Looking for a great place to drink outside on Brick Lane? Ninety One Living Room is the bar, restaurant and music venue that also fronts a gorgeous beer garden. Grab the gang and get ready to sink some fresh craft pints and chow down on delicious food.
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.
The Phene prides itself on catering for all occasions. Whether you're gearing up for a huge night out, enjoying a lazy weekend in a cosy armchair or tucking into a traditional pub dinner, this Chelsea favourite won't disappoint.
One of the best places for alfresco drinking in South London, The Saxon is a buzzing neighbourhood bar that'll cater to any of your needs. Whether you've looking to catch up with mates over a boozy brunch or chill out with after work drinks, the bar's terrace is an ideal location.
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.
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.
A must for charcoal pizzas and vampire interiors, it's not just a love of slices and cocktails that we can give fangs for at Lost Boys, head to their heated garden space from winter to summer, to enjoy leafy surrounds and more premium Camden vibes.
A nostalgic wonderland perfect for those yearning a bit of old fashioned fun, The Old School Yard is a quirky pub near London Bridge. Perfect for summer sipping, the streetside terrace here is a packed out spot on a summery Friday night, so be sure to get here early to secure your spot.
Head to this hidden Knightsbridge gem for an afternoon of alfresco drinks in a luxurious setting. Along with a stunning cocktail menu, The Hari Hotel Bar & Terrace also sports a retractable roof, so you're guaranteed to stay dry in all weather.
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.
Offering another top-notch option for city drinkers is Aviary; the rooftop bar and restaurant in Finsbury Square. Stylishly designed by Russell Sage Studio, the terrace is a mix of laid back sofas and incredible views alongside pretty igloos. If you get peckish, head to the glass-encased restaurant for hearty British fare.
Hidden behind London Bridge Station, Vinegar Yard is a cool drinking and dining hotspot. Boasting a number of street food vendors and bars serving cocktails, wines and craft beers, the venue also has a massive outdoor seating area for some sun-soaked sips.
Looking for one of the best places to drink outside in West London? Head over Shepherd's Bush where The Hawk's Nest is ready and waiting to host you and your bubble in their gorgeous hidden garden, complete with cocktails, craft beer and gourmet pizza.
Part of Paradise Row, London Cocktail Club lies on one of Bethnal Green's hottest stretches of outdoor space. Tucked under the railway arches, the party bar has an outdoor terrace, perfect for making the most of the generous weekend happy hour.
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.
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.
One of the best places to drink outside in Camden, The Colonel Fawcett has two outdoor spaces to choose from as well as an impressive range of gins, beers and wines. Book a table and meet your mates here for a balmy afternoon of drinking in the sunshine.
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.
Thought Flight Club was just a haven for social darts? Oh no, their Victoria outpost also happens to feature one of London's prettiest rooftops. Take your mates for a quirky night out complete with games, drinks and dining before heading to the terrace for some alfresco cocktails.
When it's not busy keeping us up until the early hours, Cargo is ensuring we stay hydrated in all outdoor weather climates. Check into the outdoor drinking space and check out foosball tables, BBQs and some cool Shoreditch vibes.
Canopy covered come winter and a must-try in the summer, The Rooftop St James in Central London is a perfect date night scenario for those looking to drink outside in a little luxury, complete with views, bubbles, fondue and small plates galore.
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.
From a cinema to brunches filled with drag queens, The Exhibit has got it all, including - you guessed it - a killer terrace. If you're near Balham, you can't beat this affordable boozer when the sun's out.
Signature Brew Blackhorse Road is home to a huge brewery yard, perfect for summer sipping. Located just a five minute stroll from Blackhorse Road Station, the modern taproom, and its Haggerston sister, regularly plays host to live musicians and tasty street food vendors.
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.
Looking for places to drink outside in East London? Fugitive Motel are coming up tops with their cosy heaters, refreshing craft brew and freshly baked slices of pizza, as if that's not enough it's central Bethnal Green location makes it ideal for group hangouts.
Take your alfresco drinks to the next level as this Clapham outpost of Vagabond brings you a stunning outdoor terrace lined with candlelit tables and fairy lights hanging overhead. Soak up over 100 wines with tapas-style small plates, charcuterie, steak and more.
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.
A new outdoor space from the Skylight team and KERB, this canalside street food market is bringing together incredible vendors and great cocktails in a cool Quayside location. Head down to Wapping and get stuck into some delicious bites washed down with seasonal cocktails and fresh pints.
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.
Hidden under the railway arches of Hackney Wick, Night Tales really is a gem in London's nightlife community. With a large outdoor space that opens up at the back, the venue is home to a selection of stunning street food vendors, cocktail bars and live music.
One of the best places to drink outside in West London, The Whippet Inn is the Kensal Rise pub boasting not one, but two gorgeous outdoor spaces. Whether you're parked out front with pints to watch the world go by, or holed-up in their pretty beer garden, you're in for great drinks, delicious food and plenty of sunshine.
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.
It might not be by the sea, but that hasn't stopped The Leather Bottle's beach huts from winning us over in both summer and winter. The Earlsfield pub has a whopper of a beer garden, which is also available for private functions if you fancy going all out.