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The best terraces in London

When the sun is out in London, there is an euphoric feeling that goes across the city. In London, we don’t wait for temperatures to reach 25 degrees to go outside and enjoy the weather. It might not be the most sunny capital of all, it’s definitely one of the best to make the most of the weather with many spacious terraces and outdoor spaces.

Here is my selection of the best terraces in London. Check out the map at the end of the page to check what’s the nearest one from you!

My selection of the best terraces in London

Lido Cafe

The Lido Café is the Café by the Brockwell Lido. They serve excellent breakfasts by the pool. Probably the best terrace to enjoy a proper summer vibe in London. Unfortunately, if you want to go to the pool you’ll have to queue.. Shame!

Lido Cafe

Dulwich Road Brockwell Lido

London SE24 0PA

Métro Brixton

Founders Arms

The Founders Arms is one of my favourite terraces in London. Best place for a drink by the river and a gorgeous view on St Paul’s and The City. It’s a great terrace during the summer but also very enjoyable during colder days behind the big windows.

The Founders Arms

52 Hopton Street, Bankside,

London SE1 9JH

Tube Station : St Paul’s or Southwark

Located by the canal and more precisely near Little Venice, the Waterway is one of those busy places during sunny days in London. A great terrace for a few glasses of wine  or dinner in a festive atmosphere.

Waterway

54 Formosa St,

London W9 2JU

Tube station : Warwick Avenue

Frank’s Cafe

How not to include this famous rooftop in my list of my best terraces in London? Located in Peckham, the new cool part of London, Frank’s Cafe offers a super spacious rooftop with a view over the whole east. Highly recommended.

Frank’s Cafe

Peckham Mutli Story Carpakr, 95a Rye Lane

London SE15 4ST

Overground Peckham Rye

Somerset House

Somerset House is famous for hosting cultural events, including the Fashion Week, but it’s also a great spot to enjoy the weather. Weather it’s in the chic courtryard or at the back, by the terrasse, where you can have a view on London Eye, it’s definitely worth checking.

Somerset House

The Strand

London WC2R 1LA

Métro Charring Cross

Le Madison

An other famous rooftop. The Madison is a really nice rooftop bar on top of One New Change, the modern shopping center in The City. It gets very busy during weekdays so make sure you are ready to queue or get there well in advance. If you don’t want to wait but still fancy a view, just for pleasure, you can still access the top of the building. Really nice especially during sunset.

The Madison, Rooftop Terrace

1 New Change, St Paul’s,

London EC4M 9AF ‎

Tube Station : St Paul’s

The Ship

I love The Ship for its super cool atmosphere when the sun is out in London. Located by the river, I’m always amazed at out crowded it can be even though it’s not super convenient to get there. Kiwis and Australians surely know it and they are the ones who know best how to make the most of the weather right?

The Ship

41 Jews Row

London SW18 1TB

Overground : Wandsworth Town

Grand Union Brixton

Grand Union is a chain of bars famous for their spacious terraces and the Brixton one is no doubt the best of all. Colourful decoration, big tables, massive screen during sports events, the best part is the back of the garden with a vintage pink van and mini tropical huts, ideal for private parties.

Grand Union Brixton

123 Acre Ln

London SW2 5UA

Métro Brixton

The Castle

One of my favourite pubs in South London. Really big terrace with mini public or private huts, colourful benches and always a very vibrant atmosphere.

The Castle

38 Tooting High Street,

London SW17 0RG

Métro : Tooting Broadway

Tamesis Dock

Tamesis Dock, is that colourful boat you can see by albert embankment, near Big Ben. Of all the places listed here, it’s the most unique one. The boat is big, spacious, colourful, never too busy and offer the best view on Westminster.

Tamesis Dock

Albert Embankment

London SE1 7TP

Southbank pop ups

There is no better place than the southbank to enjoy the summer vibe in London. Every season, there are new pop ups opening on the southbank. Looking better and better every year, it’s the first place you should check out when the sun is out in Lonon!

The Union Tavern

An other  lovely one by the water. We’re going more west now, at the Union Tavern. Closer to Notting Hill and Westbourne Park, it’s ideal for a sunny drink after a walk by the canal.

The Union Tavern

45 Woodfield Rd
London W9 2BA

The Commissary

The last one added to the blog. It kind of reminds me of the Tavern Union in a way, except you’ll have to go to the other side of the canal, reaching the Angel and Old Street areat to enjoy that great terrace. The Commissary is a real hidden gem where you can sip a glass of wine sat down on a bench by the canal.

The Union Tavern

45 Woodfield Rd
London W9 2BA
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Expatriée à Londres depuis plus de 7 ans je profite et partage des "petites joies" que la vie londonienne et vie d'expat ont à offrir. La semaine, je travaille en Marketing Digital, certains soirs et week-end, je suis professeur de yoga, le reste du temps, j'alimente le blog avec toujours autant de plaisir. Ce blog est à l'image de ce rythme: Dynamique, yin et yang, féminin et Londonien.

5 Comments

  • Pom de pin
    6 August, 2013 at 9 h 36 min

    En dehors de Londres, on bronze aussi très bien, et on a la plage!…bon d’accord, on ne va pas pousser jusqu’à ce baigner dans la mer du Nord :)

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  • […] insolite à Londres, des afternoon teas, rooftops, adresses incontournables de burger mais aussi terrasses par beau temps ou bars cosy à Londres en cas de […]

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  • Maeva
    10 June, 2015 at 9 h 05 min

    Le Madison et le Frank’s Café me tente bien ainsi que Somerset House qui à l’air vraiment sympa !
    xx
    Maéva

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  • Aurélie
    4 May, 2016 at 16 h 30 min

    Quelques uns de tes choix me font envie ! Normalement, je vais passer une journée à Londres début aout, j’espère qu’il n’y aura pas trop de monde. ^_^

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  • Eloise
    30 May, 2017 at 14 h 44 min

    Hey Elodie, merci pour ce petit article, je ne connais aucun des bars que tu as cité mais, des que le soleil nous revient, c’est sans faute que j’y ferai un tour !

    J’habite également á Londres – dans l’Est pour etre précise – et si tu aimes les pubs ensoleillés je te recommande fortement The Pub on The Park et le Netil’s House (Roof Top assez sympa)! :)

    A bientot,
    Eloise

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