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Written by Luke Bull

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March 29, 2023

Soho's best beer gardens

We're not going to lie, Soho may not seem the most obvious of choices when it comes to beer gardens in London.

The infamous square mile is more known for its winding streets and tight-knit dive bars than opulent gardens and sun-kissed patios. There are, however, a few hidden hideaways that make Soho a surprisingly generous spot when it comes to quality beer gardens.

So, leave your stereotypes at the door and let take you to a fe Soho beer gardens that will you whisk you away to distant shores.

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1. A great pre-theatre Soho outdoor bar: LSQ Rooftop

Okay so technically only a sliver of LSQ rooftop is outside but, you know what, we make up the rules and this one counts.

Nestled 9 floors above the lively streets of the buzzing West End is LSQ Rooftop - an outdoor bar that provides a perfect haven from the hustle and bustle of Soho. The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the beautiful London skyline and the expansive terrace below.

The LSQ Rooftop is the perfect spot for a casual lunch with family, a weekend catch-up with friends, or even post-work cocktails with colleagues. It's also an ideal venue for pre or post-theatre bites with your loved ones, or to impress an important client.

2. The expanded universe of Soho outdoor bars: Kingly Court

Soho, London

Technically cheating, Kingly Court is a beautiful mishmash of over 25 food and drink outlets in the beating heart of Soho.

The outdoor space has a fantastic al fresco atmosphere, perfect for enjoying drinks and dining under the stars during the summer months. In winter, the courtyard is covered, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for a night out with friends or a romantic date.

Their upstairs space at Marsha is the ideal space for private parties. Ideal for corporate events, engagements, birthdays and even weddings.

3. An elevated escape into the outdoors in Soho: Radio Rooftop

Soho, London

As you hurtle up the elevator from the throng of tourists busying their way through central London you would probably be right in thinking: "Jesus Christ, HeadBox promised a beer garden and this does not feel like one." Well, hold on.

The elevated beer garden of Radio Rooftop provides a relaxed and comfortable ambience, perfect for sipping on refreshing drinks with friends or colleagues after a long day at work. You can also enjoy a casual lunch or dinner with family or loved ones, or even entertain important clients while taking in the stunning vistas.

The venue is the epitome of informal sophistication, with a laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel at ease. The bar's location makes it an ideal spot to watch the city come to life as the sun sets over the horizon. If you're looking for a chic yet unpretentious venue to unwind, Radio Rooftop is a must-visit spot in Soho.

4. A rare and reliable pub garden in Soho: The Porterhouse

Soho, London

Opting for the vibe of 'Wetherspoons but a bit nicer', The Porterhouse taps into that age-old drinking descriptor: reliability. Don't get us wrong, this is not the place to risk your health and soul and think "today is the day I finally try a Negroni". No, beer is the order of the day here, perhaps a G&T if you're feeling adventurous.

That said, The outdoor area at The Porterhouse is a hidden gem in Soho, providing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. The beer garden is a popular spot during the summer months. Whilst The Porterhouse offers ample seating for groups of all sizes, you'll want to get in early before the thirsty crowds rish in.

Whether you're in the mood for a cold pint on a warm day or a cosy spot to enjoy a pint on a cooler evening, The Porterhouse has something for almost everyone. With its affected Irish atmosphere and friendly staff, it's no wonder why it's a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike. Don't miss out on this charming Soho beer garden.

5. A very large Soho outdoor bar: Century Club

Soho, London

A newcomer to the many clubs of London (most of which have shed their exclusionary admissions policy in favour of the much more profitable private hire game), Century Club is a vibrant, stylish spot with a blessed elevated outdoor terrace.

The Roof Terrace at the Century Club proclaims to be the largest in Soho (we would confirm this but, honestly, we were about three cocktails in when we attempted an impromptu measurement of the floor space). Providing stunning panoramic views of London's iconic skyline, It is an ideal spot for corporate parties, special occasions or just a casual drink with friends.

The terrace is available for private hire for breakfast events, dinners, presentations, and receptions. It is equipped with heaters and a fully retractable canvas roof, making it a suitable venue all year round.

The best outdoor bars in Soho

Who doesn't love an outdoor bar? Views of London's cityscape, the open air, a drink in hand, the setting sun... and we have the very best of Soho's outdoor bar offerings, ready for you to browse, book and get outside. Looking for a quiet bar for al fresco drinks or stunning views from a busy rooftop terrace? If this sounds like the perfect backdrop to your next event, you're in the right place. We've scoured the skyline for the best outdoor bars near you. Search, match, and book easily with HeadBox.

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