Nothing screams summertime like sundowners served al fresco at one of London’s top watering holes. Staying at The Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury, you’ll be able to enjoy the delights of the outdoor Cigar Terrace, plus benefit from being right in the middle of the action with the city’s full offering of stylish bars just moments away. Make the most of your trip, and quench your thirst, at one of these great outdoor bars in London.
Set above the Aqua Kyoto and Nueva restaurants, Aqua Spirit is a swanky haven in the sky. This upmarket rooftop bar epitomises chic, sophisticated London. The plush interiors and modern design attracts a stylish clientele looking for a luxurious drinking experience in the heart of the capital – if you’re partial to sipping on first-class sake take full advantage of their extensive offering too. The best time to enjoy the far-reaching vistas is early evening, where escaping the busy surrounds of Oxford Street in favour of basking in the beautiful sunset is a no brainer.
Centrally located in the heart of Hyde Park is the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, a local favourite that offers premiere views of the expansive lake. Refurbished and run by the team at Benugo, the venue hosts a string of pop-ups over the summer, including their very own gin bar, making it the only place in London you’ll want to visit for a classic G&T after a stint out on the pedalos.
Visit Tom’s Terrace at Somerset House on a hot summer’s day, close your eyes and you’ll be magically transported to the shores of the Mediterranean. Well, almost. The sweeping views of the London Eye and the Thames are a sight well worth a cocktail or two, especially with celebrated chef Tom Aikens and his team providing the delectable range of light bites and refreshing drinks. The canopy covering and chic seating arrangement makes this one of the best outdoor bars in London for anyone seeking a touch of class and culture.
The Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden atop the Southbank Centre offers a truly unique perspective of London. Set above one of the largest centres for arts in Europe, sits a café bar, riverside views, allotments, and plenty of lush greenery. This elevated sanctuary is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing in the capital, or for pre-dinner drinks before sun down.
Okay, so technically the The Carpenter’s Arms isn’t a bar, but nonetheless a trip to this classic pub, just off of Tottenham Court Road, is still worth making, if only to to soak up the stellar atmosphere and sip on a refreshing pint of fine ale. Venture through the pub’s charming interiors, (complete with wood panelled walls, leather armchairs and vintage tasselled lampshades), to the upstairs area and discover a quaint rooftop garden overlooking the bustling city streets below. This is a great spot for people watching and basking in the sunshine, when it decides to make an appearance.
Header image: Cigar Terrace at The Montague on the Gardens © Red Carnation