Venues With Outdoor Space
Outdoor seating in London is often the most coveted, existing as a safe haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Yet venues with great outdoor space can often seem hard to come by in London, particularly in the centre of town. However there needn't be any trouble as you hunt for venues with outdoor seating in London - the capital is full of such places, you just need to know where to look, check out our recommended list and see if any tickle your fancy.
Last updated on 22nd September 2017
The Vineyard’s vast outdoor space is to thank for the venue’s ‘Garden of Islington’ nickname. This charming venue opens its doors out to a vast beer garden space that leads on to Upper Street. Swing by at the first sight of sunshine and expect to see a vibrant crowd mingling long into the evening.
Sitting comfortably on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, The Union Tavern is one of our favourite venues with outdoor space in London. Serving food and cask ales all day, this is a great spot to enjoy the sunshine with friends as you watch the longboats pass by. Book a table now.
Lost & Co is a fun bar and restaurant that's quickly established itself in Battersea. Serving breakfast, dinner and everything in between, the venue's hand-crafted cocktails and ice-cold craft beers are certain to appeal to even the most cynical punter. Perfect for when the sun makes a rare appearance, the venue's pretty beer garden is capable of rivalling any in South London.
Inside, Omeara has a lot to offer, with a 320-capacity live music venue showcasing the best in up-and-coming and world class acts as well as a Mexican cantina filled with cocktails and tequila. But step outside onto their terrace and you’ll be greeted with beautiful views of the Shard and Southwark Cathedral too.
Elk bar isn’t just a great DJ bar in the heart of Fulham, it’s also got one of the best sun-trap beer gardens in the business. Which is perfect to enjoy 2-4-1 cocktail deals, mojito parties, or even an outdoor barbeque packed with meaty treats.
From quiz nights through to live bands, Effra Social is a sparky venue in Brixton. Transforming a Georgian Manor, the spot has a huge beer garden, large bar and hot roster of events.
No stone is left unturned at The Mere Scribbler in South London. The venue caters for a wide range of different tastes, boasting a drinks menu of craft beers, international wines, local ales and classic cocktails. With a menu of comfort food treats and live rugby matches showcased on their big screens, the venue is perfect for South London's many sports fans.
Cinnamon Kitchen are premiering their very own gin-centred Summer Pavilion! Made in conjunction with Bombay Sapphire Gin, it’s perfect to sip a gin cocktail in amongst the comfy cushioned seating, gazebo tents and swing benches as well as the life-size baby elephant replica and greenery.
It’s not just cool, updated Victorian interiors and delicious cocktails at the Racketeer. It’s host to a secret too – a garden, hidden out the back, perfect for when the weather’s great.
Find The Riverfront on the South Bank in the BFI building. The restaurant and bar has a spacious outdoor seating area with views of The Thames. Order a pint, one of their delicious pulled pork burgers and soak up the sun in this atmospheric setting.
Hankering for a drink in Hammersmith? Dying to uncover a darling venue where a maritime theme is on high, yet the price of some of London's best ales is low? A charming Fuller's pub brimming with nautical themed nooks and kitsch bits, The Blue Boat boast a patio to envy thanks to its river side views and summer charm.
Shane's on Canalside is a family-friendly, quirky venue on the canalside in Hackney Wick. The outdoor terrace is a little suntrap that is perfect for a Sunday in the sun enjoying ethically sourced plates and delicious cocktails.
People's Park Tavern have got more outdoor space than you'll know what to do with! Their huge circular beer garden opens out onto the lush scenes of Victoria park with multiple long benches scattered about for tired bodies to settle down onto for an afternoon. As well as that there are covered wooden shacks lining the walk to the pub's back door. If you're looking for a bountiful excess of outdoors with your pint, then this is the pub for you.
It's not all delicious sushi and swish technology at Inamo in Camden. Head to north London to discover a heated rooftop and outside terrace, perfect for enjoying a cold Japanese beer in the sun.
The expansive restaurant bar Jamie's Bishopsgate boasts one of the most thriving outdoor terraces in London come 5pm. Literally minutes from Liverpool Street tube, Jamie's is the port of call for after work drinks and anyone looking to peruse their extensive wine collection. Enjoy winding down with colleagues or friends in their beautiful outdoor space.
Ideal for those lazy weekends, the Castle has already established itself as one of Islington's most popular locations. From fine wines and real ales to locally brewed craft beers and potent spirits, the pub's diversity means that it caters to every taste. With a beautiful, rooftop beer garden that's constantly drenched in golden sunlight cum the summer, the food menu and drinks list offer the ultimate culinary experience and are capable of putting a smile on even the most cynical of faces.
With the only terrace in Hackney Wick to site directly on the canal towpath, White Post Cafe has a pretty special outdoor vibe. The bar and cafe is a happening spot which is open from morning through to night, head there first thing for coffee, or come in evening when DJs spin the best sounds and gin and wine are in full flow.
28West's luxurious front terrace boasts fantastic views and a lively atmosphere come rain or shine. Come summertime it's perfect for catching some rays with a few summery cocktails, and the fully covered and heated facilities means guests can pop outside in the colder months too. Stunning views of the Thames put the cherry on an impressive cake.
Based in West India Quay, The Sipping Room is a welcoming bar and restaurant that serves both seasonal dishes and inventive cocktails. Open early in the morning and shutting up shop close to midnight each day, the venue serves breakfast, dinner and everything in between. If that wasn't enticing enough, the venue boasts a cosy outdoor terrace that's perfect for both cocktails in the scorching summer and hot toddiess during the colder months.
With a heated rooftop terrace, decked out with timber benches, parasols and picturesque greenery, this fresh air space is the perfect spot for sun soaking, alfresco dining and romantic viewings of those hazy sunsets. Settle back with a tasty tipple and maybe some tasty Gastro grub with your nearest and dearest for a sweet escape way above the ground.
The great British pub is all to hard to resist, but not more so than when it has its very own beer garden to boot. Not only family friendly, this outdoor space is primed for the sunshine. Grab a bevvie, grab a beer or grab a British plate of grub and head on outside.
Make for The Saint’s spacious terrace if you’re looking for after-work drinks in the shadow of St. Paul’s. It comes alive post 5pm, when workers spill out of the office and get settled with a classy bottle of wine and a sharing board for the table. With a good choice of British cooking available at dinner, don’t be surprised to find yourself staying longer into the night.
The Betjemen Arms is a Grade I listed public house, with a large outdoor terrace, perfect for alfresco drinks during summer, or huddling under the heaters during colder months. The indoors has events rooms decorated fantastically in resemblence to a kitsch, but classy living room. It has a relaxed grandeur, which is inviting and comfortable; there are screens on which to watch the sports and the bar is well-stocked, with British flavours wafting from the kitchen.
Looking for a venue in London with a roster of outside space? Then get to know The Leather Bottle in Earlsfield. Not only toting charming pub interiors, their outside space is a large and beaming area of private hits and greenery aplenty.
A stunning but in the heart of Chelsea, The Waterside is one of the best pubs in London with outside space, and you need only look to see why. Head on down to this gastro favourites for sweeping views of the Thames in a fun and laid-back drinking enviroment.
Elysée Restaurant & Bar is well equipped to keep its guests entertained from the afternoon through 'til late. Serving a Greek inspired menu (expect plate smashing) with its own cocktail bar and one of the largest roof gardens in London (totalling 700 square foot), this is one of our favourite venues with outdoor space in London. As a popular spot for outdoor seating in London, be sure to book your space.
The Jam Tree in Chelsea is a certified babe when it comes to delicious cocktails, stylish interiors and a totally ballin' outside area. Their lush garden is lit by fairy lights come nightfall, has heaters for the chilly winter months, is definitely good for size and plays host to some hella tasty BBQ's over the Summer.
Situated just off the main Kingsland Road strip, the Rolling Stock is one of east London’s hidden gems. First and foremost it’s a flourishing arts destination that hosts photoshoots, fashion shows and product launches, but it’s also got one of the best outdoor spaces in east London. Surrounded by stunning murals and offering a gentle buzz of an atmosphere, grab yourself a drink and soak in some sun.
With a beautiful outdoor terrace, indoor bar and upstairs private dining room, Hush in Mayfair has a huge variety of spaces. Join the swanky spot for cocktails, seafood and steak, or hire the whole thing out for yourself.
When on the hunt for venues with great outdoor space, head to The Jam Tree in Clapham for an oasis of calm. Hidden behind a giant bookcase, you'll have to hunt for this secret garden but once it has been located, this venue with outdoor space is a great place to hang out with friends and wile away the summer afternoon. Open seven days a week, this is a popular choice of London venues with great outdoor space, so be sure to book your spot.
This East London restaurant bar is a calling for those wanting to bask in some alfresco food and drink glory. Come and chill out on their expansive outdoor terrace complete with cushions and lounging corners where views over West India quay can be seen. Food and drink here comes of the classically British persuasion so you can't go wrong.
Once the sun comes out for summer, Cha Chaan Teng open their summer terrace for some great alfresco dining and tonnes of Hong Kong treats. Their cocktail menu is packed with playful mixes, including specially-created Chinese tea-themed cocktails, and their kitchen serves up a storm of Chinese treats.
A hidden garden gem in Tooting, The Castle is coming up trumps with some of the best outdoor drinking spaces in London. Not only boasting quaint tables to make the most of their wine and beer selection, there's bookable booths for that all important special occasion.
Dinner and drinks on Hoxton Square are always a great idea - especially when you’ve got hangouts like this knocking about. With tasty food washed down with beers and cocktails as well as a superb line-up of live bands throughout the week, the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen also features an outdoor terrace that faces all the fun on the Square!
With an outdoor terrace to boast, it's no wonder that Big Chill Bar is prime pickings for for drinks outside in London. From affordable bevvies to a sweet spot under the sun, this laid-back local bar is a promising haunt for all things drinks and dancing in the city.
Perfect for a group dinner in London or a team night out, Royal Oak in Willesden is a cool pub that's full of charm and character. With a bar stocked with craft beers, fine wines and international spirits, the venue also shows the best live sport on its many HD screens. If that wasn't enough, the venue's stunning garden and rooftop are perfect for when the sun comes out.
Harking on down to Hackney, and looking for a great venue with a teaming outdoor space? Then hot foot it to one of the most unusual plots in East London. Not only a canal boat that often sets sail upon the Hackney shore, Alfred Le Roy also boasts private hire in its unique space.
With twinkling fairy lights, an intimate setting and plenty of craft beer, The Birds in Leystone has the perfect beer garden for lounging about on summer days. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, the venue also has a stylish interior with bird cages, retro pieces and traditional features.
A colourful and vibrant bar serving Vietnamese street food and innovative signature cocktails, there’s also an awesome cocktail garden to explore at Apples & Pears. It’s the ideal space to unwind on Brick Lane in the warmer months, and it’s fully heated for all year round alfresco revelry.