As the leaves turn orange and it starts to get colder you may have to put the Pimms down and put away your flip flops for another year. But it doesn’t mean you have to abandon the outdoors altogether. Here at What Now?! We want to encourage you to be intrepid explorers, and find cozy spots to watch the sunset over the city as we move into autumn. Here is a selection of our favourite outside hidden gems which sparkle all year round:
57 Mornington Terrace, North London, NW1 7RU
It looks deceptively small from the outside but this Camden favourite has a really special outside area where you can sit in one of their cosy heated booths, have a drink and watch the strings of coloured bulbs light up the increasingly dark evenings. With a capacity size of 300 this enchanting garden provides the perfect respite for a weary traveller. Snuggle up with a tartan blanket and a glass of their special-recipe mulled wine, and enjoy the crisp autumn air!
264 Acton High Street, London, W3 9BH
‘Part pub, part brewery, part circus.’ This pub is a real find. Aside from a great range of drinks and a buzzing atmosphere it has a circus-style garden, where you can shelter from the elements inside the coconut shy, hook-a-duck or strong man booths. The perfect spot for alfresco dining their hearty pub food is best accompanied by one of their on-site brewed ales! With heating and protective roofing you won’t be moving in a hurry.
123 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UA
The Union is quickly cementing itself as a South London favourite, conveniently located between Clapham and Brixton it has a Thai-themed pleasure garden which is not to be missed. The outdoor heated huts provide an intimate area to relax and enjoy a few cocktails with your friends, (we’d recommend the cucumber martini!) but there is plenty of cosy spots around the outdoor fire pits. If you’re feeling peckish indulge in one of their fully loaded burgers: trust us it would almost be rude not to!
231 Battersea Park Rd, London, SW11 4LG
This garden pub and restaurant is really something special, with a hearty food menu and a truly eclectic mix of live music throughout the week. Our reccomendation?! Its a great place to while away a Sunday afternoon: free blues gigs, plus whopping Sunday Roasts, board games and Bloody Marys, the perfect end to any weekend! Don’t worry if the weather is a little wet or cold, they have blankets and even mini hot water bottles to keep things cosy on their comfy sofas.
QUEEN OF HOXTON
1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
A Shoreditch staple the Queen of Hoxton never fails to disappoint, with its buzzing rooftop garden with an outside bar and kitchen in case you get peckish. Head to their Viking feasting hall in the clouds from October 27th to enjoy a chillier evening with your friends: “presided over by beautiful Shield-Maiden Skye, Queen of Hoxton’s Winter Wigwam will this year be transformed into a Nordic Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall inside a WigWam, fire pits, driftwood sculptures and a plenty of drinking horns.” Where else would you want to be?! We’ll have one Thor’s Courage and two Skye’s Hot Buttered Rum please!
84 Upper Clapton Rd, E5 9JP
Nestled under a sea of fairy lights the Crooked Billet has a fantastic outside drinking area, complete with those all-important covered, seating booths. While you might not fancy a deckchair in the winter months the booths are well heated and the bar is always well stocked: they offer a large selection of local craft ales. For the competitive amongst you they host a great weekly quiz, and have an ping-pong table and darts outside, let the games begin!
The Stables Market, Camden, NW1 8AH
One for the later nights, Proud Camden is a historic horse hospital nestled inside Camden Market, which has been transformed into a great nightclub and live music venue. Their outside terraced area is really special though: this year its being transformed into an apres-ski mountain bar, so you can experience the a touch of mountain chic without ever leaving London! We’d head down to their launch party on November 16th: it is sure to be a lot of fun!
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, 39th Floor, London EC2N 4AY
Finally, if you are looking for something a little more glamourous head to Sushi Samba at 110 Bishopsgate. This isn’t the place for those who are scared of heights, but for the bravest of drinkers there are fabulous views of the city to admire, as you ride to the 39th floor in a glass-walled lift on the outside of the building. Settle down around a fire pit, wrap yourself up in a fleecy blanket and sip one of their carefully crafted cocktails. If the beautifully designed orange tree sculpture on the West terrace doesn’t get you feeling autumnal nothing will. But you’ve been warned: you might need to book this one.