When it comes to summer in London knowing the best bars for outdoor drinking is vital. Whether you work in central London, The City or simply fancy a long, cold drink by the river after work we have done the hard work for you.
Our pick of the best bars for outdoor drinking include a selection of bars across the capital in the hope that you will never be left red faced, sweaty palmed and gasping for a drink. Also an essential list for those who can't/won't kick the habit.
155 Bishopsgate, Broadgate, London, EC2A 2AA
(020) 7256 7279
Jamies Bishopsgate has a stunning terrace making it ideal for an alfresco lunch. Also enjoy a cocktail in the evening sun with their 2-4-1 cocktails from 5PM Mon-Fri.
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A terrace, plenty of benches and sprawling overhead black canopes jutting from the side of the attractive brick building all add to the ambience of the Avalon in Balham.
16 Balham Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9EB
(020) 8675 8613
From the moment you walk through the outside drinking area, resplendent with benches made of reclaimed railway sleepers, palm trees and bamboo shoots, and slide back the front door, you’ll be charmed by its unique appeal.
213 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London, SE15 4QL
(020) 7635 6643
There is a beautiful outdoor area here at Bluebird which matches the modern style and sophistication of the restaurant.
350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
(020) 7559 1000
125 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9RG
(020) 7837 1924
With award winning food and drink plus a fabulous outdoor area, Canal 125 is the perfect destination for outdoor drinking.
It's hard to come by a decent beer garden in these parts of town, but the Crown and Shuttle brings to Shoreditch an excellent garden to its rear where a shuttle bus serves street food.
226 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6PJ
(020) 7375 2905
An ideal spot in Finsbury Park for those who enjoy summer sunshine and a swift smoke.
19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3HB
(020) 7272 5834
Outside seating for visitors in this quaint and historic venue of North London.
77 Highgate West Hill, Highgate, London, N6 6BU
(020) 8348 7346
7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South, London, SW4 9DW
(020) 8772 0303
Patio heaters make the outdoor area of Gigalum an enticing option all year round.
With breathtaking burgers, cool cocktails and an outdoor area for London's summer months, Grand Union Brixton puts a twist on your usual London chain.
123 Acre Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 5UA
(020) 7274 8794
Pleasant spot out the front for a session of alfresco drinking.
56 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT
(020) 8692 6258
For stunning country-esque views across the common and a beautiful courtyard, your can't go wrong with Wimbledon's Hand in Hand.
6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 4RQ
(020) 8946 5720
The Davy's Wine Bar has a courtyard ideal for a leisurely outdoor glass of vino.
Chaucer House, White Hart Yard, Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1NX
(020) 7407 2829
This rolling garden also doubles as a beer garden at the Herne Tavern.
2 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 0RR
(020) 8299 9521
Nearly 450 people can be accommodated in the garden of this contemporary gastro pub in Tooting.
538 Garratt Lane, Tooting, London, SW17 0NY
(020) 8946 2309
The Lodge Tavern has a large outdoor area which is the scene of barbecues in the summer months.
53 The Mall, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 3TA
(020) 8567 0173
There is seating on the terrace here for the warmer months.
Lord's Cricket Ground, St Johns Wood Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 8QN
(020) 7616 8689
The Partrige has a grand interior with high ceilings, marble pillars and chandeliers with similarly impressive outdoor area.
194 High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HE
(020) 8464 7656
Chelsea's premier spot for outdoor drinking, The Phene boasts a beautiful garden area with modern and comfortable furniture.
9 Phene Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5NY
(020) 7352 9898
Picnic benches outside the pretty frontage of this pub make for the ideal summer drinking spot.
80-82 Eversholt Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 1BX
(020) 7387 2165
A marvellous East London boozer this and one of the oldest riverside pubs in London. Choose from the rooftop balcony, flagstoned beer garden or the jetty.
57 Wapping Wall, Shadwell, London, E1W 3SH
(020) 7481 1095
This stylish Chiswick gastro pub comes complete with outdoor seating in its suntrap of a beer garden. It makes for ideal summer seating for the well-to-do families in the neighbourhood as well as visitors to the area.
122 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1PU
(020) 8995 4392
There’s a beer garden at the Royal Inn for enjoying the rare summer rays.
111 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7HJ
(020) 8985 3321
An expansive beer garden makes this good natured pub a great spot during the warmer months of the year.
97 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4RL
(020) 7483 1261
The courtyard at Spaniards Inn contains a huge pagoda tree centrepiece.
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
(020) 8731 8406
A large beer garden can be located at the Swan equipped with heaters and canopies.
1 Evershed Walk, 119 Acton Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 5HH
(020) 8994 8262
This independent gastro pub has a decked garden ideal for the summer months.
55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JD
(020) 7266 9198
Beautiful outside area available for the summer with barbequed treats for hungry partrons.
9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX
(020) 7426 0495
Plenty of chairs and tables available out the front in this legendary pub on Parsons Green.
1-3 Parsons Green, Fulham, London, SW6 4UL
(020) 7736 2115
A charming, romantic pub with a cosy beer garden for disappearing into on a lazy afternoon.
114 Campden Hill Road, Holland Park, London, W8 7AR
(020) 7243 8797