Best Beer Gardens in London

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 roundup of the best London beer gardens.

Perkin Reveller

Enhance your experience of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London by stopping off for lunch (or dinner) at Perkin Reveller next door. Here, sat next to the walls of the tower, you can soak up the fantastic views looking across the river Thames.

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The Albion

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

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The Avalon

Head to sunny Clapham 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 barbecue grill to enjoy at the weekend.

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The Crabtree

Book an afternoon at one of London's best hidden gem pubs, The Crabtree in Fulham, where you can watch the sun set over the river Thames with a pint of beer in hand. Look out for the Orchard Bar and Grill menu for alfresco dining too.

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The Rye

Sip on locally brewed beer or sample the house bitter at South London's popular pub, The Rye. Secure a picnic bench or courtyard table and enjoy the summer sunshine right up until it sets because this beer garden follows the sun's daily path.

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The Spaniards Inn

Treat yourself to a stroll across Hampstead Heath then rest a while in the large beer garden at The Spaniards Inn. This North London favourite has a barbecue for alfresco dining and is popular with dog lovers as dog snacks and a dog wash are provided.

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The Water Poet

Not every great beer garden in London needs to be in a leafy suburb with lush green lawns. Sprawl out on the benches and outside deck of East London's Water Poet pub and enjoy lazy summer afternoons like a Londoner. Read More

The White Hart

Let your mind drift and warm your face in the sun on a picnic bench in the beer garden of The White Hart. This Barnes pub, next to the finish line of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, enjoys sweeping views across the river Thames so plan to be here for some time.

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Tulse Hill Hotel

Venture into an area of London you may not have discovered yet and find the Tulse Hill Hotel, a one-stop shop. Stop for lunch in the restaurant, soak up the sun in the landscaped garden and stay the night in one of the hotel rooms.

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Duke of Edinburgh

Relax in one of the biggest beer gardens in South London at the Duke of Edinburgh. Tucked away on a side road between Clapham North and Brixton, this classic pub boasts a giant rear courtyard with plenty of seating and an outdoor bar. Indulge in mouthwatering burgers prepared at the barbecue, and watch some sports on the screens in the dining room and in the garden.

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The Magic Garden

Experience the unusual at Battersea pub The Magic Garden. This hangout aimed at festival-goers, music-lovers and foodies serves up some fresh tunes in the fresh air, with regular live bands and DJ sets. Part covered by canvas that evokes the festival spirit, and with pub benches and even a painted black cab, it’s a place to relax with like-minded people over a drink or two.

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The Ship

Spend an afternoon on the large terraces at The Ship in Wandsworth, one of London's most picturesque outdoor drinking spots. Overlooking the river Thames, this beer garden has an outdoor bar, a barbecue, a pergola and private heated booths to book in advance. Read More

The White Swan

Beat the scrum as you aim to pinch a spot at this rugby fans’ favourite on the banks of the Thames. The small yet perfectly located beer garden at The White Swan is a great place for the build-up to a big match at nearby Twickenham Stadium; or simply a place to unwind with a quiet pint by the river on non-matchdays.

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