Beer Gardens in London
Tired of traipsing around town in search of the best beer gardens in London? We've all been there, but luckily enough we're here to help you 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 summer pubs and bars in London. Rally up some pals, slap on the sunscreen and prepare yourself for a day of sipping in the sunshine.
Last updated on 17th February 2017
A hot-to-trot party spot in the heart of Clapham, Gigalum is a gem for those late night antics and easy, breezy summer drinks. With their outside plot ever packed with punters come the summer, and their seething party beats heard through the door, Gigalum a go-to destination for all things Vitamin D and debauchery.
Lovingly known as Fulham’s ‘village pub’, there’s a comfortable and relaxed feel to The Rose. That’s due in no small part to the beautiful garden, with its secluded areas, water feature and flowerbeds creating an ambience that always impresses. These guys fire up the BBQ come the warmer months and the garden is heated, which means you can enjoy something from their extensive menu of wines, premium spirits, cocktails and bottled beers no matter what time of year you’re visiting.
A secret beer garden with quality beers – sounds like a match made in heaven right? The Chelsea Pensioner is everything you could want from a pub and much more. With an eclectic entertainment programme, brilliant happy hour deals and delectable bar snacks it’s a socialising experience that won’t break the bank.
Reasons for visiting the WGT beer garden are three-fold. For starters, it’s huge - so there’s no need to worry about whether you’ll get a spot, just head down in your own time and soak in the buzzing atmosphere. Secondly, it’s an absolute suntrap, doused in glorious rays for a significant part of the day. Finally, it’s got its own bar, so you can sun yourself without having to traipse back to queue for your next round inside. Result.
The Crown Tavern is Lee’s friendly and familiar gastropub with one of the most charming front gardens in the whole of south London. Come when the sun makes an appearance and you’ll find scores of contented drinkers, nursing great cask ales, refreshing long cocktails and world-class wines.
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 wile away the hours at this top Shoreditch destination.
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.
If you're looking for a grand olde 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.
We can't think of many better ways to spend a sun-soaked day away from the office than at The Miller. Bag yourself a spot in the garden and work your way through their extensive list of local craft beers and real ciders, with authentic pizzas on the agenda if you should find yourself feeling peckish.
A trusty gastropub that’s a huge hit with Winchmore Hill locals, The King’s 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.
South London is definitely not short of great beer gardens, but the White Bear's garden certainly has to feature high on the list. Having been created in 1780, just as the British lost their grip on the American colonies, the venue is full of vintage antiques, and the walls are covered in grainy photographs and satirical newspaper cartoons. As you'd expect to find in a modern pub, the venue's chef plates up a range of traditional British recipes, including gravy drenched roast dinners and piping hot catch-of-the-day dishes.
You'd be hard pressed to find a more comfortable and jolly beer garden in London than Candlemaker's delight of an outside space! Split up into brightly clad booths; generously laden with foliage and fairy lights, this is the perfect place to enjoy a pint and something from the excellent menu. Get your brunch on, or sample their hearty menu full of British classics.
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 and British grub to boot.
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 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. Each is heated, and lined with colourful flowers and winding branches, offering visitors a quaint spot in which to fade away and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
With an enormous beer garden space 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, your reward comes in the form of BBQ'd treats and loads of chilled drinks.
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.
A little slice of paradise in the heart of East London, Barrio Shoreditch is a taste of all things tropical without the daunting price tag. Toting the wares of South America meets the South Pacific and cavorting with all things colourful, this nugget is a den of cool benches, charming murals and cracking cocktails.
Set in a stunning building within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, this is a unique and historic hangout that’s one of the best pubs in Greenwich. Their lovely outdoor terrace is found just a few yards from the legendary Cutty Sark and is an ideal spot to cool off with a pint of locally brewed craft beer when it’s warm and sunny in London town.
To call Grand Union’s outdoor space a beer garden doesn't really do it justice. This is more of a fully-fledged pleasure garden offering private tree huts and relaxing hammocks, with revellers setting up camp by the giant fire pit come sundown. It’s easy to forget that the venue also carries among the best cocktail cards in Brixton at the same time!
Anchored nicely in Richmond, the Old Ship helps South London maintain its reputation as a haven of beer gardens. Beautifully decorated with brightly coloured furniture and a smattering of flat-screen TVs showing all the latest live sporting events, the real attraction is the garden's balcony, which boasts stunning views of the entire town. Ideal for those lazy summer weekends, grab a pint and unwind in this cosy South London spot.
The Star by Hackney Downs is a lively East End boozer that's a popular spot for locals and those in the know. This quirky pub has an array of colourful interiors, but it also has a great outdoor space that is a perfect suntrap. With tables looking out over the adjacent Hackney Downs park, this is a great spot for a cool pint on a hot summer's day.
Geronimo Inns know what makes a good pub, and this place is no exception! Providing a slightly cleaner look and fresher feel than your average boozer, this joint also boasts a spectacular beer garden. Hop from a wee bar stool to the delightful dining room then potter out to the foliage filled garden. How's that for a nice time?
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.
A beer garden on a roundabout in London? Who'd have thunk it? Magic Roundabout did. One of the most unique beer gardens in London, Magic Roundabout is an urban blend of bars and street food stalls in a sunny Shoreditch setting.
One of the most historic and beautiful pubs in the whole of south London, The Devonshire’s alfresco garden is spot on for a spot of summertime basking. Get yourself set up with something from their extensive range of ales, craft beers, spirits and wines then get out into the great outdoors as they fire up the BBQ.
Fitting of its space on the Shoreditch scene, it's no wonder that Rolling Stock is a wonderland of art and debauchery. Not only boasting its own art gallery and a neat rotation of top DJ names, their beer garden is a corker of urban art, and outside bar, cutesy tables, industrial offsets and more in the heart of Kingsland Road.
What with its spot in suburbia, it's no wonder that the Sun of Camberwell boasts one of the finest beer gardens in South London. Not only home to the humble Sunday roast and quiz nights, sunny afternoons with a pint or ale in hand at the ultimate must here.
Beer gardens in London have a cutesy and cool contender on their hands in the shape of The Leather Bottle. Not only a firm South London favourite, this boozer is a haven for gastro bites, garden pints and British fare aplenty.
Beautifully decorated with vintage photographs, colourful furniture and an outdoor patio that could rival any in London, the Richard I pub in Greenwich is an easy-going bar that's become a favourite den for locals and tourists alike. Alongside a great range of real ales, craft beers and classic gastro food, the pub's patio comes to life during the summer months, washed with golden sunlight and offering a great spot to unwind during those lazy weekends.
The spacious beer garden is the jewel in the Jam Tree Chelsea crown. With room to seat 60 and an overall capacity of 200, the garden also has its own dedicated outside bar and BBQ with a reputation for whipping up mouth-watering hog roasts, meat and fish. Dark clouds circling? No need to retreat inside just yet; the garden features considerable covering and the heated patio means you can stop by in winter too.
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.
This multi-facing South London pub is one of Tooting's best kept secrets. As is their beer garden. Though the inside of the pub fronts everything from delicious gastro grub and craft beer, to its very own cinema room, the beer garden at Gorringe Park is also impressive, boasting a large space with quirky furniture, making it perfect for the warmer months.
A botanical babe in the heart of West London, Bumpkin is not only churning out British classics and gastro plates, their beer garden is practically a sun trap in the city. Whimsical, charming and flourishing with foliage, head on down for a Pimm's or three.
Laurel hedges enclose the delightful and spacious outdoor space at the Coat & Badge - undoubtedly one of the best beer gardens in south-west London. Find your way out here for a glass of wine or a pint to make the most of a hazy summer’s day, with plenty of cover if there’s a shower and BBQ food to cap things off.
Viva Dalston is bringing a whole lot of Brazilian sass to East London with their delicious cocktail offerings, scrumptious street food and sunny beer garden. The venue has a quirky outdoor terrace filled with cute garden furniture, all perfect for sipping one of their mezcal or tequila concoctions.
Boasting one of the most idyllic beer gardens in Greater London, the Marlborough in Richmond offers its guests an unforgettable alfresco dining experience. Their garden has everything you'll ever need for a day in the sunshine. Patio heaters are on hand to keep you warm during those cool nights, while the many sun loungers on offer will help soak up that necessary vitamin D when the sun makes a rare appearance. Equipped with a state-of-the-art barbecue, its laid-back vibes make it a favourite watering hole amongst the locals.