The rain is turning to drizzle, the grey clouds are beginning to part and Londoners are taking their first wobbly steps outside, swapping their coffees for a cocktail or two - British summertime has finally arrived! With the sunshine being scarce, us Brits love nothing more than stripping down to our shorts and flipflops and making the most of the precious few rays. But why settle for your local beer garden? We’ve rounded up London’s best outdoor venues for you to try - now all you have to do is pick one and keep your fingers crossed for some good weather!
Pergola on the Roof - White City & Paddington Central
Possibly the prettiest place to enjoy the British summertime! Pergola on the Roof’s winning formula of the best restaurants, city skylines, drinks, atmosphere, and music all takes place under their iconic flower pergola. This year, the pop-up returns bringing a picturesque vision of the New York Hamptons - think white-washed wood and palm trees. Sign up now online and get a free drink upon entry - winning!
Neverland - Fulham
A beach, in London?! Yep, you heard us right… Fulham welcomes its first ever Thames-side beach spot boasting deckchairs, beach huts and an array of London’s finest street food vendors. And the best part? It’s BYOB! Bring your favourite spirit and watch their expert mixologists whip you up one of their signature cocktails, whilst you sit back and take in the scenes of the city. Day beds and beach huts are available for group bookings or queue jump tickets can be bought for £12.50. We definitely recommend booking in advance, this is set to be one of London’s hottest venues this summer!
Roof East - Stratford
If you’re looking for something a little different this summer, then you’ve come to the right place! Roof East is the activity packed sky-high bar taking Stratford by a storm. In addition to their bar and street food vendors they have regular attractions such as the rooftop cinema club, crazy mini-golf, sluggers - London’s only batting cage, hip-hop inspired lawn bowls (yes, it’s a thing!), rooftop yoga and a roller disco! So get your game face on and shake things up a little this summer. Entry is free and activities can be booked on their website - check it out!
Frank’s Cafe - Peckham
This notorious bar on top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham attracts the masses every summer - and it’s easy to see why. With panoramic views of the city it makes the perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy sunset snap. Team this with a wholesome barbecue menu and Campari-based cocktails and you’ve got the city’s coolest summer hangout. You’ll want to turn up early for this one - arrive after 7pm and you can expect to queue (but it’s definitely worth it!).
Brixton have taken it to the next level, combining a rooftop bar and a Cuban beach to bring you a slice of tropical paradise this summer! With a combination of tropical cocktails, street food and immersive parties, Brixton Rooftop is turning into one big Havana-style party. Each weekend the roof will be raised with performances from house, garage and disco DJs, plus traditional Latin American brass bands and cabaret. Be sure not to miss their celebration of Cuba’s biggest holiday, Carnival de Cuba, this July! You can get tickets here.
Let us know if you think there’s a hidden gem we may have missed!