When it comes to summer in London knowing the best bars for outdoor drinking is vital. Whether you work in central London, The City or simply fancy a long, cold drink by the river after work we have done the hard work for you.
Our pick of the best bars for outdoor drinking include a selection of bars across the capital in the hope that you will never be left red faced, sweaty palmed and gasping for a drink. Also an essential list for those who can't/won't kick the habit.
The Bear on St John's Square, in the heart of London's historic Clerkenwell, is a Bar & Kitchen serving fresh seasonal food together with a well sourced and detailed selection of wines & cocktails. For outdoor drinking and dining, The Bear has a terrific ground floor patio with plenty of chairs and tables to enjoy the sunshine.
2 St Johns Square,
A terrace, plenty of benches and sprawling overhead black canopes jutting from the side of the attractive brick building all add to the ambience of the Avalon in Balham.
16 Balham Hill,
From the moment you walk through the outside drinking area, resplendent with benches made of reclaimed railway sleepers, palm trees and bamboo shoots, and slide back the front door, you’ll be charmed by its unique appeal.
213 Blenheim Grove,
There is a beautiful outdoor area here at Bluebird which matches the modern style and sophistication of the restaurant.
350 Kings Road,
Canal 125 is a three storey canal side gastro restaurant and pub. Its red walls, mirrors and chic chandeliers create a funky atmosphere but the food still remains the main focus.
Crying Duck every Monday upstairs at Canal 125 features established comedians with new material as well as up and coming new acts.
125 Caledonian Road,
A partially covered outdoor area makes this a Battersea pub well worth knowing about for outdoor drinking all year round.
136 Battersea high Street,
Bishopsgate's Champagne Cult offers a unique cigar terrace for very lavish outdoor drinks.
21 Widegate Street,
This is traditional and comfortable pub within the Coach and Horses Hotel offering wonderful food and a wide range of beers to enjoy. There is also a plasma screen for sports fans and an outdoor terrace for those who like to dine alfresco.
8 Kew Green,
It's hard to come by a decent beer garden in these parts of town, but the Crown and Shuttle brings to Shoreditch an excellent garden to its rear where a shuttle bus serves street food.
226 Shoreditch High Street,
An ideal spot in Finsbury Park for those who enjoy summer sunshine and a swift smoke.
19 Perth Road,
Outside seating for visitors in this quaint and historic venue of North London.
77 Highgate West Hill,
Patio heaters make the outdoor area of Gigalum an enticing option all year round.
7 Cavendish Parade,
With breathtaking burgers, cool cocktails and an outdoor area for London's summer months, Grand Union Brixton puts a twist on your usual London chain.
123 Acre Lane,
Pleasant spot out the front for a session of alfresco drinking.
56 Royal Hill,
For stunning country-esque views across the common and a beautiful courtyard, your can't go wrong with Wimbledon's Hand in Hand.
6 Crooked Billet,
The Davy's Wine Bar has a courtyard ideal for a leisurely outdoor glass of vino.
White Hart Yard, Borough High Street,
This rolling garden also doubles as a beer garden at the Herne Tavern.
2 Forest Hill Road,
The Hill is close to Hampstead and is a firm favourite amongst the local community. The menu offers a variety of seafood and American dishes alongside a comprehensive wine and cocktail list. The garden is well lit and has a covered area making The Hill an ideal choice for alfresco dining in the warmer months.
94 Haverstock Hill, Steeles Village,
Jack's is a stylish bar and restaurant that offers visitors an impressive international menu that is served within a friendly and sophisticated atmosphere.
96 Isabella Street,
Nearly 450 people can be accommodated in the garden of this contemporary gastro pub in Tooting.
538 Garratt Lane,
Populate the outdoor seats at this cute tapas bar and cafe where you can enjoy views across the Quay.
Port East Building,
14 Hertsmere Road,
West India Quay,
The Lodge Tavern has a large outdoor area which is the scene of barbecues in the summer months.
53 The Mall,
There is seating on the terrace here for the warmer months.
Lord's Cricket Ground,
St Johns Wood Road,
St Johns Wood,
The Miller is a vibrant pub that plays hosts to a range of events and boasts a food menu by Street Kitchen. The drinks offering at The Miller has an impressive array of ciders and craft beers.
The Partrige has a grand interior with high ceilings, marble pillars and chandeliers with similarly impressive outdoor area.
194 High Street,
The Phene is a well-established bar, lounge and restaurant in Chelsea.
Focusing on fresh and local produce, The Phene offers a varied choice of meals with a typical menu including buttermilk fried chicken; grilled swordfish; and Malteaser cheesecake.
The drinks list offers an impressive selection of wines and London brewed ales as well as spirits that are distilled locally.
9 Phene Street,
The Pilot is situated close to Gunnersbury tube station and offers a variety of drinks and a food menu with dishes influenced from around the globe. Regular live music is hosted and alfresco dining can be enjoyed in clement weather.
56 Wellesley Road,
Picnic benches outside the pretty frontage of this pub make for the ideal summer drinking spot.
80-82 Eversholt Street,
A marvellous East London boozer this and one of the oldest riverside pubs in London. Choose from the rooftop balcony, flagstoned beer garden or the jetty.
57 Wapping Wall,
Family-friendly beer garden available at the Queens Head in Hammersmith.
13 Brook Green,
This stylish Chiswick gastro pub comes complete with outdoor seating in its suntrap of a beer garden. It makes for ideal summer seating for the well-to-do families in the neighbourhood as well as visitors to the area.
122 Chiswick High Road,
This stylish venue, 100ft above Kensington High Street, offers great views of the surrounding gardens.
99 Kensington High Street,
There’s a beer garden at the Royal Inn for enjoying the rare summer rays.
111 Lauriston Road,
An expansive beer garden makes this good natured pub a great spot during the warmer months of the year.
97 Haverstock Hill,
The courtyard at Spaniards Inn contains a huge pagoda tree centrepiece.
A large beer garden can be located at the Swan equipped with heaters and canopies.
1 Evershed Walk, 119 Acton Lane,
This independent gastro pub has a decked garden ideal for the summer months.
55 Shirland Road,
Beautiful outside area available for the summer with barbequed treats for hungry partrons.
9-11 Folgate Street,
Plenty of chairs and tables available out the front in this legendary pub on Parsons Green.
1-3 Parsons Green,
A charming, romantic pub with a cosy beer garden for disappearing into on a lazy afternoon.
114 Campden Hill Road,