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The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

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Al fresco socialising is back, and London’s outdoor drinking offering is better than ever. From Shoreditch to Peckham, the capital is filled with pretty terraces and lively beer gardens for catching up with friends – below we select our favourites. 

The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

Hush

Hush terrace

The Hush terrace in Mayfair transports diners to the Amalfi coast, with white drapes and vine canopy creating the feel of a beach club. Enjoy MALFY gin cocktails, tagliatelle primavera and lemon meringue pie before getting a snap on the hydrangea-adorned swing seat – Instagram gold. hush.co.uk

Pétanque in the Square

Petanque in the Square

Bringing a taste of France to Sloane Square this summer is Pétanque in the Square, Lillet’s French-inspired pop-up running in collaboration with Cafe Colbert. Play a game of boules before sitting down for some crêpes and cocktails. colbertchelsea.com

Scott’s Mayfair

Scott's Mayfair

A symbol of hope and sunshine, the terrace at Scott’s Mayfair has undergone a summer makeover themed around Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘Illuminating Yellow’. A cascade of yellow flowers fills the terrace, while the main entrance features a yellow laburnum-style tree, emulating gold rain. The terrace has been created in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët, giving guests the chance to enjoy a range of their finest cuvees alongside seasonal seafood, meat and game. scotts-restaurant.com

St. Felix Place

St Felix's Place

A new al fresco drinking and dining venue has launched in the heart of Borough, from the team behind Flat Iron Square. Titled St. Felix Place and located under the arches on SE1’s The Low Line, the space features a craft beer brewery and taproom alongside an eclectic food offering – think Tex-Mex BBQ from Texas Joe’s Adobe and focaccia-styled pizza from The Good Slice. The venue will also play host to weekly local DJs, live acoustic sessions and a book swap programme, plus a permanent busking pitch. stfelixplace.co.uk

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano

Covering 15,000 square feet with over 500 seats, there’s ample space for al fresco drinking at Mercato Metropolitano, a food and drink metropolis in Elephant & Castle. You’ll find over 40 food and drinks vendors, plus an on-site craft micro-brewery serving fresh German-style beers. It’s a pretty space too, decked out with over 200 plants ranging from ferns and bamboo to hop plants and olive trees. mercatometropolitano.com

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 laid-back Glasto vibes, the so-called ‘festival in a pub’ is the kind of place you’ll struggle to leave. magicgardenpub.com

The Albion, Islington

The Albion, Islington

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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

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

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

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. 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 undergoes a seasonal makeover every few months. dallowayterrace.com

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

The Duke of Edinburgh

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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

Bussey Rooftop Bar

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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

The Rose, Fulham

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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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