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The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

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The Best Outdoor Drinking Spots in London

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From beer gardens to roof terraces, here's where to drink al fresco in the capital

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Now pubs are open again, we’re all on the hunt 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.

Petanque in the Square

Colbert Petanque in the Square

Have a taste of French-chic in the heart of Sloane Square at Colbert’s new open-air bar, launched in collaboration with French wine-based aperitif brand Lillet. Alongside the refreshing drinks, guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at Pétanque – the classic French game enjoyed throughout France. Open until mid-September.

The Botanist & Tonic Summer Terrace at Nutbourne

Nutbourne Terrace

The Gladwin Brothers are all about eating seasonally, so it’s no surprise the new terrace at their Battersea restaurant Nutbourne is based around foraged cocktails. Launched in collaboration with The Botanist Gin, the pop-up is inspired by a philosophy of ‘what grows together, goes together’. Choose between a selection of ‘B&T’s’ (The Botanist & Tonic) or go for one of the seasonal cocktails, such as the gooseberry martini: Cointreau, foraged gooseberry compote and fresh lemonade.

The Allbloom Summer Terrace

AllBright Mayfair Terrace

Sip champagne while surrounded by delphiniums, foxgloves, and lupins at The AllBright Mayfair’s new rooftop summer terrace, launched in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot. The tranquil space will offer a selection of champagne-based cocktails alongside Mexican-inspired dishes: think tuna ceviche, charred corn salad and churros.

Ladurée x Moët Summer Terrace

Ladurée x Moët Summer Terrace

Two French brands, Ladurée and Moët & Chandon, have joined forces to create a champagne terrace in Covent Garden. Sip on fizz and feast on Ladurée’s famous Lobster Club – what better way to soak up the last few weeks of summer?

The Secret Garden Bar at The Ritz

The Ritz

It’s hard to beat The Ritz on glamour. Located on the edge of Royal Green Park, their 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.

The Regent

The Regent

South London’s answer to Narnia has launched at Balham pub The Regent: a pop-up summer 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 an afternoon of Pimms and upmarket pub favourites including sharing boards, burgers and arancini.

Bar 31 at The Shard – Open on Fridays and Saturdays

Bar 31 at The Shard

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard’s neighbourhood bar has been transformed into a floral garden, complete with paper lanterns, wild flowers and warm glowing lights. Drop by for Tanqueray G&T, and feast on sourdough bread, hummus, roast chicken and cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy with one of the newly launched picnic boxes.

The Prince

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 drinks from the summer-inspired cocktail menu: think Pimm’s, fruity spritz’s and all the prosecco.

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. The restaurant and bar has now reopened as a whimsical overgrown greenhouse, complete with cascading roses, sweet peas and tulips. The terrace is now available to book exclusively too, the perfect secluded outdoor space for small events and missed celebrations.

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.

The Garden at The Berkeley

Reminisce on balmy evenings in Europe in The Berkeley’s new secret garden, a Mediterranean-inspired retreat in Belgravia lit with lanterns and lined with olive trees. The terrace is lined with socially distanced tables for two to six people, with a sharing-style food menu to enjoy alongside summer garden cocktail pitchers.

Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton

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

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.

Southbank Centre – Currently Closed

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

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

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

Pergola Paddington

Huge outdoor drinking mecca Pergola Paddington is welcoming guests again, with two bars and four food traders open for business, including Babek Brothers and Temaki Bros.

Fulham Beach

Fulham Beach

West London’s answer to Ibiza is back 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, games, and a new outdoor cinema.

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

A recent addition to London Bridge, 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.


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