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…
Rosé Riviera at South Place Hotel
South Place Hotel are bringing some St Tropez glamour to London with their new vineyard-inspired suntrap terrace, launched in collaboration with . Amid the wisteria they’ll be serving light and bright glasses of rosé, as well as screening Ridley Scott’s The Talented Mr Ripley.
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.
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.
Expert florist By Appointment Only Design has transformed Corinthia London’s Summer Garden Lounge into a Provençale oasis, filled with olive trees, Mediterranean herbs and aromatic lavender. Amid this idyllic setting, guests are invited to choose from a selection of Domaine Ott’s finest wines alongside salads, sandwiches and burgers from their summer menu.
A hidden gem in the heart of Notting Hill, Pomona’s recently unveiled their summer garden. Enjoy G&Ts surrounded by greenery under the pretty pergola, or sample their special summer drink The Blueberry: St Germain elderflower liqueur and homemade blueberry syrup with a shot of Miller’s Classic gin.
Green Bar Summer Terrace at Hotel Café Royal
With bright yellow tables and plants galore, the terrace of Mayfair’s renowned Hotel Café Royal is an elegant al fresco drinks spot. Enjoy glasses of Veuve Clicquot paired with sushi creations, or try Michelin-starred chef Albert Adrià’s famous cheesecake.
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…
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
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…
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Long Bar at Sanderson
Sanderson’s Long Bar has opened its doors to a tropical courtyard garden, launched in partnership with Veuve Clicquot Rosé. The space is decked with flowers, ferns and palm plants, with cosy seating to settle into with a glass of bubbly.
The Au Soleil Balcony at Le Méridien Piccadilly
Is there anything better than a glass of rosé on a summer’s day? Enjoy a glass of Mirabeau en Provence on Le Méridien Piccadilly’s Au Soleil Balcony, a Provençal oasis inspired by summers in the French Riviera – think retro parasols, chic straw hats and floral backdrops. A selection of Mediterranean-inspired small plates are also on offer, or you can go all out and order a full meal from the hotel’s Terrace On Piccadilly restaurant inside. Open until the end of September.
If you’re partial to an Aperol Spritz on a summer’s day, head to The Courtyard in Fulham, where a new summer garden has opened centred around the much-loved orange drink. Go on a weekend to try their bottomless brunch, which includes two hours of unlimited Aperol Spritz, wine, beer or Bloody Mary’s alongside small plates, nachos and churros. What more could you need?
A new 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.