A Glass of Wine Under The Stars: 42 Restaurants With Outdoor Drinking in London

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Whether you’re looking for a special first date spot or an Instagrammable spot to catch up with the girls, outdoor drinking spots are a great choice. There’s nothing better after a lovely meal than enjoying a refreshing drink outdoors.

Especially in a post-Covid world, a little fresh air while you enjoy a few glasses is an added bonus! We’ve put together a list of 42 restaurants that offer beaut outdoor drinking spaces.

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Our Criteria

It’s safe to say that there are a lot of restaurants with outdoor drinking in London. And because everyone’s looking for something different when it comes to their perfect day or evening out eating and drinking, we’ve ranked each of our suggestions based on what you’re looking for.  The criteria we have used for this post is as follows:

Price

We’ll let you know how pricey each place is

Food

If you’re looking to dine before drinks or nibbles while you sip

Atmosphere

From music to decor, the vibes have to be right

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Average ratings based on Google and TripAdvisor

Our Top 10

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Boundary Shoreditch

Primos Mexican Cantina

The Lighterman

Seabird

MAZI, Notting Hill

Alto by San Carlo

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Madison St. Paul’s

Drake And Morgan At King's Cross

The Nest at Treehouse

Restaurants with Outdoor Drinking in Central London

We’ll start central, covering the best in outdoor dining from Soho to the City.

Mo Diner 

Determined to keep diner culture alive, the founders of Mo Diner created an old school American diner with a twist. You can enjoy their Middle-Eastern flavoured diner classics on their beautiful terrace in the heart of Mayfair, and a few cheeky cocktails after too! Be aware though – this cute little spot is first come first served, so might be better for an impromptu date.

Aqua Kyoto

If you’re looking for a super special (and posh!) place to take your partner for the evening, Aqua Kyoto is one of the best restaurants with outdoor drinking in London! Part of the iconic Aqua group, this venue pays homage to the innovative and delicious cuisine of Japan.

A short stroll from Oxford Circus station, this restaurant is the perfect place to walk by after a long day shopping. The outside terrace operates a walk-in only policy, so you’ll be lucky to nab a spot at this exclusive bar!

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10

YOPO at The Mandrake

Yopo is the South American-inspired restaurant nestled inside the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia, and boy is it a beauty. Uniting flavours from the likes of Peru, Chile and Argentina, the menu is as colourful as the decor. 

Their candlelit, leaf-filled terrace will transport you and your beau from the West End to the lush tropics of the Amazon, whilst you sip on innovative cocktails and share delicious tapas.

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9

The Dorchester Rooftop

Atop the Dorchester Hotel lies the Dorchester Rooftop, a luxurious rooftop bar and grill that was actually repurposed from a suite balcony in response to social distancing requirements! Although a little pricey, the standout grill dishes, live music and views over Hyde Park make this spot well-worth it for a lavish evening drink or two.

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7

Madison St. Paul’s

The rooftop bar at the Madison is renowned for its unbeatable views of St Paul’s, lively atmosphere and colourful cocktail menu. For a classic London outdoor drinking rooftop experience, head over to the top floor of One New Change. Plus, beforehand you can enjoy New York’s finest grill and steak dishes in the restaurant below.

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10

The Nest at Treehouse

With 360 degree views of London’s skyline, the wraparound terrace bar at The Nest in the Treehouse Hotel is unbeatable for a night under the stars surrounded by nature. The menu boasts nature-themed cocktails and locally-sourced bar bites, and is beautifully decorated both inside and out. Plus, if you’re visiting the Nest in the colder months, don’t worry – the terrace is heated and blankets are provided!

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10

Coqbull Soho

If you’re looking for an evening of outdoor drinking in London with a bit of energy, then Coqbull Soho’s the place to be. And with a mouthwatering menu of all things chicken (don’t worry, there’s something for the vegans too), there’s more than one thing to love about Coqbull. In the heart of the bustling Piccadilly Circus, sip on fun cocktails whilst you spend the evening people watching and enjoying live music from inside the venue.

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8

Alto by San Carlo at Selfridges

You wouldn’t expect the rooftop of a department to boast a terrace as stunning as this, but this is Selfridge’s we’re talking about! The Alto by San Carlo is an authentic Italian rooftop ristorante that belongs to the prestigious San Carlo group. From their menu to elegant decor, every aspect of this venue truly makes you feel like you’re sipping your Aperol in the Italian sunshine. The perfect place to wine and dine your significant other come rain or shine – Alto’s terrace has a retractable roof too!

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