Alfresco Drinking in The City

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Sample some delightful summer options for the outdoor drinker with our guide to alfresco drinking in The City. We've picked some excellent venues guaranteed to have you making the most of this summer's unforgiving sunshine, so if you're stuck for ideas during the day or you're looking for a haunt to escape to after work, our recommended list of suggestions for alfresco drinking in The City will assist you ably.

Don't forget to check out our recommended list of City bars too.
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50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
(020) 7300 1400

The Sanderson is a 1950s building that has been transformed into a quirky and unique hotel in the West End. Amenities at the Sanderson include valet parking, 24 hour room service, gym, spa, WiFi and flat screen TVs.

Enjoy food and drink at the Sanderson at their restaurant and bars including the Purple Bar, Long Bar and the Courtyard Garden.

  • Situated in the heart of London’s West End
  • With newly renovated rooms by designer Tim Andreas
  • Multiple dining and cocktail offerings grace Sanderson
  • Steps from Oxford Street shopping and the Soho district
  • Ideally located for weekend breaks or business travel

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The Argyle


The Argyle pub offers a varied range of beers, ales, spirits, wines and cocktails and a food menu of classic pub dishes. This modern pub also has an intimate roof terrace, perfect for alfresco drinking in the City.

1 Greville Street, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8PQ
(020) 7405 0999


Aviary is a luxurious rooftop restaurant and terrace bar located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel. Aviary offers a modern British menu and fantastic views of the City's skyline.

Montcalm Royal London House, 10th Floor, 22-25 Finsbury Square, City, London, EC2A 1DX
020 3873 4060



The outdoor patio area looks directly onto the river at the Banker.

Cousin Lane, London, EC4R 3TE
(020) 7283 5206
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The Botanist

The Botanist

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.

The Bunch of Grapes


The Bunch of Grapes on Lime Street possesses the perfect alleyway to enjoy alfresco drinks in the summer sun.

14 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7AN
(020) 7623 7557

Corney and Barrow at Exchange Square


Famed for its Pimm's and marvellous outdoor area, Corney and Barrow @ Exchange Square is a popular venue in the city.

5 Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, EC2A 2EH
(020) 7628 4367

The Crutched Friar


Desirable little beer garden area at the Crutched Friar in the city.

39-41 Crutched Friars, Bank, London, EC3N 2AE
(020) 7488 3243

Eight Members Club

Panoramic views of the city from the balcony of this exclusive venue in the city.

1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, London, EC2A 2BS
(020) 7392 9410

Golden Bee


Golden Bee is a popular cocktail bar and roof terrace ideally situated nearby Old Street tube station. During the week, Golden Bee is a relaxing lounge bar and a perfect venue to wind down and enjoy some post-work drinks with colleagues and friends before at weekends the venue transforms into a club with a fantastic atmosphere.

Singer Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9DD
(020) 7253 1110
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The Happenstance

The Happenstance

10 Paternoster Square, City, London, EC4M 7DX
(020) 7618 9520

The Happenstance bar and restaurant has a great choice of world wines, killer cocktails, beers and spirits. There is also a seasonal food menu made using locally sourced produce.

Northbank Restaurant and Bar

With a spectacular riverside setting, Northbank Restaurant and Bar is attractive to city business people as well as London tourists. They offer a menu of good honest British food with a Cornish influence, along with great wines, a selection of real ales and West Country ciders.

Millennium Bridge, One Paul's Walk, The City, London, EC4V 3QH
(020) 7329 9299

The Old Fountain


The Old Fountain pub offers classic pub fare at lunchtime together with bar snacks in the evenings. Drinks include a choice of real ales, beers, wines and spirits. The venue also boasts a delightful, contemporary wood-panelled roof terrace, ideal for alfresco drinking in the City.

3 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU
(020) 7253 2970
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The Refinery

The Refinery

12 New Street Square, City, London, EC4A 3BF
(020) 7842 0750

The Refinery on New Street Square is a stylish restaurant, bar and terrace. Expect a varied cocktail list offering a selection of both classic and signature choices.

The Refinery offers a seasonal, all-day dining menu with dishes including crispy duck flatbread; Thai coconut curry; and sirloin steak sandwich.

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Simmons Liverpool Street

Simmons Liverpool Street

21 Widegate Street, City, London, E1 7HP
(020) 7377 1843

Simmons is unique bar featuring a quirky interior with mismatched and vintage items throughout. On the drinks list is a comprehensive selection including wines, Champagne and cocktails served in teacups.

Ye Olde London


Ye Olde London is a traditional London pub that serves a good range of beers and spirits and pub food. Ye Olde London also boasts an astro-turfed courtyard area - ideal for a spot of alfresco drinking in the City.

42 Ludgate Hill, The City, London, EC4M 7DE
(020) 7248 1852