Where to drink outside in London
Alfresco drinking in London is a favourite past-time among many city-goers, essentially as it provides a rare chance to sit back and enjoy the sunshine while making the most of what the city's bars and pubs have on offer. From exciting boat trips, to Thameside terraces and cosy beer garden settings, there are many places hidden around London that provide memorable alfresco drinking parties and events. Take a look at our list of the best places to drink outside in London and soak up everything the British summer has to offer.
Last updated on 11th July 2017
Not many think that London Bridge is a great place to grab a few pints outside, but they'd be wrong. Hidden away down a side-street, join Bunch of Grapes not only for British pints and plates but a heated garden should you want to head outside.
Located in north London, Inamo is a stylish and modern venue that specialises in Pan Asian cuisine and super swanky technology. When you're done testing out their state of the art ordering system inside, head out to find a heated roof terrace and garden.
Boasting a lively beer garden as outdoor space, with palm trees, parasols and heaters, Gigalum is a great place to meet up with your mates after a long day and enjoy a cheeky pint outdoors under the sunset.
To experience stunning views of the city while enjoying your favourite drink, look no further than Northbank restaurant and bar; a stylish yet comfortable setting where guests can sit back and relax on the Northbank terrace surrounded by some of London’s most significant landmarks.
While Omeara has a cool gig venue and a Mexican cantina inside, the outside space is worth visiting all on its own. Head outside once there and you’ll be greeted to beautiful views of the Shard and Southwark Cathedral, all while you sip one of their great cocktails.
The Grafton in Kentish Town is fast becoming one of Camden's most popular pubs. Spread across two floors, the bar serves a variety of different drinks, including 8 different award-winning ales and a list of fine wines. Better still, the all-weather roof terrace burst into life during the summer months, offering a great place to catch up with mates.
Grand Union Camden is a vibrant and upbeat venue with a fantastic beach hut-inspired cocktail bar and a cosy garden setting outside. Guests can relax and tuck into a delicious menu of quality burgers and pizzas, while indulging in one of the bars best cocktails.
Boasting a tasty pub space outside, The Star By Hackney Downs is a premium place to wile away those sunny London evenings. Whether you're enjoying an eclectic burger meal, or dosing up on some of your favourite draught beers, this is a charming, summer spot.
There shouldn't be any fights for a spot in the sun at Cinnamon Kitchen, Brick Lane. They have a huge outside terrace for alfresco drinking and dining. Serving modern but classic dishes, Cinnamon Kitchen is perfect for relaxed get togethers in London this summer.
Elysee is a good all rounder as it can offer so much from live music, to a late licence and plate smashing to divine food. But one of the main attractions has to be their 700 square foot roof garden. Fabulous for drinking outside in London this summer.
Offering another top-notch option for city drinkers is Aviary in Finsbury Sqaure. The rooftop bar and restaurant is the latest offering from the ETM group; stylishly designed by Russell Sage Studio, the terrace is a mix of laid back sofas and incredible views. If you get peckish, head to the glass-encased restaurant for a hearty British fare.
Located in the blissful setting of Exchange Square, this Corney and Barrow wine bar is one of the best venues for drinking outside in London. Buzzing during the summer months and with a respectable crowd throughout the year, people flock to this cosy and intimate greenhouse styled bar to meet and chat while indulging in a great selection of drinks.
Bringing together seasonal British food and a wonderful array of craft beers, cask ales and fine wines, The Honor Oak should be on your list of pubs to visit. But bring in their welcoming community spirit and the spacious beer garden for when the sun is out, this should be your number one South London pub.
Part traditional pub- part fun-loving bar, The Phene in Chelsea prides itself on catering for whatever mood you might be in. Whether you're gearing up for a huge night out at the traditional bar, enjoying a lazy weekend in a cosy armchair or enjoy a traditional 3-course gastro-pub dinner, the Phene won't disappoint. Better still, when the sun decides to make an appearance, the venue's serene garden comes to life.
A friendly and inviting gastro pub in Hammersmith with a huge back garden, The Hampshire Hog is a delightful venue for drinking outside in London. While the interior is gorgeously shabby chic, with rustic British charm, the lush outside beer garden is just too good to resist.
The Magic Garden in Battersea is a self-explanatory retreat perfect for drinking outside in London. The DesignMyNight winner of the Best Pub in London 2011 is fairytale setting, where guests can dine outside under giant tipi tents, adorned with fairylights and surrounded by luscious greenery and decorations.