Luckily for us, many of London’s pub gardens come with some pretty hefty heaters, so you can grab your pint or glass of wine without turning into an ice-block. Here’s a rundown of 40 of the best London pub gardens to keep your warm this winter:
Central London Pub Gardens With Heaters:
1. The Lighterman, King’s Cross
With beautiful views over Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal and a great pub garden with heaters, The Lighterman is the perfect place to wine and dine this winter.
📍 3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH. Nearest station: King’s Cross St. Pancras.
2. The Bunch of Grapes, Borough
Very close to London Bridge station, the Shard, and Borough Market, this high-ceilinged, wood-panelled spot has a brick-walled pub garden, delicious beers and some magnificent pub grub. It’s an all-around great spot when in Central London to meet your pals for some wintry drinks.
📍 2 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RS. Nearest station: London Bridge.
3. The Anchor, Bankside
The ‘local’ for The Globe Theatre, this pretty pub on the Thames has a roof terrace that’s much in demand from tourists and locals.
📍 4 Park Street, Southwark, SE1 9EF. Nearest station: London Bridge.
4. The Lamb, Bloomsbury
Smack-bang in the middle of Holborn and Russell Square tube stations, this cosy little spot has Victorian decor, antique screens and a lovely and secluded beer garden out the back.
📍 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ. Nearest station: Russell Square.
5. Rose & Crown, Blackfriars
This beloved spot offers up one of Central London’s biggest beer gardens. It also serves up a whole host of award-winning beers and some hearty grub to tuck into too.
📍 47 Colombo Street, London SE1 8DP. Nearest station: Southwark.
North London Pub Gardens With Heaters:
6. The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park
This charming Irish pub is green as a shamrock, with a leafy exterior and a magical treehouse-esque beer garden to boot which has covers and more.
📍 19 Perth Road, Stroud Green, N4 3HB. Nearest station: Finsbury Park.
7. The Bull, Highgate
This popular Highgate pub has its own on-site brewery, and a very lovely heated garden. There’s also a delicious seasonal menu to warm the bellies.
📍 13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB. Nearest station: Highgate.
8. The Hawley Arms, Camden
Ah, the Secret London local. Also a regular haunt of the late and much-loved Amy Winehouse. There’s enough varieties of pints and bar snacks to keep you going, and two lovely little gardens.
📍 2 Castlehaven Road, NW1 8QU. Nearest station: Camden Road or Camden Town.
9. Colonel Fawcett, Camden
This superb indie Camden pub will keep you nice and toasty in their lovely, warm garden all through the winter.
📍 1 Randolph Street, NW1 0SS. Nearest station: Camden Road.
10. Lock Tavern, Camden
Another Secret London favourite, and definitely one of the best beer gardens in the area for a pint or two.
📍 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ. Nearest station: Chalk Farm.
11. The Pineapple, Kentish Town
A lovely little spot which is a favourite among locals and offers a great selection of Thai food and different beers.
📍 51 Leverton Street, NW5 2NX. Nearest station: Kentish Town.
12. The Castle, Islington
A lively spot thanks to delicious food and big screens up on their rooftop for all the best sporting action. Heaters on site make for a great year-round meeting spot too.
📍 54 Pentonville Road, N1 9HF. Nearest station: Angel
13. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead
This 16th-century boozer earns the title of being one of the oldest pubs in London and also one of the most haunted spots in the city. It’s also got a great beer garden to boooooot. That wasn’t the ghost there, honest!
📍 Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ. Nearest station: Golders Gren or Hampstead.
14. Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington
Visit for the beer garden and friendly staff, stay for the excellent (and basically compulsory) pizza.
📍 177 Green Lanes, Highbury East, N16 9DB. Nearest station: Canonbury or Arsenal.
15. The Flask, Highgate
Another of London’s most haunted pubs, The Flask is popular with ghost hunters as well as roast eaters. Who knows – perhaps a resident spook will join you out in the heated garden?
📍 77 Highgate West Hill, N6 6BU. Nearest station: Highgate.
East London Pub Gardens With Heaters:
16. Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick
This absolutely cracking canal-side brewery serves excellent pizzas along with its very own range of craft beer. The view of the canal ain’t so bad either.
📍 Unit 7, Queens Yard, E9 5EN. Nearest station: Hackney Wick.
17. Pub on the Park, London Fields
This vibey place is pretty famous for its massive terrace overlooking London Fields.
📍 19 Martello Street, E8 3PE. Nearest station: London Fields.
18. People’s Park Tavern, Victoria Park
The People’s Park Tavern is a proper village pub, boasting an onsite brewery and arguably one of London’s best beer gardens, a lot of which is under cover in case the weather refuses to play ball.
📍 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT. Nearest station: Hackney Wick.
19. The Crooked Billet, Clapton
Boasting one of the largest beer gardens in the area, The Crooked Billet is a top spot to catch up with a group of pals for some chilly cheer.
📍 84 Upper Clapton Road, E5 9JP. Nearest station: Clapton.
20. The Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch
The Crown and Shuttle is a trendy craft beer pub with a huge back garden and some pretty excellent food.
📍 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street.
21. The Owl and the Pussycat, Shoreditch
This cute little spot down an alleyway just off Bethnal Green Road has a cosy outside area with added heaters, pub games and an upstairs dining room. A day to night sesh anyone?
📍 34 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street.
22. The Captain Kidd, Wapping
This riverside spot is named after the 17th-century pirate William Kidd, who was executed just around the corner. It’s a Sam Smith pub (not the singer, no) so is great for the old wallet and the views are pretty much to die for. Though let’s hope not, hey?!
📍 108 Wapping High Street, E1W 2NE. Nearest station: Wapping.
23. The Nag’s Head, Walthamstow
Based in the heart of the Walthamstow Village Conservation Area, this friendly spot has a big, candlelit garden, heaters aplenty and even a resident cat. They also do quiz nights inside if you fancy a change from the pub garden.
📍 9 Orford Road, E17 9LP. Nearest station: Wood Street or Walthamstow Central.
24. The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
Another of Wapping’s star attractions, this riverside club lays claim to being the oldest riverside pub in London. It’s also dog-friendly and has a small but charming beer garden – the views really are something else.
📍 57 Wapping Wall, E1W 3SH. Nearest station: Wapping.
25. Big Penny Social, Blackhorse Road
This vast spot, previously known as Truman’s Social Club was billed as the biggest socially-distanced pub and garden in the UK when it first opened, and it’s still open for business. Just a stone’s throw from Blackhorse Road, it offers street food and plenty of beers – perfect after a post-canal walk.
📍 1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL. Nearest station: Blackhorse Road.
South London Pub Gardens With Heaters:
26. Tamesis Dock, Vauxhall
Moored between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge, this converted 1930s Dutch barge-turned-pub has just about everything you might need.
📍 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP. Nearest station: Vauxhall.
27. The Ship, Wandsworth
A favourite among South Londoners, this is a beautiful riverside pub with a giant terrace and a lively atmosphere – what more could you ask for this winter?
📍 41 Jews Row, SW18 1TB. Nearest station: Clapham Junction.
28. The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton
Hidden right in the depths of Brixton, this may not look like much from the outside but head out back to the beer garden and you’re in for a surprise – a massive space filled with people, outdoor bars and a lively atmosphere.
📍 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG. Nearest station: Brixton.
29. The Four Thieves, Clapham Junction
Home to a racing track, a variety of old school arcade games, VR booths and an onsite brewery, Four Thieves is pretty damn cool.
📍 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11 1DJ. Nearest station: Clapham Junction.
30. Leather Bottle, Earlsfield
This esteemed pub garden in leafy Earlsfield has literally won itself awards, and there are heated cabins, covered tables and even a burger shack out here which might be why – we will say no more.
📍 538 Garratt Lane, SW17 0NY. Nearest station: Earlsfield.
31. The Sun of Camberwell, Camberwell
Situated on Coldharbour Lane in between Camberwell Green and Loughborough Junction, this cool spot has regular quiz nights, a nice little dining room and a sheltered beer garden out the back.
📍 61-63 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9NS. Nearest station: Loughborough Junction.
32. The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich
The Gipsy Moth has a nautical theme, which is pretty fitting as it overlooks the iconic Cutty Sark. This pub earns its brownie points for having a retractable roof over its patio – so no need to worry about the snow if we get any more this year.
📍 60 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL. Nearest station: Cutty Sark.
33. The Devonshire, Balham
Keep warm this winter with with seasonal cocktails and bloomin’ good burgers at ‘Balham’s best beer garden’.
📍 39 Balham High Road, SW12 9AN. Nearest station: Clapham South.
34. The Rose & Crown, Tooting
Just off Tooting Bec Common this pub serves up awesome pizzas and delightful pints that will have you heading back through their doors.
📍 140 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BH. Nearest station: Tooting Bec.
35. The Magic Garden, Battersea
Complete with a garden wrapped in a tent canvas, this spot is, well, ‘magical’. The outside comes clad in twinkling fairy lights, a festival-theme atmosphere and blankets and hot water bottles if you’re feeling nippy. They also hold open-mic nights and hip hop, ska and Latin music nights.
📍 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG. Nearest station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road.
West London Pub Gardens With Heaters:
36. The Prince Albert, Notting Hill
A short walk from Portobello Market and Kensington Gardens, The Prince Albert is the perfect place to cosy up with a pint in the heated garden.
📍 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ. Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate.
37. The Windsor Castle, Kensington
Tucked away between Holland Park, Kensington and Notting Hill, this picturesque spot boasts a delightful menu of mouth-watering options to accompany your pints in a toasty setting.
📍 114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR. Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate or Holland Park.
38. The Lamb, Chiswick High Road
A top spot for seasonal food, real ales and craft beers—oh, and a particularly lovely garden.
📍 9 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH. Nearest station: Chiswick Park.
39. The Mitre, Fulham
A lovely indie pub with classic grub, local ales and a nice secluded pub garden out back (with screens for sports fans). Fulham Broadway and Stamford Bridge are both just a short walk away.
📍 81 Dawes Road, SW6 7DU. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway.
40. The Eagle, Ravenscourt Park
Located right in the heart of Ravenscourt Park, this stylish spot is all about the beer garden. There’s a stretch tent, blankets, hot water bottles and heaters throughout. Oh and don’t forget the speakers pumping the tunes all night long – no wonder this is often called the best of West London’s pub gardens.
📍 215 Askew Road, London W12 9AZ. Nearest station: Goldhawk Road or Ravenscourt Park.
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