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 14th January 2022

The Three Compasses

173 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.

Peckham Riviera

11 user reviews 4

Where to drink outside this summer 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.

The Green Room

760 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.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

674 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.

GS Rooftop Bar

1 user review 5

If you're on the hunt for a good outdoor place in London for a few drinks, then look no further than GS Rooftop Bar. Along with their delicious martinis and negronis, they also offer a pretty view of the city in colourful outside seating.

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.

London Bridge Rooftop

15 user reviews 4

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.

The Gatehouse

733 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.

The Crooked Well

224 user reviews 4

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.

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.

Fourpure Taproom

93 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. 


976 user reviews 4

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. 

Leadbelly's Bar

735 user reviews 4

If you're looking for the best places to drink outside in South London, check out Leadbelly's Bar is Rotherhithe. Offering an all-day menu of fresh, seasonal dishes that range from sharing platters to hearty burgers and grilled goods, this is one winning spot for boozy lunches and dinners. 

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.

Head over to Tobacco Dock where this unique outdoor drinking and dining spot is waiting to save your day. 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.