Those living in or planning a visit to London have been counting down the days until April 12th when they can finally get back outside and enjoy some alfresco food and drinks. But which of the capitals many beer gardens are the most instagrammable for the most social media savvy revellers?
Nowhere does outdoor drinking quite like London. Not only do locals know how to have a good time, but the city is also home to some of the most beautiful and interesting bars to celebrate in. New research has even revealed that London is the ultimate party destination in Europe.
Mercato Metropolitano – Elephant & Castle
With cocktails, beers and fantastic food on the menu, Mercato Metropolitano is the perfect place for a post-lockdown meet-up with family and friends.
Known by locals as one of the best street food markets in London, Mercato Metropolitano is spread over 45,000 square feet and is packed with an impressive selection of cuisines. You can discover dishes from around the world, including Italy, Japan, Mexico and Germany.
The outside dining space is equally as impressive, featuring unique food stalls and wooden tables dotted around the green oasis of palm trees and outdoor plants. Whether the sun is beaming down or there’s a crisp spring breeze, the beer garden is fully equipped with parasols to provide some seasonal shelter for visitors.
Bar Elba is home to one of the most unique outdoor spaces in the city. The 600 capacity rooftop bar has views stretching across London’s most iconic landmarks, such as The Shard, The London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Bar Elba is kept covered during the cooler months and uncovered during warmer temperatures, to help you soak up some of that elusive summer sunshine.
Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, Bar Elba is the back serving boozy brunches, lunches and late-night meals from the 12th of April.
An essential stop for a night out in London, Vinegar Yard stuns with spacious outdoor dining, pretty lights, great food and flowing drinks. The patio heaters, rustic picnic tables and extensive bar menus make it a tranquil setting to enjoy a drink or two in the evenings.
For the foodies, this is one of the best spots in London, boasting a mix of great tasting cuisines until half 9 each night. Some of the most popular gourmet offerings include Italian dishes, Indian inspired burgers and pachos, hand-pressed burgers, croquettes and Lebanese inspired street food.
Peoples Park Tavern
It’s safe to say that when the sun comes out, so does the majority of hard-working Londoners. Luckily the People’s Park Tavern is quickly becoming one of the city’s coolest hangouts, with its bbq kitchen, pop-up cocktail bar and tropical outside beer garden.
Nestled in the heart of Hackney, this picturesque restaurant boasts one of the best beer gardens in London. Peoples Park Tavern is a brilliant place for alfresco drinking and dining, from the quirky seating area and abundance of botany through to the decor.
Lost Society Battersea
Battersea isn’t short of watering holes, but the Lost Society stands head and shoulders above the rest due, in part, to the stylish modern furnishings and bougie cocktail menu. The outdoor area is a monochromatic botanical oasis, with a covered outdoor seating area and bar.
With its decadent art deco inspired interior and exquisite drinks selection, the bar is the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. Notorious for its boozy brunch menu, the Lost Society has an extensive menu for meat lovers, vegans and vegetarians.
The spacious Brazillian-inspired cocktail bar is a smack of colour for all the senses. Featuring a covered outdoor area, it creates the perfect space to wine and dine regardless of the outside weather.
With brightly coloured walls, quirky seating selection and eccentric plants, Barrio Shoreditch is a millennial dreamland, certainly worthy of overloading on the hashtags. Enjoy a fully loaded burrito, washed down with a hand-crafted cocktail, in a bar packed with Latin attitude… and get snapping away.