Whether you're searching for a location for a crafty cigarette or just prefer consuming your beverage under the stars, we have the perfect list for you, a guide to alfresco drinking in London. Our list is comprehensive and covers most styles from the intimate courtyard to the most expansive beer gardens available. If you need to temporarily escape from the congested space of a hot London bar, take a peek at our recommended list of locations for alfresco drinking in London.
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The beautiful Georgian garden can accommodate 120 patrons.
10 Thornhill Road, Barnsbury, London, N1 1HW
(020) 7607 7450
A beer garden is available in this relaxed gastropub for outdoor drinking and outdoor mingling.
59 Newington Green Road, Islington, London, N1 4QU
(020) 7226 3531
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
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
Unit 5, Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS
(020) 3058 9888
Split over two floors, The Botanist is a restaurant and bar serving British and modern European cuisine and a variety of drinks including innovative cocktails. Downstairs, the Soda Room is a sleek, late night area that has a dancefloor, booths and DJ nights.
7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South, London, SW4 9DW
(020) 8772 0303
Gigalum on Clapham South is the ultimate London venue. Relax with a glass of wine in the warmth of the Gigalum's patio heaters to break the chill.
For picturesque views over the common and a stunning courtyard area, you can't go wrong with Wimbledon's Hand in Hand.
6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 4RQ
(020) 8946 5720
Jack's is a stylish bar and restaurant that offers visitors an impressive international menu that is served within a friendly and sophisticated atmosphere.
96 Isabella Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8DD
(020) 7928 0678
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
One of Camden's best loved pubs comes complete with a roof terrace and beer garden at the back where BBQs are held in the summer months.
35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
(020) 7482 7163
The Old Queens Head offers a spectacular setting with its bespoke chandeliers and its 16th Century fireplaces. An alfresco is available for revellers when the weather's agreeable.
44 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7354 9993
The Old Sergeant has a comfortable sheltered beer garden. There are chalet-style booths and murals commemorating Young’s brewery presence in Wandsworth town centre, before it merged with Wells and moved to Bedford in 2006.
104 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, London, SW18 4DJ
(020) 8874 4099
This is a wonderful pub with a plum spot near Hammersmith Bridge.
25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TD
(020) 8748 2593
An extensive refurbishment has restored this beautiful pub back to its former splendour on Kilburn Lane, complete with inviting garden.
19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE
(020) 8969 0098
The seating outside is just as popular in winter as summer months thanks to the outdoor heaters which allow the many smokers to opt for spending their socialising time outside.
Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5FW
0845 468 0100
The Pilgrim is a classic English pub with two excellent outdoor areas.
247 Kennington Lane, Kennington, London, SE11 5QU
One of the few pubs in Central London to offer a large outdoor space, the Porterhouse courtyard is understandably very popular.
21-22 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA
(020) 7379 7917
Comes complete with its own outdoor decking area or, if the weather's really nice, you can ask for your drink to be put into a plastic cup and head over to the nearby park.
19 Martello Street, Hackney, London, E8 3PE
(020) 7923 3398
Drinkers spill out the doors in the summer months, creating an expansive, thriving outdoor area reminiscent of places like Canary Wharf.
110 Southwark Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0TF
0845 468 0186
21 University Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6JL
(020) 3879 9252
Simmons Euston Square is a quirky cocktail bar with regular drinks promotions. Simmons has a fun, friendly atmosphere and is ideally situated for after work drinks in Euston.
The courtyard at Spaniards Inn contains a huge pagoda tree centrepiece.
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
(020) 8731 8406
The Talbot on Mortimer Road is an upbeat gastropub-cum-local.
109 Mortimer Road, Islington, London, N1 4JY
(020) 7241 2995
This vessel holds up to 200 people and offers a number of flexible options such as the open top deck, mezzanine gallery or the main saloon.
Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP
(020) 7582 1066
A quaint pub with one of the best beer gardens around and real ale make The Telegraph Inn worth the bus ride from Putney High Street.
Telegraph Road, Putney, London, SW15 3TU
(020) 8788 2011
Out the front is a well-organised terrace, which is an appealing drinking and meeting spot in the summer, and even in the winter thanks to the placement of several gas burners.
101 Westbourne Park Villas, Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5ED
(020) 7221 1332
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
The Woodman's expansive garden is pretty and accommodating, not to mention being housed in one of the most beautiful parts of town, on the edge of Highgate Village.
414 Archway Road, Highgate, London, N6 5UA
(020) 8340 3016