The Best Beer Gardens in London

The sun is finally out from behind the clouds, and rather than bundling inside the nearest cosy café to escape the rain, the city’s beer gardens are inviting you in to soak up the sun and take a break from your sightseeing for a while. The majority of pubs in the city have an outside space – some are very much family focussed while others just offer a shady and intimate setting for a glass or two of something cooling. To follow are some of the best beer gardens in and around London.

Photo by Ewan Munro
Photo by Ewan Munro

The Gipsy Moth

Located in Greenwich, right alongside the Cutty Sark in fact, this pub is popular with everyone from locals to international tourists. During the summer months the beer garden is always busy with regular barbecues taking place as well as their ever popular Sunday lunches.

The Eagle

Located in Shepherds Bush the Eagle offers its patrons some magnificent Victorian splendour. Beautiful cast iron railings, traditional Victorian lanterns and lots of green space interspersed with garden benches. Throughout the summer there is a welcoming outdoor bar and plenty of barbecues across the summer evenings. Enjoy the garden as evening falls when the Victorian splendour is accented with twinkling fairy lights and romantic candles.

The Grand Union

Located in Brixton the Grand Union offers something different, here you will find the only beer garden which can boast its very own tree houses. Built in the Thai style, the huts look out over one of the biggest beer gardens in the city. Enjoy the atmosphere of palm trees and cocktails and curb your food craving by selecting from their gourmet burger and snack menu.

The Garden Gate

Located in Hampstead, close to Hampstead Heath this pub is a regular with walkers looking for refreshment after walking the Heath. The beer garden is often filled with walkers and their four legged friends relaxing after exercising on the Heath. The atmosphere in the garden is always friendly and there are regular weekend barbecues and delicious traditional Sunday lunches to be enjoyed.

The Albion

The Albion is a beautiful Georgian gem located in Islington, it is everything you could want from a traditional country pub in the heart of a city. At the time when the pub was built this was very much a rural area of farmland and open spaces, the surrounding land may have changed over the centuries but the pub remains an authentic country pub. The beautiful beer garden courtyard is edged with trailing wisteria and established trees and makes the perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy one of the regular summer barbecues.

The Ship

Located in Wandsworth the Ship was originally known as the Waterman’s Inn and dates back to 1786. Here you can enjoy a view of the River Thames from the large beer terraces and enjoy traditional real ales and a wonderful pub menu as well as the regular summer barbecues.

The Marlborough

Located in Richmond, the Marlborough is known for having the biggest beer garden in the area, complete with guinea pigs and rabbits. The pub boasts a fabulous conservatory, a real family friendly ambience and popular weekend barbecues.

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