22 Brilliant Beer Gardens Ideal For This Summer

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Al fresco spots in London are always buzzing in the summer months. With the warmer weather here to stay (we hope at least), we’ve put together a guide of the best beer gardens in London. From Instagrammable spots to old-school pubs with yards of space, these are our favourites.

London’s Best Beer Gardens For A Cold Pint

The Prince, West Brompton

On the border between Fulham and West Brompton sits The Prince. The home of West London’s leaving drinks, birthday get-togethers, post-work dos and just about any other occasion, the stand-out feature here is, of course, the garden. 

Sit under the floral pergola in the ‘woodland garden’ and settle in for an afternoon and evening filled with good drinks and laughter. 

Expect a whole lot of ‘Grammable garden decor, from the floor-to-ceiling flower walls to the old-school telephone boxes.

14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT

www.theprincelondon.com

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The Ship, Wandsworth

A SW18 favourite, The Ship is Wandsworth’s biggest pull. Home to stunning West London sunsets, river-side drinking and dining, it’s the perfect place to raise a pint in whatever the occasion. 

Head here mid-week for a post-work celebration or battle through the crowds on a Saturday night for a blasting weekend filled with fun.

41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB

www.theship.co.uk

Hope & Anchor, Brixton/Clapham

It’s rare to find a pub garden that’s big enough for the crowds that proceed to pile into them. Hope & Anchor boasts a giant outdoor space, filled with twinkling lights, thatch-roofed chalets and music pumping the stereos. 

If you can nuzzle yourself into one of the chalets, you can look forward to an afternoon of lounging, drinking and chilling. They’re great for watching the pub garden antics go by too.

123 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5UA 

www.hopeandanchorbrixton.co.uk

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People’s Park Tavern, Hackney

Let the people have what the people want, which in this case is the People’s Park Tavern. Set alongside Victoria Park, known as The People’s Park for its lefty history.

The garden, which backs onto the park isn’t your usual beer garden, for a start it’s got trendy East Londoney stuff like a mini golf course, along with the now ubiquitous huts and lodges we now expect from a beer garden.

360 Victoria Park Road, Hackney, E9 7BT

www.peoplesparktavern.pub

Magic Garden, Battersea

The clue’s in the name, right? The pub might not seem like much from the outside, but give it a chance as the place opens out into what really is a relatively magical garden.

Located a short walk from Battersea Park, the garden comes complete with the carcass of an old black cab, picnic tables and banquette seating.

231 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW11 4LG

 www.magicgardenpub.com

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The Castle, Tooting

Ever since Lonely Planet left most of London scratching its collective head by naming Tooting the world’s coolest neighbourhood, this South West London locale has gone from strength to strength.

The Castle is a reflection of a changing Tooting, with a multi-million pound overhaul a few years ago resulting in a great interior. However, the garden is where The Castle shines, with pergolas and a number of chalets.

38 Tooting High Street, Tooting, SW17 0RG

www.castletooting.com

Pergola London, Paddington/Canary Wharf

For those searching for the best party vibes and outdoor space, look to Pergola London. They have two great venues in Paddington and Canary Wharf.

Expect a space designated to free-spirited partying complete with tropical plants, cabanas and endless margaritas.

Paddington / Canary Wharf

www.pergolapaddington.com

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Pub On The Park, London Fields

Pub On The Park is a pub on, um, the park. London Fields, to be precise. The pub’s DJs play to the spacious gardens throughout the summer months

This spot is ideal for watching sport with its huge screens, or you can become part of the game by booking time on the Pétanque area.

19 Martello Street, Hackney, E8 3PE

www.pubonthepark.com

The Stonhouse, Clapham

One of Clapham’s best kept secrets, The Stonhouse transforms with the seasons. In the winter, you can expect it to be a sparkling covered garden dotted with fairy lights, cosy cushions and blankets to curl up with. But in the summer, this sunny spot is the perfect spot for an al fresco cocktail – there is covered seating too for when the weather changes!

165 Stonhouse Street, Clapham, SW4 6BJ

www.thestonhouse.co.uk

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The Eagle, Shepherd’s Bush

One of Young’s Pubs Geronomio Inns, The Eagle does everything that you’d expect from a smart pub, but it adds something special with its outside space.

The Eagle is the perfect place for a summer Sunday roast, just gather friends and a board game or two and sit outside.

This summer they are offering something a little different with their rosé afternoon tea that’ll see you indulge on an afternoon tea hamper filled with treats and a wine pairing.

215 Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 9AZ

 www.theeaglew12.co.uk

Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle

Housed inside a former abandoned paper factory, Mercato Metropolitano is one of London’s largest outdoorsy venues. You’ll always find something going on here, from street food traders serving up delicious pub grub to DJ sets at the weekends. 

There are different corners dotted around the venue too, from the French Corner home to weekly live performances to the secret Piazza home to holiday vibes.

42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR 

www.mercatometropolitano.com

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The Crabtree, Fulham

Any Fulham dwellers will already know about this hidden gem, but for those who don’t, expect to find a stunning green garden waiting for you.

With views stretching over the Thames from their dining room and terraces, there isn’t a better place to delight in refined pub classics like cider-battered fish and chips and short rib and flank burger. Outside in their garden, expect plenty of shade and parasols to help you stay cool in the heatwaves, as well as heaters for those cooler days.

Rainville Road, Fulham, W6 9HA

www.thecrabtreew6.co.uk

The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

Busy and, at times, not-so-salubrious Garratt Lane plays a blinder with The Leather Bottle. Despite being in the hinterland between Tooting and Earlsfield it feels like you’re in the middle of the countryside. The pub itself has an old-world thing going on, but the garden is brilliant.

With a burger shack, huts, outdoor tables, and pergola area, The Leather Bottle’s outdoor space makes for one of London’s best beer garden experiences.

538 Garrat Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 0NY

www.leatherbottlepub.co.uk

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The Telegraph, Putney

Located on Putney Heath just at the edge of Wimbledon Common, The Telegraph has been renovated in recent years and now boasts a very nice beer garden that’ll make you feel as though you’re in the countryside, even if you’re only half an hour from the centre of London.

The food here is excellent, with an evolving menu of diverse cuisines, and fantastic Sunday lunches. Drinks-wise, there’s an expansive list of wines, gins and beers, and the whole place has a very warm and friendly vibe.

Putney Heath, Putney, London, SW15 3TU

www.brunningandprice.co.uk

The Crooked Billet, Clapton

A fantastic beer garden in Clapton, The Crooked Billet is a lovely place to go for a cool pint in the hotter days of the year. The interior is very stylish yet appealingly homely and the beer garden out back is huge and inviting.

There’s a great selection of IPAs, lagers and wines, and the food menu is no slouch either, with stone-baked pizzas, mains like beer battered haddock and flat iron steak, bar snacks like mac & cheese and fried chicken wings, and tempting desserts like sticky toffee pudding and knickerbocker glory.

84 Upper Clapton Road, London E5 9JP

www.e5crookedbillet.co.uk

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Big Penny Social, Walthamstow

A pub, arts centre and town square rolled into one, Big Penny Social is the place to go if you’re in a big group. Home to a huge outdoor space, this venue is home to tap after tap of beers, cocktails and wines. 

This summer, the outdoor space will be transformed into Walthamstow-on-Sea, complete with frozen cocktails, fish and chips and even a sandy beachfront. Grab a deck chair or book yourself into one of the red-and-white striped beach huts to really soak up that seaside vibe.

1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL 

www.bigpennysocial.co.uk

Vauxhall Beer Garden, Vauxhall

One of the biggest in London, if you come to the Vauxhall Beer Garden this summer you won’t be short of things to do. There’s a huge amount of delicious street food available to sate your appetite here alongside the large drinks selection, and the whole place feels almost like small city.

Live comedy is performed here throughout the week, and there’s also huge screens showing sport.

6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SP

www.vauxhallfoodbeergarden.com

The Woodman, Highgate

Moving up to North London, The Woodman in Highgate is another excellent beer garden to sit in when the sun’s shining. The biggest in Highgate, the pub is both child and dog friendly, with rows of benches in the garden giving a traditional pub garden feel.

The interior is also not to be missed, with the kind of stylish decor you’d expect in one of London’s most expensive suburbs. The food is also very high quality, with head chef Chef Baran, who previously worked with The Ivy and Scott’s of Mayfair, creating an exquisite Brassiere menu.

The Woodman, 414 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5UA

www.the-woodman.com

The Albion, Islington

Over in Islington, The Albion is a local favourite for garden-side tipples. Home to a blooming wisteria tree that’s just perfect for snapping on the ‘Gram, book in here for great food and drinks. 

The all-day menu features British pub classics, from beer battered haddock and triple cooked chips with tartare and mushy peas to Gloucester old pork chop with celeriac remoulade and red wine gravy.

10 Thornhill Road, Islington, N1 1HW

www.the-albion.co.uk

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The Terrace, Alexandra Palace

Another huge beer garden in North London, The Terrace in Alexandra Palace is the place to go if you feel that your beer garden trip needs more of a landscape in the background. When you’re not gazing across Ally Pally’s famous view, you can indulge yourself on the delicious food on offer.

There are stone oven-baked pizzas, street food on weekends and plenty more. There’s also a fab selection of spirits, wines and cocktails, as well as some great beers from independent breweries.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

www.alexandrapalace.com

The Earl of Essex, Islington

This craft beer pub may well be the best beer garden in Islington, in a very inviting Georgian-era building. The garden itself is quite small but very cosy, with a real back-garden feeling.

But the number one reason you should come here, especially if you’re keen on beer is the pub’s extensive range of craft beer available on tap. There’s a huge range of kegs of beer from all over the world, and even the most picky beer fans will be hard-pressed to find anything wrong here.

The Earl Of Essex, 25 Danbury Street, London, N1 8LE

www.earlofessex.net

The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead

The Spaniard’s Inn has been around for centuries- being name-dropped in Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers among others. But it’s no less excellent in the present day and has a lovely beer garden to grab a cold beer on a hot day in Hampstead.

It has a chill, relaxed atmosphere, and looks idyllic in the summer months. Alongside a great choice of drinks, there’s some delicious food to have if you’ve worked up an appetite walking on nearby Hampstead Heath.

Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, Greater London, NW3 7JJ

www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk


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