The Patio Power Rank: The seven finest outdoor drinking spots in London

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The Patio Power Rank: The seven finest outdoor drinking spots in London
The Patio Power Rank: The seven finest outdoor drinking spots in London


Londoners love Summertime. In fact, it's their favorite day of the year. Because living here means making every fleeting moment of sunshine count to the fullest, picking a prime patio when the opportunity presents itself is essential. But you're busy, so we've done the work for you -- ranked for your convenience.

7. The Gun
27 Coldharbour; 20 7515 5222
Apart from having a large outdoor space right on the river, from which you can see the Millennium Dome, they also have a new Gin Garden, a "lazy lawn, complete with garden games", plus a marquee, picnic baskets full of food on sale, wheelbarrows filled w/ beer, and champagne & wine served in plant-pot ice buckets… and a load of gin. Why only 7? It's not exactly the easiest to get to.

6. Crate Brewery
Queens Yard; Hackney; 7834 275687
They have their own brewery on-site, so you'll be drinking the freshest beer in London, plus their outdoor space is on a canal. The only thing keeping them from moving even higher is their pizza doesn't quite live up to their brews.

5. Vista
2 Spring Gardens; 20 7870 2900
It's on, or actually on top of, Trafalgar Square, which is a huge plus because it puts you above all the tourists, not to mention those lazy-bum pigeons. And the top-notch cocktails pair nicely with the view.

4. The Water Poet
9-11 Folgate St; 20 7426 0495
Sure, it's a great pub with a great beer garden, but that's not why it's number four. It's number four because it has whole hog roasts waiting for you in that beer garden, all Summer long. Or at least until all those hog roasts leave you needing a double bypass.

3. Boundary
2-4 Boundary St; 20 7729 1051
They have amazing food and drink (seriously, they do heart-stoppingly good French food), and their rooftop space is actually open all year round, with an open wood fire for the slightly chillier evenings.

2. The Dickens Inn
Marble Quay, St Katharine's Way; 20 7488 2208
So this place is all about location. The Dickens Inn itself is actually pretty run-of-the-mill, but it's inside St. Katharine's Docks, which is kind of a hidden gem in London. On a hot day, it's like you're in the South of France. But with fewer French people. Another plus!

1. The Queen of Hoxton
1-5 Curtain Rd; Hoxton; 020 7422 0958
Where to begin… their rooftop sees a constantly changing lineup of awesome, from outdoor movies, to booze-slushies, to water-pistol fights (with "free ammo" -- score!), to BBQ's, to rum shacks, to hot tubs, to beer pong, to a bloody wigwam. And did we mention the free water?!

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1. The Gun 27 Coldharbour, London, E14 9NS

The Gun, right on the Thames, has got a huge outdoor space called their "Gin Garden", which is absolutely as awesome as it sounds.

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2. CRATE Brewery The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London, E9 5EN (Hackney)

Beer & pizza is the most unbeatable combination this side of whoever China puts out for synchronized diving, which is why CRATE is making both onsite in its expansive, Olympic-adjacent space, which is decorated like a really creative tornado ripped through a scrapyard, along the way upcycling bed springs into lighting and wooden pallets into seats.

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3. Vista The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2TS

Vista is a cocktail spot on a roof over Trafalgar Square in London.

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4. The Water Poet 9-11 Folgate St, London, E1 6BX (Spitalfields)

The Water Poet is a comfy pub nestled in Spitalfields, boasting a large outdoor seating area and several dining & drinking rooms with TVs and pool tables.

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5. Boundary 2-4 Boundary St, Shoreditch, E2 7JE (Shoreditch)

Offering authentic French cuisine and brilliant views, Boundary's a resto and drinkery that also doubles as a boutique hotel.

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6. The Dickens Inn St. Katharine's Dock, London, E1W 1UH

The Dickens Inn is a grill and pizzeria on the Thames in St. Katharine's Docks.

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7. Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Bar 1-5 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX (Shoreditch)

This East End bar, club & art collective's panoramic rooftop garden has music from its in-house ukulele band washing over palm trees, scattered giant bean bags, a BBQ, and a rum shack slinging summer 'tails & cider slushies.