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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do it yourself as Petersham Nurseries invites you to take part in pasta masterclasses, flower workshops and wine tastings. From the quaint deli to the stunning La Goccia restaurant which opens out to a hidden courtyard in Covent Garden, this isn't one to miss.
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.
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.
Another big player when it comes to rooftop vies of St Paul's, Mercer Roof Terrace takes sky-high dining to new heights. Think Welsh rabbit with quail eggs and whole Dover sole with crab butter as you gaze at the sights around.
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.
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.
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.
Never skimping with the Insta-worthy details, Hush has transformed its Mayfair terrace once again. This time, you're in for a real treat as the central London favourite joins forces with Perrier-Jouët for bright florals, eye-catching features and a Perrier-Jouët Champagne-centred cocktail menu.
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.
Thought Wahaca was just Mexican eats and vibrant colour schemes? Think again, because their Canary Wharf outpost is bringing you all that and more. Get your hands on tacos and margaritas from the comfort of the covered terrace.
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.
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.
This festival-themed rooftop comes armed with open-air cinema experiences, live DJs and prosecco ice lollies. If you're looking for a quirky bar in London, you'd better head north of the river because this one's looking like a real gem.
Looking for drinks in east London? You can't go wrong with a trip to this Shoreditch hangout. Take full advantage of a happy hour that provides 2 for 1 beers, as well as cheaper prosecco and taco deals. There's even espresso martinis on tap and live DJs on Thursdays and Fridays.
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.
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.
Looking for outdoor terraces in west London? This Paddington hangout should most definitely be on your radar. As well as industrial interiors and lovingly made food, you'll find a street-side area that provides the perfect spot for alfresco bites by the basin.
Slap bang in the middle of foodie central, Omeara lies between Borough Market and Flat Iron Square. Take a break from scoffing your face and check out the live music offering before you take to the rooftop terrace that boasts views of The Shard and Southwark Cathedral.
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.
This 18th Century botanical beauty really is a gem in Vauxhall's dining scene. Stop by Brunswick House & Garden this summer and you'll be blown away by the gorgeous garden and botanical decor matched with refreshing cocktails and fresh seasonal plates.
Make your way to Marylebone, where this charming terrace awaits. Drawing inspiration from Winston Churchill, there's cigars, Champagne and whisky alongside British bites. Whether it's a catch up with friends or client meeting, this is the place for it.
An Instagrammer's haven 365 days of the year, Dalloway Terrace is all about pretty decor and the menus to match. When you're not busy photographing the seasonal set-up, check out the all-day offering with small plates and crisp wine.