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.

Last updated on 18th June 2020

The Parlour

518 user reviews 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

Queen of Hoxton

80 user reviews 4

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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. 


35 user reviews 4

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.

The Culpeper

2 user reviews 3

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. 


2 user reviews 5

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.