28 Brilliant London Beer Gardens You Need To Visit When The Sun’s Shining


It’s an unwritten rule for Brits that, as soon as temperatures exceed 15°C, you must dash to the nearest beer garden.

And this weekend it’s set to hit highs of 34 degrees! Here are 28 brilliant beer gardens around London, conveniently organised by location (wouldn’t want you wasting valuable drinking time searching for where they are). [Featured image: Pub on the Park]

East London beer gardens

1) The Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch

The Crown and Shuttle is a trendy craft beer pub with a huge back garden and some excellent food. Careful though – it gets extremely busy when the sun’s out! This spot reopens for the first time since lockdown on August 1 too. All the more reason to celebrate the good weather!

226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ. 

2) People’s Park Tavern, Hackney

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People’s Park Tavern is a proper village pub, boasting an onsite brewery and one of the best beer gardens in London. 

360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT. See more great pubs in Hackney.

3) CRATE Brewery, Hackney Wick

CRATE Brewery used to be an old factory building, but it has now transformed into a bar, brewery and pizzeria, serving up delicious stone-baked pizzas and, of course, their very own craft beer.

Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN. 

4) Pub on the Park, London Fields

A traditional London pub with a huge, park-side beer garden and weekend DJs.

19 Martello St, E8 3PE. 

South London beer gardens

5) The Phoenix, Clapham

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From the outside, The Phoenix looks like your average boozer, but out back there’s a cute little garden – complete with swings!

348 Clapham Road, Clapham SW9 9AR. 

6) The Magic Garden, Battersea

It doesn’t get much more colourful than at The Magic Garden. Decked out with fairy lights, mismatched furniture and a graffitied black cab, it’s the closest you’ll get to festi-vibes without the festi-price tag.

231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG. 

7) The Ship, Wandsworth

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The Ship is a beautiful riverside pub with a giant terrace, perfect for a sunny day.

41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB. 

8) The Herne, Peckham

A traditional Victorian pub with stunning 1930s-style interior. But we’re here for what really matters – its ginormous beer garden!

2 Forest Hill Road, SE22 0RR.

9) The Falcon, Clapham

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The Falcon is a wonderful mix between a proper British pub and trendy, hipster hangout. Come here for the beer garden and stay for the wicked grub.

33 Bedford Road, SW4 7SQ. 

10) The Rye, Peckham

The Rye has some serious countryside pub vibes. The garden is HUGE and has a BBQ area and a ping-pong table.

31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX. 

11) The Avalon, Clapham

The Avalon is famous for its steaks and burgers, but its garden is one of London’s best. If you think this small decking area is good, just you wait until you see the rest.

16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB. 

South East London beer gardens

12) The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich

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The Gipsy Moth has a subtle nautical theme, which is fitting as it overlooks the Cutty Sark. This pub earns its brownie points for having a retractable roof over its patio – so no need to worry about the rain.

60 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL. 

13) The Woolpack, Bermondsey

A Young’s Pub with a massive beer garden that is open all-year round. Go and enjoy the sunshine and, if it gets a little chilly, grab yourself a blanket. Not that you’ll need that this weekend.

98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB. 

Central London beer gardens

14) The Tattershall Castle, Embankment

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The Pub on the Thames! (Yes, literally floating on the Thames.) The views don’t get much better than those at The Tattershall. It’s perfectly located opposite the London Eye and, as you can imagine, it gets very busy when the sun shines. Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, SW1A 2HR. 

West London beer gardens

15) The Eagle, Shepherd’s Bush

A beautifully colourful pub with a magical pub garden. Filled with fairy lights and beanbags, it’s the ideal place to spend a summer’s eve.

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

16) The Prince, Earl’s Court

The Prince is not only London’s biggest pub garden, but it’s also really bloomin’ beautiful.

14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT. 

17) The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

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The Leather Bottle has one of the liveliest beer gardens in London. With beach huts, games and an outside bar – there’s everything you need for endless good times.

538 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 0NY. 

18) The City Barge, Chiswick

A lovely riverside pub, with plenty of space for alfresco drinking.

27 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3PH. 

19) The Windsor Castle, Notting Hill

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— Windsor Castle (@WindsorCastleW8) April 17, 2019

The Windsor Castle is a total hidden gem. People will come from far and wide to visit its beer garden, but they might struggle to leave.

114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, W8 7AR. 

20) The Crabtree, Hammersmith

The Crabtree is pretty iconic in W6, boasting incredible riverside views from its beautiful Orchard Garden. And, if the sun is shining, you can pretty much guarantee that the hog is spinning.

Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA. 

21) The Marlborough, Richmond

The Marlborough is the perfect location to relax in the sunshine. With full table service and beautiful touches, like fairy-lit trees and a giant chessboard, it’s a guaranteed people pleaser.

46 Friars Stile Road, Richmond, TW10 6NQ. 

North London beer gardens

22) The Bull, Highgate

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This pub is a little different because it has just launched its very own brewery in the back garden (?)! Gorgeous Brewery is now open to the public and visitors are able to watch the brewing process as they sip on one of eight hand-crafted beers.

13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB. 

23) The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Showing off a massive front garden, you can’t miss The Alwyn Castle – making it stupidly tempting to visit when the sun is shining. 

83 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LY. 

24) The Pembroke Castle, Primrose Hill

A Secret London local and a personal favourite of mine, The Pembroke is a lovely, cosy place to visit when the sun’s out – just as long as you’re lucky enough to bag a seat on the terrace!

150 Gloucester Avenue, Camden Town, NW1 8JA. 

25) The Albion, Islington

Possibly the most beautiful beer garden in London, The Albion’s patio space is flooded with wisteria and Instagram-opportunities galore.

10 Thornhill Road, Islington, N1 1HW.

26) The Engineer, Primrose Hill

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— The Engineer Pub (@TheEngineerPub) June 16, 2017

The Engineer is a delightful retreat just moments away from Camden Market. The garden will whisk you away to places more peaceful, and the food is worth sticking around for.

65 Gloucester Avenue, Chalk Farm, NW1 8JD. 

27) The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

The Faltering Fullback is a charming Irish pub that’s hiding a magical treehouse out the back. Get lost in the many corners of the garden as you sip on a pint (or many) and tuck into some excellent Thai food.

19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3HB. 

28) The Woodman, Highgate

The Woodman has the biggest pub garden in Highgate, with large outdoor screens. You can also expect some pretty spectacular food as the head chef, Chef Baran, used to lead the team of chefs at The Ivy, J Sheekey, etc.

414 Archway Rd, Highgate, N6 5UA.

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