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 5th May 2022




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.

Bubba Oasis

43 user reviews 4

Positively drenched in sunshine during the summer months, Bubba Oasis is a popular place for drinking outside in North London. Head on over for banging bottomless brunches, alfresco cocktails and late-night parties showcasing the city's top DJs and performers.

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 Gatehouse

874 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 Three Compasses

194 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.

Aeronaut

1016 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

742 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. 

Bar Elba

311 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.

Vicinity

952 user reviews 4

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.

@ Urban Food Fest Shoreditch on Every Saturday

Urban Food Fest have you covered for outdoor drinking and dining in London, as their bottomless brunch is available every Saturday. Here you can choose your main from the international street food traders, while swilling it down the hatch with unlimited beer, bubbles or cocktails.

With cocktails costing just £9, The Pembroke have your drinking needs all sewn up at their gorgeous Primrose Hill space. Head to their garden area to bathe in sunlight and surround yourself with greenery - and there's a mouthwatering menu of pub classics to boot. 

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.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

29 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 Ship

964 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.

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.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

732 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.