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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for places to drink outside in South London, Northcote Records is a firm choice. Nestled between Clapham and Battersea, this cool neighbourhood bar fronts live music, cocktails and stonebaked pizza with an expansive beer garden for the warmer months.
Supa Dupa Fly are hosting some of the very best outdoor parties in London this summer. Taking over rooftops and outside spaces across the capital, they'll keep you grooving to the sound of hip-hop and RnB gems, with flowing drinks and delicious bites to accompany.
One of the best places to drink outside in East London, Exale Brewery is bringing you a huge courtyard seating out the front of their taproom. Join them on high days and holidays for an exceptional selection of delicious pints and cooling cocktails.
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.
When it comes to a drink outside in Brixton, The mega Duke Of Edinburgh are always on hand. From bookable booths with heaters to covered spots and premium sunshine sittings, it's a local favourite and a must try on London's beer garden scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Searching for places to drink outside in London? You could do a lot worse than this East London gem. Serving up takeaway Aperol spritzes and tramezzino sandwiches, El Garito is also welcoming in a line-up of performers for a series of outdoor live music sets.
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.
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.
A favourite on the outdoor drinking scene, Jin Bo Law is fast becoming one of London's top daytime party spots. Think live DJs, gorgeous City views, amazing cocktails and snap-worthy interiors should the weather take a turn for the worse.
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.
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.
Spend a luxurious afternoon soaking in the sunshine at The Montague on THe Gardens Hotel. Situated opposite the British Museum, this beautiful terrace if offering everything from afternoon tea and alfreco meals to expertly crafted cocktails.
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.
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 largest beer garden in Shoreditch, Strongroom Bar and Kitchen is part of a legendary recording studio and is one of the best places to drink our doors in London. Offering a cool and quirky escape form the bustling city, this place is not to be slept on come summer.
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.
Home to one of the best beer gardens in South London, this traditional British boozer is one of Southfields best drinking spots. Head over on sunny afternoons for the chance to soak up some vitamin D in their pretty yard, as well as soaking up a few pints in the process.
Home to a fun outdoor space, Pub on the Park is watering hole with a lot of character. Located on the corner of London Fields, you'll find fresh pints aplenty alongside delicious food and a seriously slap-up selection of Sunday roasts.
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.
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.
If you're looking for somewhere glorious to sit outside with friends or family then head to The Garden Bar in Bromley. Their stunning three-story building includes a large outdoor terrace and rooftop, where you can tuck into their fabulous food and wine menu.
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.
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.
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.
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.