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.
Don't forget to check out our recommended list of Rooftop bars in London
More Bars For Outdoor Drinking
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
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
The Chelsea Pensioner is a stylish pub offering a variety of craft beers, real ales and ciders alongside a food selection of freshly made pizzas. The Chelsea Pensioner also has a beer garden making it ideal choice for alfresco drinking and dining.
358 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9UU
(020) 7351 0422
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
Dirty Martini on Minories brings incredible cocktails and a friendly atmosphere to Tower Hill; with two suntrap areas outside the front and back of the venue which customers can take advantage of with their drinks until 10pm every day.
124-127 Minories, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 1NT
(020) 7632 2218
Outside seating for visitors in this quaint and historic venue of North London.
77 Highgate West Hill, Highgate, London, N6 6BU
(020) 8348 7346
Patio heaters make the outdoor area of Gigalum an enticing option all year round.
7 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South, London, SW4 9DW
(020) 8772 0303
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
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
The Jam Tree is a popular bar and restaurant located in Clapham's trendy Old Town. Concealed behind the giant bookcase is a beautiful walled garden, an oasis of calm hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Clapham Old Town.
13-19 Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0JT
(020) 3397 4422
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 Magic Roundabout is a unique events space situated on Old Street roundabout with street food outlets, cocktail and craft beer vendors and an eclectic music programme.
Old Street Roundabout, Shoreditch, London, EC1Y 1BE
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
Radio Rooftop Bar is a destination bar on the 10th floor of ME London. Boasting stunning views and stylish surroundings, Radio Rooftop Bar also hosts a monthly cocktail party with DJs, cocktails and finger food.
ME London, 336-337 Strand, Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
(020) 7395 3440
The Refinery at Regent's Place is a large restaurant, bar, terrace and deli by Drake and Morgan that has floor-to-ceiling windows, natural timbers and reclaimed brick flooring giving the venue a rustic feel.
5 Brock Street, Regents Place, Camden Town, London, NW1 3FG
The Refinery creates a range of British dishes that make good use of seasonal produce. On the drinks side of things, expect a creative range of cocktails, over forty different wines and premium spirits and beers.
0845 468 0106
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
Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London, WC2N 5DJ
(020) 7839 3011
Permanently moored on the Victoria Embankment, R.S Hispaniola serves a selection of Modern European dishes within stylish surroundings. The R.S Hispaniola also has a comprehensive selection of drinks.
The courtyard at Spaniards Inn contains a huge pagoda tree centrepiece.
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
(020) 8731 8406
Sports Bar and Grill Marylebone is a lively bar where you can catch all the latest sporting matches on large plasma screens. The venue also boasts a large covered terrace, perfect for outdoor drinking when the weather is kind.
Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place, Marylebone, London, NW1 6JJ
(020) 7723 8890
The Water Poet is a charming pub in Spitalfields with a separate dining room, pool room, basement bar and slouchy sofas in the main bar. The huge garden, barn and BBQs make The Water Poet a popular destination during summer months.
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
The Windsor Castle in Kensington was built in the 1800s and is a lovely little pub. Made up of a collection of small bars with traditional oak wooden floors, panels, bar counters and furniture, it’s perfect for intimate drinks with close friends and lovers. The Windsor Castle also have a cosy beer garden, perfect for disappearing into on a lazy afternoon.
114 Campden Hill Road, Holland Park, London, W8 7AR
(020) 7243 8797