go on. 

If you're looking for South London outdoor drinking spots, do not miss out on the chance to nab a place at The Brixton Courtyard. Offering regular socials that include live DJs, delcious street food and thirst-quenching tipples, its one unique summer hangout.

The Adam & Eve

64 user reviews 4

Looking for a beautiful beer garden for your next drinking session? The Adam & Eve in East London has just the ticket. The outdoor area is a total suntrap in the summer and is covered in the winter, so it's a top spot for all seasons.

On the hunt for that perfect alfresco haunt? Then be sure to head to The Rosy Hue. This Elephant and Castle hotspot is a great place to chill out with friends while sipping on bevvies. If you've worked up an appetite, then tuck into some hearty fare, from burgers to calamari on its terrace.

Pergola Paddington

74 user reviews 3

A gorgeous outdoor arena for eating and drinking in the city, not only is Pergola Paddington littered in cool pastel tones and glorious greenery, it's perfect for group catch ups or a round of spritz cocktails with the other half. 

Bar Elba

353 user reviews 3

Slap on the factor 50 and head to rooftop gem Bar Elba, for a day of sipping on spritzes in the sunshine. The pastel-coloured bar is known for its roster of hilarious live events, tasty street food and incredible cocktail menu with views of the surrounding city.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

108 user reviews 4

The best places to drink outside? This seriously stunning rooftop bar in South London is serving cracking cocktails, sumptuous pizzas and a delightful ambience. Plus, their Nutella-filled doughnuts are to die for.

The Three Compasses

204 user reviews 5

Home to one of the most bustling beer gardens in Dalston, The Three Compasses is easily one of the best places to drink outside in London. The classic British boozer offers plenty of space on its terrace, alongside fresh craft pints and gut-busting burgers.


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Head to the Vicinity terrace where you'll find one of London's most spectacular views. This riverside spot sits in the shadow of Tower Bridge and serves up a delicious menu of street food-style eats, alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes.

Fourpure Taproom

109 user reviews 5

Nestled within their brewery in Bermondsey, Fourpure Taproom is one of the best places to drink outside in London. Hunker down here in the warmer months with small batch beers, brunch plates and juicy burgers while topping up your tan. 

The Sun Inn

11 user reviews 5

Home to two gorgeous outdoor drinking areas, The Sun Inn is the Barnes pub ready and waiting to host you this summer. The beautiful boozer is a hotspot for craft beers, Sunday roasts and plenty of open-air antics.

The Ship

990 user reviews 4

A favourite among locals and families alike, The Ship is one of the coolest pubs in South London. Not only can you sit alongside the water, but this mega beer garden in Walthamstow also has an outdoor bar and plenty of food options to go around.

With heaters, covering and a cracking menu of drinks and food, The Turks Head is one of the best places with outdoor seating in London. Grab an alfresco table and take in the pretty greenery before getting you chomps on some brunch dishes, burgers or tasty pies, all washed down with craft beers.

Supa Dupa Fly are hosting some of the very best outdoor parties in London this summer. Taking over rooftops and outside spaces across the capital, they'll keep you grooving to the sound of hip-hop and RnB gems, with flowing drinks and delicious bites to accompany.

Bunch of Grapes

476 user reviews 4

In case you missed it, London Bridge is a great place to grab a few pints outside and Bunch of Grapes proves it. Hidden away down a side-street, this chilled out spot is perfect not only for British pints and plates but also a heated garden should you want to head outside. 

The Cyclist

435 user reviews 4

This neighbourhood pub in Balham has plenty of room out front if you're looking for places to drink outside. That's not all though, as The Cyclist serves a menu of elevated pub grub and small-batch gins to make your experience that much better. 

The Gatehouse

972 user reviews 5

Looking for the best places to drink outside in North London? This beer garden in Highgate offers a tranquil escape for summertime drinking and dining. Head on over to The Gatehouse for freshly poured pints, Spanish-inspired plates and pretty surroundings.