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The Best Beer Gardens in London

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After spending months in lockdown, it’s time to start enjoying going out again. While the government has allowed for pubs & restaurants to reopen again, the rules for social distancing remain unchanged. To inspire your first outing, we’ve made a list of th best beer gardens that London has to offer – arguably and safest way to enjoy a pint of cold beer while soaking up the sunshine. 

Best outdoor beer gardens in London

The Terrace

The Terrace, part of Alexandra Palace is opening one of the biggest and best beer gardens in London, on their south-facing terrace. The Terrace will be open on weekends throughout the summer. With it’s astonishing 1,500 square metres the beer garden will instantly become one of London’s favourite summer venues upon opening. The place will feature a massive bar offering everything from craft beers to cocktails as well as five street food traders.

Location: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

The Prince

The Prince hosts a massive food hub that takes up almost an entire street inside their magical flower-filled beer garden. The garden is also shared among four different restaurants, making it the ultimate pub garden experience in the capital. It also features a retractable roof – perfect for these rainy summer days. 

Location: 14 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1TT0

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard is one of East London’s most loved summer venues and there’s no surprise what why that is – art installations, street food traders, pop-ups shops and bars, and a massive outdoor garden with stunning views of the Shard. There’s also a vintage and flea market on the weekends, so be sure to check that out.

Location: 72-82 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QX

  • For the best ideas on how to decorate your outdoor space or garden, head to our 7 Outdoor Garden Design Ideas & Inspiration article and enjoy a relaxing summer night while sipping a glass of wine at the comfort of your own home. 

Best outdoor bars in London 

Skylight

A picture of the outdoor rooftop bar at 'Skylight' in London.
Source: Skylight – Official Facebook Page

Skylight is often referred to as “London’s most imaginative rooftop bar”. Stunning panoramic views, stellar cocktails and amazing food treats – what more do you need? Please note: all games (croquet, pétanque and ping pong) are not available until further Covid-19 restrictions can be lifted.

Location: Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF

Trinity Riverside Bar

Trinity Riverside Bar is an amazing new riverside hangout with stunning views across the Thames and the O2 Arena. It’s located on Trinity Buoy Wharf – famed for being one of the most interesting places in London you’ve never heard about as well as the capital’s only lighthouse. For a full experience, take the Emirates Air Line and enjoy the 360° degrees of London’s skyline.  

Location: Trinity Buoy Wharf

Bar Elba

A picture of the rooftop bar on offer at 'Bar Elba'
Source: Bar Elba – Official Facebook Page

Bar Elba is a vibrant rooftop bar in London Waterloo. Reserving the theme of the Battle of Waterloo, Bar Elba focuses on the legendary French general Napoleon, who was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba alongside 600 of his comrades and stayed there for 300 days – a true Party Island! Enjoy the marvellous views of The Shard, The London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral in a summer tropical vibe. In July and August the bar will also be offering outdoor cinema nights. 

Location: Rooftop Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Rd, Bishop’s, London SE1 8UL

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Best restaurants with outdoors seating in London

Seabird

This stunning, sky-high restaurant offering truly spectacular views over London is also home to the largest oyster list in the city. Seabird is located on the 14th floor of The Hoxton’s Southwark hotel. Enjoy coastal Mediterranean vibe in the middle of England. The restaurant also features an impressive raw bar right in the middle of the venue. 

Location: The Rooftop, The Hoxton, Southwark | 40 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8PB

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is one of the most amazing al fresco areas in London, a true oasis in the concrete jungle. This spectacular venue has a 3,500 square foot outdoor terrace and paved garden, filled with lovely water fountains, sandstone firepits, marble tables and mosaic chairs. 

Location: 197 King’s Road, SW3 5ED

Feeling inspired, but not quite ready to explore the restaurants yet? Have a look at our Restaurants & Takeaways voucher codes to find the latest deals on your favourite food brands. 

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