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 outside terrace on the Thames dining, and intimate cosy beer garden settings, there are many places hidden around London that provide memorable outside drinking parties and events. Take a look at our list of where the best places to drink outside in London can be found, and don't forget to use our free booking service to privately hire a room or book a table.
Last updated on 13th March 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Union Camden is a vibrant and upbeat venue with a fantastic beach hut-inspired cocktail bar and diner 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.
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.
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.
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.
Take your drinks outside to vintage inspired Grand Union, Kennington's South-facing roof terrace where you can soak up the sun, delight in their heaters or escape the hustle and bustle of the bar inside. A truly great drinking spot in South London.
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.
Paradise By Way of Kensal Green in West London is the ultimate party hotspot. This stunning venue is a glamorous vintage paradise, with lavish chandeliers and priceless antiques, and of course a spacious and inviting garden for guests who like to indulge in a little alfresco drinking and dining.
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.
Winner of Design My Night's award for Best Beer Garden 2014, Grand Union in Brixton just has to be one of the best drinking spots in London. The garden holds 300 people, meaning it's the perfect outside party location. In the summer the also screen sports and films in the garden.
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.