It’s an unwritten rule for Brits that, as soon as temperatures reach above 15°C, you must dash to the nearest beer garden STAT.
Here are 35 brilliant beer gardens around London, conveniently organised by location (wouldn’t want you wasting valuable drinking time searching for where they are).
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! 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ.
2) The Water Poet, Spitalfields
The Water Poet is the perfect pub for most occasions, but it’s particularly lovely in the sunshine. 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX.
3) People’s Park Tavern, Hackney
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.
4) 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.
5) 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
6) The Phoenix, Clapham
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.
7) 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. They even host live music some evenings. 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG.
8) The Ship, Wandsworth
The Ship is a beautiful riverside pub with a giant terrace, perfect for a sunny day. 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB.
9) 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.
10) The Falcon, Clapham
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.
11) 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.
12) 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
13) The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich
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.
14) 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. 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB.
Central London beer gardens
15) The Tattershall Castle, Embankment
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
16) 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.
17) 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.
18) The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield
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.
19) The City Barge, Chiswick
A lovely riverside pub, with plenty of space for alfresco drinking. 27 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3PH.
20) The Windsor Castle, Notting Hill
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.
21) 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.
22) 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
23) The Bull, Highgate
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.
24) The Alwyn 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.
25) 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.
26) 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.
27) The Engineer, Primrose Hill
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.
28) 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.
29) The Stag, Hampstead
The Stag boasts a massive back garden with private cabanas for you and your pals. They also host regular BBQs and garden parties. 67 Fleet Road, Hampstead, NW3 2QU.
30) 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.