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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


Looking for something a little more special than pints in the park? These are London’s hottest spots for outdoor drinking as soon as the sun comes out (or not)…


Chiltern Firehouse

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… 

Gardening Society

Perched atop John Lewis’ Oxford Street flagship store is the charming Gardening Society, back this year with live music, Butchies burgers and a Gin & Tonic bar courtesy of Fever-Tree tonic. With a new line-up of al fresco fitness classes, weekly gin masterclasses and one of the biggest rooftop spaces in London, this is the place for after-work fun. 

Selfridges Rooftop

From June 19th, Veuve Cliquot will be taking over Selfridges’ gorgeous rooftop and transforming it into a ‘Brosé’ terrace where guests can enjoy screenings of the World Cup while celebrating 200 years of the signature Clicquot rosé blend. Champagne in the sun, far from the crowds = perfection. 19 June – 15 July,

Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace Interior

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 summer season with a new cocktail menu in partnership with. 

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.  

The Botanist Greenhouse, Rosewood London

Botanist Greenhouse Rosewood

Holborn Dining Room’s terrace has been given a revamp for summer courtesy of The Botanist gin, who have transformed it into an ivy-covered greenhouse. As well as a series of refreshing new Botanist gin-based cocktails, there will be botanicals and herbs dotted around so that you can forage for your own perfect G&T. This gorgeous green suntrap (that perfectly catches the breeze) is where you’ll find us this summer… 

Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden by Paul Winch Furness

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. Head there before 1 July to see the beautiful yellow and white floral installation covering the front of the venue, created by Jenny Packham. 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

Serpentine Lake

Serpentine Lake / Facebook

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

Queen of Hoxton

Go East for the annual summer oasis created on this Shoreditch roof terrace. This year’s theme is ‘Lost Vegas’, complete with a wedding chapel, themed cocktails and half of London’s cool kids. Go early to avoid the queues… 


Southbank Centre

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

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. 

Hush Mayfair

Hush Mayfair

Hush is a real central London gem, serving fabulous cocktails in elegant surroundings tucked away behind Bond Street. The Lancashire Court terrace has recently been adorned with colourful blooms to mark the arrival of summer, while cocktails have been specially created for a much-needed refresh on warmer evenings. 

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