With the British summer weather being so on and off, you know that when the sun is shining and temperatures are reaching rare heights, you better not waste a second indoors. You could go for a long walk in the park, reclaim your fitness and get back in to cycling, or finally get to work on your neglected garden, but lets face it, it’s way too hot to be doing any of that (kind of) and all you really want is a pint and a place to sit down. We’re right there with you, and for this reason we have collated of some of the best, and most importantly the biggest beer gardens in London for you to try out.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
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Where – 204 Ferndale Road, Brixton
What to Expect – On the south side of the river between Brixton & Clapham North sits this no-frills boozer with what is one of south London’s biggest beer gardens, with a variety of small & long communal tables as well as booths, making it ideal if your sinking a few with a large group of friends. Their kitchen serves up what they describe as “unpretentious pub classics” that can be washed down with a fine range of ale and cask beers. With a large hut-like bar and BBQ pit outside, and screens playing Sky Sports as well as pool tables indoors, this is everything you could want from a pub with the added bonus of a guaranteed seat in the sun.
THE PEOPLE’S PARK TAVERN
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Where – 360 Victoria Park Road, Hackney
What to Expect – The People’s Park Tavern’s name was inspired by the very park that the pub sits on the edge of – Victoria Park in Hackney, which was given the name ‘the people’s park’ as it was created for the ordinary people of the East End. The beer garden here is so huge it could be a park in it’s own right, and with it being surrounded by trees with wooden benches placed around a circle-shaped field and in-between greenery, it has the real feel of a garden. The People’s Park Tavern isn’t just a pub but a brewery too, meaning you can expect great beer that you can be sure is local and with DJ’playing every weekend in their ‘Hacienda Garden’, you know you’re going to be in for a good night.
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Where – 215b Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush
What to Expect – The Eagle brings the essence of countryside living to the city of London with a huge garden that is covered with comfy outdoor sofas, giant cushions & deckchairs, which creates exactly the type of relaxed vibe you were looking for on a hungover sunny Sunday. Expect to find a large bar, BBQ and ‘Burger Shack’ outdoors as you choose from a huge selection of beers, ciders, wines & spirits.
MAGIC GARDEN PUB
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Where – 231 Battersea Park Road, Battersea
What to Expect – The Magic Garden Pub in Battersea is often described as the “festival in a pub”, with a huge beer garden that is fairy-lit with quirky decor and props as well as vintage furniture. This lively pub is run by a collective of musicians, DJ’s, festival-goers & foodies so you can expect top quality food as well as a party atmosphere with live performances from bands and DJ’s over the weekend.
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Where – 41 Jews Road, Wandsworth
What to Expect – This South-West riverside pub has sat on the edge of the River Thames since 1786, making it one of the oldest public houses in the area. If you want to feel like you’re sunning it up anywhere other than the place you call home, then head to The Ship for a beer garden with a difference. As well as a happy, relaxed atmosphere, river views and open sun-filled space (even indoors, where there is a glass roof) you can choose to dine from a seasonal British menu full of high-quality pub classics with a contemporary twist. If you’re simply after a beer in the sun, you can choose from a vast range of craft beers from London breweries, bottled beers from around the globe or a fresh pint poured from one of their copper Meantime Brewery tanks that take pride of place at their main bar.
THE EDINBORO CASTLE
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Where – 57 Mornington Terrace, Camden
What to Expect – As well as having a huge beer garden that can seat 300 people, this Camden pub is situated in a prime location, tucked in between the local markets and Regent’s Park – making it the ideal stop-off if you’re out and about in the area. When in their enormous garden, you and your mates can choose to seat yourselves right in the sun on long communal wooden tables, in the comfy & covered seating area with cushions and outdoor sofas, or in one of their hut-like booths whilst getting stuck in to one of their summer BBQ’s. If you’re not feeling the barbecue, you can choose from a menu of pub classic and quick-bites alongside a huge choice of craft beers, global wines and artisan spirits.
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Where – 38 Tooting High Street, Tooting
What to Expect – The Castle pub, which John Wayne is said to have frequented in the 1940’s, is Tooting’s oldest pub having been open since 1832. Despite it’s history, The Castle has a contemporary feel throughout with it’s huge garden being filled with colourful painted wooden seating and huts, or “mini castles” as they call them here, alongside their outdoor resident Burger Shack. As well as top-quality burgers being served up in the sun, you can get stuck in to a wide variety of British classics, bar snacks, deserts & more. If you fancy sipping on something other than a pint (don’t worry, they do that here too) The Castle also boasts a broad cocktail menu so you can really get in to the summer spirit.
THE CROWN & SHUTTLE
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Where – 226 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch
What to Expect – The Crown & Shuttle is an award winning craft beer pub that sits right on Shoreditch High Street, with a huge beer garden out back that has it’s own food truck and is filled with mis-matched furniture in true Shoreditch style. Throughout the summer months, The Crown & Shuttle transforms its garden in to ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’ with seaside inspired cocktails such as the ‘Margate Rita’, ‘Barry Island Iced Tea’ and the ‘Blackpool Donkey’, accompanied by an alfresco beach cafe to keep your hunger at bay.
THE WATER POET
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Where – 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields
What to Expect – The Water Poet provides you with everything a ‘proper pub’ should but on a bigger and better scale. With a pool parlor, pub quizzes, award winning Sunday roasts and pub lunches and even a cinema fitted in to their enormous pub, this place has everything you could be looking for from a boozer. Their massive beer garden is filled with wooden tables with climbing plants covering the walls to give it a proper garden feel, their outdoor space even has big screens playing sports so you won’t have to choose between getting out in the sun or watching the football.
THE JAM TREE
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Where – 541 Kings Road, Chelsea
What to Expect – One of Chelsea’s most treasured outdoor drinking spots, The Jam Tree is famous for it’s selection of cocktails that all contain jam, including their massively popular Jam Mojito. Their large and spacious beer garden has its own dedicated bar and throughout the summer a BBQ serving up top-quality burgers, pulled-pork, and a variety of barbecue classics, they even host regular hog roasts out back that take boozing in the sun to another level. As well as their exciting and inventive cocktail menu, they serve up an extensive selection of beers and have a wine list to satisfy any connoisseur.