London's best beer gardens

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. 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.

Updated on 22 January 2020

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. Whilst 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 list of London’s best beer gardens.

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 Gun

The Gun

27 Coldharbour, London, London, E14 9NS

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.
Under £30
British
Gastropub
The Junction Tavern

The Junction Tavern

101 Fortess Road, London, NW5 1AG

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Stag

The Stag

67 Fleet Road, London, NW3 2QU

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
£50 - £79
Spaniards Inn

Spaniards Inn

Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ

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.
Under £30
Gastropub
The Avalon

The Avalon

16 Balham Hill, Clapham, London, SW12 9EB

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Engineer

The Engineer

65 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8JH

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
£50 - £79
The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby

57 Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SH

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.
Pubs
The Crown & Shuttle

The Crown & Shuttle

226 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ

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 and Shuttle’s small heated courtyard is a great spot and its artsy vibe is Shoreditch through and through.
Pubs
People’s Park Tavern

People’s Park Tavern

360 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT

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.
£30 - £49
Pubs
The Ship - Jew

The Ship - Jew's Row

41 Jew's Row, London, SW18 1TB

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Eagle - Shepherds Bush

The Eagle - Shepherds Bush

215 Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 9AZ

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Canonbury Tavern

The Canonbury Tavern

21 Canonbury Place, London, London, N1 2NS

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.
£30 - £49
Pubs
British
The Half Moon Herne Hill

The Half Moon Herne Hill

10 Half Moon Lane , London, SE24 9HU

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.
Pubs
The Crabtree

The Crabtree

4 Rainville Road, Fulham, London, W6 9HA

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Rosendale

The Rosendale

65 Rosendale Road, Dulwich, London, SE21 8EZ

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
Ealing Park Tavern

Ealing Park Tavern

222 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4RL

This neighbourhood local pub in Ealing 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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Faltering Fullback

The Faltering Fullback

19 Perth Road, London, N4 3HB

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.
Under £30
Pubs
The Windsor Castle - Campden Hill Road

The Windsor Castle - Campden Hill Road

114 Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7AR

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.
Pubs
The Swan - Acton Lane

The Swan - Acton Lane

1 Evershed Walk, 119 Acton Lane, London, W4 5HH

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The White Horse - Parsons Green

The White Horse - Parsons Green

1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL

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 is always buzzing and has a lovely view right over the green.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Union Tavern - Woodfield Road

The Union Tavern - Woodfield Road

45 Woodfield Road, London, W9 2BA

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.
Pubs
The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate

14 South End Road, London, NW3 2QE

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.
£30 - £49
Bars
The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet

84 Upper Clapton Road, London, London, E5 9JP

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.
Under £30
Pubs
The Scolt Head

The Scolt Head

107a Culford Road, London, N1 4HT

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh

204 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8AG

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.
Pubs
The Old Ship Hammersmith

The Old Ship Hammersmith

25 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TD

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.
£30 - £49
Gastropub

For more drinking inspiration, see our recommendations for the best bars in London.