If you like a cold beer on a hot day, there’s probably nothing better than a beer garden. We’re an inclusive bunch when it comes to drinking at SquareMeal, so we’re happy to add that cocktails or a chilled wine does the trick rather nicely too - but then we’re sure we don’t need to tell you that.
Every year as the summer months start approaching, one thing that you can’t help but imagine is that feeling of being able to sit outside without being freezing, whether that be to eat al fresco, drink or just chill out. However, there aren’t many feelings better than sitting with your sunnies on in a lovely beer garden with a pint of cold lager in your hand. While you might be quick to imagine rural beer gardens far out of the city, there are loads of fantastic beer gardens right here in the centre of London which are really worth a visit.
There are lots of different factors to consider when you’re looking for the perfect beer garden in London; are you looking for a huge garden where a large group of you will be able to stand together? Maybe you want somewhere small and romantic with beautiful views and an amazing gastro pub food menu. Or perhaps you’re all about that outdoor bar and huge screen to watch the footie on. Well, regardless of which of these you’re looking for we’ve got you covered with our carefully selected roundup of London’s best beer gardens.
We’ve scoured our collection of London pub listings to bring you our pick of the best beer gardens in London, all in one place. Scroll on for our selection of great London beer gardens, so you can sip alfresco in a pub worth talking about. Spread out all over London, these beer gardens tick all the right boxes for us and we’re sure they will for you too.
The Albion, Islington
What: Come summertime, you won’t find a spare inch in either the front courtyard or the large, comely, wisteria-draped beer garden out back at The Albion. As spacious as it is charming, guests can sip on draught beers such as Amstel or Guinness while nibbling on a selection of savoury bar snacks, which feature fish goujons and buttermilk chicken bites.
Where: 10 Thornhill Road, N1 1HW
The Drapers Arms, Islington
What: The Drapers Arms is a lively place, with the ground floor buzzing when the locals flock in and a spacious patio garden for them to spill out onto for some fresh air. To drink, there are real ales at the bar and a wine list offering glass and carafe options. For those feeling peckish, order a summer mezze and flatbread, or a lamb rump with freekeh, tahini and braised courgettes.
Where: 44 Barnsbury Street, N1 1ER
The Malt House, Fulham
What: With a snug, sheltered garden hidden from street view, The Malt House boasts options ranging from a selection of craft lagers, cocktails and an international wine list. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, the menu features British classics such as a steak, Guinness and mushroom pie, or your choice of a Sunday roast.
Where: 17 Vanston Place, SW6 1AY
The Crooked Billet, Clapton
What: Clapton is the home to The Crooked Billet which offers great food, a large selection of beers and most importantly a great sized beer garden. The outdoor area is usually packed if you’re not there good and early, with lots of little alcoves to sit in.
Where: 84 Upper Clapton Road, E5 9JP
The Engineer, Primrose Hill
What: Over towards Primrose Hill, The Engineer has room for up to 80 people in its cosy flower-covered beer garden and is a lovely place to enjoy some food or just a few pints whilst hoping for some sun.
Where: 65 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JH
The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
What: Finsbury Park isn’t an area full of lovely pubs, so it’s a very pleasant discovery when you find The Faltering Fullback just off Perth Road. The wonderfully leafy outdoor area full of wooden tables makes it a great spot during summer particularly.
Where: 19 Perth Road, London, N4 3HB
The Windsor Castle, Kensington
What: Hidden away on Campden Hill Road in Kensington, The Windsor Castle is a bit of a hidden gem of a pub in this area. The beautiful black and white painted façade is tempting enough before you know about the lovely little courtyard around the back.
Where: 114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR
The Canonbury, Islington
What: In the heart of Islington sits The Canonbury Tavern with its impressive drinks list and smart interior. However, out the back there is also a lovely little garden area with picnic tables and the added bonus of an outdoor burger shack.
Where: 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS
The Avalon, Clapham
What: Boasting not one, not two but three outdoor areas, The Avalon in Clapham is a winner with us. The main outdoor garden features an alfresco bar and wooden booths to sit in, whilst the courtyard and the separate terrace are more intimate.
Where: 16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB
The Eagle, Shepherd's Bush
What: Featuring a beanbag and deckchair covered lawn alongside some smaller outhouse-style booths, the beer garden of The Eagle in Shepherd’s Bush has to be one of our favourites in West London. It also has the added bonus of an outdoor burger shack.
Where: 215 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 9AZ
The White Horse, Parson’s Green
What: Let’s just say that the clientele at this Parsons Green boozer has led to it being nicknamed the ‘Sloaney Pony’ but don’t be put off by this. The large outdoor area at The White Horse is always buzzing and has a lovely view right over the green.
Where: 1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL
The Garden Gate, Hampstead
What: Just a stone’s throw away from the edge of the Heath, Hampstead’s The Garden Gate has a mixture of covered and uncovered seating in their outdoor courtyard area. It’s also a great place to go with a larger group.
Where: 14 South End Road, NW3 2QE
The Ship, Wandsworth
What: Wandsworth’s The Ship is based right on the edge of the Thames just along from Wandsworth Bridge. This means that unsurprisingly the view is stunning, and the large terrace area is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset with a drink in hand.
Where: 41 Jew's Row, SW18 1TB
The Scolt Head, Dalston
What: Over in Dalston the beautiful beer garden at The Scolt Head is covered in ivy and feels like a complete escape from the outside world. With its own lamppost also in the garden, this charming spot is the perfect place to enjoy a craft beer well into the evening.
Where: 107a Culford Road, N1 4HT
The Gun, Docklands
What: On a sunny day in London it would be hard to argue that there are many better places to be than on the terrace-cum-beer garden of The Gun. Looking right out over the Thames, the views are simply amazing.
Where: 27 Coldharbour, E14 9NS
The Union Tavern, Maida Vale
What: Looking right out over the canal, The Union Tavern over in Maida Vale has a brilliant little terrace where you can sit with your drinks and watch the narrow boats drift pass.
Where: 45 Woodfield Road, W9 2BA
The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
What: Another small riverside terrace, but this time it’s at one of London’s oldest pubs where it’s believed Charles Dickens used to drink. The terrace at the Prospect of Whitby may not be huge but it has a certain charm to it.
Where: 57 Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH
The Half Moon, Hearne Hill
What: Down in Hearne Hill, the Half Moon is located just around the corner from Brockwell Park and boasts a wonderful beer garden with an outdoor bar, barbecue and a firepit, making it a great place to go with friends.
Where: 10 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9HU
The Crabtree, Fulham
What: In a fantastic location in Hammersmith, The Crabtree’s enormous riverside garden is a picturesque spot to visit during a summer evening. It also has its own small kitchen called the crab shack which opens on warmer evenings.
Where: 4 Rainville Road, W6 9HA
Ealing Park Tavern, Ealing
What: Local neighbourhood pub Ealing Park Tavern has a beer garden full of colour with brightly-painted booths surrounding the edge of the outdoor area. There is also a ping pong table outside if you fancy a game after a few pints.
Where: 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4RL
The Old Ship, Hammersmith
What: Whilst the outdoor space at The Old Ship in Hammersmith might be regarded as more of a terrace, we had to include it for its picturesque views over the Thames, situated literally right on the riverbank.
Where: 25 Upper Mall, W6 9TD
Spaniards Inn, Hampstead
What: Everything about the 450 year old Spaniards Inn is incredibly quaint and appealing, and that includes the lovely little beer garden which is the perfect place to enjoy a light bite to eat from the barbecue or a drink from their outdoor bar.
Where: Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ
People’s Park Tavern, Hackney
What: Looking right over Victoria Park in Hackney, the People’s Park Tavern has a huge outdoor area decorated with fairy lights. There are loads of different cosy corners to sit in as well as a small covered area also.
Where: 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT
The Stag, Hampstead
What: The beer garden at The Stag in Hampstead is certainly one of the liveliest on our list with something always going on in the courtyard space, whether that be a live DJ or a barbecue. It’s also a great place to enjoy one of the beers from their long list.
Where: 67 Fleet Road, NW3 2QU
The Crown & Shuttle, Shoreditch
What: Situated right on Shoreditch High Street, you wouldn’t expect a pub in a prime location like this to have an outdoor area. However The Crown & Shuttle’s small heated courtyard is a great spot and its artsy vibe is Shoreditch through and through.
Where: 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton
What: You’ll struggle to find many London beer gardens bigger than the one at The Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton. With space for hundreds of people to sit, this is a great option if you’re with a very large group in South London.
Where: 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG
The Rosendale, Dulwich
What: This pub’s huge beer garden stretches around the side of the pub and features loads of umbrella-covered wooden tables. If you’re in the West Dulwich area, The Rosendale is certainly worth a visit in the summer.
Where: 65 Rosendale Road, SE21 8EZ
The Junction Tavern, Tuffnell Park
What: The beer garden at Tufnell Park’s Junction Tavern is what we regard as an incredibly traditional garden. With leafy trees and plants in every corner and big green outdoor tables, it’s a great spot for a pint or three.
Where: 101 Fortess Road, NW5 1AG
The Swan, Acton Lane
What: Tucked away off Acton Lane, The Swan isn’t a pub which looks like it would have a beer garden on first impression, but the leafy space around the back is a lovely surprise when you discover it.
Where: 1 Evershed Walk, 119 Acton Lane, W4 5HH
The Lost Hours, Fulham
What: Formerly The Jam Tree, this popular Fulham hang out now operates under the name of The Lost Hours, and it sure is easy to lose track of time in its attractive beer garden. Plenty of space for groups, with sharing platters available to keep everyone full.
Where: 541 Kings Road, SW6 2EB
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