Top 10 Outside Drinking Spots in London
It's almost time to abandon the dark and musty inside of your local pub, grab the nearest jug of Pimms, and head outside into the promise of British summertime. But where to go? Here are Craved's recommendations for the 'Top 10' London pub gardens and rooftop bars...
THE MAGIC GARDEN, BATTERSEA:
Nestled next to Battersea park sits the Magic Garden Pub and Restaurant. Often referred to as 'a festival inside of a pub', this community of artists, DJs, musicians and creatives intend to offer SW London the best of the local and international music scene. Eclectic, cosy, and charmingly ramshackle, hot water bottles and cosy blankets are supplied for cooler summer evenings.
THE PROSPECT OF WHITBY, EAST END:
Situated on the banks of the River Thames, the Prospect of Whitby lays claim to being the site of the oldest riverside tavern in London - dating back to 1520. On a warm and sunny day, the popular beer garden is a sought after spot, but the wide selection of gins and view onto the River Thames makes up for the wait.
CRATE BREWERY, HACKNEY:
A beer and pizza while overlooking canal boats sailing down the Hackey marshes - where do we sign up? Reasonably priced and with a fantastic selection of London craft beer, not just from the Crate brewery but around the world, these people-pleasers also serve a variety of wine.
THE CULPEPPER, WHITECHAPEL:
Venture from Spitalfields market and up The Culpepper's winding staircase to its large, sunny rooftop terrace - complete with greenhouse supplying herbs and vegetables for the pub's seasonal menu. Watch the sun set over London's industrial skyline with one of their many cocktail offerings in-hand.
THE SHIP, WANDSWORTH:
As one of the oldest pubs on the River Thames, having been trading since 1786, The Ship is an old favourite amongst both locals and tourists alike. With an extensive craft beer selection, live acoustic music, and late-night parties, The Ship is great as a daytime-drinking option but also as an evening-meeting spot.
This converted disused railway platform in the heart of London is a solid rooftop drinking and dining option, with seating for 850 people and a choice of four different self-service restaurants. There are DJs at the weekend, and a rooftop in the case of a rainy British summer.
PEOPLE'S PARK TAVERN, VICTORIA:
With what must be one of the largest outdoor seating areas in London, People's Park is the perfect choice for an afternoon drink. With an affordable drinks selection, roaring fires for when the sun goes down, and a buzzing events calendar, People's Park has something for everyone. And that hasn't convinced you, the 9-hole crazy golf course probably will...
FRANK'S CAFE, PECKHAM:
Perched precariously on the top of a 10-story carpark, Frank's Cafe is a no frills hipster affair. Only open in the summer months, sunny weather is essential for a visit here - there's no rooftop covering in the event of rain.
QUEEN OF HOXTON, SHOREDITCH:
Now an integral part of the Shoreditch skyline, Queen of Hoxton's twice-yearly redecoration of their rooftop area transforms the terrace from a warm, covered winter chill out to a summer oasis. Visit after May to experience the new 'Lost Vegas' theme.
PUB ON THE PARK, HACKNEY:
Situated on the very edge of London fields, with all major sporting events covered by their seven screens, Pub on the Park is exactly what it says on the tin. Grab your picnic blanket and enjoy London's limited green space without having to cart over a crate of warm supermarket beer.