The sun is out and the weather is warming up - time to seek out the best outdoor drinking spots to enjoy an ice cold gin and tonic, share a pitcher of Pimm's or perhaps sip on a herb-infused cocktail. Whether you're looking for a roof garden in Kensington, a traditional pub garden or a rooftop bar in Brixton, we've got an ideal outdoor drinking spot for anyone to while away a sunny afternoon.

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    Boundary, Shoreditch

    High on the Boundary rooftop sits the enchanting Rooftop Bar & Grill. Boasting one of the best views of London's skyline, the bar is now sporting a newly designed garden. Including a canopy of grape producing vines, together with a subtle garrigue and wild herb theme, this is the perfect place to escape the busy streets below.

    The Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, E2

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    Pergola Paddington

    Open from the end of April, Pergola Paddington is one of the largest scale outdoor drinking spaces in London, offering seating for a whopping 850 guests, as well as two bars and food offerings from the likes of Patty & Bun and DF Mexico.

    Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY

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    The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

    Tucked away between Brixton and Clapham North, The Duke of Edinburgh has one of the biggest beer gardens in south London. With plenty of seating, a large bar and a BBQ, this is the place to head to for the sunshine, a drink and a quick bite. The BBQ is in full swing by May offering homemade burgers and many more delicious bites.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, 204 Ferndale Road, London SW9

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    The Imperial Arms, Chelsea

    Get away from the busy King's Road, and head to The Imperial Arms' tranquil garden. Open all year round, with warm blankets, large sofas to snuggle into and a cocktail list of firm favourites, it's the perfect city sun-trap. The Imperial Arms is a go-to place for sun-filled afternoons, a catalogue of delicious cocktails and a delicious bite to eat. The garden along with the restaurant is very popular, so book in quick.

    The Imperial Arms, 577 King's Road, London SW6

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    The Eagle, Shepherd's Bush

    One of the area's best kept secrets, The Eagle beer garden is a bona fide sun catcher. Bursting with life and neon colours, it is plays host to both families and parties. The lashings of fairy lights, coloured lamps and candles make it an idyllic spot for alfresco dining.

    The Eagle, 215 Askew Road, W12

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    The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea

    This serene garden was created by Anthony Challis and Dan Curran of Ginkgo Gardens. Trailing wisteria and climbing roses adorn the garden's pergolas, stone clad fountains and leafy trellises. The garden is part of the restaurant, so guests will need to order food in order to have a table or seat at the bar.

    The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road, SW3

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    The Magic Garden, Battersea

    Often described as a 'festival in a pub', The Magic Garden is quietly nestled in the heart of south-west London. With DJs from London and beyond, expect to hear everything from funk, Balkan and reggae to hip-hop, ska and Latin. But it's not all feathers and glow paint. Weekdays involve cosy cappucinos, newspapers in the garden, a delicious lunch menu, and vintage armchairs to sit and enjoy the laidback atmosphere.

    The Magic Garden, 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11

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    Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

    Over 300 years old, the Leather Bottle is a pub for all the seasons. Large seating areas and lines of fairy lights - not forgetting a beach side area with deck chairs and beach huts - make it a great place to take a group of friends and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

    Leather Bottle, 538 Garratt Lane, SW17

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    Earl of Essex, Islington

    With twenty draft beers and thirty-three types of bottled beer, this backstreet Georgian brewpub in Islington is heaven for beer connoisseurs. The food is worth stopping by for as well, especially the pizzas from the wood-fired oven, and staff have plenty of suggestions for beer and food matching.

    Earl of Essex, 25 Danbury Street, London N1 8LE

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    Hope & Anchor, Brixton

    This is not your average pub garden. Newly refurbished, the Thai-inspired garden promises the ultimate summer holiday experience. Hope & Anchor goers are able to hire a tree hut, relax in a hammock, and warm themselves by a giant fire pit. Not forgetting the ping pong tables, outdoor stadium, giant outdoor projector screen and full size tuk-tuk.

    Hope & Anchor, 123 Acre Lane, SW2

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    The Jam Tree, Chelsea

    A short 10-minute walk from Fulham Broadway tube, The Jam Tree boasts a fantastic open-plan garden, complete with its own bar and BBQ pit. The spacious garden is an ideal location to relax for a post-work drink, or spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon. The bar serves a vast selection of bespoke cocktails with a strong Bloody Mary to cure a foggy head.

    The Jam Tree, 541 King's Road, SW6

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    Coq d' Argent, Bank

    Located in the heart of the City, Coq d'Argent's rooftop garden is accessed via a private glass lift. Complete with its own lawn, trailing vines and ringed walkway it boasts stunning views of the London skyline. The walkway is peppered with inviting small tables that are shadowed with rows of wisteria. High above the city's bustling streets, this is a place for escaping the maddening crowds of the city in a relaxed yet buzzy atmosphere.

    Peckish? The Bar & Grill has an excellent selection of crustaceans (go for half-a-dozen of No. 3 native oysters if in season) and a glass or two of wine. If you're staying for dinner, the joyously tender Dorset spring lamb rack and saddle from the smart restaurant is highly recommended (and the Granny Smith apple parfait pudding is a staff favourite).

    Tables go fast, so book in quick.

    Coq d'Argent, The Poultry, 1 Poultry, EC2R

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    Dalston Roof Park, Dalston - Outdoor Drinking London

    Dalston Roof Park, Dalston

    The only Dalston rooftop garden, the DRP offers a tasty collection of food and drink set amid the stunning backdrop of the City's skyline. Brimming with herbs and hops, this once forgotten oasis was inspired by the High Line in New York, and began as a collection of allotments cared for by a group of local volunteer gardeners. Sit back, relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape with a different view.

    Dalston Roof Park, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8

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    Brompton Food Market, South Kensington

    Not only a butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger and deli, Brompton Food Market also has a fantastic hidden city garden perfect for soaking up the summer sun. Located in South Kensington, it's a handy pitstop for a post museum rest.

    Brompton Food Market, 33 Thurloe Place, SW7

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    Blixen, Spitalfields

    On the borders of Spitalfields market, Blixen's light-filled interiors are impressive: high ceilings, blue banquettes and a long walnut cocktail bar. But we recommend taking this party outside, where you can get everything from blueberry pancakes with whipped crème fraiche to late-night drinks. Garden tables are only available for those ordering food, but trust us, that won't be a problem.

    Blixen, 65A Brushfield Street, E1

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    Dishoom, Shoreditch

    Dishoom is a not only a Bombay-inspired modern Indian café and restaurant, it also has a delightful cocktail lounge and elegant veranda to help you escape the streets of Shoreditch. Settle into a soft antique armchairs set amid well-thumbed books, faded old photographs and pockets of greenery spilling over from the many planters and hanging baskets dotted around. The all-weather space is heated for colder days, and the retractable walls and canopy provide protection from the British weather whenever it's needed.

    Dishoom, 7 Boundary Street, E2

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    No 32 The Old Town, Clapham

    Boasting a roof terrace and off the beaten track from the myriad of Clapham bars, No 32 The Old Town is the place to head for excellent alfresco cocktails and an equally delicious menu. The roof terrace is full to the brim with umbrellas, tables and chairs, perfect to take in some summer cocktails. Get in there quick, as you can't reserve a spot outside - first come, first served. With friendly staff on-hand and a hidden rooftop terrace, No 32 is a suntrap waiting to be discovered.

    No 32 The Old Town, SW4

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    Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Cafe - Outdoor Drinking London

    Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Cafe, The Southbank

    Known for its concrete wash walls and lack of green space, the South Bank is screaming out for a place to take in the beautiful London sunset. Well, have we got a treat for you. Hidden away in a terrace attached to part of the Queen Elizabeth Hall's cafe lies the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Cafe. Boasting fruit trees, wildflowers, budding allotments and a grand old bar, it is the place to head to take in the London skyline day and night.

    Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar and Cafe, SW8

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    Doodle Bar, Battersea - Outdoor Drinking London

    Doodle Bar, Battersea

    The Doodle Bar is a hidden gem stationed in Battersea's Parkgate Road known for its exciting events from Spanish film nights to supper clubs. The Battersea bar is the perfect place to while away a sunny Saturday afternoon with views of the secluded Ransome's Dock. Grab a beer and a burger and laze in the afternoon rays.

    The Doodle Bar, SW11

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    Pratts & Payne, Streatham

    Named after the two most memorable landmarks from Streatham's past, Pratts & Payne is full to the brim with fine ales, delicious food, music, board games and a whole host of events. The summer months get this Streatham pub into full swing with exciting music events and tasty barbecues. If you're after something a little more filling, they do a mean Sunday roast. With a flower-filled pub garden and friendly staff, it is a great spot to hideaway from the bustle of Streatham High Street.

    Pratts & Payne, SW16 1HJ

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    Garden Lounge, Whitehall Place - Outdoor Drinking London

    Garden Lounge, Whitehall Place

    Designed by David Collins Studio the Garden Lounge at the iconic Corinthia Hotel is one alfresco drinking spot you need to seek out. Despite being in walking distance to the rumbles of Embankment tube station the Garden Lounge is a secluded escape. With more than just a well-stocked bar with a substantial spirits and wine menu, there is plenty to enjoy when it comes to the decoration. A dazzling array of gold, cream, red, terracotta and grey handcrafted mosaics by leading French artist Mathilde Jonquiere adorns columns and plinths, while an elegant glass canopy provides cover from those unwelcomed rainy afternoons. If it gets chilly two fire places make for cosy fire-side chats.

    Garden Lounge, Whitehall Place, SW1A

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    Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury - Outdoor Drinking London

    Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

    Tucked away in the heart of Bloomsbury this beautifully designed indoor-outdoor restaurant is a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, but feels completely at a remove from London's frenetic centre. Quiet, chic with very nice food and cocktails, we'd suggest this as a perfect location for romantic dinner on a balmy night. But don't worry if the weather is slightly inclement - there's a retractable roof, heating and blankets on chairs (always a nice touch).

    Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN

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    Brunswick House, Vauxhall

    Brunswick House provides much-needed interesting food and drink in Vauxhall. As the cafe doubles as an architectural salvage, every corner of the garden is home to curiosities for you to snoop through. The 18th-century house sits on the roundabout at Vauxhall but the high brick walls keep you pleasantly shielded from the bustle. The wine list and the cocktails are imaginative and well-worth travelling for.

    Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 2LG