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. 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 17th September 2020


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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. 

People's Park Tavern

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With a beer garden the size of a small park, this pub (next to the much loved Victoria Park) has one of the best outdoor drinking spaces in London, and definitely the best al fresco dining in east London. Along with numerous tables for drinking, eating and whiling away the summer months, there's also a whole crazy golf pitch to have a go on. 

New to London's outdoor drinking scene, The Paperworks in Peckham is a socially-distanced venue showcasing some of the city's top DJs. Head here on a Friday or Saturday night for drinking, tasty street food and epic live sets.

The Green Room

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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.

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When it comes to places to drink outside in East London, PITCH Presents should be on your radar. Not only are they pouring out cold pints and fruity cocktails but they're also providing some fun entertainment. Live music? You bet. Retro outdoor games? No problem. 

Head over to Tobacco Dock where this unique outdoor drinking and dining spot is waiting to save your summer. With booths, benches and daybeds spread across the rooftop, Skylight offers multiple bars for all your beer and cocktail needs, alongside street food and entertainment.

Queen of Hoxton

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From outdoor cinema pop-ups through to a seasonally-themed rooftop, if you haven't been to Queen of Hoxton yet, what have you been doing?! The Shoreditch stalwart puts on a different theme every year, alongside bar snacks and cocktails that don't disappoint; this winter, follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City for their latest installation.