The Terrace at Alexandra Palace
The Terrace at Alexandra Palace

Pub Gardens, Terraces and Rooftops Near London

Nothing says summer quite like a freshly poured pint outdoors. Whether you’re catching up with friends, looking to impress a date or meeting up with family, these are the best pubs with beer gardens, outdoor terraces or rooftops near London. Remember if you're the designated driver it's best to stick to the soft drinks all together. 

The best rooftop and terrace beer gardens near London

Take the party to the rooftop at any of these incredible spots – the views are on the house! And if you’d like a tipple when you arrive why not Zip there and catch a taxi back home?

Roof East, Stratford

Roof East, Stratford

Roof East, Stratford

Touting itself as “London’s largest outdoor playground”, where else can you practice your swing in a batting cage, hone your aim at curling, and enjoy a round of crazy golf with the London skyline as your backdrop? Roof East really pulls out all the stops as an all-in-one destination for a day out! With street food and craft beer on tap, this is certainly a rooftop terrace in London you don’t want to miss.

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Everyone’s favourite South London events space has transformed into a colourful oasis for summer. Bussey Rooftop Bar is the perfect destination to meet with friends, offering delicious cocktails, pizza and incredible views across London. What more do you need from a rooftop bar near London?!

The Terrace at Alexandra Palace

The Terrace at Alexandra Palace

The Terrace at Alexandra Palace

Boasting one of the best views across London, The Terrace at Alexandra Palace is a new chapter for Ally Pally. The north London institution’s terrace features five street food vendors and a bar, and with sweeping parkland to explore all around as well as a spacious car park, it’s the ideal place to meet with friends outdoors.

The best riverside beer gardens near London

Calling all designated drivers! Ready for lunch after a refreshing morning wild swimming? Or just looking for a picturesque location to relax with friends? These riverside beer gardens are within easy reach of London via Zipcar!

The White Swan, Twickenham

The White Swan, Twickenham

The White Swan, Twickenham

This 17th century pub is no stranger to the ebb and flow of the Thames. Sometimes during high tide, the river creeps right into the garden on the bank! The staff are accustomed to wading across the grass to serve diners and won’t let it stop you enjoying your meal. For the most part, an afternoon in the riverside beer garden at the White Swan can be spent watching the boats and ducks amble past.

The Magpie, Sunbury

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The Magpie, Sunbury

The Magpie is so close to the River Thames you could moor your boat up (if you had one) and step off it onto the garden terrace. Serving traditional pub grub like pie and fish n chips alongside more refined dishes like moules mariniere, it’s an idyllic destination for a relaxing afternoon dining al fresco.

The Princess of Wales, Clapton

Walthamstow Marsh, Greater London

The Princess of Wales, Clapton

The Thames isn’t the only river near London you can overlook with a drink in hand. The picturesque beer garden spilling out of the Princess of Wales overlooks the River Lea and the Capital Ring path, a popular route for walkers and cyclists alike. Flanked by Millfields Park to the west and Hackney Marshes to the east, make a day of it and explore the surroundings before settling down to a meal.

The best country pub gardens near London

Ready to leave the city behind? Assign yourself the position of designated driver, jump in the car and head to any of these beautiful countryside spots for delicious pub grub and stunning outdoor spaces.

Prae Wood Arms, St Albans

Prae Wood Arms

Prae Wood Arms, St Albans

This grand villa features a spacious patio and sweeping lawn perfect for al fresco dining. Don’t let the rather fancy interior intimidate you, because beneath the surface the Prae Wood Arms is a homely and welcoming pub with an impressive menu and extensive range of drinks on offer. All in all, a country pub well worth the drive from London!

Sussex Arms, Twickenham

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Sussex Arms, Twickenham

The Sussex Arms is a rare gem. There aren’t many pubs which offer their very own locally brewed beers and gins, delicious gastropub food, and a stunning beer garden complete with boules court! From pies and roasts to burgers and daily specials, there’s something for everyone on the menu.

The Bletchingley Arms, Bletchingley

The Bletchingley Arms, Bletchingley

The Bletchingley Arms, Bletchingley

A beautiful pub located just outside the M25, the Bletchingley Arms pub garden is something quite special. With plenty of picnic benches and parasols, three unique (and dog friendly!) Dining Pods, and an Outdoor Bar serving jugs of Pimm’s alongside the tried and tested favourites, you’re all set for a fun day in the sun!

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