Where To Drink Outside in London

In a city teeming with skyscrapers and jammed roads, it's no wonder that Londoners flock to some of the city's green spaces and rooftop for a drink outside come summer, or winter. But where can you find these gems? From beautiful rooftops in Peckham, to brimming beer gardens in East London, here are our top picks for some of the best places to drink outside in London.

Last updated on 10th December 2021

The Cyclist

348 user reviews 4

This neighbourhood pub in Balham has plenty of room out front if you're looking for places to drink outside. That's not all though, as The Cyclist serves a menu of elevated pub grub and small-batch gins to make your experience that much better. 

Leadbelly's Bar

721 user reviews 4

If you're looking for the best places to drink outside in South London, check out Leadbelly's Bar is Rotherhithe. Offering an all-day menu of fresh, seasonal dishes that range from sharing platters to hearty burgers and grilled goods, this is one winning spot for boozy lunches and dinners. 

Fourpure Taproom

92 user reviews 5

Nestled within their brewery in Bermondsey, Fourpure Taproom is one of the best places to drink outside in London. Hunker down here in the warmer months with small batch beers, brunch plates and juicy burgers while topping up your tan. 

The Sun Inn

9 user reviews 5

Home to two gorgeous outdoor drinking areas, The Sun Inn is the Barnes pub ready and waiting to host you this summer. The beautiful boozer is a hotspot for craft beers, Sunday roasts and plenty of open-air antics.

Whyte & Brown

199 user reviews 4

Found in the heart of buzzing Soho venue Kingly Court, Whyte & Brown is a chic and modern restaurant, serving an all-day menu of salads, burgers and small plates. Swing by the terrace to sip on a selection of exotic wines while watching the shoppers, tourists and post-work crowd stroll past.

The Arnos Arms

864 user reviews 4

Located just a stone's throw away from Arnos Grove station, The Arnos Arms is a gorgeous country-style pub with a sprawling terrace area. Head here in the summer for sun-soaked sips before heading into the tent to warm up by the electric heaters.

With heaters, covering and a cracking menu of drinks and food, The Turks Head is one of the best places with outdoor seating in London. Grab an alfresco table and take in the pretty greenery before getting you chomps on some brunch dishes, burgers or tasty pies, all washed down with craft beers.

The Adam & Eve

34 user reviews 4

Looking for a beautiful beer garden for your next drinking session? The Adam & Eve in East London has just the ticket. The outdoor area is a total suntrap in the summer and is covered in the winter, so it's a top spot for all seasons.

Bunch of Grapes

407 user reviews 4

In case you missed it, London Bridge is a great place to grab a few pints outside and Bunch of Grapes proves it. Hidden away down a side-street, this chilled out spot is perfect not only for British pints and plates but also a heated garden should you want to head outside. 

If you're looking for South London outdoor drinking spots, do not miss out on the chance to nab a place at The Brixton Courtyard. Offering regular socials that include live DJs, delcious street food and thirst-quenching tipples, its one unique summer hangout.

The Duchess of Dalston

10 user reviews 5

Found on the ever-buzzing Kingsland Road, The Duchess of Dalston is a cool place to drink outside in East London. Head here to delve into a menu of signature cocktails and signature brunch plates that changes every two weeks. 

London Bridge Rooftop

15 user reviews 4

With a central location, daily DJ sets and gawp-worthy views, London Bridge Rooftop is an obvious choice for places to drink outside. At the weekend? This bar turns things up a notch, with bottomless brunches and Aperol spritz deals making your summer that bit sweeter.

The Crooked Well

220 user reviews 4

For alfresco drinks in South London, The Crooked Well is an obvious choice. The charming neighbourhood gastropub boasts streetside tables that are hot property when the sun decides to shine. Head along for gourmet bar snacks, local ales and fruity spritzes.