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; this winter, head on over for hot cocktails and warming fires.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 winter igloos. If you get peckish, head to the glass-encased restaurant for hearty British fare.
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 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.
One of the more unusual places to drink outdoors in London, the Bar Bus will have you take up the sights and sounds of the city in a totally unique way. Not only will you drive past iconic landmarks, but you'll get to do so from a botanical bus with drinks to hand.
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.
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.
Head over to Tobacco Dock where this unique outdoor drinking and dining spot is waiting to save your winter. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 somewhere to drink outside in South London? Fulham Beach is a firm choice with its stunning pergola, bookable beach huts and stunning outdoor seating with prime views of the Thames. That's not all though as they'll be hosting parties, supper clubs and boozy brunches.
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.
Boasting one of the best beer gardens in North London, the Abbey Tavern is a must-visit for anyone looking to get a side order of fresh air with their drinks. Located in the middle of Kentish Town, there's a sprawling outdoor space and rooftop terrace for all your alfresco drinking needs.
A gorgeous quirky haunt in the heart of Shoreditch, London Shuffle is decked out with group gaming areas, tasty street food stalls and quirky neon lights. Head to the sun-soaked terrace to spend an afternoon perfecting your shuffle while quaffing fruity cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 near Old Street, The Gibson is one of The City's most sought after cocktail spots. They'll be welcoming you into their covered outdoor area this month, so you won't miss out on some of London's coolest concoctions.