Where To Drink Outside In London

In a city teeming with towering skyscrapers and traffic-jammed roads, it's no wonder that we regularly flock to the capital's alfresco areas for a bit of peace. But where can you find these gems? From rollicking rooftops with cracking cocktails to beaut beer gardens where refreshing pints reign supreme, here are the best places to drink outside in London.

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Last updated on 16th July 2024

The Three Compasses

Showcasing one of the most bustling beer gardens in East London, The Three Compasses is simply perfect for a spot of day drinking. The classic British boozer offers plenty of space on its terrace, alongside fresh craft pints and gut-busting burgers.

The Phene

The Phene in Chelsea prides itself on catering for all occasions. Whether you're gearing up for a huge night out or just fancy a lazy afternoon in the sun, this watering hole's foliage-adorned garden offers the perfect setting to wet the whistle. As for food, you can expect everything from chicken liver parfait to Dover sole and baked camembert at this picturesque spot.

Bunch of Grapes

London Bridge is a great location to grab a few pints outside, and Bunch of Grapes proves it. Hidden away down a side street, this chilled-out drinking den is perfect not only for British pints and plates but also its heated garden, found up a staircase and perfect for enjoying casual sandwiches and beers at lunchtime or juicy burgers later on.


Head to the Vicinity's terrace to uncover some of the capital's most spectacular views. This riverside joint sits in the shadow of Tower Bridge and serves up a delicious menu of street food-style eats, like burgers, falafels and pizza, alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes.

The Ship

A favourite among locals and families alike, The Ship is one of the coolest pubs going. 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 - we're talking meat or plant-based burgers alongside roast dinners and brunch plates.


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A gorgeous terrace in the heart of Clapham, Hannah is one of our top picks for alfresco sipping south of the river. The quirky bar has a 'pour your own' policy, offering 48 self-dispense wines for you to try, all while you bask in the sun's beaming rays. And if you're in need of affordable eats, these guys are slinging out £1 wings on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and £15 steaks come Thursday.

Queen of Hoxton

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From outdoor cinema pop-ups through to a themed rooftop that changes every season, if you haven't been to Queen of Hoxton yet, now's the time. The Shoreditch stalwart puts on a different theme every year, alongside bar snacks and cocktails that won't disappoint - we recommend the Rhubarb Fizz for gin lovers, or the Cookies And Cream for those who want to unleash their inner big kid.

Smith's Bar & Grill

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The perfect pitstop after a stroll down the Grand Union Canal, Smith's Bar & Grill's outdoor terrace boasts gorgeous views and beautiful floral installations. Sip on a range of cocktails or dig into a selection of premium steaks and burgers, while you can stop by for their bottomless brunches or live DJ sets on Friday nights as well.