Best Beer Gardens in London
Tired of traipsing around town, begging to stumble across one of London's best beer gardens? We've all been there, in search of a cold pint on a hot summer's day, but lucky for you, we're here to help count those days as a thing of the past. Wherever you are and whatever your preferences, we’ve made it our duty to line you up with the best outdoor spaces, from the trendy to the laid back.
Elegantly decorated and bursting full of colour, the beer garden at The Wood House offers Dulwich's residents a cosy spot to unwind and take in all that the summer (and winter, with heaters) has to offer. Complete with ping pong tables and beautifully crafted garden furniture, the real gems in this idyllic location are the brightly coloured huts.
The Four Thieves is a wonderfully special establishment, and a glorious place to spend lazy evenings. Let your night filter outside even on chilly winter nights, as charming covered areas, heaters and squishy seating makes the garden a very hospitable environment. In the summer, the scent of lavender will waft down from the roof, where it is growing in preparation for being distilled into gin.
Recognised as the largest beer garden in Shoreditch, Strongroom Bar and Kitchen is one of the best places to drink outdoors in East London. Head to the legendary recording studio for a relaxing escape from bustling city life, where craft beer and light bites await.
Head to Hammersmith where The Eagle is offering you one of the best places to drink outside in London. Along with a load of outdoor tabes and garden huts, it's also got its own burger shack and is serving up a range of craft beer.
With a truly amazing outdoor seating area, this fun Wandsworth pub is certainly in the running for having one of the best beer gardens in South London. Guests can sit in tiki-inspired huts that get the sun in the summer months, and shield from the wind and rain during the winter.
Found in Islington, Owl and Hitchhiker is a pub jam-packed with eccentricities, which comes as no surprise when you learn that it's inspired by The Owl and Pussycat and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Along with a slick outdoor drinking space, the pub has a unique immersive escape room.
Home to one of the best beer gardens in South London, this gorgeous Southfields pub is here to keep in beer and South African BBQ all year round. Just a short trip from both Wandsworth and Putney, it's the perfect place to pitch up for sunny afternoons and epic Sunday lunches.
With quirky wooden tiki huts, fire pits and fabulous menus, this Brixton pub easily boasts one of the best beer gardens in South London. A real sun trap, this gorgeous garden is perfect for soaking up some summer rays, or snuggling up by a fire in the colder months.
Sitting comfortably on Battersea Park Road, Lost Society is a versatile restaurant and bar that's become a favourite amongst the locals in South London. Priding itself as something of a jack-of-all-trades, the venue serves Australian coffee in the morning in addition to the hand-crafted cocktails and ice-cold craft beers on their cute terrace.
Roehampton's King's Head boasts a serene garden space with lots of tables and plenty of cover for if the weather should turn, and it's just lovely. Get yourself out here with a chilled tray of drinks - the pub offers Young's ales, craft beers and a superb wine list - and don't lose faith if you've missed out, the floor-to-ceiling windows lets the light flood in to make it feel like you're pretty much outside anyway.
A trusty gastropub that's a huge hit with Winchmore Hill locals, The Kings Head also features a gem of a decked beer garden. Pick up anything from a good range of ales, fine wines and refreshing beers from inside and make straight for this tranquil outside space; there's an all-day menu of fresh and ethically sourced food if you should fancy a bite to eat.
There are beer gardens, and then there's The Ship. A family-friendly and locals favourite , The Ship not only has bars in the garden and British cuisine in the kitchen, this beer garden is set right by the water for summer vibes, winters curled up in covered spaces and then some.
While you never may have thought it, Tooting harbours one of the best places to drink outside in London. Head on down to The Castle as their big garden not only provides a quaint British experience, there's real ale, bookable huts with heaters come winter and British grub to boot.
The Exhibit is an all-day drinking and eating hub full of friendly staff and great times – but they also have a sterling beer garden too. Not only does it have its own balcony for al-fresco drinking – and the perfect spot for people watching – there's even a hidden terrace complete with plants and vibrant summer vibes. Grab a cocktail and you've basically escaped the smoky summer streets.
If you're looking for a grand old boozer with a bangin' beer garden then look no further than the Fentiman Arms. Known quaintly as the wild country beer garden, this Geronimo Inn boasts a hefty outdoor spec complete with summer BBQ set-up for those hot hazy days. In the winter? Heaters and sheltered spaces.
With a permanent residency from We Serve Humans and live music throughout the week, the beer garden at Signature Brew Blackhorse Road is a gorgeous place to spend a balmy evening. Sip on craft ales at this buzzing spot, with 12 lines of beer available to try.
Like your beer gardens on a rooftop with views of central London? Then look no further than Bar Elba, a gorgeous sky-high bar in Waterloo. Touting gorgeous decor, cracking happy hours and a fabulous weekend bottomless brunch, this beauty isn't to be missed.
You might think of Cargo as a thriving clubbing destination first and foremost, but the venue also features an enormous decked beer garden and BBQ area just perfect for chilling in. Set yourself up with a chilled glass of wine or a crisp pint and prepare to while away the hours at this top Shoreditch destination.
A restored Victorian pub in Notting Hill, The Union Tavern sure does spoil us Londoners with a beautiful canal-side garden. Watch the boats drift down the river on a sunny day while you choose from their wide selection of craft beers and wines. This pub features an electric mix of décor and has an outdoor screen for films too.
Home to one of the best beer gardens in South London, Northcote Records is so much more than a live music venue. Head here for refreshing cocktails and stonebaked pizza in their outdoor space, with its sister Venn Street being the perfect Clapham Common alternative.
Sporting a fresh look after a huge extension, Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is set to be your new go-to summer hangout spot. Munch on tasty street food from all over the world whilst sipping on fruity cocktails and enjoy sports screenings, hilarious comedy shows and live music.
With an enormous beer garden that stretches out to meet the tip of Victoria Park, this is one of the best open-air drinking and dining spaces in East London. We'd heartily recommend popping over as soon as that sun pokes through the clouds, and in winter? Booking a heated booth or heading to the cosy Greenhaus.
One of the best beer gardens in West London, Kindred's stylish outdoor space is perfect for after-work drinks or summer date nights. Located by the station, this restaurant and bar is keeping you watered and fed with tasty cocktails and drinks and a range of bites.
While a slinky little number with only a few tables outside, what sets the beer garden apart at The Lock Tavern is the location. Set alongside the canal and overlooking the famous Camden market, this is the perfect beer garden to get to know North London a little better.
Pubs with beer gardens around Waterloo? The Duke of Sussex has got a tonne of outdoor tables, perfect for all your tanning needs. It's also serving up a range of tasty dishes, including spit roast chicken, dry-aged beefburgers and a weekend brunch.
As part of a group of beer and ale enthusiasts, Highbury's Brewhouse & Kitchen delivers a menu full of mouth-watering dishes alongside a selection of international and home-brewed craft beers. To soak up all the summer sunshine, their idyllic beer garden, decked out with rustic stools and barrels, offers guests the perfect, Vitamin D boosting spot to unwind in after a long day of work.
If you've found yourself in the leafy suburbs of Earlsfield, then mosey on over to The Leather Bottle, a traditional boozer with one heck of a beer garden. The huge outdoor space has got plenty of room to roam, from the covered seating in winter through to the bookable cabins.
Looking for one of the best beer gardens on Brick Lane? Ninety One Living Room is bringing together delicious food and fresh pints in their gorgeous alfresco courtyard. Gather the gang and head over for an evening of drinking and chatting under the stars.
With a spacious outdoor garden, cosy tea room and airy pub serving seasonal dishes, this southwest watering hole is a top destination all year round. From brunch to after-work drinks and everything in between, you won't need to go far for any occasion.
Can't have a brewpub without one hell of a beer garden can you? Welcome to Aeronaut, where traditional is not something they exploit. The circus is truly in town at this beer garden lined with stripy coloured booths paying homage to the hook-a-ducks, strong man and coconut shys of the circus trade.
Fronting one of the best beer gardens in London, this unique pub in Kentish Town is an excellent spot for soaking up the sun in the summer months. Alongside screening big sports game and offering a lovely area for chilling out, it's also got in-house kitchen residents Nanny Bill's on hand to serve up some delicious burgers to boot.
Located by Victoria Park, The Crown is offering real ales and views of the lush area. But it's not just the booze that makes it a top place to drink outside in London. The watering hole also has an intimate rooftop terrace and a whole host of delicious food that'll keep you fed throughout the week.
The perfect spot for outdoor dining in London, this Shepherd's Bush beaut is bringing you the goods this autumn and winter in the form of fully-heated, socially distant seating, as well as tasty gourmet pizzas, craft beer and cocktails.
Set in a Georgian manor, Effra Social is a spacious and lively venue perfect for when you're looking to drink a pint outside. Head to their beer garden for craft beer and European small plates or get inside to listen to live music or take part in quiz nights.
If you're looking for beer gardens near London Bridge, then Vinegar Yard has you covered... literally. Not only will you find rows of benches and covered spaces, but also cocktails, beers and food from the likes of Nanny Bills, Up in My Grill and Sugo.
With two extensive outdoor terraces to choose from, The Colonel Fawcett is come up rosy when it comes to the best beer gardens in London. Book your alfreco table to the pub here and enjoy an afternoon of ice-cold pints and quirky G&Ts in the sunshine.