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The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London


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The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

The sun's out, and so should you be


The days are hotting up, which means we’re all looking for the best outdoor drinking spots in London. Luckily C&TH are here to help with a handy guide to the hottest places for al fresco G&Ts…


Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse has long been the place to see and be seen in London – and never more so than in the summer, when the sun-trap courtyard fills with the well-heeled Marylebone crowd. With its wicker chairs, black and white striped sofas and beautiful plants and greenery, head over for a delicious breakfast and stay for lunch and drinks as you soak up the sun in the ever-buzzy atmosphere. Nothing beats the heat like Chiltern’s fresh oysters paired with a few glasses of champagne…

Dalloway Terrace

Named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, forever a Bloomsbury association, Dalloway Terrace is similarly elegant, poetic and quintessentially English  – and its flower-covered (and highly Instagrammable) outdoor space makes it one of the city’s most sought-after alfresco drinking spots. Home to 1,000 flowers, the restaurant is currently embracing the start of warmer weather with a tropical jungle inspired by Leonard Wolf’s novel, The Village in the Jungle and a botanical cocktail menu with Sri Lankan influence.

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) Sunday with friends in the warmer months. 

Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

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

Bussey Rooftop Bar

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

Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

Head to Hyde Park for a beautiful summers’ day spent entirely outdoors – from a stroll through the gardens, to a dip in the lido, a pedalo in the Serpentine and, afterwards, a refreshing drink or five on the outdoor terrace. Look out for the Gin Bar in the summer.

Queen of Hoxton

Go East for the annual summer oasis created on this Shoreditch roof terrace. This year the roof will be transformed into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers), taking inspiration from the sun-drenched streets of San Christabel in Mexico. Go early to avoid the queues…

Southbank Centre

Dreaming of a drink by the sea? Southbank Centre’s bustling outdoor spaces by the Thames are the next best thing – and there’s even a beach pop-up come summer! Drinks on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden come with a serving of show-stopping London skyline, while the Riverside Terrace is as buzzy by day as by night.


The Ship

If the South Bank isn’t your vibe, join the rest of London’s grads at The Ship in Wandsworth for waterside alfresco drinking. The landmark pub dates back to 1786 and continues to draw the crowds as soon as there’s a hint of warmth. Not the place to go ‘for a quick pint’.

The 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 summer weekends. With its laidback Glasto vibes, the so-called ‘festival in a pub’ is the kind of place you’ll struggle to leave.

Pergola Paddington

Book a day bed and settle in with a cocktail at Pergola Paddington, a large rooftop hangout transporting London’s city dwellers to the Med. Dine on halloumi fries from Babek Brothers, colourful poke bowls from Honi Poké or burgers from Smash Patty as you drink in the summer vibes (and all the prosecco).

Fulham Beach

West London’s answer to Ibiza is returning for the summer season, bigger and better than ever. A large stretch of land tucked away by the Thames, Fulham Beach is filled with beach huts, day beds and cabanas, alongside street food outlets, tropical cocktails and games.

The Nyetimber Secret Garden at Rosewood London

A sparkling wine terrace is opening at Rosewood London’s Edwardian courtyard, accessed through flower-adorned pathways. Enjoy a glass or two of fizz surrounded by luscious green plants, pretty wisteria and foliage.


The Secret Garden Bar at The Ritz

It’s hard to beat The Ritz on glamour. Located on the edge of Royal Green Park, their new al fresco bar is a secluded oasis for stylish guests to enjoy Champagne and caviar, with a collection of premium and limited edition cigars for aficionados.

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