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. 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 15th May 2019

Midnight Apothecary

351 user reviews 4

There are cute pop-ups in London, and then there's the Midnight Apothecary. Perfect for those that want to drink among the greenery, this cutesy cocktail spot is perfect for outside drinks, with marshmallows around the fire come sundown.

People's Park Tavern

209 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. 

Barge East

231 user reviews 5

Bottomless Brunch on a boat (Saturday only) and 1 other offer

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.


553 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. 


5 user reviews 5

@ Brunel Museum on Various dates from Friday 24th May 2019

Craving a little wildlife this summer? Experience Midnight Apothecary's summer residency where you'll get to snuggle by campfires, sip on cocktails and craft brews while munching on delicious street food. To top it off, there's a stunning rooftop packed with fauna. 

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. 


177 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.

HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR £12 Cocktails 17:00-20:00 and 1 other offer

Part of Paradise Row, London Cocktail Club is 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.