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.
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.
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.
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.
Longing to sip delicious cocktails from the beautiful confines of a leafy rooftop garden? Say hello to The Corin. Found in the centre of Tooting Broadway, this sky-high haven is ideal for drinks in the sunshine, dinner under the stars and so much more.
Pop-up garden and igloos Dining Domes offer the perfect spot to grab a drink outside in London, whatever the weather. From listening to the patter of the rain to soaking up the sun, there's no bad way to enjoy a cocktail, G&T or glass of wine at this gorgeous spot.
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.
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.
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.
Gorgeous views? Scrumptious eats? Killer cocktails? Wagtail is the rooftop bar that you need to have on your radar. Ascend to the heavens (otherwise known as the 9th and 10th floor) and soak up the cityscapes, as well as the sunshine, with cracking refreshments to hand.
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.
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.
Come rain or shine, the Founders Arms is a great spot for some outdoor drinks and grub. Boasting fabulous views of St. Pauls and the Thames, this popular boozer is a perfect location to catch up with friends while soaking in the stunning city views.
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.
On the hunt for that perfect alfresco haunt? Then be sure to head to The Rosy Hue. This Elephant and Castle hotspot is a great place to chill out with friends while sipping on bevvies. If you've worked up an appetite, then tuck into some hearty fare, from burgers to calamari on its terrace.
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.
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.
Slap on the factor 50 and head to rooftop gem Bar Elba, for a day of sipping on spritzes in the sunshine. The pastel-coloured bar is known for its roster of hilarious live events, tasty street food and incredible cocktail menu with views of the surrounding city.
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.
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.
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.
Located just a stone's throw away from Arnos Grove station, The Arnos Arms is a gorgeous country-style pub with a sprawling terrace area. Head here in the summer for sun-soaked sips before heading into the tent to warm up by the electric heaters.
One of the best bars with outdoor seating in London, Limin' Beach Club is taking your alfresco tipples up a notch with fabulously themed decor - sandy floors, palm trees, colorful flags - and Caribbean food. Plus, there's also a range of rum cocktails up for grabs.
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.
If you're after a terrace in London, then Stratford's Bat & Ball has a lovely one. Serving up a range of cocktails or craft beers to keep you quenched, and plenty of games to have a go at inside, it's a fantastic place to drink outside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 London this summer, Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is making up for lost time as it launches a whole string of incredible events and activities, from bottomless brunches to live sport.
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 outdoor heaters, an expansive beer garden and a jam-packed events schedule, JuJu's Bar & Stage is one of the best places to eat and drink outside in London. Plus, it's got an impressive menu of craft brews, seasonal cocktails and Pan-Asian bites.
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.
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.
The perfect pitstop after a stroll down the Grand Union Canal, Smith's Bar & Grill's outdoor terrace boasts gorgeous views and beautiful floral installations. Sip on a range of cocktails or dig into a selection of premium steaks and burgers.
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.
For fab alfresco drinking, check out Effra Social in Brixton. Relax in its spacious beer garden with a delicious pint in hand or check out its food menu for modern European cuisine - think jackfruit tacos, honey glazed pork belly and halloumi fries.
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.