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.
Clerkenwell and Social on St John's Square, is a Bar & Kitchen serving Italian inspired food together with a well sourced and detailed selection of wines & cocktails. For outdoor drinking and dining, Clerkenwell and Social has a terrific ground floor patio with plenty of chairs and tables to enjoy the sunshine.
2-5 St Johns Square,
Craft Kitchen is a family run restaurant and bar serving a range of craft beers, ales and cider, as well as their very own craft Pilsner. The terrace area is perfect for summer outdoor drinking with friends and family.
33-35 Abbeville Road,
In the summer, enjoy the sun trap terrace at Corney and Barrow Fleet Place with ice cold Chablis Premier Cru and summer cocktails.
3 Fleet Place,
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,
With award winning food and drink plus a fabulous outdoor area, Canal 125 is the perfect destination for outdoor drinking.
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,
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,
Nearly 450 people can be accommodated in the garden of this contemporary gastro pub in Tooting.
538 Garratt Lane,
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 Partrige has a grand interior with high ceilings, marble pillars and chandeliers with similarly impressive outdoor area.
194 High Street,
Chelsea's premier spot for outdoor drinking, The Phene boasts a beautiful garden area with modern and comfortable furniture.
9 Phene Street,
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,