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 4th September 2018




Barge East

24 user reviews 5

There's just something about drinking alfresco that we can't resist. If you're after thirst-quenching drinks with delicious British dishes, head to Hackney Wick where this waterside barge gives you gorgeous views in a unique setting. From the fairy lights to the quirky location, Barge East has it all.

7 events @ 2 venues with 111 upcoming dates from 18 Oct 2018 until 27 Jan 2019

From croquet to petanque, Skylight is not any old rooftop London bar. The venue is bringing games up high, along with stunning views at this Tobacco Docks location.

C&B Exchange Square

3 user reviews 4

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.

People's Park Tavern

167 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 Star by Hackney Downs

96 user reviews 4

Boasting a tasty pub space outside, The Star By Hackney Downs is a premium place to while 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. 

Aviary

88 user reviews 4

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.

The Grafton - Hippo Inns

94 user reviews 5

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.

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. 

Aeronaut

363 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, it's an ideal location for fans of al fresco drinking and dining. 

King's Head & Courtyard

300 user reviews 4

With one of Fulham's largest gardens, King's Head and Courtyard is a sure winner. Inspired by our favourite childhood tales, the decor's on the quirky side and there's also a great bottomless brunch.

Northbank Restaurant

8 user reviews 4

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.