Head to The Ligherman's huge canal-side terrace and spend your morning watching the narrowboats drift on past as you sip on ice-cold cocktails. Serving all-day dining in modern surroundings with stunning architecture, this place is a must-visit.
Best Outdoor Terraces in London
Let's face it, we're not blessed when it comes to the rays this side of the equator. But when the weather permits, it's only right to flock to the best alfresco spots. From sun-drenched spaces offering botanical cocktails to riverside restaurants, it's time to take things outside with our guide to the best outdoor terraces in London.
Fancy alfresco drinks in Battersea? Check out the Duchess Belle where an outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting for chowing down on meaty pies and loaded burgers paired with draught beers, jugs of cocktails and more.
Located just seconds from Liverpool Street station, this charming restaurant and bar brings you all-day dining, ice cold beers and a wide range of wines to keep you fed and watered come rain or shine. Expect cosy seating on the decking with a stunning indoor space to boot.
Never skimping with the Insta-worthy details, Hush boasts an ever-changing outdoor terrace in Mayfair. Should you visit, you're in for a real treat as the central London favourite often joins forces with renowned spirits and Champagnes to create stunning summer pop-ups.
Nestled on the riverbank, this Vauxhall pick benefits from prime positioning along the Thames. Whether you're on a first date or catching up with mates, make your way to Hamilton House for sharing boards, pub grub and classic cocktails like negronis and mojitos.
A Canary Wharf beauty, No.35 Mackenzie Walk is offering guests delicious sustainably sourced dishes all day long on their outdoor terrace. Not only is it a sophisticated seating area but it's also got a beautiful backdrop, being located next to the water.
Hearty brunches, loaded burgers and truffle fries are paired with twists on classic cocktails at The Parlour. Located in the heart of Canary Wharf, this all day destination has all your alfresco needs sorted, with a spacious outdoor terrace that'll fit large groups and small gatherings alike.
Home to mouthwatering street food, craft beers and one of the best terraces in London, Vinegar Yard has something for everyone. We're talking pop-up shops, to art installations and a weekly flea market alongside burgers pasta and more.
The Queen of Hoxton's rooftop terrace is a must-see all year round, whether its showing films from its outdoor cinema club or toting one of its quirky ever-changing themes. Check out what's in store for you and expect a fabulously fun night out in East London.
Hidden away in King's Cross, this unique bar and restaurant offers one of the city's most sought after outdoor drinking and dining spots. With views overlooking the canal, this gorgeous green space is the only place you'll want to find yourself this summer, cocktail in hand.
Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden has recently been extended to double its original size. Decked out with astroturf and offering long bench seating, it's the perfect place for small groups to meet. With a selection of drinks and street food to choose from, you'll be able to order via the app without even leaving your table.
Leafy accents, Hollywood lightbulbs and the largest rooftop terrace in Soho make Century a bright spark in the West End. With a lineup of events from pre-theatre dinners to private members soirees, there's plenty on offer here.
A truly unique roof terrace placed on the banks of Little Venice, Skylark Roof Gardens offers unparalleled views of the alongside a menu of fresh British dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. Somewhat of an urban oasis, it really is an essential summer drinking spot.
A relatively new addition to the East London al fresco scene, the yard at Paper Doll Vintage is a charming space decked out with colourful bunting, festoon lighting and greenery. Head here to browse gorgeous retro garms before heading outside for local ales and tasty light bites.
Situated in the heart of Islington, The Castle lies between Angel and Kings Cross station. Whether you're thirsty after work or in need of a few weekend libations, head here for draught beers, real ales and fine wines alongside pub grub and roast dinners.
A hidden gem in the heart of Knightsbridge, the secret garden terrace at The Hari Hotel is the perfect spot for a tipple or two in gorgeous intimate surroundings. With twinkling fairy lights, lush green plants and a retractable roof - it's ideal for any occasion.
From balmy afternoons to jaw-dropping sunsets, you can't go wrong with the views at The Waterside. With an enviable position on the banks of Imperial Wharf, this bar brings you ales and lagers alongside brunch, cocktails and tasty fare.
Set in the iconic Westminster Abbey, Cellarium is a laid-back restaurant featuring simple interiors and a tranquil atmosphere. Spread across two levels, there's everything from breakfast to lunch and even afternoon tea just minutes from some of the city's most famous landmarks.
Get your tiki on as The Montague On The Gardens has gone all-out with their beach bar. Taking alfresco drinks to the next level, this Holborn favourite is ready to transport you to tropical lands; complete with sand, beach huts and palm trees.
Located in the Queen Elizabeth Park, the Timber Lodge is a custom-built, eco-friendly space boasting pretty views over the gardens from its alfresco terrace. Perfect for coffee dates in the summer months, or a private BBQ party, it's one of the best outdoor spaces in East London.
If you know what's good for you, you'll pull up a chair and get a load of Camino's frozen G&Ts with a side of Spanish tapas. What's more, the street-side seating is an ideal spot to work your way through happy hour and relax after a long day in the office.
Looking for drinks in Clapham? You can't go wrong with No 32 The Old Town. Grab a Bloody Maria or Clover Club and make your way through a dreamy Sunday roast from the comfort of the sun-soaked outdoor space when the weather calls for it.
Sandwiched between London Bridge and Southwark station, The Refinery's spacious outdoor terrace is an ideal spot for after-work drinks. Head to the iconic Blue Fin for a City escape that boasts mezzanine dining, outdoor sports screenings and thirst-quenching drinks.
Housed in a grand Georgian townhouse, this Farringdon watering hole is spread across 5 floors, with a spritz garden on the roof. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with luscious greenery, charming views and lips-smacking drinks.
The Culpeper's rooftop terrace is not only a fully-functioning herb and veggie garden bit it's also host to one of London's most beloved supperclubs. Join the Shoreditch pub and hotel for an evening and soak up the sunset while chomping away on fresh, seasonal plates.
A pretty hotel bar locates within Sea Containers, 12th Knot offers some impressive views of the South Bank and a plethora of iconic London landmarks. Whether you're soaking up sun rays in the day or chilling out with a few drinks when the night falls, it's one unique outdoor terrace.
The 14th-floor restaurant of The Hoxton hotel in Southwark is a haven for sipping fizz and grazing on a menu of fresh seafood. With its contemporary yet luxurious feel and impressive views to boot, this place is certainly one outdoor terrace that comes to life in summer.
Perfect for impressing a date or alfresco drinks in the London sun (when it decides to show), Boundary Rooftop Bar is an East London hotel bar with impressive views from its outdoor terrace. Join them for sophisticated cocktail supping and afternoons filled with sunbathing.