The Gatehouse, Highgate Village
This Wetherspoons bar is located in the beautiful surroundings of Highgate Village, has a gorgeous outdoor beer garden for those wishing to escape the ban and spark up with their drink or meal.
The Flask, Hampstead
This is one of Hampstead’s most popular bars and is favoured by celebrities so it’s no wonder they’ve gone to every effort to make it a smoker friendly bar. Their large beer garden has a 14-table marquee and many of the tables are equipped with heaters for smokers who aren’t willing to risk the English summer weather! When the sun does shine, barbeques are commonplace.
The Engineer, Camden
This historic London venue has been forced into present day with the smoking ban – no longer can you smoke at the bar. However, this doesn’t matter when you have a big beer garden out the back.
Gigalum is a bar that’s popular and upmarket without being pretentious. Plus, a bonus for smokers is you can have a drink outside even if it’s cold – the patio heaters take care of that common smokers complaint.
The Common Room, Wimbledon
This is a great bar if you’re a sport’s fan. Situated in Wimbledon Village, The Common Room has giant plasma screens that show all major sporting events and the terrace garden is open for smokers who want to have a cigarette in the ad breaks or when the weather’s nice.
The Coat and Badge, Putney
A great pub for food or drink – day or night, which makes it a great addition to the smoker friendly bars list. With a large outside area complete with picnic tables and umberellas to keep the inevitable summertime rain off, it’s an oasis for smokers looking for a break from the ban.
All Bar One, Canary Wharf
Set alongside the dock and located within a short walk of the Jubilee Line station, All Bar One is a good option for those wanting to have a drink with some atmosphere and enjoy a smoke. This large venue has laid out several benches complete with umberellas and heaters for when the weather turns. The added bonus is it’s within a stone’s throw of neighbouring Smollenskys, which offers the same facilities if you fancy a quick change of scenery.
Bar 38, West India Quay
West India Quay could be a scene from any Mediterranean holiday, with bars and restaurants lined up along the dock and large seating areas leading out onto the pavements. Bar 38 is one of the best for a lively atmosphere on a Friday night – and with heaters, umberellas and great views, smokers won’t feel resentful for having to go outside.
Fox @ Excel, Excel
On summery days, the Fox Bar at Excel opens its doors and puts out chairs, tables and umberellas for people to go out and enjoy the atmosphere of the Excel Centre. Especially good during the hustle and bustle of show days, the impressive views of the Docklands are worth standing outside for.
Slug & Lettuce, Richmond
If you’re after a smoker friendly bar while taking in the sights of the river then you’d be hard-pushed to do better than this waterside Slug and Lettuce venue. With a large choice of drinks and cocktails, staff are happy for you to go outside and sit by the water – if you don’t mind drinking from a plastic cup! But with a great atmosphere in the summer, it’s worth it.
Station House, Notting Hill
The Station House is a charming pub in Notting Hill. The newly redesigned and very beautiful ‘secret garden’ has been increased in size by over 40% and now has a capacity for over 300 people outside.
Sun in Splendour, Notting Hill
In a great location near to Portobello Road, The Sun in Splendour was one of the brave pubs that went non-smoking before the enforced ban, so they’re well-prepared for their smoking customers. They have a fully heated and covered garden area that helps smokers avoid the tempermental weather.
Anchor Bankside, London Bridge
The Anchor is a popular historical pub with two outside seating areas. One is located on the river, with large picnic tables and plenty of wall-space if you’re not lucky enough to grab a table. The other is an outside terrace with a few tables and space to stand if you want to pop out for a quick smoke without tackling the stairs first.
The Doggetts Coat and Badge, Blackfriars
This is a large and very popular example of a smoker friendly bar, and in the summer the atmosphere is upbeat and happy. With a nice beer garden that can accommodate a large number of people sitting and standing, there’s plenty of space for smokers and non-smokers alike to enjoy the sunshine.