The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

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From beer gardens to cosy winter lodges, here's where to drink al fresco in the capital

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With London now in the Tier 2 category, indoor socialising is banned – but we can still meet friends from other households al fresco. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together London’s best outdoor drinking spots, from pub gardens to winter terraces. Beer jackets on.

The Ship, Wandsworth

The Ship

If the South Bank isn’t your vibe, join the rest of London’s grads at The Ship in Wandsworth for waterside al fresco drinking. The landmark pub dates back to 1786 and continues to draw in the crowds. Not the place to go ‘for a quick pint’. theship.co.uk

The Magic Garden, Battersea

Magic Garden

This Battersea pub does boho chic at its finest. The Magic Garden boasts live music and DJs from all genres, where creative south-west Londoners flock on weekends. With its laidback Glasto vibes, the so-called ‘festival in a pub’ is the kind of place you’ll struggle to leave. magicgardenpub.com

The Albion, Islington

Arguably one of the most beautiful beer gardens in London, The Albion’s garden space is flooded with wisteria and flickering candles which make for endless Instagram opportunities. The French windows in the restaurant open onto over 450 metres of wisteria-filled English country garden – truly breathtaking. the-albion.co.uk

Winterland, Fulham

Fulham’s Alpine-inspired riverside retreat is back on 5 November with a whole host of spaces to book privately – from igloos to ski lift bubbles to winter chalets. From these, feast on fondue, charcuterie boards, mac & cheese and pizzas, alongside hot festive favourites such as mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate. winterlandlondon.com

Skylight, Tobacco Dock

Skylight

Skylight’s popular rooftop bar will be transformed from a sunny haven into a magical igloo forest this Winter with heated igloo-bubbles, cosy blankets and spectacular views. Households and support bubbles can enjoy keeping the cold out (and maintaining social distancing) in one of Skylight’s 18 igloo-bubbles, with plenty of heated outdoor options for groups of six, and welcome drinks on arrival. Food and drink options include delicious cocktails, sharing platters and yummy street food. tobaccodocklondon.com

Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick

CRATE Brewery

A former print factory transformed into a brewery and pizzeria by locals, CRATE Brewery is hipster London at its peak. Sip on house-brewed beers and thin crust pizzas while watching boats cruise along the canal. cratebrewery.com

Pergola Paddington

One of the capital’s biggest outdoor drinking venues, Pergola Paddington is back with its winter edition: Miracle on Kingdom Street. They’ve gone all out festive with the décor: think log fires, Christmas trees and a backdrop of snow-covered hills, with eight cosy winter lodges complete with blankets, cheese fondue kits and their own private bar. Don’t worry about getting cold: there’s a full heating system, plus a warming drinks menu featuring mulled wine, hot toddies and spiced cider. In-keeping with the theme, food is Alpine-inspired: raclette, currywurst sausages, mince pies and s’mores are all on the cards. pergolapaddington.com

The Regent, Balham

The Regent

South London’s answer to Narnia has launched at Balham pub The Regent: a pop-up garden accessed through an old wardrobe. Once inside you’ll find yourself in a botanical hideaway, decked out with festoon lighting, flowers and bamboo. Nab one of the cosy lounge chairs and settle in for early evening drinks and upmarket pub favourites including sharing boards, burgers and arancini. theregentbalham.co.uk

The Prince, Fulham

The Prince

Boasting the title of London’s largest pub garden, The Prince has ample space for socially distanced drinks with friends. Hang out under the pergola with street food from the likes of Wildcard and Utter Waffle, plus festive drinks. theprincelondon.com

Dalloway Terrace, Fitzrovia

Dalloway Terrace

Named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, forever a Bloomsbury association, Dalloway Terrace is similarly elegant, poetic and quintessentially English. Its flower-covered outdoor space makes it one of the city’s most sought-after al fresco drinking spots across all seasons. Diners can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails amid the Instagram-friendly setting, which recently underwent an autumnal makeover courtesy of McQueens Flowers and Johnnie Walker Black Label. dallowayterrace.com

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

The Duke of Edinburgh’s beer garden is legendary – and it’s one of the biggest in south London. With a large bar, BBQ pit and extensive seating, it’s made for a slow (and boozy) Sundays with friends. dukeofedinburghpub.com 

Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Well, it would be wrong not to include this ever-popular Chelsea haunt. Whatever the weather, few places beat The Ivy’s garden. The perfect spot for people-watching. theivychelseagarden.com

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

With 360 degree views across London, Bussey building’s rooftop bar is rather spectacular come sunset. It’s one of Peckham’s buzziest venues year-round, especially on weekends when the party continues late into the night. busseyrooftopbar.com

Vinegar Yard, London Bridge

Vinegar Yard

London Bridge’s Vinegar Yard comes from the team behind Flat Iron Square, another popular al fresco destination. Filled with street food traders, pop-up bars and a huge outdoor garden, it’s a buzzy post-work drinks spot open till late, offering unobstructed views of The Shard. vinegaryard.london

The Rose, Fulham

Known as Fulham’s ‘Village Pub’, the garden at The Rose is typically quaint. Enjoy a refreshing drink as you listen to the gentle swell of the water features and admire the carpet of flowering shrubs. Just perfect for a lazy afternoon drink or meal with friends. Totally unique, the layout provides private and secluded areas perfect for a quiet (or not-so-quiet) afternoon. therosefulham.co.uk

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