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30 Of The Best London Beer Gardens You Need To Visit When The Sun’s Shining

Sunshine pints are a staple of any British summertime, just like music festivals and grumbling when it starts raining. Here are 30 bob the best London beer gardens, conveniently organised by location – because we wouldn’t want you wasting valuable drinking time searching for where they are!

North London beer gardens

1) The Bull, Highgate

The Bull pub and London beer garden in Highgate, London
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This pub is a little different because it boasts its very own brewery in the back garden (?) – which is a thoroughly-good reason to add it to this list of the best London beer gardens we say! The aptly-named Gorgeous Brewery at The Bull is open to the public and visitors are able to watch the brewing process as they sip on one of eight hand-crafted beers.

You’ll find The Bull at 13 North Hill, Highgate, N6 4AB. Nearest station is Highgate. 

2) The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Showing off a massive front garden, you really can’t miss The Alwyne Castle in Islington – making it stupidly tempting to visit when the sun is shining. 

You’ll find The Alwyne Castle at 83 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LY. Nearest station is Highbury and Islington. 

3) The Pembroke Castle, Primrose Hill

A Secret London local and a personal favourite, The Pembroke Castle is a lovely, cosy place to visit when the sun’s out – just as long as you’re lucky enough to bag a seat in the outdoor space on the terrace!

You’ll find The Pembroke Castle at 150 Gloucester Avenue, Camden Town, NW1 8JA. Nearest station is Chalk Farm. 

4) The Albion, Islington

Possibly the most beautiful beer garden in the whole of London, The Albion’s patio space is flooded with wisteria and Instagram-opportunities galore. Time to get the pints in, then!

You’ll find The Albion at 10 Thornhill Road, Islington, N1 1HW. Nearest station is Angel. 

5) The Engineer, Primrose Hill

The Engineer is a delightful retreat just moments away from Camden Market. This London beer garden will whisk you away to places more peaceful, and the food is worth sticking around for.

You’ll find The Engineer at 65 Gloucester Avenue, Chalk Farm, NW1 8JD. Nearest station is Chalk Farm. 

6) The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park

This next pub is a really great one and definitely is the spot to come for outdoor drinking in London. The Faltering Fullback is a charming Irish pub that’s hiding a magical treehouse out the back. Get lost in the many corners of the garden as you sip on a pint (or many) and tuck into some excellent Thai food. It’s also heated during the Winter months too.

You’ll find The Faltering Fallback at 19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3HB. Nearest station is Finsbury Park.

7) The Woodman, Highgate

The Woodman has the biggest pub garden in Highgate, with large outdoor screens. You can also expect some pretty spectacular food at this watering hole as the head chef, Chef Baran, used to lead the team of chefs at The Ivy and J Sheekey.

You’ll find The Woodman at 414 Archway Rd, Highgate, N6 5UA. Nearest station is Highgate. 

8) The Terrace, Alexandra Palace

The Terrace beer garden at Alexandra Palace in North London
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Marrying sumptuous views of the capital with all the sun soaked comforts of the beer garden, this gorgeous spot opened has been a hit for two summers now. The Terrace, as the space is known, covers a rather epic 1500 square metres, making it one of London’s biggest beer gardens and the one with the best views.

You’ll find The Terrace at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY. Nearest station is Alexandra Palace. 

9) Truman’s Social Club, Walthamstow

The outdoor beer garden at the Truman's Social Club
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The ‘UK’s largest beer hall‘ in Walthamstow is a whopping 26,000 square feet large, and comes fully-equipped with everything needed for a cracking afternoon out. That enormous beer garden is fuelled by an on-site brewery and beer hall, and is home to a rotating cast of twenty beers from the Truman’s Social Club’s range and guest breweries from East London and beyond.

You’ll find Truman’s Social Club at 1 Priestley Way, London, E17 6AL. Nearest station is Blackhorse Road. 

East London beer gardens

10) The Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch

The Crown and Shuttle is a trendy craft beer pub in East London with a huge back garden and some excellent food. Careful though – it gets extremely busy when the sun’s out!

You’ll find The Crown and Shuttle at 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street. 

11) People’s Park Tavern, Hackney

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People’s Park Tavern is a proper village pub, boasting an onsite brewery and one of the best beer gardens in London. A cult favourite if ever there was one.

You’ll find the People’s Park Tavern at 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT. Nearest stations are Hackney Wick and Homerton. 

12) CRATE Brewery, Hackney Wick

The beer garden at Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick
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CRATE Brewery used to be an old factory building, but it has now transformed into a bar, brewery and pizzeria, serving up delicious stone-baked pizzas and, of course, their very own craft beer.

You’ll find CRATE Brewery at Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN. Nearest station is Hackney Wick. 

13) Pub on the Park, London Fields

A traditional London pub with a huge, park-side beer garden and weekend DJs. As the name Pub on the Park suggests, it’s well-placed for a pint after lazing about in London Fields or a dip in the lido.

You’ll find Pub on the Park at 19 Martello Street, E8 3PE. Nearest station is London Fields. 

South London beer gardens

14) The Phoenix, Clapham

The interior of The Phoenix, home of one of the best London beer gardens
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From the outside, The Phoenix looks like your average boozer, but out back there’s a cute little garden – even complete with swings!

You’ll find The Phoenix at 348 Clapham Road, Clapham, SW9 9AR. Nearest stations are Clapham North and Stockwell. 

15) The Magic Garden, Battersea

It doesn’t get much more colourful than at The Magic Garden. Decked out with fairy lights, mismatched furniture and a graffitied black cab, it’s the closest you’ll get to festival vibes without the festi-price tag.

You’ll find The Magic Garden at 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG. Nearest station is Queenstown Road. 

16) The Ship, Wandsworth

The vast beer garden outside The Ship in Wandsworth, South London
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The Ship is a beautiful riverside pub with an absolutely giant terrace, perfect for a sunny day with a few beers.

You’ll find The Ship at 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB. Nearest station is Wandsworth Town.

17) The Herne Tavern, East Dulwich

A traditional Victorian pub with stunning 1930s-style interior. But we’re at The Herne Tavern for what really matters – its ginormous beer garden which is great for enjoying a few pints in!

You’ll find The Herne Tavern at 2 Forest Hill Road, SE22 0RR. Nearest station is Honor Oak Park. 

18) The Falcon, Clapham

The exterior of The Falcon and accompanying beer garden in Clapham North
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The Falcon is a wonderful mix between a proper British pub and trendy, hipster hangout. Come here for the beer garden and stay for the wicked pub grub.

You’ll find The Falcon at 33 Bedford Road, SW4 7SQ. Nearest station is Clapham North.

19) The Angel Oak, Peckham

The Angel Oak in Peckham has some serious countryside pub vibes. The garden is HUGE and has a BBQ area and a ping-pong table.

You’ll find The Angel Oak at 31 Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX. Nearest station is Peckham Rye.

20) The Avalon, Clapham

The Avalon is famous for its steaks and burgers, but its garden is one of London’s best. If you think this small decking area is good, just you wait until you see the rest – a terrace, a courtyard and a Summer garden are all here too.

You’ll find The Avalon at 16 Balham Hill, SW12 9EB. Nearest station is Clapham North.

21) The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich

The beer garden situated right outside The Gipsy Moth pub in Greenwich
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The Gipsy Moth has a subtle nautical theme, which is fitting as it overlooks the Cutty Sark (which has some epic ghost tours we may add). This pub earns its brownie points for having a retractable roof over its patio – so no need to worry about the rain. There are also some great restaurants to boot here too.

You’ll find The Gipsy Moth at 60 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL. Nearest station is the Cutty Sark DLR. 

22) The Woolpack, Bermondsey

A Young’s Pub with a massive beer garden in Bermondsey that is open all-year round. Go and enjoy the sunshine at The Woolpack and, if it gets a little chilly, grab yourself a blanket. Fingers crossed you won’t need it during those long summer nights, though.

You’ll find The Woolpack at 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB. Nearest station is London Bridge. 

Central London beer gardens

23) Tattershall Castle, Embankment

The exterior beer garden of the floating Tattershall Castle on the River Thames
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The Pub on the Thames! (Yes, literally floating on the Thames). The views don’t get much better than those at the Tattershall Castle. It’s perfectly located opposite the London Eye and, as you can imagine, it gets very busy when the sun shines. They also have some great live music and comedy nights here – which is a great reason for adding it to this roundup of the best beer gardens in London.

You’ll find the Tattershall Castle at Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, SW1A 2HR. Nearest station is Embankment. 

West London beer gardens

24) The Eagle, Shepherd’s Bush

A beautifully colourful pub with a magical pub garden in Shepherd’s Bush. Filled with fairy lights and beanbags, The Eagle is an ideal place to spend a Summer’s eve.

You’ll find The Eagle at 215 Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 9AZ. Nearest station is Goldhawk Road. 

25) The Prince, Earl’s Court

The Prince is not only London’s biggest pub garden, but it’s also really bloomin’ beautiful. Meanwhile, a rotating cast of street food vendors will keep you well fed.

You’ll find The Prince at 14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT. Nearest station is West Brompton.

26) The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

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The Leather Bottle has one of the liveliest beer gardens in London. With beach huts, games and an outside bar – there’s everything you need for endless good times here and it’s thoroughly deserving of its place on this roundup of the best beer gardens in London.

You’ll find The Leather Bottle at 538 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW17 0NY. Nearest station is Earlsfield.

27) The City Barge, Chiswick

A lovely riverside pub, with plenty of space for alfresco drinking. The sunsets here aren’t to be missed at The City Barge either.

You’ll find The City Barge at 27 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3PH. Nearest stations are Chiswick and Kew Bridge. 

28) The Windsor Castle, Notting Hill

The Windsor Castle is a total hidden gem. People will come from far and wide to visit its beer garden, but they might struggle to leave this Kensington hotspot.

You’ll find The Windsor Castle at 114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, W8 7AR. Nearest stations are Holland Park and Notting Hill. 

29) The Crabtree, Hammersmith

The Crabtree is pretty iconic in W6, boasting incredible riverside views from its beautiful Orchard Garden. And, if the sun is shining, you can pretty much guarantee that the hog will be spinning.

You’ll find The Crabtree at Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HA. Nearest station is Hammersmith. 

30) The Marlborough, Richmond

The Marlborough is the perfect location to relax in the sunshine and a great spot to end on this list of the best London beer gardens. With full table service and beautiful touches, like fairy-lit trees and a giant chessboard, it’s a guaranteed people pleaser. it’s also a great spot to come to after you’ve had an amble road around Richmond Park.

You’ll find The Marlborough at 46 Friars Stile Road, Richmond, TW10 6NQ. Nearest station is Richmond. 

So there you have it – a roundup of the best London beer gardens. Time to pack the sunnies, slap on the SPF and we’ll see you in the garden! Cheers.



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