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 27th September 2021

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.

With heaters, covering and a cracking menu of drinks and food, The Turks Head is one of the best places with outdoor seating in London. Grab an alfresco table and take in the pretty greenery before getting you chomps on some brunch dishes, burgers or tasty pies, all washed down with craft beers.

The Cyclist

313 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. 

Fourpure Taproom

91 user reviews 5

Nestled within their brewery in Bermondsey, Fourpure Taproom is one of the best places to drink outside in London. Hunker down here in the warmer months with small batch beers, brunch plates and juicy burgers while topping up your tan. 

The Adam & Eve

18 user reviews 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.

The Duchess of Dalston

5 user reviews 5

Found on the ever-buzzing Kingsland Road, The Duchess of Dalston is a cool place to drink outside in East London. Head here to delve into a menu of signature cocktails and signature brunch plates that changes every two weeks. 


940 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, Aeronaut is an ideal location for fans of al fresco drinking and dining. 

The Three Compasses

160 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.

Whyte & Brown

164 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.

Leadbelly's Bar

696 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 Bridge Rooftop

11 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.

The Sun Inn

9 user reviews 5

Home to two gorgeous outdoor drinking areas, The Sun Inn is the Barnes pub ready and waiting to host you this summer. The beautiful boozer is a hotspot for craft beers, Sunday roasts and plenty of open-air antics.

Midnight Apothecary

786 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.

Bunch of Grapes

387 user reviews 4

In case you missed it, London Bridge is a great place to grab a few pints outside and Bunch of Grapes proves it. Hidden away down a side-street, this chilled out spot is perfect not only for British pints and plates but also a heated garden should you want to head outside. 

The Ship

839 user reviews 4

A favourite among locals and families alike, The Ship is one of the coolest pubs in South London. Not only can you sit alongside the water, but this mega beer garden in Walthamstow also has an outdoor bar and plenty of food options to go around.