Alfresco Drinking In London

When it comes to stylish pub gardens and trendy rooftop terraces, London suffers from an embarrassment of riches. Frankly, anybody who argues that the capital isn't the greatest city to enjoy an ice-cold drink in the sunshine, is lying through their teeth. Whether you're after an Aperol spritz in the sun or craft beer by the riverside, here's a list of recommended venues perfect for a spot of alfresco drinking in London.

Last updated on 24th December 2021

The Fellow

808 user reviews 4

A "stylish gastro wonderland" just around the corner from King's Cross, head to the rooftops to find The Fellow's handsome open-air terrace. Fitted with a handful of wooden tables and cosy corners, settle in for the long run and knock back a few of the venue's signature cocktails. It's heated and covered too, so there's no need to retreat inside should the weather turn.


Tamesis Dock

107 user reviews 4

Alfresco drinking doesn't get much better than when it's on a boat, right? Tamesis Dock is the Vauxhall bar that's moored on the River Thames. Pop over for delicious drinks with a view on its sunny top deck or for live music sessions inside.

Take your drinks outside with a visit to one of Vagabond's various terraces. From a stunning fairy-lit snug in Battersea through to street-side wining and dining in Fulham, you're guaranteed quality menus in gorgeous settings.

Grove House Tavern

18 user reviews 4

Grove House Tavern is a charming neighbourhood pub in Peckham, offering a quiet spot for alfresco drinking in South London. Settle down in the spacious outdoor space to indulge in a long list of refreshing tipples alongside lunchtime sarnies from Mondo Sando and tasty bakes from Cutie Pies.

Aspen and Meursault

20 user reviews 5

One of the best places for alfresco dining in Battersea, Aspen & Meursault brings the wine and dine experience to the next level with their snug courtyard and pretty plants. Drink up and enjoy nibbles such as chorizo bites and boozy cheese boards.

The Devonshire

475 user reviews 4

A trusted boozer on the Balham High Road since way back in 1821, one of the biggest draws of The Devonshire is its beautiful garden. Pick out a sunny day and set up camp here for a top choice of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines that should more than spoil you for choice.

Union Tavern

22 user reviews 4

A nice wee spot by the river in Notting Hill, those looking for alfresco drinks in London won't be hard pushed to enjoy the pub antics of this babe in the west. Grab a pint and settle down for a drink by the river as The Union Tavern not only boasts a top selection of beers, their suburban hankerings are more than adored.

The Coat and Badge

503 user reviews 4

Laurel hedges enclose the delightful outdoor space at the Coat & Badge, which is rightly considered one of the best beer gardens in South West London. Ideal for everything from people-watching to live sport with drinks in tow, there's also plenty of cover to retreat to if the weather should turn.

Aqua Kyoto

2 user reviews 5

Specialising in sublime Japanese dishes alongside carefully crafted cocktails, Aqua Kyoto is one of London's most exciting drinking and dining destinations. That's not all though as the rooftop retreat has a stunning outdoor space that's ideal for alfresco sips in summer months.

The Green Room

743 user reviews 4

Looking for a pre-National Theatre pitstop? Look no further than The Green Room, the stunning glass-walled bar and restaurant that sits in the heart of Southbank. Grab a table in the light-flooded dining room or head outside for cocktails and canapes on the lawn. 

The Adam & Eve

34 user reviews 4

The Adam & Eve in Homerton is a fantastic pub for a bit of alfresco boozing, what with its pretty garden, outdoor screens and ample selection of beers. As for food? The kitchen dishes out a tasty selection of fusion Thai street food.

The Dog and Fox

1251 user reviews 4

The Dog & Fox's inviting alfresco space is one of the best beer gardens in Wimbledon. The front garden fills up quickly at the first sight of sunshine, as drinkers and diners flock to this Wimbledon Village hub to enjoy quintessential British food and a vast array of boozy favourites in sunny style. There's also a roofed hotel garden available come rain or shine.

The Engineer

36 user reviews 5

Fancy a few tipples outside? Head to The Engineer for a casual dining experience and alfresco drinks. They feature a walled beer garden complete with lots of seating and even a BBQ area, so you and your friends can make this your new outdoor spot.

The Old Brewery

1158 user reviews 4

Set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, The Old Brewery is a unique and historic pub located just yards away from the legendary Cutty Sark. An ideal spot to sample London-brewed craft beers and a healthy range of distilled spirits, there's a relaxed outdoor terrace with plenty of room for when the sun makes an appearance.

The Crooked Well

220 user reviews 4

For outdoor drinking and dining in South London, The Crooked Well is one of our favourite pubs. Located just off Peckham Road, the friendly watering hole serves a mouthwatering selection of modern British cuisine, from premium steaks to crab cakes and braised lamb shank.

Simmons Fitzrovia

121 user reviews 4

One Fitzrovia's favourite party spots, Simmons is a corker of kitsch cocktails, darling interiors and top notch antics to boot. While heralded for their decor, the Fitroy Street bar also boasts a wee selection of alfresco seats for outdoor supping. With its fake grass and white picket fence, it's a cute ol' place to grab a cocktail or three. 

The Narrow

2 user reviews 3

Whether it's a special occasion or just some after work drinks, there's nothing like a great view to take your night from humdrum to oh, honey. Head over to Limehouse where The Narrow's alfresco terrace is the perfect place to pitch up for a pint or a few crafty cocktails while you watch the sun set over the river.

London Craft Beer Cruise

157 user reviews 5

If you're looking for fabulous alfresco drinks, then you'll be set at one of London Craft Beer Cruise's events. Your day comes complete with beer, cider, gin and other tipples, alongside a lesson from sommeliers and delicious fare.