Every country has their version of a drinking tradition. Here in the UK, ours is the unbeatable pint with your mates. Rain or shine, nothing says ‘Out of Office’ like the quintessential happy hour beer. We’ve put together the best beer gardens in London, sorted by area for your drinking pleasure.
Where: Stoneleigh Road, Tottenham, N17 9BQ
A traditional pub in the heart of Tottenham, the Beehive is the true British experience. The outdoor space is sheltered, so you can check it out no matter the weather. Of course, it is also spacious since it caters to regular football crowds, so you can bring the whole group without worrying about seats. They serve local beers and ales, perfect with a hearty burger or a veggie sharing platter.
Where: 19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3HB
Surrounded by potted plants along the fences, and gorgeous decking, the Faltering Fullback is a moment of peaceful greenery tucked away in the hectic city life. The interior holds plenty of character with rustic charm that will take you away from the troubles of the modern world. If you’re looking for a quality pub quiz, head to the Fullback Pub Quiz every Monday at 8:45PM.
Where: 13 North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4AB
The gardens of the Bull are chic, sophisticated and upliftingly beautiful. The Bull is stunning from the beginning with a flower crowned archway entrance that can serve to spice up your Instagram feed. Once you’ve taken your photos, head to the gardens to enjoy the British menu alongside a beer brewed at the pub itself.
Where: 2 Shepherdess Walk, Hoxton, London, N1 7LB
Sunday Roast in the courtyard, anyone? This Victorian Pub in the East of London is a must see for beer and wine enthusiasts alike. The prices are good value, considering it’s in the centre of London’s trendiest neighbourhood. Not to mention the added pleasure of sitting in a beer garden that was mentioned in the old nursery rhyme “Pop! Goes the Weasel.”
Where: 226 Shoreditch High Street, Hackney, London, E1 6PJ
The Crown and Shuttle is in a prime location and has fabulous gardens surrounding it. For the colder nights, don’t worry, they’re prepared with heaters around the large open spaces. It can get busy, so head in earlier to miss the crowds. However, if you’re looking for an exciting outing with friends, The Crown and Shuttle is one of the best beer gardens in London.
Where: Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN
The Crate Brewery is an old factory turned micro-brewery/bar. The décor is made up of recycled materials and the views the canal only adds to the eclectic atmosphere. If you ever want to spend more time there – because why wouldn’t you – you can even book a tour of the brewery before enjoying one of their renowned pizzas.
Where: 348 Clapham Road, Larkhall, London, SW9 9AR
A quick walk from Clapham high street leads you to the Phoenix and to its stripped wooden floors and artisan pizzas. Oh, and it’s secret garden of course. Enjoy a pint of real ale on the swing set, in one of only three Harvey’s pubs in London. Friday night is Live Music Night, where local artists perform covers and original funk, soul, and rock tunes. A true London beer garden, complete with the friendly atmosphere we all need after a day of studying.
Where: 44 Vanbrugh Park, London, SE3 7JQ
Established in the 1800s, the Royal Standard is one of the oldest and most loved pubs in the area. The beer garden has a welcoming and authentic feel, with easy transport links from around the city. If after a walk around Greenwich, you feel like lazing around in the sun, check out the rear garden of the pub, where you and your friends can enjoy a peaceful lunch and immerse yourself in the culture of the village.
Where: 345 Trinity Road, London, SW18 3SH
Comfortable sofas and open fires welcome you into the Country Arms, with the beer garden being one of the best finds in London. The pub displays traditional Victorian features and has a fresh, seasonal British menu, perfect for a lunch break. Evenings are lit up by the fairy light décor and the ambience is unmatched. As an added bonus, the pub boasts of highly enjoyable quiz nights. Something for whatever your mood.
Where: 11-13 Thames Road, Strand-on-the-Green, London, W4 3PL
Riverside views, excellent service and delicious food. The Bell and Crown won’t disappoint those that seek a hearty Sunday lunch with friends. On the other hand, if you’re after an evening pint, you can also enjoy one from the vast selection that they have on offer. Cosy, peaceful and truly wholesome, the Bell and Crown is a must see in Chiswick.