London's Best Beer Gardens

When the weather's fine, a London beer garden is the perfect place to relax with a drink and soak up the sunshine.

Many pubs in London have outdoor spaces, from family-friendly lawns to shady courtyards. To help you choose, here's our round-up of the best London beer gardens.

The Gipsy Moth

Right next door to the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich, The Gipsy Moth is a popular hangout for locals, tourists and students alike. Friendly, comfortable and reasonably priced, the large beer garden is always packed out in summer. This is a great place to chill out with Sunday lunch or enjoy one of the regular barbecues.

The Avalon

Head to sunny Clapham South where you'll find The Avalon's huge beer garden at the rear of the pub. Open during the summer months, this green oasis has a beautiful terrace and plenty of seating. There's also a fantastic Mediterranean grill on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day at the weekend.

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The Eagle

The garden at The Eagle in Shepherd's Bush is a real find. It features magnificent cast iron railings, Victorian lanterns and large grassy spaces scattered with picnic benches. During the summer, there's an outdoor bar and regular barbeques. After dark the garden is illuminated with strings of fairy lights and candles.

Grand Union Brixton

Grand Union Brixton is probably the only London pub with its own "tree houses" – Thai-style wooden huts that look out over one of the capital's largest beer gardens. Here, you can sip a cocktail among the palm trees and, if you get peckish, order from a menu of gourmet burgers, pizza, breadless stacks and light bites.

Freemason's Arms

After an invigorating walk on Hampstead Heath, relax with a drink at the nearby Freemason's Arms. There's a terrace at the front where you can watch the comings and goings of Hampstead's wealthy residents, and a gorgeous conservatory at the back, which opens onto a large, lively garden.

The Garden Gate

Another Hampstead favourite is The Garden Gate. Many customers bring their dogs to the pub after a brisk walk on Hampstead Heath and the beer garden always has a good atmosphere. Pop along one weekend for a tasty barbecue or slap-up Sunday lunch, washed down with a pint of speciality beer.

Edinboro Castle

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Camden High Street, not far from Regent's Park, the Edinboro Castle comes into its own in the summer. The large tree-lined garden has an outdoor bar and barbecue, making it the ideal spot for a relaxed drink in the sunshine, or after dark when the fairy lights come on.

The Albion

With its wisteria covered walls and log fires, The Albion resembles a country pub. In fact the Islington local is a Georgian gem left over from the time when the area was fields and farmland. There's a pretty courtyard with trees and trailing wisteria, and a barbeque in the summer months.

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The Ship

With large terraces overlooking the river Thames, The Ship in Wandsworth is one of London's most picturesque outdoor drinking spots. The pub originally opened in 1786 as the Waterman's Inn. Today you can enjoy real ales, freshly prepared food and summer barbeques.