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 7th May 2021

Bunch of Grapes

309 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

221 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. 

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.

People's Park Tavern

376 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. 

  London Bar Bus

45 user reviews 5

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One of the more unusual places to drink outdoors in London, the Bar Bus will have you take up the sights and sounds of the city in a totally unique way. Not only will you drive past iconic landmarks, but you'll get to do so from a botanical bus with drinks to hand.

The Gatehouse

394 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.

Head over to Tobacco Dock where this unique outdoor drinking and dining spot is waiting to save your winter. With booths, benches, heaters and daybeds spread across the rooftop, Skylight offers multiple bars for all your beer and cocktail needs, alongside street food and entertainment.

The Arnos Arms

635 user reviews 4

Located just a stone's throw away from Arnos Grove station, The Arnos Arms is a gorgeous country-style pub with a sprawling terrace area. Head here in the summer for sun-soaked sips before heading into the tent to warm up by the electric heaters.

With a central location, daily DJ sets and gawp-worthy views, London Bridge Rooftop is an obvious choice for places to drink outside. At the weekend? This bar turns things up a notch, with bottomless brunches and Aperol spritz deals making your summer that bit sweeter.

Midnight Apothecary

691 user reviews 4

For outdoor drinking in London, Midnight Apothecary is one of our top spots. The gorgeous secret garden is fronting gorgeous handcrafted cocktails along with cosy fire pits and tasty bites courtesy of the Mayflower pub.

The Sun Inn

9 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.

Fulham Beach

412 user reviews 4

Looking for somewhere to drink outside in South London? Fulham Beach is a firm choice with its stunning pergola, bookable beach huts and stunning outdoor seating with prime views of the Thames. That's not all though as they'll be hosting parties, supper clubs and boozy brunches.

The Green Room

272 user reviews 4

On the hunt for alfresco drinks in Southbank? Look no further than The Green Room -  a stunning glass-walled restaurant adorned with National Theatre memorabilia. Bringing the outdoors in, the terrace here is an extension of the dining room, with lawn space to stretch out in too.

Fourpure Taproom

68 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 Abbey Tavern

96 user reviews 4

Boasting one of the best beer gardens in North London, the Abbey Tavern is a must-visit for anyone looking to get a side order of fresh air with their drinks. Located in the middle of Kentish Town, there's a sprawling outdoor space and rooftop terrace for all your alfresco drinking needs.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

540 user reviews 4

Hip Hop Brunch LDN are going alfresco this April. You can expect all the usual fun - three-course meals, free-flowing cocktails, bingo games and a soundtrack of RnB, dancehall and reggae tracks - but in an outdoor setting.

Peckham Riviera

8 user reviews 4

Where to drink outside this winter in London? With heaters, foliage and cocktails aplenty, Peckham Riviera (just shy of Peckham Rye station) is perfect for those wanting a little indoor outdoor drinking action in a cool South London setting.

One of the best places for alfresco sips in the City, Sabine Rooftop Bar is a gorgeous escape from the hustle and bustle of London living. Soak up incredible views from a secret garden while sipping on a wide range of refreshing summer tipples. 

The Crooked Well

47 user reviews 5

For alfresco drinks in South London, The Crooked Well is an obvious choice. The charming neighbourhood gastropub boasts streetside tables that are hot property when the sun decides to shine. Head along for gourmet bar snacks, local ales and fruity spritzes.


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With an outdoor space that looks more like a fairground than any beer garden you've ever seen before, this is one of the best outside drinking spots in London. A perfect sun trap in summer, but with plenty of covered booths to huddle under when the rainy months arrive, Aeronaut is an ideal location for fans of al fresco drinking and dining. 

The Three Compasses

125 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.

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.