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QX has put together a quick list of the best London gay bars with outside spaces, terraces and gardens. Hopefully the days ahead will be right scorchers. Perfect for popping cocktail sausages in your mouth on Hampstead Heath, or mincing through Soho’s scorching side streets. London comes into its own in summer even if it does only last for a week. There’s space for everyone!

Queer Soho 

LGBTQ+ Gay Bars with Terraces and Gardens – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces. Many LGBTQ+ bars in the area have terraces on the street, especially during the summer months. Here QX picks the best to drink at.

The Yard

The Yard Soho

57 Rupert St, London W1D 7PL.

Soho Square

An oldie but a goodie! At the height of summer, Soho Square harkens back to the good old days of Soho, London’s former queer hub. Drag queens stumble across sprinklers, queens called Carlos wave and pout, cans of Tesco pre-mixed vodka cranberry get spilled. It’s a special kind of hangover that you’re treated to the next day though, after drinking all day in the heat, then drinking all night in KU or Comptons. Remedy it with a Bloody Mary. We bloody love a Bloody Mary.

Queer West End 

LGBT+ Gay Bars with Terraces – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces

Ku Bar, China Town 

30 Lisle Street, London W1D 5JL

City of Quebec

City Of Quebec, Marble Arch 

12 Old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF

Queer South London 

LGBT+ Gay Bars with Outside Spaces in Vauxhall and Clapham – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces

The Arch Bar, Clapham

Arch 642, Voltaire Rd, London SW4 6DH

A beautiful terrace makes Arch Plaza one of the best queer venues for outside drinking.

Two Brewers, Clapham

114 Clapham High St, London, UK SW4 7UJ

Clapham tube. Wrap around terrace. 

Bridge Bar

The Bridge Bar, Clapham 

8 Voltaire Road, London, SW4 6DH

Queer North London 

LGBT+ Gay Bars with Terraces – Kings Cross – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces

Central Station 

37 Wharfdale Rd, London N1 9SD 

Round the corner from Kings Cross. Go Fund Me Page 

Queer East London 

LGBT+  Gay Bars with Terraces in Hackney and Dalston – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces

The Old Ship, Limehouse

17 Barnes Street, Limehouse, London, E14 7NW

Lime House Station tube just 2 minutes away. A beer garden for those glorious summer days. Download Apple app for bookings here

Queer West London

LGBT+  Gay Bars with Terraces in Hackney and Dalston – London´s LGBTQIA Outside Spaces

West 5

56 Pope’s South Ealing, London, W5 4NB

Your go to destination in South Ealing, West London. It’s important to support bars that serve local communities, when little else is available. For those of you who care to, there is a page available, but they’d rather you supported by visiting them!

Queer London 

For the best outside spaces, London comes into its own in the warm weather, even if it does only last for a week. We’re in desperate need of some Summer fun and something LGBTQIA+ Londoners are good at, is making the most of the weather. So here’s our guide (we love a guide) to the best places to do that!

Regent’s Canal

One of London’s best commodities, a walk down Regent’s Canal is a beautifully varied, wending and scenic route. Start off at the Kings Cross basin, and stomp down past the Hunger Games-esque new developments on the water, up to Camden, where you can take in some touching Amy Winehouse art along the banks, and have a nose at the uber rich gardens of the canalside houses around Primrose Hill. There’s also a floating Chinese restaurant that looks like something out of Studio Ghibli.

London Fields

We LOVE London Fields. At its worst it’s a smack crack nightmare, and at its best, it’s a heady mix of Malibu, mature cheddar and marijuana. It’s great for a post-party dissection, whilst sipping a Strongbow Dark Fruit and listlessly scrolling through Grindr. Then there’s the lido, perfect for an afternoon dip (when it’s open!). 

St Katherine’s Dock

WHO NEEDS Monaco or the Seychelles when you’ve got St Katherine’s Dock! If you battle through the thronging, Starbucks-strewn tourist hell at The Tower Of London and dive into an unassuming side street just by Tower Bridge, you’ll be rewarded with a glittering and fairly undiscovered oasis. An exclusive marina by day and a bustling restaurant/bar district by night, it’s the playground of London’s wealthy yacht connoisseurs. 

Hampstead Heath

We probably use the word “iconic” too much, but Hampstead Heath IS iconic, truly. Its dappled woodland, crumbling walkways and cool ponds are steeped in queer history, and have provided a haven for gay men for decades. There’s something inherently queer and uniquely London about it. A bit like us really. Which might be why we love it so much. It is, possibly, our favourite outdoor space in the city. Highlights include the cruising grounds, frequented by salacious men looking for fun in the bushes on hazy, humid afternoons; the historic Pergola, a beautiful, vine-strewn walkway that’s like something out of Game Of Thrones; and of course the Men’s Pond, with its breathtakingly cold, glistening waters and hilariously camp lawns, strewn with tanned bodies, Call Me Maybe wafting from several iPhones.


It’s all going down in Peckham at the moment – there are gay nights, art galleries, pioneering queer spaces, and creative hubs popping up left, right and centre. Peckham Levels is great for a date. It’s been featured in TimeOut about 50,000 times – it’s a recently gentrified multi-story car park, and there’s a trendy cocktail bar at the top with sweeping views of the city. There’s also a great space at The Bussey Building. It’s a large courtyard, that has since been converted into a performance space slash antique market slash food court slash queer bar. We see you rolling your eyes, but it’s actually very nice.

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