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 29th July 2021

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

610 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.


247 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.

The Gatehouse

541 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.

Peckham Riviera

10 user reviews 3

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.

If you're looking for South London outdoor drinking spots, do not miss out on the chance to nab a place at The Brixton Courtyard. Offering regular socials that include live DJs, delcious street food and thirst-quenching tipples, its one unique summer hangout.

London Bridge Rooftop

4 user reviews 4

With a central location, daily DJ sets and gawp-worthy views, London Bridge Rooftop is an obvious choice for places to drink outside. At the weekend? This bar turns things up a notch, with bottomless brunches and Aperol spritz deals making your summer that bit sweeter.

Whyte & Brown

151 user reviews 4

Found in the heart of buzzing Soho venue Kingly Court, Whyte & Brown is a chic and modern restaurant, serving an all-day menu of salads, burgers and small plates. Swing by the terrace to sip on a selection of exotic wines while watching the shoppers, tourists and post-work crowd stroll past.

The Crooked Well

111 user reviews 5

For alfresco drinks in South London, The Crooked Well is an obvious choice. The charming neighbourhood gastropub boasts streetside tables that are hot property when the sun decides to shine. Head along for gourmet bar snacks, local ales and fruity spritzes.

Leadbelly's Bar

655 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. 

London Craft Beer Cruise

120 user reviews 5

Looking to take in the sights of London with a tipple in hand? This cool and quirky craft beer cruise will have you floating down the Thames while you sip on refreshing glasses of new and unique brews.

The Three Compasses

140 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.

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.

The Adam & Eve

1 user review 4

Looking for a beautiful beer garden for your next drinking session? The Adam & Eve in East London has just the ticket. The outdoor area is a total suntrap in the summer and is covered in the winter, so it's a top spot for all seasons.

People's Park Tavern

437 user reviews 4

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. 

The Cyclist

278 user reviews 4

This neighbourhood pub in Balham has plenty of room out front if you're looking for places to drink outside. That's not all though, as The Cyclist serves a menu of elevated pub grub and small-batch gins to make your experience that much better. 

Midnight Apothecary

754 user reviews 4

For outdoor drinking in London, Midnight Apothecary is one of our top spots. The gorgeous secret garden is fronting gorgeous handcrafted cocktails along with cosy fire pits and tasty bites courtesy of the Mayflower pub.

The Naturalist

177 user reviews 4

This North London pubis a staple for outdoor drinking in summer months thanks to its stunning views of the West Reservoir and beyond. Settle in for some serious sun tanning and gorging on classic British dishes that utilise the freshest seasonal ingredients.