Nothing makes or break a summer season like a good place to find drinks, be they after work or on the weekends. We’ve put together a list of bars, restaurants, patios and rooftops with the best summer drinks for the upcoming months. Enjoy!

Words Paola Peralta

Welcome the sunshine and warm weather with the best summer drinks London has to offer.

CAMINO

best summer drinks

This Spanish-inspired local favourite specialises in giving classic summer drinks a twist using recipes and ingredients from the region. Choose from their popular summer items such as their legendary ‘Frozé’ – a combination of Belsazar Rosé Vermouth and El Vero rosé wine with strawberry purée sweetened with agave, and their signature frozen Gin & Tonic, which you can enjoy on its own or spiced up with a homemade syrup. Enjoy your frozen summer drink alongside some authentic Spanish tapas at any of their four London locations.

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BAR ELBA

best summer drinks

This rooftop bar is the perfect place to celebrate the warmer weather with a view of the city. Located in the heart of London, it’s the ideal meeting place for a night out. The versatile menu includes everything from beers and ciders to cocktails and shots. The colourful, trendy atmosphere also makes this bar the perfect place to snap pictures with friends. All the best things about summer in London converge on this rooftop, making it one of the best experiences out on the town yet.  

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ELLA CANTA

best summer drinks

Inspired by the late Frida Kahlo, this Mexican style restaurant will fulfil any and all margherita needs. Although there are many traditionally delicious options to choose from, they’ve perfected the art of the margarita. Classically, a margarita will consist of two parts tequila, on part triple sec and one part lime. But this modern Mexican Mecca offers four unique takes on the staple cocktail, all based on different aspects of Mexican art and culture. Needless to say, the drinks will look just as good as they taste.

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THE GIBSON

best summer drinks

The Gibson, with it’s vintage style decor and live music, has been deemed more of an experience than a bar – the menu even comes with instructions on how to order. Instead of a standard assortment, their menu is divided into months. Every month offers a different set drinks customised to the season the customer feels like experiencing. Although it is not required to stick to the present season, why not make your way through the June-August selection and experience the summer season like never before.

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QUEEN OF HOXTON

best summer drinks

This three-floor Shoreditch bar is open year-round, but Londoners anxiously anticipate the opening of the rooftop for the summer. Every summer the rooftop terrace is transformed, this year the theme is Las Vegas. The fun, laid-back atmosphere makes it an ideal spot to meet for drinks at any hour. All three floors are equipped with a full bar where they offer a diverse array of beers, ciders, spirits, and wines. The rooftop bar follows the theme to a T, offering traditional Vegas cocktails.

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